Associate Director of the Chinese Flagship Program
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Coordinator: Beginning Modern Chinese I, Beginning Modern Chinese II, Intermediate Modern Chinese I, Intermediate Modern Chinese II

Yao Tu is the Associate Director of the Chinese Flagship Program at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of Kansas, and her research interest is in language teaching and learning in a blended context. Yao has extensive experience in language testing: she is a certified ACTFL and government Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester, Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) rater, and ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) rater and has been involved in many language testing projects with ACTFL since 2012. Yao is also interested in K–16 articulation. She has worked as an online curriculum designer for the federally funded StarTalk program and has also served as an AP Reader for the Chinese Language and Culture Exam.