Alumni Spotlight: Zhiying Qian

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Zhiying Qian was an exceptional M.A. student in the Asian Studies Program. She completed her entire degree in 2007, only a year after beginning the program. In 2015, she graduated with a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She has served as the Chinese Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Florida State University where she specializes in psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and language program management.

On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, Qian returned to Florida International University to present her research on the processing of Mandarin, Japanese and English classifiers. She is also studying how contextual, syntactic and semantic information influences sentence comprehension by second language learners of Chinese, and the effects of vocal production training in music on L2 acquisition of Mandarin lexical tones. To learn more about her research, go to her website: https:/modlang.fsu.eduperson/zhiying-qian.