After graduating high school Dr. Qingping Liu’s plan was to become a lawyer. She entered East China Normal University to study Chinese by accident. After graduating in 1990 she began teaching and discovered how much she enjoyed it. She taught Chinese in Indonesia and France then came to Utah to teach language at Cedar High School and Canyon View High School in 2016. Shortly after she was hired to teach Chinese at SUU in fall 2016
Qingping studied at the East China Normal University where she earned her Bachelor of Chinese Language and Literature. She continued studying language and earned her Master of Chinese Language and Literature from Jinan University and her Ph.D. from Central China Normal University.
Qingping teaches the following classes:
- CHIN 1010 Beginning Mandarin Chinese I
- CHIN 1020 Beginning Mandarin Chinese II
She wants all her students to know Chinese isn’t as hard as they think. “I’ve been teaching Chinese to foreign students from various countries for more than sixteen years,” Qingping said. “Trust me, if you follow the teacher and practice you’ll be able to learn anything.”
The Chinese language is one of the oldest languages in the world. Over a billion, 16% of the world’s population, use it as their main language. Qingping also explained that China is the world’s second largest economy, so learning Chinese will open a world of opportunity for every student.
Chinese is a useful language that’s full of culture, just like many other languages. “The best way to learn any new language is to throw aside all your fears,” Qingping shared. “Get rid of all your imaginary obstacles and just get started.”
She was sent to southern Utah by the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China to teach Chinese and represent the Institute at SUU. The Institute on campus provides classes and programs to educate students and the community about Chinese language and culture.
Qingping has already had many wonderful experiences during her time at the university. She was pleasantly surprised by how engaged and nice SUU students are and how quickly they learn Chinese. Her students even sang some songs in the language at the 2017 Chinese New Year celebration.
As a professor Qingping strives to excel in both teaching and research. She works hard to help her students want to learn, and love to learn, Chinese. Her research includes papers on differences in usage between conjunctions, changes in Chinese words over time and error correction strategies in first level chinese classes.