Wu Bilian graduated from East China Normal University in 1965. She was also a professor there. She has taught Chinese as a foreign language at Shanghai International College of Culture since 2000.
Ding Chen graduated from Shanghai Normal University in 1966. She was once an associate professor at the training center of Shanghai Library. She has taught Chinese as a foreign language at Shanghai International College of Culture since 2003. She specializes in China’s economy and Chinese culture.
Hua Qimei graduated from Anhui Normal University in 1983. She was an associate professor at Donghua University and has taught Chinese as a foreign language since 2004.
Zhu Ying graduated from Shanghai University in 2004. She has taught Chinese as a foreign language at the college since 2004 and she specializes in teaching beginners.
Zheng Jiqing graduated from Shanghai University with a master’s degree in 2013. She began her career in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in July 2012.
Mishi Saran Indian author
As a novelist researching old Shanghai, I had my own books, but I was looking for a teacher who could help me understand the pages of literary Mandarin, laced with Shanghainese idioms and packed with local color and customs. Even with two decades of China experience, I was struggling with the material. As the mother of a toddler, I also needed a flexible schedule. I was thrilled to find the Shanghai International College of Culture. They instantly understood my requirements and matched me with Teacher Ding. Our one-on-one lessons started over a year ago and have been the highlight of my research. Teacher Ding's incredible breadth and depth of knowledge of the language and history have helped me understand China – and Shanghai – as never before. Whatever value the novel has will largely be thanks to her.
Voss Hedwig, Sweden – student
I have been studying Chinese with SICC for three months and looking back I have made considerable progress in many ways. Skillful teachers helped me grasp the essentials of Chinese ways of life, I have become familiar with aspects of China past and present, and my vocabulary has broadened at the same time with my gaining more inter- cultural understanding. Little discussions, which I had with my teachers on various topics, were interesting and inspiring. To a large extend the learning process was textbook based with additional audio material, which gave me as a learner a sizable frame for my work at this point. During class, the focus was also laid on improving specific skills like intonation, the right use of linguistic patterns and acquiring more listening competence and fluency in reading. Learning took place in a straight forward and well structured co-operative manner with the atmosphere always being relaxed and friendly.
I feel well equipped now to survive “real life” situations and venture into more complex communicative territory. I very much appreciate the welcoming atmosphere at SICC, and the team spirit among the teachers and am most thankful for the amount of practical support I got to help me cope with organizing my independent life in Shanghai.
I should not forget to mention the high degree of reliability on the one hand and flexibility on the other concerning all arrangements that had to be made.
Being a student at SICC will have been an important stepping stone on my path of discovering a huge country that follows its collective dream of a better future.