Meet our language teacher: Fengbiao Zhang – ChinesePod
As a native speaker of Mandarin, Fengbiao is currently a second-year graduate student majoring in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, and he will earn his Master of Science in Education this May. Fengbiao's higher education experience has always been focused on second language acquisition, and he has been teaching Chinese and English both as second languages in China as well as in the U.S. for more than 5 years. Fengbiao's hometown, Yuncheng, is one of the places that gave birth to Chinese civilization, and therefore, he has some unique perspectives on Chinese culture. Fengbiao is now living in Philadelphia, the U.S. and is always trying to help students improve their language levels by putting the latest pedagogical theories into practice. Close attention to professional sports is a big part of his life and he would love to discuss this topic with you in Chinese.
What is your favorite sport to play?
Jogging and tennis. I love the vibe when jogging around Philadelphia with my headphone on. I also enjoy playing tennis at Penn Park, which is on the bank of Schuylkill River in University City of Philadelphia. If you like either jogging or playing tennis, that will be a good start of our talk.
What are you most passionate about?
Watching professional tennis matches. Since the age of 10, I have been deeply fascinated by the charisma of tennis, and Grand Slams have always been major events for me in the past 14 years. In September 2015, I went to Arthur Ashe Court, New York to watch US Open Women's Singles Final, which was my first time to watch Grand Slam on site. I always feel proud when it comes to Li Na, a Chinese tennis player who won the singles champion in 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. She is the first and so far still the only Grand Slam singles champion from Asia. Having witnessed generations of tennis fighters striving on court, from Andre Agassi who created a cross-century legend with his striking endurance and persistence for tennis, to the current world No.1 Novak Djokovic who struggles to inspire his once dissociated and war-beaten homeland with grand slam champions, I can always derive great power from this worldwide sport. If you are a big fan of tennis too, I would pretty much look forward to speaking and making friends with you.
What is your favorite color?
Green. Green has always been my favorite color since my childhood even though I did not understand what this color represents at the very beginning. Later on, I learned that green represents life and dynamism. And my favorite song is Green Light sung by my favorite Singapore singer Stefanie Sun. Maybe you've heard this legend in Northern Europe: if you can see a glimpse of green light in your life, make a vow to god immediately, and any vow will come true! I believe green will bring me good luck.
What is your favorite hobby?
Currently cooking is my favorite indoor activity. I enjoy cooking various Chinese dishes for my friends. If you like cooking too, we can share our cooking skills with each other.
What is your next travel destination?
My next travel destination is Boston. I will go to Boston this April to watch World Figure Skating Championships in TD Garden. If you currently live in Boston, I look forward to meeting you in your city and it would be even better if you can show me around. If you are also a fan of figure skating, I would like to share the beauty of this sport with you.
very good lesson
Great political discussion about Trump and Chinese view of the US election. Thank you, Fengbiao!
Fengbiao is fun to talk to and is good for my listening comprehension.
I love the follow up that Fengbiao does after every class. He is very conscientious.
Had fun and learned a lot!
Great teacher, easygoing
Very useful vocabulary! Fengbiao is very good about answering all my questions, giving me background and explaining origins of words.
Great teacher, takes time to explain and find examples. Also, sends a nice review by e-mail of the whole lesson.