Jia Xu received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language with a minor in Finance (2005) and her M.A. in Curriculum and Methodology of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2009) from Beijing Language and Culture University. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 2012, she had taught all levels of Chinese at BLCU, the foreign diplomats program at the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Columbia University’s Summer Program in Beijing, and Bentley School in California. Her research interests are in the areas of second language acquisition and teacher education, and she has either authored or co-authored the Chinese textbook for foreign diplomats, online resources for the Great Wall Chinese series, and test materials for all levels of the new HSK and YCT. Jia Xu currently teaches Elementary and Intermediate Chinese in EALAC.