Ling Yan received her M.A in Applied Linguistics in Northwestern Polytechnical University (1996) and her Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Kansas (2005)). Ling Yan started teaching Chinese in 1999 and has taught Chinese at all levels. She joined the Columbia faculty in 2004. Her research interests include syntax, prosodic-syntax, and Chinese pedagogy. She has developed textbooks, audio and video teaching materials for elementary Chinese (Approaching China) and advanced Chinese (Readings in Modern Chinese). She is a co-author of 201 Mandarin Chinese Verbs (Barron’s).