Meet the Course Instructor


Dongxia Zhang‌‌

Originally from Beijing, Dongxia started her career as a lecturer in English and began developing training programmes of Chinese language and culture in 1995 to expatriates working in multinational companies in China. She has been teaching Chinese Language and Culture courses at National University of Ireland, Galway since 2007. 

Dongxia lectures not only on Chinese language but also on Chinese and Asian cultures including Chinese history, religions and philosophies, Chinese painting and calligraphy, cross cultural communications and doing business in China and other Asian countries.

She is a member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society and founding Vice President of Galway Irish Chinese Society.

Dongxia holds a Masters in Information Technology, Bachelor of English Language / Education, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Language Pedagogy.  Other qualifications include Post Graduate Diploma in Academic Practice Module of Teaching with Technology, Certificate of Screen Writing and certificates in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Currently she is doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, National University of Ireland, Galway, and PhD research in Linguistics in Nottingham University, UK. 

With more than 20 years’ experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Dongxia is keen on innovations in teaching and learning with a research interest in Assessment for Learning and Project Based Learning.