With a decade of experience as a Chinese language educator, Wen Guo has developed Chinese language and culture curricula in diverse educational settings such as the University at Buffalo, Buffalo Seminary High School and Middlebury College, where she has actively supported and implemented community-engaged learning experiences. Over the course of nine semesters, she developed the “Global Reach” virtual exchange program, connecting over 100 students from Buffalo, New York, with more than 225 students from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. Her students have been motivated to excel and have won a variety of national awards and scholarships for their proficiency and enthusiasm for learning Chinese, and she is dedicated to carrying forward and providing the same level of enriching and engaging transformative learning experiences for her students at UVA.
Guo’s research interests are focused on how community service learning, project-based learning and virtual exchanges can empower students to actively engage with cultural communities, cultivate a deeper understanding of different cultures and foster meaningful connections among students. As an active member of ACTFL, AAAL and CLTA, Guo has always sought professional development opportunities to improve her teaching and is committed to contributing to advancing foreign language education. Guo is the Vice-Chair for the ACTFL Teaching and Learning of Culture SIG, she serves as a reviewer for the "Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology" journal, and she was the awardee of the 2022 ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative Award and the 2021 CLTA Tao-Chung Ted Yao Memorial Award.
This fall, Guo will teach elementary-level Mandarin Chinese courses in the fall, and she is looking forward to collaborating with her colleagues at UVA to create an immersive language learning environment for the students and build a diverse and inclusive community.