Yan received her MA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Beijing Normal University, and her BA in Teaching Chinese as A Foreign Language at Xi’an International Studies University. Before coming to UCLA, she was visiting at Bucknell University, where she studied Linguistics and TAed Chinese language classes.
Her research interests focus on functional linguistics, including conversation and discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics. She’s also interested in exploring the social-cultural aspects of language and language usage, such as identity and interaction.
Yan has been teaching or TAing Mandarin courses since 2012 at different institutions, including Beijing Normal University, intensive summer language program Princeton-in-Beijing, Bucknell University, and now UCLA. She enjoys teaching the language, and strives to apply the results of research in her field to the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese.