People in CHIN

Xuelin Bai

Associate Professor

Research interests: Second language acquisition, Chinese as a second language, Chinese language and literature, Chinese text book editing, and translation.

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 75711
Office: Kingston Hall 400
Office hours: Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 and Thursdays 1:30-3:30


B.A.H. equivalent in Chinese Linguistics and Literature, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 1982

Xuelin Bai


Professor Bai has over 30 years of experience in teaching Chinese as a second language in China and Canada. She held teaching Appointments at Beijing Language and Culture University in China and the University of Regina in Canada. Since 1995, she is teaching Mandarin Chinese at Queen’s University.

Professor Bai is the Winner of the Frank Knox Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 as well as the recipient of the Overseas Chinese Teacher’s Award of Outstanding Contribution 2011, presented by the Oversea Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council & China Overseas Exchanges Association, P.R. China.  In 2009 she received the Outstanding Overseas Chinese Teachers Award, given by Chinese Consulate General in Toronto & Chinese Culture and Education Society of Canada (CCESC).

Professor Bai believes that teaching a second language is basically teaching people how to use a target language to communicate properly with others in daily and social situations. It is an integrated process characterised by the following features: teaching-directed, learner-centered, practice-intensified, and task-oriented. In addition, teaching Chinese as a second language is a great challenge since it involves a difficult phonetic system and character writing skills which require specifically selected teaching methods. It is essential to stimulate students’ passion for learning Chinese while maintaining high standards and strict requirements, as well as targeting special difficulties in learning Chinese for students from diverse backgrounds


Professor Bai teaches following courses:

CHIN 100: Introductory Mandarin Chinese I
CHIN 200: Introductory Mandarin Chinese II
CHIN 300: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese


Teaching Assistants


Ann He

CHIN 100 Tutor



Buyun Du 

CHIN 200 Tutor


Tutorial times: Tuesday 18:30 and Wednesday 17:30 KINGST Lab B

  • I was born in Henan, China. I am an international student coming to Queen’s university to study. I have been speaking Mandarin since I was born, and I started my English study at the age of 5.
  • My major is Applied Economics, and I am going to take Math as my minor this semester.
  • I have been a volunteer in CHIN course since my first year at Queen’s University. I gained a lot in my volunteering experience so this year I apply for the TA in CHIN 200.
  • I am very interested in different languages and I am currently learning French by myself.
  • I have many interests, including practicing yoga, cooking and DIY.
Buyun Du

Yaxuan Li

CHIN 300 Tutor

Tutorial times: Thursdays 17:30 – 18:30 KINGST Lab B

  • I was born in Wuhan, China and lived there for the first 18 years of my life. Then I came here to study at Queen’s as an international student 4 years ago.
  • I was in Concurrent Education and I recently graduated with a Major in Gender Studies and a Minor in Psychology. Currently I am finishing my last year of Bachelor of Education.
  • I started volunteering in the CHIN courses in my second year and I have been TA-ing this course for the past two years.
  • I am always interested in different methods of language acquisition used by different learners as a teacher candidate. Therefore, except for TAing Mandarin at Queen’s, I have also spent several summers teaching and organizing ESL programs to students from different backgrounds.
  • My hobbies include hanging out with my two cats, trying to recreate my mom’s cooking using her recipe and blasting music in my room and car.


 Yaxuan Li