Yilan is a 4th-year Ph.D. student in Chinese linguistics, with a minor in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She received her B.A. in English at Beijing Foreign Studies University where she was inspired and developed huge interests in linguistics. She then completed her Master’s degree from the Dept. of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in syntax/semantics, corpus linguistics, and second language acquisition. Yilan is passionate about teaching. She has experience in teaching English academic writing courses both at graduate and undergraduate levels in the U.S., and teaching different levels of college-level Chinese language courses, including Spoken Chinese and Business Chinese. Currently, she teaches 3rd-year Chinese (CHN301) course at the U of A.