Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures
Moore 388, 956-2071
Department: 956-8490; Fax: 956-9515
BA 1968, Soochow University
MA 1973, Seton Hall University
PhD 1980, University of Arizona
Professor Yao is coordinator for the Chinese language program at UH, and assumes responsibility for curriculum planning, teacher training, and the placement and testing of students. His own research focuses on computer-assisted language learning software for Chinese, and computer-adaptive testing of Chinese. His CATRC (Computer-Adaptive Test for Reading Chinese) was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and is now available for general use. The textbook he co-authored, Integrated Chinese, has been adopted for use at many key institutions. He also writes on the history of Quanzhen Daoism.
China-related courses taught
Chn 101–102 Elementary Chinese (First-Year Chinese)
Chn 201–202 Intermediate Chinese (Second-Year Chinese)
Chn 301–302 Advanced Chinese (Third-Year Chinese)
Chn 401–402 Fourth-Year Chinese
Chn 643 Methods in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Chn 650B Testing the Chinese Language
Selected China-related publications
Integrated Chinese. Co-authored with Yuehua Liu. Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 1997.
“A Review of Some Current Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for Chinese,” in Chinese Pedagogy: An Emerging Field. Ed. Scott McGinnis. Columbus, Ohio: Foreign Language Publications, 1996.
“Taoism and Buddhism Under the Chin,” in China Under Jurchen Rule: Essays in Chin Cultural History. Ed. Stephen West and Hoyt Tillman. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1995. Pp. 145–180.
“A Computer-Adaptive Test for Reading Chinese (CATRC): A Preliminary Report,” Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, 30:1 (Feb. 1995), pp. 75–85.
This is his memorial website.