Wei Cai

Dr. Wei Cai


Division Chair of Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies (2020-2023)

Faculty of Arts, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures

Director of the Language Research Centre (2017-2019)

Faculty of Arts, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures

Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-8590


Educational Background

B.A. English Education, Hebei Normal University ,

M.A. Linguistics, Beijing Foreign Studies University,

Doctor of Philosophy Second Language Acquisition , National University Singapore,


Areas of Research

Second language listening, second language acquisition, vocabulary acquisition, teacher education, AI in language learning and teaching, language teaching materials evaluation

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
CHIN 301 Continuing Chinese I Fall 2023
CHIN 411 Foundations of Chinese Language Learning and Teaching Fall 2023
LLAC 602 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics Fall 2023
CHIN 412 Aspects of Chinese Language Teaching and Learning Winter 2024
EALS 501 Advanced Research in East Asian Languages Studies Winter 2024


  • Robert Roy Award, Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. 2023
  • Leadership in Internationalization Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary. 2019


  • Learning and teaching Chinese in the ChatGPT context. Cai, W. . Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies (4). 13-23. (2023)
  • Current Status and Future Development of Chinese Language Education in Canada. Cai, W., & Wang, R.Z. International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching. 4-12. (2023)

More Information

This website Chinese Teaching Group in Canada is set up as a platform for Chinese teaching professionals and researchers across Canada to promote collegial collaborations, scholarly exchanges, and timely sharing of ideas, experiences and research findings in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language. It is our hope that through this platform we can bring individual teachers and scholars together to form a warm community where each member can feel a sense of belonging, caring,  supportive and encouraged, as well as  mutually inspired, both professionally and personally. Such community, as we so believe, will help produce  more meaningful fruits in  the Canadian orchard of Chinese language teaching and learning.

International Conference of Chinese Second Language Teacher Education is to engage in scholarly exchanges on theoretical and pedagogical issues on Chinese L2 teacher education and development from diverse perspectives and develop solutions to real-world problems faced by Chinese L2 teachers. The conference is to respond to the increasing need for quality Chinese teachers and the growing attention to Chinese L2 teacher education and professional development in the world. The conference also includes a Canadian Chinese L2 education exhibit.

Teaching and Researching Chinese Second Language Listening

A special issue on Chinese language education in Canada in International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching