Leo Fu holds a Master Degree in Legal Linguistics, which explores the relationship between law and language, and has previously worked as a University lecturer. Notably, he has worked with renowned Chinese Character scholar, Professor Tang, on both the compilation of a Chinese Character dictionary — Dictionary of Explaining 9353 Chinese Characters, and the development of a brand new Chinese learning system. He is also the author of series text book: The Most Frequently Used 1100 Chinese Characters (Books One, Two and Three) and What’s in A Chinese Character: the International Course.
Academically, he specialized in multiple subjects, including social theory, political theory, anthropology and archaeology, and has utilized the Western Scientific Approach into character study, so as to find a better way to facilitate understanding for international learners.
Now he has committed himself with his friend Karina to building a learning platform, Educollaborate, to learn, to teach and to share with international friends.
Karina Thorne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, and is currently working towards a Masters in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching with the University of Nottingham. Since her early years of secondary school, she has been inspired by passionate teachers and thoroughly enjoyed the process of learning languages. More recently, she has begun to experiment with e-learning through MOOCs, webinars and podcasts. And writes about these experiences in her aptly named blog, Learn Experience Teach. Indeed, wanting to combine her interests of teaching, learning and studying Chinese, the podcast project, Educollaborate, was born.
Educollaborate is a a collaboration between teachers and learners in China, co-hosted with Leo. Through discussion with experts and newbies alike, we discover how the principles of teaching and learning, may invigorate classroom practice, today.