April Zhang is the founder of MSL Master and the author of two series of Chinese textbooks, Mandarin Express series and Chinese Reading and Writing series, which are highly relevant and very effective for non-Chinese speakers to learn Mandarin Chinese.
Using her curriculum, many students have achieved substantial success in learning Chinese, which has greatly enriched their understanding about China and has significantly contributed to their work.
April enjoys teaching and interacting with students. Besides having classes and conducting workshops, she has spent most of her time in producing Chinese video lessons which are focused on reading and writing, Mandarin audio lessons which are focused on speaking and listening, and writing articles which are related to Chinese teaching and learning. She has presented her papers in many language teaching and learning conferences, and has established an online resource centre to share knowledge and research findings with fellow Chinese teachers and students worldwide.
During her early career, she taught English to Chinese speakers, and later turned her focus to teaching Mandarin to non-Chinese speakers. Her experience as a bilingual teacher has given her insight on the process of learning and how cultural differences affect learning outcomes.
Looking back, she believed that she has benefited from two academic fields, science and arts. Her Bachelor's degree was in Mechanical Engineering, and her Master's degree in Cultural and Literary Studies. As a result, well structured system, effectiveness and efficiency, as well as cultural relevance and art appreciation, are firmly embedded in her work.