Madeline Spring is the current Director of the UH Chinese Language Flagship Program. Until recently, she was Professor of Chinese and the director of the Chinese Language Program in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. Her research endeavors include the study of medieval Chinese literature and current issues in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL). In that area, her focus is on curricular design and implementation, teacher training, computer-based instruction, intercultural communication and second language acquisition and assessment. She is the author of Making Connections: Improve Your Listening Comprehension in Chinese, now in its second edition.