Andrew Olson

Senior Lecturer
Foreign Languages & Literature
 (414) 229-2492
 Curtin Hall 806


  • MA, Foreign Language and Literature, UW-Milwaukee, Spring 2004

Teaching Interests

Based upon my own experiences as a student, I am passionate about sharing the pleasure of learning Chinese with students. Having learned Chinese myself, I have a keen sense for which parts of the language are most difficult and interesting to American college students. I strive to include fun and humor in every classroom situation to encourage real-life communication.

Selection of Courses Taught

  • Chinese 101: First Semester Chinese – Sample Syllabus [pdf 168kb]
  • Chinese 102: Second Semester Chinese – Sample Syllabus [pdf 150kb]
  • Chinese 101: First Semester Chinese Online

Research Interests

I am interested in the creative development of curriculum, including interactive and media-based activities, to encourage creative language use during the early stages of language learning. Currently, I am developing a Chinese 101 course to be offered completely online, which will emphasize this type of individual learning.

Other Relevant Activities

I am an avid martial artist and got my start as a teacher as a Taekwondo instructor during high school.