Beatrice Tseng was born in Taiwan. As daughter of a diplomat, she had the opportunity to live in different countries: in São Paulo (Brazil) and Bogotá (Colombia) until age ten, and then in Colón (Panama) for eight years, where she attended Junior and Senior High at an American school in the former Panama Canal Zone
. She has also spent considerable amount of time in Fukuoka and Osaka (Japan), Lisboa (Portugal), and many cities in Costa Rica.
In 1984, Professor Tseng came to the USA to pursue her undergraduate and graduate studies at UCLA in Spanish and Portuguese Literature. She spent her junior year in Madrid as a study abroad student and traveled extensively in Spain and various European countries. She graduated from UCLA with a BA and MA, specializing in Contemporary Spanish American Literature and Spanish Medieval Literature. Upon graduation, Professor Tseng moved to Orange County where she has been teaching Spanish at Irvine Valley College since 1991.
Professor Tseng is the co-author of the Instructor's Resource Kit that accompanies the Spanish college textbook Dos mundos
. She presents numerous workshops on "Natural Approach," Dos mundos, teaching Spanish online and the usage of technology in foreign language classes. In 2003 she was named Irvine Valley College 2004 Teacher of the Year
by the Orange County Department of Education and received a Model Online Course award
from the California Virtual Campus on the exemplary design of her Spanish 4 Online course. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Most Inspiring Professor
award presented by IVC's Psi Beta Chapter, the National Honor Society in Psychology. In 2007-2008, Professor Tseng completed a series of graduate courses on E-Learning and Online Teaching
through the University of Wisconsin @ Stout, including a beginning web design course (this website is an extension of her final project for this class). She completed the certification in Spring 2008.
In addition to teaching, Professor Tseng also enjoys traveling, gardening, spending time with her family and friends, volunteering at her children's schools and in the community, and dining at ethnic restaurants. She breaks the stereotype of a "typical" Spanish instructor by bringing into her lectures her passion and knowledge of both of her heritages: the Hispanic and the Chinese.