Yu Li

Yu Li

Senior Lecturer, DUS

Modern Languages Building, 215

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00

Telephone: 404-727-1888


About me

Dr. Li joined Emory University in 2007. She is a Senior Lecturer of the Chinese Program, Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, the East Asian Studies Program, and is also a core faculty member of the Program in Linguistics. Dr. Li received her PhD (2007) in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and MA (2002) in Linguistics and BA (2000) in English Language and Literature from Peking University. Beyond Emory, Dr. Li currently serves as the review editor for the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association and president of the American Society of Shufa Calligraphy Education.

Areas of interest

  • Chinese language pedagogy
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Language and culture interface
  • Technology in language teaching

Courses Taught at Emory

  • Chinese Writing Systems in Asia (Chinese/East Asian Studies/Linguistics 235)
  • Chinese Language, Culture, and Society (Chinese/East Asian Studies/Linguistics 335)
  • Chinese Art, Culture, and Society through Calligraphy (Chinese/East Asian Studies/Visual Arts 215)
  • East Asian Calligraphy (East Asian Studies 216/Chinese 216/Art History 216/Anthropology 217)
  • Sounds of Human Languages (Linguistics 210)
  • Elementary Chinese I (Chinese 101)
  • Elementery Chinese II (Chinese 102)
  • Intermediate Chinese I (Chinese 201)
  • Intermediate Chinese for Heritage Speakers (Chinese 203)
  • Advanced Chinese I (Chinese 301)
  • Advanced Chinese II (Chinese 302)
  • Advanced Chinese for Heritage Speakers (Chinese 303)
  • Advanced Reading and Writing in Modern Chinese (Chinese 401)
  • Advanced Reading and Writing in Modern Chinese II (Chinese 402)
  • Directed Research in Linguistics (Linguistics 499)
  • Directed Study in Linguistics (Linguistics 497)


(Forthcoming). with Zheng-sheng Zhang. CFL for University and College Students: Curriculum and Instruction. In Ruan, JN, Zhang, J., & Leung, C. (Eds.) Perspectives on Chinese as a Foreign Language Education. New York: Springer.

(Forthcoming). with Hong Li and Leah Cuchran. Talk to the Computer Before You Talk with Us: Flipped Classroom 2.0. The Language Educator, March/April 2015.

(2014). with Hong Li. Fipping the Classroom Using VoiceThread in CFL Teaching and Learning. In In Li, XQ., Jia, YM., & Xu, J. (Eds.) Digital Technology in the Teaching of Chinese. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press. 287-293.

(2014). with Xiaohong Wen, Tianwei Xie, and Zheng-sheng Zhang. "Survey of College­Level Mandarin Chinese Programs in North America." To be submitted to Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers" Association.

(2013). with Cheryl Crowley. "Calligraphy as a Resource in the East Asian Studies Curriculum." Education About Asia, 18(1): 45-47.

(2012). "Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: Theories and Applications [Review of the Book]." Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers' Association, 47(3): 173-182.

(2012). "Designing and Implementing Student-Centered and Curriculum-Based Online Placement Tests." Proceedings of the 7th International Conference & Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching. National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai'I at Manoa. 233-238.

(2012). "New Wine in Old Bottles: Digital Storytelling in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language." Xiaoqi Li, Jianmin Zhang & Juan Xu (Eds.) Digitized Teaching and Learning of Chinese Language - 2012. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press. 232-238.

 (2011). "A Broader Interdisciplinary Approach to Calligraphy-Related Course Development: Towards an Integrated Chinese Curriculum." Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers' Association, 46(3): 49-60.

(2010). with Jing Zhang. "Videoconferencing in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: Applications and Reflections." Jianmin Zhang & Juan Xu (Eds.) Technologies in Chinese Language Teaching. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press. 151-158.

(2009). with Phillip Wolff and G. Jeon. "Causal Agents in English, Korean and Chinese: The Role of Internal and External Causation." Language and Cognition 1(2): 165"194.

(2009). with Phillip Wolff, G. Jeon, and B. Klettke. "Force Creation and Possible Causers Across Languages." B. Malt & P. Wolff (Eds.), Words and the World: How Words Capture Human Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 183-223.