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Lu Li

Lu Li

Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program


Lu Li previously taught Chinese at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, the China and Asia Pacific Studies (CAPS) at Cornell University, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and others. In China, she also taught Chinese at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Studies (IUP) at Tsinghua University in Beijing, in addition she trained Chinese educators at a teacher-training institution in Nanjing. She has been teaching Chinese at SAIS since 2013. Her research fields include: teaching Chinese as a second language, Chinese grammar and vocabulary, comparative linguistics, cross-cultural perspectives through language study, the developmental history of Chinese as a second/ foreign language, and modern society buzzwords. She earned a MA in Chinese Linguistics at Nanjing University (China), and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature at Nanjing Normal University.
Recently published an article discussing how Chinese language was taught in the Ming and Qing dynasties based on researching missionaries' Chinese learning experience. Also has published books including, A Visit to America: Practical Chinese for International Studies, From River to River: My Journey Teaching Chinese, and Moon Over Sifang Street (Chinese Edition).



  • Chinese