Lisha Xu


  • Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies
  • on leave spring 2024
Lisha Xu

Lisha Xu's research interests are Chinese pedagogy, Chinese character and word acquisition and instruction, technology-assisted Chinese language learning, and inclusive teaching in foreign language classrooms. She conducted research projects on:

  • Designing multimedia materials to teach listening
  • Technology-assisted character and vocabulary acquisition and teaching
  • Online teaching and learning curricular design
  • Social media-enhanced pedagogy
  • Blended learning approaches

Areas of Expertise

Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language


  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • B.A., Shandong University

Associated Courses

At Mount Holyoke College, Lisha Xu teaches Chinese at all levels. Those courses include:

  • First-year Chinese, Second-year Chinese, and Third-year Chinese
  • Newspaper Reading and Journalistic Practice in China
  • Learning Chinese Through Film
  • Advanced Chinese Reading: Literary
  • Advanced Chinese Reading: Chinese Classics: 17th Century Short Stories
  • Business Culture and Communication in China

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

Mount Holyoke student Ava Frost ’26 was selected by NASA for the 10-week Europa ICONS internship program that aims to determine whether there are places below the surface of Jupiter’s moon that could support life.

More than 120 students participated in the twentieth annual Stoling Ceremony. The Commencement weekend tradition celebrates the achievements of students of color and honors their Mount Holyoke mentors.

Mount Holyoke’s one hundred and eighty-seventh Commencement was marked by many firsts — the first held on Pageant Green, the first Commencement with President Danielle R. Holley and, for many undergraduates, their first in-person graduation.

Recent Publications

Xu, L. (2017). Developing multimedia supplementary materials to support learning beginning level Chinese characters. In K. Borthwick, L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (Eds), CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions – short papers from EUROCALL 2017 (pp. 333-338). rpnet.2017.eurocall2017.736

Facilitate Autonomous learning of Chinese language with social media enhanced pedagogy, Proceedings of 20th International CALL Research Conference 2019 Xu, L. (2017).

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Character and word Acquisition and Instruction (2nd Edition) (Lisha Xu, Shu Zhu, Sicheng Wang, Beijing Language and Cultural University) Journal Articles Lisha Xu (2019).

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Instruction (Helen H. Shen, Chen-hui Tsai, Lisha Xu, Shu Zhu, Peking University Press, July 2011)

Materials for Beginning Level (Ying Wang, Lisha Xu, Shin-Yi Kao, Lei Yan, CLERC Publishing, Jan. 2018)

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