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

Margaret Robinson, Julia and Sarah Ann Adams Professor of Mathematics at Mount Holyoke College, was recognized for support and empowerment of women in the mathematics field.

Patricia Brennan, associate professor of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College, discusses a new study on serotine bat reproduction with The New York Times.

Angelica Patterson, the curator of education and outreach at the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College, is the principal investigator for a new National Science Foundation grant to produce virtual field experiences for underserved students.

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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