Lisha Xu

  • Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies
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

In honor of Interim President Tatum’s distinguished service to Mount Holyoke College, the Board of Trustees dedicated the Unity Center in Blanchard Hall to Dr. Tatum during a special celebration on May 5, 2023.

Mount Holyoke President-elect Danielle Holley spoke to Reuters about how colleges and universities are preparing for the end of affirmative action.

Nearly 150 students participated in the Stoling Ceremony, an important Commencement weekend tradition celebrating the achievements of students of color and their Mount Holyoke mentors.

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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