Lisha Xu

Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

CALL Projects

  • 2017 Five College Innovative Language Teaching Award. Project: Developing two online platforms for advanced Chinese courses on News and Media 
  • 2016 Five College Innovative Language Teaching Fellowship. Project: Developing an Online Learning Platform for Beginning Chinese
  • 2014 Five College Blended Learning initiative Grant. Project: Incorporating Online Materials and Digital Learning/Assessing Tools into Advanced Chinese Newspaper Reading and News Watching 
  • 2013 Five College Digital Humanities Grant. Project: Advanced Level Chinese Language and Culture Courses at Mount Holyoke College and Smith College  
  • 2008 Dr. Helen Shen’s grant from US Department of Education. Project: Chinese Reading World (
  • 2008 Beginning Chinese Listening Courseware. Copyright © The University of Iowa Chinese Program

Recent Campus News

Contest participants: (back row from left) Ying Wang (faculty), Virginia Henning ’20, Odiche Nwabuikwu ’18, Gillian Hagen ’20 and Clara Wang ’19. (Front row from left) Lei Yan (faculty), Sarah Ratzlaff ’20, Catherine Peabody ’20 and Lisha Xu (faculty).

Competitive languages

Mount Holyoke students excel in language proficiency contests, bringing home top prizes in Chinese and Japanese competitions this spring.

New grants to Mount Holyoke and its faculty.

Mount Holyoke College and its professors received numerous grants and fellowships between May and October 2015.

Recent Publications

Wang, Y., Wang, Z., Xu, L. Today’s World: Select Readings of Spotlight News, Volume I&II. Peking University Press, (Textbook) August 2017

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).

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

Chen-hui Tsai & Lisha Xu (2008). A Principle-based Approach to Teach Listening in a CALL-integrated Classroom. Proceedings of World CALL 2008, Using Technologies for Language Learning, 3rd International Conference, Fukuoka, Japan.