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Yan Liu, Chinese Lecturer

Yan Liu

Yan Liu, Ph.D., is a Lecturer of Chinese in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Asian/Pacific Studies Institute. Her primary research interests include second language (L2) acquisition, L2 reading, L2 assessment, intercultural competence, Chinese language pedagogy, and Chinese curriculum development. These research interests are developed from her language teaching experience and her motive to promote language teaching and learning. Her research work has been published and presented in many prestigious conferences, such as the annual conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the annual conference of Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), and the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She is also a reviewer of Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching

Since she joined Duke in 2013, Yan Liu has been teaching and coordinating Intermediate Chinese courses (CHN 203 & 204). She also teaches Advanced Literacy in Chinese (CHN 333) on a regular basis and was awarded David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Funds for this course in 2015. In the same year, she developed a new course on Chinese Translation and Interpretation (CHN 332) that aims to develop students’ skills in translating or interpreting different genres of texts from English to Chinese or from Chinese to English. In addition to teaching on Duke campus, she also teaches summer courses in Duke Study in China (DSIC), a Duke-administered study-abroad program in Beijing.

Yan Liu was awarded 2015-2016 Service-Learning Faculty Fellow and has been coordinating and co-organizing Chinese program’s service-learning/community-based activities with her colleagues. Taking her own courses as an example, she has connected her students with a variety of local communities, such as, Burton Elementary School (CHN333 in 2013 fall), Durham Academy (CHN203 in 2015 fall and 2016 fall), Duke China Care, a student organization on Duke campus that helps adopted children from China find their cultural roots (CHN333 in 2014 fall and 2015 spring), Chinese international students and visitors at Duke (CHN333 in 2015 spring and 2016 spring; CHN203 and CHN204 from 2014 fall till now), and local Chinese professional translators and interpreters (CHN332 in 2015 fall). These community-based activities have enabled her students to know different communities around them and encouraged them to serve the communities with what they have learned from her Chinese courses.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  2204 Erwin Road, John Hope Franklin Center, Room 233, Box 90414, Durham, NC 2770
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2902
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2020):

    Perkins 060, MW 08:45 AM-09:35 AM
    Social Sciences 105, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    East Duke 204A, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:35 AM
Office Hours:

M: 10AM-12 PM

Ph.D.Carnegie Mellon University2013
MABeijing Foreign Studies University2005
BALanzhou University1999

Research Interests:

Current projects: Reading instruction and assessment for college foreign language content courses

Dr. Yan Liu's primary research interests include second language reading, biliteracy development, and teaching / learning Chinese as a second language / a foreign language / a heritage language

Areas of Interest:

Second Language Acquisition
Second Language Reading
Biliteracy Development
Heritage Language Acquisition
Foreign Language Instruction and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language or a Second Language

Recent Publications

  1. Kuo, L-J; Kim, T-J; Yang, X; Li, H; Liu, Y; Wang, H; Hyun Park, J; Li, Y, Acquisition of Chinese characters: the effects of character properties and individual differences among second language learners., Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6 (January, 2015), pp. 986 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Taguchi, N; Li, S; Liu, Y, Comprehension of conversational implicature in L2 Chinese, Pragmatics and Cognition, vol. 21 no. 1 (November, 2013), pp. 139-157, ISSN 1569-9943
Selected Conferences

  1. Developing An Online Course for Advanced Learners of Chinese., January, 2014, Duke University    
  2. Assessing and Promoting Cultural Analysis Skills in Advanced Chinese Courses, November 22, 2013, 2013 ACTFL conference at Orlando    
  3. Acquisition of Chinese Characters Among Child and Adult Learners: the Effects of Visual Complexity and Radical Presence., May, 2013, Washington, D.C.    
  4. L2 Semantic-gap Filling (SGF) in Chinese Reading Comprehension., April, 2013, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.    
  5. Lexical Inferecing Ability in Chinese as a Foreign Language., March, 2013, Dallas, TX.    
  6. A Synthesis Study of Morphological Awareness Instruction., November, 2012, Philadelphia, PA.    
  7. Lexical Inferencing Ability and Reading Comprehension in Chinese among American College Learners of Chinese, November, 2012, College Park, MD.    
  8. Morphological Awareness and Lexical Inferencing Ability in Chinese as a Foreign Language., October, 2012    
  9. Compound Awareness, Lexical Inferencing Ability and Reading Comprehension in Chinese as a Foreign Language., March, 2012, Boston, MA.    
Selected Grant Support

  • AMES T6 IT grant.      

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