Yueming Yu-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Yueming Yu

Teaching Professor and Coordinator of Chinese Studies

Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 160
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: BH 243A
Phone: (412) 268-8943
Fax: (412) 268-1328
Department Member Since: 1992


I have been a foreign language professor for the greatest part of my adult life. I like teaching. I find teaching a very exciting profession, especially in the teaching of a foreign language. I have taught Chinese students English and also taught non-Chinese-speaking students Chinese. In addition to helping students master all the skills necessary in the use of the new language, I have also been leading them into a totally new world in which they get acquainted with different societies and cultures. This new world has been fascinating, and sometimes mysterious to them. To be able to play a part in broadening their minds in looking at the world around them has been the most rewarding aspect of my professional life.

I like students. They are young and full of vitality. They have different thoughts and feelings. A good understanding of them and love for them are essential to the success of teaching. I place high expectations on my students, but at the same time, I want to become their friends. Although I was very much brought up in a society whose tradition it is to emphasize "teacher dignity", my own experience has taught me that genuine dignity can be achieved only when students see my dedication to my work, the effectiveness in my teaching and my sincerity to my students. A teacher is also a role model in a student’s life.


Ph. D., Instructional Design and Technology, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught

82-433          Topics on Contemporary Culture of China
82-434          Studies in Chinese Traditions
82-331          Advanced Chinese I
82-332          Advanced Chinese II
82-333          Chinese Language and Culture
82-231          Intermediate Chinese I
82-232          Intermediate Chinese II
82-137          Chinese Calligraphy Culture and Skills
82-131          Elementary Chinese I
82-132          Elementary Chinese II