Teaching Professor of Chinese Studies
Director of MA in Applied SLA
BioAs an educator of Chinese studies my goal is to help students learn Chinese language and culture effectively and efficiently, and to make the learning process enjoyable for them. My teaching and research interests are linguistics, pedagogy, computer-assisted language learning, and the folk performance arts of China and Taiwan.
My research on Classical and Modern Chinese linguistics has addressed both syntax and semantics. Adopting the functional point of view, my work has investigated the coverbs in Classical Chinese, prototype theory and its relation to the use of Chinese classifiers (measure words). I have presented linguistics work at numerous conferences and have published several papers related to Classical and Modern Chinese linguistics and their application to language pedagogy.
In my over 18 years of Chinese teaching experience I have gained a well-rounded perspective of the challenges of Chinese language teaching and learning. These challenges have motivated me to contribute to the Chinese studies program through the development and delivery of new courses at all levels, the development of new textbook materials and the integration of online materials and tools into curriculum. I am the project leader and the lead author of the Chinese Link 中文天地 series, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall; co-author of Classical Chinese Primer 古文入門, published by Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press; co-author of a new set of learning materials: Keeping our Heritage 中國緣, specifically tailored for Chinese heritage learners; and the PI for various online projects including the Chinese Online courses (supported by NSF through PSLC).
Serving as the chair of the PSLC Chinese Learnlab (http://learnlab.org, funded by NSF) has provided me with opportunities to coordinate research collaborations across disciplines including cognitive researchers, psychologists, technological tool developers, and language professionals. In this role I have attempted to provide service to the Chinese language teaching and learning communities by helping to bridge pedagogical practice, language learning research, and technological advances. In addition, I serve as a member of the CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association) Board of Directors and the Editorial Board of FLA (Foreign Language Annals). These professional service activities have enabled me to broaden my involvement with other language professionals.
EducationPh. D., Linguistics and Pedagogy, The Ohio State University, 1997
Selected Recent Work
- Chinese Link 中文天地 (Intermediate Chinese) Level 2 part 1 &Level 2 Part 2, 2nd Edition. (2011). By S. Wu & Y.Yu. Upper Saddle River:Pearson education / Prentice Hall.
- ChineseLink 中文天地 (Elementary Chinese) Level 1 part 1 & Level 1 Part 2, 2nd Edition (2010). By S. Wu, Y. Yu, Y. Zhang and W. Tian. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education / Prentice Hall.
- Classical Chinese Primer 古文入門 (2007). By J. Wang, Wu, S. Jiang and F. Hsueh. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
- Classical Chinese Primer: Workbook 古文入門: 作業本 (2007). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
- Classical Chinese Primer: Instructor's Manual 古文入門: 教師手冊 (2007). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
- Chinese Link 中文天地 (Intermediate Chinese) (2007). Upper Saddle River: Pearson education / Prentice Hall.
- Chinese Link 中文天地 (Elementary Chinese) (2006) Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education / Prentice Hall.
- Keeping Our Heritage 中國緣 (Elementary Level). By Y. Yu, S. Wu, R. Zhao. (Under review)
- Keeping Our Heritage 中國緣 (Intermediate Level). By Y. Yu, S. Wu, R. Zhao and T. Yao. (Under review)
- "The Delineation Function of Zhe 者 in Mencius"; (Co-author with M. Haney). Ontological Studies of the Chinese Language. Beijing: Chinese Social Sciences Press. pp. 300-314.
- 2011."DoesZhe者Really Serve as a Subordinating Particle In Classical Chinese?" (Co-author with M. Haney). Ontological Studies of the Chinese Language. Beijing: Chinese Social Sciences Press. pp. 315-325.
- 2011. "Learning the Tonal Language by Attending to the Tone: An In-Vivo Experiment". (co-author with Liu, Y., Wang, M., Perfetti, C.A., Brubaker. B., &, MacWhinney, B.). Language Learning. pp. 1-23.
- 2011. "A Chinese Online LearnLab Course: Facilitating E-Learning and Research". (co-author with M. Haney & Y. Liu). ICICE7 Thesis Collection. pp. 322-330. Taipei: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission. R. O. C. (Taiwan).
- 2011. "Hand Puppet Theater Performance: Emergent Structures and the Resurgence of Taiwanese Identity". Religion and the Formation of Taiwanese Identities. Edited by Murray Rubinstein and Paul Katz. New York: St. Martins Publisher.
- 2010. "Review of Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide" Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA). Vol.45.1: pp117-120.
- 2009 "Robust Chinese Learning: Implementing The 3 Modes of Communication in Assignments" (Co-author with Y. Liu). Proceedings of 2009 Annual Conference of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (ATCSL 2009).
- 2008. "Review of How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology " Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA) Vol. 43.2: pp 155-158.
- 2008. "Instrumentality: the Core Meaning of the Coverb Yi in Classical Chinese" Proceedings of the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-20). Vol. 1: pp. 489-498. Edited by Marjorie K. M. Chan & Hana Kang. Columbus: The Ohio State University.
- 2008. "Chinese Online: A Hybrid Experience" Proceedings of the 5th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Teaching in the 21st Century (TCLT5). pp. 296-302. Macau: University of Macau.
- 2008. "Using Optimally Selected Drill Practice to Train Basic Facts" (authors: Philip Pavlik Jr., Thomas Bolster, Sue-mei Wu, Ken Koedinger and Brian MacWhinney). Volume 5091/2008. pp. 593-602. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg publisher.
- 2007. "Chapter 11: Robust Language Learning for Chinese Heritage Learners: Technology, Motivation and Linguistics" Teaching Chinese, Japanese and Korean Heritage Students: Curriculum, Needs, Materials, and Assessment. pp. 271-297. Edited by Kimi Kondo-Brown & James Dean Brown. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers.
- 2007. “The FaCT (Fact and Concept Training) System: A New Tool Linking Cognitive Science With Educators” (Authors: Pavlik Jr., P. I., Presson, N., Dozzi, G., Wu, Sue-mei, MacWhinney, B. & Koedinger, K). In D. McNamara & G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- 2007. "Sample Syllabus for Colleges and Universities" in Chapter 3: How to organize your course. AP Chinese Language and Culture Teacher's Guide. pp. 39-52. Edited by M. F. Tseng, College Board Publications.
- 2005 "Teaching the Disposal Construction in the Context of Pedagogical Grammar and Content-based Instruction" Proceedings of Operational Strategies and Pedagogy for Chinese Language Programs in the 21st Century: An International Symposium. pp. 374-378. Taipei: Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University.
- 2005 "Robust Chinese E-learning: Integrating the 5Cs Principles with Content and Technology" (Co-author with M. Haney). Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Internet Chinese Education (ICICE 2005), pp. 541-548. Edited by S. Hsin. Taipei: Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission (OCAC).
- 2004 "Integrating Webpages into a Language and Culture Curriculum: Issues, Techniques, and Examples" Proceedings of the Third International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching (TCLT-3),pp. 24-28. Edited by Debao Xu and Phyllis Zhang. New York: Columbia University.
- 2003 "Chapter 4: Hand Puppet Theater Performance: Emergent Structures and the Resurgence of Taiwanese Identity" Religion and the Formation of Taiwanese Identities. pp. 99-122. Edited by Paul R. Katz and Murray A. Rubinstein. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publisher.
- 2010 – 2013 Member of the Foreign Language Annals (FLA) Editorial Board.
- 2012 CLTA/ACTFL Conference Chair.
- Nov 2009 – Nov 2012 Member of Board of Directors of CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association).
- Nov 2009 – Nov 2011 Chair of Fundraising Committee of CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association).
- Fall 2004-present Leader of the PSLC (Funded by NSF) Chinese LearnLab Course Committee.
- Conference organizer: 2007 PSLC Chinese LearnLab Symposium (Sponsored by PSLC and PSLC Chinese LearnLab). October 19, 2007. Carnegie Mellon Univ.
- 82-131 Elementary Chinese (I)
- 82-132 Elementary Chinese (II)
- 82-133 Elementary Chinese Online I
- 82-134 Elementary Chinese Online II
- 82-135 Intensive Elementary Chinese (for heritage students)
- 82-231 Intermediate Chinese I
- 82-232 Intermediate Chinese II
- 82-337 Mandarin Chinese for Oral Communication (I)
- 82-338 Mandarin Chinese for Oral Communication (II)
- 82-436 Introduction to Classical Chinese
- 82-440 Studies in Chinese Literature & Culture: Chinese Folk Performance
- 82-789 Guided Research