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Jean Wu

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  • Title: Senior Instructor, Chinese Language
  • Phone: 541-346-4098
  • Office: 402 Friendly Hall


Jean Wu’s teaching focuses on the Chinese language, Chinese linguistics, and foreign language pedagogy. Her ongoing research involves second language acquisition, pragmatics, comparative linguistics and Chinese curriculum development. She currently teaches Chinese language courses at UO. Her previous teaching experience includes college-level courses in linguistics, Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities—East Asia, Chinese calligraphy, and the English language. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences on Chinese pedagogy and has given numerous talks on the Chinese language and culture. Dr. Wu supervises the professional training of Chinese language Graduate Teaching Fellows at UO, and she has guest lectured on teaching effectiveness at Portland State University. In addition to her role as Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program and Chinese Major Advisor, she has served on the Executive Committee at EALL and the China Executive Board of Oregon University System. Her other professional experience includes editing and reviewing Chinese language books for selected publishers in the US. She received her MA in Foreign Language Education from West Virginia University and her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Michigan State University. She enjoys hiking and gardening.