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Wen-Hua Du

Wen-Hua Du

Senior Lecturer in Chinese

Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program

201B Old Botany
Office Phone: (814) 867-3261


  1. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  2. M.A. National Taiwan Normal University
  3. B.A. Soochow University, Taiwan


Wen-Hua Du obtained her M.A. degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University, Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Curriculum and Instruction, minored in Foreign Languages and Linguistics. Prior to her current position at Penn State, she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught a wide range of Chinese language courses for various institutions, including immersion programs, summer intensive programs, and regular language and culture courses at liberal art colleges and state universities. Dr. Du’s research interest includes the teaching and learning of culture, language learning strategies, pedagogy of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) and Chinese as a Heritage Language (CHL). Selected recent conference presentations and proceedings include: “Preliminary Examination on Beginning Level of CHL Writing and its Implication of Curriculum Design” (2012), “Teaching Chinese culture to learners of Chinese as a heritage language: A journey of culture learning, relearning and ethnic identity formation” (2012), “Time lag in characters teaching and learning: A preliminary investigation from learners’ perspectives” (2011), “Developing a Blended Curriculum in Elementary Chinese: The Penn State Experience” (2011)