Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute Research Projects

Around the Chinese language and culture teaching programs and teacher professional development, the Confucius Institute conducts empirical research directed by Dr. Huiwen Li. Research projects are typically conducted in collaboration with visiting professors and researchers in the US and abroad.



1. Chinese language and culture curriculum development

2. Teaching strategy and learning assessment

3. Teacher Training and professional development

4. Culture shock and culture adaptation

5. HSK Testing Validity and placement test development

6. Chinese Characters and Culture




Huiwen Li

Principal Investigator: Huiwen Li, Doctor of Education

Dr. Huiwen Li is the CI educational program leader in charge of CI teaching, research, and journal projects. His research interest includes teacher training and teacher professional development, curriculum development, culture shock and adaption, learning assessment, program evaluation, and psychology in education. He teaches Chinese language and linguistics, Chinese characters and calligraphy, and research methodology.

Hui Pang

Co-Principal Investigator: Hui Pang

Hui Pang, Associate Professor and K-12 English teacher trainer at Qingdao University, China. She began to teach Chinese in CSU from October, 2016. Her major research interests are Teaching Methodology, Pre-service and In-service Teacher Training and Teachers’ Professional Development.  She teaches Chinese language and Chinese Culture through Films.

Shunqin Li

Shunqin Li, Master of Arts

Shunqin Li, visiting professor from International College, Yunan Agricultural University, China. Her main research field is Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Yufei Guo

Yufei Guo, Master of Arts

Yufei Guo, visiting professor from Jiamusi University, China. Her main research field is culture, second language acquisition and teaching methodology.

Lu Geng

Lu Geng, Master of Translation and Interpreting

Lu Geng, visiting professor from Hefei Technology College, China. Her main research field is English-Chinese translation and second language acquisition.

Xiaocong Ding

Xiaocong Ding, Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Xiaocong Ding, visiting professor from Tianjin Electronic Information College, China. Her main research field is Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.




1. 李惠文. (2013). PDF icon建立海外孔子学院的风险评估机制.pdf 孔子学院发展研究1(2), 19-24.

Or, Li, H. (2013). Building up risk assessment system for overseas Confucius Institutes. Research on the Development of Confucius Institute1(2), 19-24.

2. 李惠文. (2014). PDF icon孔子眼中的好学.pdf孔子研究3(3), 19-23.

Or, Li, H. (2014). Love of Learning in Confucius’ eyes: Viewed from a systematic perspective.Confucius Studies3(3), 19-23.

3. Li, H. (2014). PDF icon赴美高校华文新教师岗前培训设计.pdf 海外华文教育3(3), 307-315.

Or, Li, H. (2014). A Practice-based design of training novice college CFL teachers in the US. Overseas Chinese Education3(3), 307-315.

4. Li, H., & Yu, Y. (2015). PDF iconAssessing Needs for a Chinese Calligraphy Course.pdfTeaching Chinese in International Contexts1, 3-26.

Or, 李惠文, & 于月明. (2015). 高校书法课需求性测量评估国际中文教学新视野1, 3-26.

5. Kuo, L. J., Kim, T. J., Yang, X., Li, H., Liu, Y., Wang, H., Park, J. H., & Li, Y. (2015). PDF iconAcquisition of Chinesecharacters.pdf Frontiers in psychology6.

6. 国立夫, & 李惠文. (2016). PDF icon基于PDCA的名师工作室活动设计.pdf 教育理论与实践36(5), 34-36.

Or, Guo, Li, & Li, H. (2016). Exemplified activity design of PDCA-based expert teacher mentoring studio. Theory and Practice of Education36(5), 34-36.

7. 林昊 & 李惠文. (2017). PDF icon中文国际文凭项目考试特点与难点.pdf 中文教学研究1(1), 1-9.

Or, Lin, H., & Li, H. (2017). The IB Test of Chinese as a second language: Features and difficulties.Research on Chinese Language Teaching1(1), 1-9.

8. 李惠文李顺清, & 韩丽芬. (2017). PDF icon在美中文教师常见的文化冲击及对策.pdf汉语学习与教学研究3, 57-66.

Or, Li, H., Li, S., & Han, L. (2017). Culture Shock Chinese Language Teachers Commonly Encounter in the US and Coping StrategiesStudies in Chinese Learning and Teaching3, 57-66.

9. 郭艳. (2017). PDF icon美国中小学汉语教学现状及问题探.pdf—以美国俄亥俄州 Cleveland Heights University Heights学区为例汉语学习与教学研究, 3, 67-76.

Or, Guo, Y. (2017). Current situation and problems of Chinese teaching in American schools---Exemplified with Cleveland Heights and University Heights District. Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching3, 67-76.

10. Li, H., & McDermott, B. (2017). PDF iconProblems and the Coping Measures in American Beginners Chinese Calligraphy Writing.pdfChinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology1.

11. 李顺清韩丽芬, & 李惠文(2017). PDF icon汉办在美教师课堂教学中的文化冲击.pdf汉语教学方法与技术1.

Or, Li, S., Han, L., & Li, H. (In press). Culture shock Hanban teachers encounter in American classroom teaching. Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology1.

12. Li, H. (2017). PDF iconDoes Background Music Affect Memorization of Chinese Character Meaning.pdfResearch on Chinese Teaching and Learning2.

13. 李惠文, 关春梅, & 庞晖. (2017). PDF icon当前国家汉办外派教师赴美工作中存在的问题与对策.pdf. 云南师范大学学报·对外汉语教学与研究版, 15(3), 88-92.
Or, Li, H., Guan, C., & Pang, H. (2017). Hanban-sponsored Chinese Language Programs in the US: Issues and Coping Strategies. Journal of Yunnan Normal University: Teaching and Research of Chinese as A Foreign Language, 15(3), 88-92.