Senior Lecturer in Chinese


M.A., Beijing Language and Culture University

Field of Specialty

Teaching Chinese as a second language
Computer-based and Internet-based language teaching
Second language acquisition
Teaching Chinese at secondary level

Contact Information

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 120

Xiwen Lu

Xiwen Lu (陆熙雯)’s professional background is teaching Chinese as a second language, and she also explores in depth in the field of computer-based and Internet-based Chinese teaching method, Chinese language acquisition, and teaching Chinese at secondary level. In her academics career, she has taught different levels of Chinese in world leading programs such as Harvard Summer Program and Alliance. At her current faculty appointment here at Brandeis she teaches all levels of Chinese, Practical Chinese Phonetics, Lexics, Syntax, and Pragmatics, and Chinese Pedagogy. She serves as the undergraduate advising head, graduate student advisor, and Foreign Language Oversight Committee member. She also serves as the peer-reviewer for Chinese Teaching in the World (世界汉语教学) and Foreign Language Annuals.


Lu, Xiwen. Understanding the Complexities of Chinese Word Acquisition Within an Online Learning Platform.. Proc. of 2018 National Chinese Language Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2018.

Lu, Xiwen. Using Intelligent Tutoring System ASSISTments to Assist Students in Previewing. Proc. of The 6th Annual Conference of the NECLTA-International Conference on Learning and Teaching Chinese Language and Culture. Tufts University, MA: 2017.

Lu, Xiwen/Xiaolu Xiong/Neil Heffernan. Experimenting Choices of Video and Text Feedback in Authentic Foreign Language Assignments at Scale. Proc. of L@S: Fourth Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA: ACM, 2017.

Lu, Xiwen. Improving Students’ Character Recognition Ability Using On-line Practice. Proc. of ACTFL 2016 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. Boston, MA: 2016.

Lu, Xiwen. "Prevalent Standards for K-12 Foreign Language Teaching in the U.S.." Confucius Institute at UMass Boston Volunteer Training. UMass Boston. 2015/10/30.

Lu, Xiwen. Bridging High School to College: Design Secondary School Curriculums in a College Placement Perspective. Proc. of 13th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese. Pace University in New York City: 2015.

Lu, Xiwen/Gao, Liqun. "对外汉语课堂互动中纠正性反馈对习得的影响 (Impact of Corrective Feedbacks on the Acquisition in Chinese L2 Classroom Interaction)." 世界汉语教学(Chinese Teaching in the World) 29. 1 (2015): 128-143.

Wang, Qiuyu / Lu, Xiwen. A survey of Chinese Heritage Learners, the challenge and strategy in curriculum design. Proc. of National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages Annual 2015 Conference. Dulles, VA: 2015.

Wang, Qiuyu / Lu, Xiwen. 美国在华留学项目中汉语教师的跨文化交际意识培养. Proc. of 2015年第五届国际汉语教师培养论坛. Beijing, China: 2015.

Lu, Xiwen. "From Standards to Classrooms: Textbooks for Chinese Immersion Programs." Woodstock, Oregon. 05/15/2014.

Lu, Xiwen. Computer-based Advanced Intermediate Level Chinese Textbook. Waltham, MA: Unpublished course pack, 2014.

Lu, Xiwen. Lesson Plan, Unit Plan and Curriculum Mapping Design for K‐12 Chinese Classes ‐ taking Easy Steps to Chinese for example. Proc. of The 3rd Conference of the NECLTA‐International Conference on Learning and Teaching Chinese Language and Culture. University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts, USA: 2014.

Lu, Xiwen. Computer-based Intermediate Level Chinese Textbbok. Waltham, MA: Unpublished course pack, 2013.

Lu, Xiwen. IMPACT OF CORRECTIVE FEEDBACK ON THE ACQUISITION IN CHINESE L2 CLASSROOM INTERACTION. Proc. of 17th Princeton Conference on Chinese Language Instruction. Princeton University: 2009.

Yu Feng, Xiwen Lu. "普及与提高——对海外汉语教学的宏观思考." 中美社会和文化 19. 19 (2009): 90-93.

Courses Taught

CHIN 29b Pathways for Chinese Literacy
CHIN 30a Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 40b Advanced Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 105b Advanced Conversation and Composition II
CHIN 120a Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language
CHIN 200a Practical Chinese Phonetics, Lexics, Syntax, and Pragmatics
CHIN 201a Chinese Pedagogy I
CHIN 202b Chinese Pedagogy II
CHIN 211a Chinese Practicum I
CHIN 212b Chinese Practicum II