Shuhui Su

Professor of Modern Languages (Chinese)
All FacultyModern Languages

Contact Information
Phone: 724-450-1558

Shuhui Su


  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii
  • M.A., Fujian Teacher’s University


  • Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)
  • International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL)

Courses Taught

  • CHIN 101 & 102 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN 201 & 202 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN 301 & 302 Advanced Chinese
  • CHIN 105 & 205 Business Chinese
  • CHIN 390 Chinese Conversation
  • CHIN 390 Advanced Chinese Conversation

Areas of Academic Interests

  • Chinese linguistics with a focus on modality adverbs
  • Chinese textual coherence and cohesive devices
  • Pedagogy in vocabulary and grammar in L2 Chinese classroom
  • Contrastive studies of Chinese and English language and behavioral culture

Selected Publications

  • “Request strategies and Chinese cultural value”, Proceedings: Selected Papers from the Eighth College-wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics, and Literature (2004), 2004. University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • “The network category of the adverb Jiu”, Proceedings of the 15th Annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (2003), 2003, Michigan State University
  • "The linguistic functions and styles of English advertising and translation", Foreign Languages, 1996.2
  • "A comparative study of rhetoric devices in Chinese and English advertising and their translation", Foreign Languages in Fujian, 1995.4
  • "On translating institutional words of name cards and cultural difference", Foreign Languages in Fujian, 1994.1-2
  • "Text analysis and understanding in translation", Journal of Fujian Teachers University (Philosophy and Social Sciences Edition), 1989 Special Edition.

Selected Research

  • Vocabulary learning and teaching in L2 Chinese classroom
    • “Development of CFL Learners’ Vocabulary Knowledge”, ACTFL, 2014
    • “The Effect of Tailored Induction on Teaching Chinese Function Words”, ACTFL, 2010
    • “Vocabulary learning through tasks with a high involvement load”, ACTFL, 2009
    • “Acquiring Polysemous Words with Core Senses”, ACTFL, 2008
  • Task-based language teaching and assessment in L2 Chinese classroom
    • “Designing Formative Assessment Rubrics for CFL Students’ Oral Performance”, ACTFL, 2013
    • “Constructing specifications of oral task assessment in CFL, ACTFL 2012
    • “Designing Effective Form-focused Tasks in the CFL Communicative Classroom”, ACTFL, 2011
  • Textual coherence and cohesive devices and reading comprehension
    • “Relevant Contextual Factors and Reading Comprehension”, ACTFL, 2007
    • “Textual level interpretation skills in teaching the elementary level” , ACTFL, 2002
    • “Chinese demonstratives zhe and na as text reference”, ACTFL, 2001
  • Chinese function words
    • “Are the Puzzling CAI and JIU Synonyms or Antonyms from the Cognitive Perspective?” NACCL, 2009.
    • “Modality adverbs and Chinese pedagogy”, ACTFL 2004
    • “The use of dou and ye in the lian construction”, at the 11th International Association of Chinese Linguistics in Nagoya, Japan, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advance Chinese, 2005-2009, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, California
  • Instructor, Elementary Mandarin, 2004-2005, Transpacific Hawaii College & Kapi‘olani Community College, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Teaching Assistant & Lecturer, Elementary Intermediate, and Advanced, 2001-2003 (including summer sections), University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Chinese 2 (Elementary Mandarin), January-March 1997, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Visiting Scholar, doing a research project on English-Chinese Translation at UCLA, SUNY at Stony Brook, & UH, 1996 -1998.


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