Yu (Joyce) Wu 吴瑜

  • Associate Professor of Chinese
  • Chinese Language Flagship Program
  • Phone: 401.874.4704
  • Email: yu_wu@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Swan Hall 129
  • Website


Joyce Wu teaches both Flagship and regular-track Chinese courses at URI. Before coming to URI, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Middlebury College Chinese Summer School, and various levels of Chinese at UMass Boston. She also taught community interpreting at Boston University Metropolitan School and legal Mandarin at Boston University School of Law. She is certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester. She has presented at many national and international conferences, and is currently serving as a Board of Director for New England Chinese Language Teachers Association (NECLTA).


College of Arts and Sciences Tenure-track Teaching Excellence Award, 2019

Chinese Language Teachers Association Walton Presentational Award, 2014 


Dr. Wu’s research interests include second language acquisition and pedagogy, proficiency-based teaching and assessment, learner factors in cognitive language development, computer-assisted learning and teaching, and linguistic and intercultural development in the studying abroad context.


Ed.D. in Development Studies, Language Education Concentration, Boston University, 2016
M.A. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, 2006
B.A. in English, Shanxi University, 2003
B.S. in Computer Science, Shanxi University, 2003

Selected Publications

2019. The differential effects of recasts and metalinguistic feedback on the acquisition of Chinese Wh-questions and Classifiers. In F. Yuan & S. Li (Eds.), Classroom Research on Chinese as a Second Language, pp.45-76. New York, NY: Routledge.

2019. Exploring L2 Writing Prompts and Processes: How CFL Learners Develop Advanced Level Proficiency? In Ruiping Zhu and Mingquan Wang (Eds.), Selected Papers of the 15th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary Development and Research in International Chinese Language Education, pp. 203-214. Beijing, China: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

2018. (With C. Sama). Integrating “Talk Abroad” into intermediate foreign language courses: Building learner Autonomy and engagement through video conversations with native speakers. In M. Carrió-Pastor (Ed.), Teaching Language and Teaching Literature in Virtual Environments, pp.73-94. Singapore: Springer.

2014. The effect of metalinguistic prompts on the acquisition of Chinese wh-questions. In Jiang, N. (Ed.), Advances in Chinese as a Second Language: Acquisition and Processing, pp. 33-53. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.