Dr Youlan Yu

Lecturer in Mandarin Chinese

Professional Biography

Dr Youlan Yu has more than 25 years experiences in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in universities in Beijing of China and in the UK. She joined Regent University, London in 2003, has been teaching Chinese for business from completely beginner to advanced levels since then. Her teaching speciality is teaching speaking Chinese effectively. She is familiar with problems of the learning Chinese at different stages. Her research interests include how English grammar affecting the learning of Chinese grammar. Her publications are in the field of teaching Chinese as a foreign language including some Chinese textbooks for learning Chinese as a foreign language.


  • PhD, Languages in Education. Institute of Education, University of London, 1999
  • BA Honours (equivalent): Chinese Language & Literature, Beijing Normal University, China 1983

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2003-now  Lecturer in Chinese at EBSL and Regent's University London
  • 1999-now  Chinese teacher, Chinese Coordinating Teacher - Chinese Language, London School of Economics
  • 1998-2009  Part-time lecturer- Chinese Coordinator-Chinese Language, London Guildhall/Metropolitan University
  • 1999-2000  Instructor in Chinese Language, School of East-Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
  • 1990-1991  Visiting Lecturer, Chinese Languages, SOAS, University of London
  • 1983-1990  Lector and lecturer, Chinese Language, Foreign students Department, Beijing Normal University, PR China


  • The Chinese Textbook Review. News of Chinese Teaching in the world. Volume 5, 2011
  • Markedness and Chinese Particle ‘le’. The Seventh International Symposium on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (2004, Shanghai)
  • Methods of Teaching Chinese in universities of UK and Learning of Chinese Function Word ‘le’”. Studies on Teaching Chinese to English-Speaking learners of Chinese. People’s Education Publishing House, 2002
  • Learn Chinese (et al) Yuwen Publishing House,1993
  • Intermediate Level Chinese: Look, Listen Speak, Beijing Normal University Press, 1992

Conference Papers Given

  • The description of the Chinese speech patterns and teaching skill (The 15th BCLTS International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education, June 2017)
  • Giving learners the power to speak Chinese -- The 12th BCLTS International Symposium on Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in Higher Education. Preston, UK. Regent's University. July 2014
  • How to support students for SPA.  -- The 10th BCLTS International Symposium on Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in Higher Education. Preston, UK. July 2012
  • How can modern technologies affect learning and teaching Chinese writing in learning Chinese as a foreign language: a case study. – The 9th BCLTS International Symposium on Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in Higher Education. Edinburgh, UK June 2011 
  • Speech Patterns and teaching speech patterns in universities in UK (BCTLS Seminar April 2007) 

Research Interests

  • How English grammar is affecting the learning of Chinese grammar
  • Cross cultural communication

Grants Awarded

Project title:   Improving reading and writing skills in Chinese in Moodle, LSE; £1500 -- by the Centre for Learning Technology, LSE

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • The British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) since 1998
  • International Association of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, a life-long member

Other Outputs

A judge for UKAPCE Mandarin Reading Competition for the last 5 years.

Teaching & Course Development

  • International Business (Mandarin Chinese) - BA (Hons)
  • International Business (Mandarin Chinese) with Integrated Foundation - BA (Hons)
  • Have been teaching Chinese in higher education for various purposes and for all levels
  • Wrote all Chinese programmes for certificate course (Level 1 to 5) for the Language Centre, LSE from 1999 to 2010


  • External examiner for Central Lancashire University 2016 - 2020
  • Examiner for Edexcel/Pearson for the last 3 years