Wenhui Chen

Wenhui Chen

Senior Lecturer in Chinese Language
MA, National Taiwan Normal University
research interests:
  • Pedagogy of grammar
  • Reading and writing in Chinese
  • Teaching techniques

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    MSC 1111-107-115
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Wenhui Chen teaches courses in modern Chinese, as well as Chinese for heritage speakers. 

Teaching Chinese as a second language is not only a skill but also an art. The longer Wenhui Chen teaches, the more she feels that it is indeed an art.

Her research interests are pedagogical grammar of Chinese, sequencing of structures in pedagogical grammar, reading and writing in Chinese teaching techniques, integrate Chinese culture into Chinese language teaching, language proficiency testing.

She was an AP Reader in Chinese, writing grader of Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) and reviewer of listening questions. She also took part in the review of textbook manuscript for Chinese heritage language learners, served on the WU Fulbright Committee in 2021, 2022.

Wenhui Chen received her MA in Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University. Before she joined the WU faculty, she taught Chinese at college level as well as high school in US. She was also responsible for the teacher training program while she was teaching in Taiwan and in Japan.

A fun fact is that she is a fan of TV dramas and movies because life is like a drama, as drama like life.

Motto: Choose what you love, love what you choose.

    Courses Taught

    • L04 130 Basic Chinese
    • L04 101, 102 First Level Modern Chinese
    • L04 211, 212 Second Level Modern Chinese
    • L04 360, 361 Third Level Modern Chinese
    • L04 106,107 Beginning Chinese for Heritage Speakers
    • L04 206, 207 Intermediate Chinese for Heritage Speakers
    • L04 306, 307 Advanced Chinese for Heritage Speakers

     Courses taught at Middlebury College, VT (summer school)

    • 2018-2019 Level 2 Intermediate Chinese
    • 2012-2017 Level 2.5 Pre-Advanced Chinese
    • 2004-2011 Level 1 Reading and Writing courses
    • 2001, 2003 Level 1 Drill classes


    • Wenhui Chen. 2019. Providing Correct Feedback on Chinese Perfect Aspect. Proceedings of 2019 International Conference of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. pp. 1-7. Taipei: Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
    • 2008 Participated in the book on Chinese Grammar Made Easy- A Practical and Effective Guide for Teachers. Jianhua Bai, Editor-in-Chief. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009.
    • Li Lee, Yu Lu and Wenhui Chen. 2005. Chat about the E-Life- An Intermediate Course. Taipei: Shih Ta Book Publishing Co., Ltd.