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Rachel Yu Liu

Associate Professor
Asian and Near Eastern Languages

3073 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


Office Hours
T 1:30-3:30 or By Appointment
3073 JFSB


Rachel Yu Liu is assistant professor of Chinese in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Sun Yat-sen University in China in 2010.  She received her B.A. in Chinese language and literature at Sun Yat-sen University in 2005. She started working at BYU from September 2010. She taught Chinese 301 (Advanced Chinese), Chinese 311R (Advanced Chinese Conversation), Chinese 321 (Selected Readings of Modern Chinese), Chinese 325 (Structure of Chinese), Chinese 326 (Intro to Chinese Linguistics), Chinese 441 (Classical and Literary Chinese), Chinese 443 (Modern Chinese Literature), Chinese 490R (Individual Studies), Chinese 495 (Senior Seminar) at BYU. She also taught in some other programs including “Princeton in Beijing” program, IUPUI summer study abroad program, China-International MBA Program at University of Hawaii at Manoa, all level of Chinese courses for international students at Sun Yat-sen University, and Chinese writing course for Chinese undergraduate students at Jinan University. Her research interests are Chinese linguistics, Acquisition of Chinese as a Second Language, Language Assessment.


Ph.D. Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2010
B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, Sun Yat-sen University, China 2005


Yu LiuCauses of Disfluency in Chinese L2 Speech (journal paper), inviting paper by the editor of Journal of International Chinese Teaching, 2017

Yu Liu, The Relationship between Text Types and Task Difficulty in Chinese L2 Teaching, accepted to be published at Journal of Chinese Language Education in December 2017.

Yu LiuThe Effects of Task Types on Lexical Diversity of L2 Chinese Learners’ Speaking Performance, Chinese Teaching in the World 31(2): 253-269, 2017

Dana Bourgerie, Yu Liu and Lin Qi, Mastering Chinese through Global Debate, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2016.

Gongping Wang, Yu Liu, On Perceptual Error Mechanism of Apico-dental and Apico-palatal Affricated Consonants in Mandarin by Chinese Learners from Indonesia, Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies 181(5): 30-39, 2016

Yu Liu, Xinyi Wu, Native Speakers’ Perception of Fluency in Chinese Advanced Level L2 Speech, TCSOL Studies 64(4): 32-60, 2016

Yu Liu, Chinese Flagship Program in the United States: The Model of Brigham Young University Chinese Flagship Program, TCSOL Studies, 2014

Yu Liu, Le, Zhe, Guo, and Related Function Words in Early Chinese Language Textbooks and Dictionaries in the West, Studies in Chinese Linguistics, 2010

Yu Liu, Analysis of Continuous Expression in Chinese L2 Teaching, Teaching and Researching on  Chinese as a foreign language, Yunnan Normal University Journal, 2010

Xiaobing Zhou, Yu Liu, Developmental Learning Difficulty of Chinese Grammar, TCSOL Studies, 2010

Yu Liu, Experimental Analysis of Grammar Explanation in Chinese Textbook, Studies of Comparison of Chinese and Korean Language, Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2010

Yu Liu, Four Causes of Errors in Chinese Interlanguage, Northeast Normal University Journal, 2009

Yu Liu, A Case Study of the Use of Communicative Strategies in the Retelling-by-writing Test, Teaching and Researching on Chinese as a foreign languageYunnan Normal University Journal, 2008

Yu Liu, L2 Acquisition of Chinese Preposition Zai by Students of Intermediate and Advanced level, Oversea Chinese Education, 2007

Research Interests

My research interests are second language acquisition, teaching pedagogy, language assessment, bilingual language acquisition, history of language education.


  • Doctorate, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics , Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Sun Yat-sen University (2010)


  • American Association for Applied Linguistics (2020 - Present)
  • The Chinese Language Teacher Association (CLTA) (2010 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ACTFL 2023 Annual Convention (2023 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching journal (2022 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, CLTA (The Chinese Language Teacher Associate) 2023 Annual Conference (2022 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, System Journal (2021 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Chinese Teaching in the World Journal (2018 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies Journal (2018 - Present)
  • Other, “Chinese language teaching and learning around the world” research group member (2018 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, TCSOL Studies Journal (2016 - Present)
  • Guest Speaker, Series Lectures on Task Based Chinese Teaching, Beijing Language and Culture University Press (2021 - 2022)
  • Other, 28th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (2016 - 2016)

Courses Taught


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Jennifer Bown Michael William Child Grant Taylor Eckstein Larissa Grahl Anastasia Rybakova Dennis Lee Eggett Robert Joshua Reynolds Steven Garet Luke Yu Liu Logan Blackwell
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