Yan Li

Yan Li head shot
  • Associate Professor
  • Chinese Language Coordinator
  • Interim EALC chair & representative

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Wescoe Hall, room #2111


Dr. Yan Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas. She studies Chinese linguistics and second language acquisition. Her research focuses on how to facilitate the acquisition of Chinese as a foreign language for adult learners. Her research has led to published articles in Lingua Sinica, Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, Chinese as a Second Language, Journal of Chinese Language Teaching, and Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching.

Current Projects

"Pedagogical Strategies on the Instruction of Serial Verb Constructions in Chinese"

"The acquisition of the Bai-construction in Chinese"


Research interests:

  • Chinese linguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Teaching Chinese as a foreign language
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Corpus studies