Bo Hu


Instructor in Chinese 

Faculty / College Address:

China Centre / The Queen's College


Research Interests:

  • Chinese language learning strategy
  • Defining vocabulary in classrooms
  • Translation and translatability

Current Projects:

  • Translatability (theories and distinctions)
  • Academic translation
  •  Learning through videos for advanced level

Courses Taught:

  • Modern Chinese Language: listening comprehension, oral presentation, characters, grammar, translation, debate, newspaper reading, etc.
  • Literature texts
  • Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language


  • Teaching Chinese characters: what we know and what we can do, in C. Shei, M. Zikpi and D. Chao (eds), the Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching, forthcoming, Routledge
  • Manual in Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language, 2018, Routledge
  • Word concreteness and word translatability: relations and implications for second language acquisition, with L, Tian. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2015, 38-4, 435-450
  • About character learning: critically presenting twenty years’ research evidence. International Chinese Language Education, 2012, 2, 134-149
  • The challenges of blended learning: critically evaluating the Chinese language case. The EUROCALL Review, 2012, 20, 2
  • Do teachers and students of Chinese share similar beliefs about teaching and learning strategies? with L, Tian. System, 2012, 40, 2, 237-254 
  • The challenges of Chinese: a preliminary study of UK learners' perceptions of difficulty. Language Learning Journal, 2010, 38, 1, 99- 118 
  • Chinese tone learning strategies and tone competence. Journal of International Chinese Language Teaching and Learning (now International Chinese Language Education), 2007, 4, [in Chinese]


  • The identity of female clerics, Liu Xueqiang. In M, Erie (ed), Sharia Source Blog at Harvard Law School, 2016. 
  •  Enclosure: An absurdist allegory on the reality of transposition. He Hai. In B.Kennedy, A.Mitha, L.Waiwright (eds), Triennial City: Localising Asian Art, 2014.

Past project:

•    The Oxford Characters Learning Log
•    TCFL Module (with Department of Educational Studies)
•    TCFL Teacher Training Workshop
•    Chinese Language Learning for Mid-Career Development
•    Stand-Alone Chinese Language Paper 
•    Chinese Language Learning Difficulty Survey


Photograph of Bo Hu