Prof. Zhang Yanhui

Zhang Yanhui

Assistant Professor

BA (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies), MS, MA, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University)


Prof. Yanhui Zhang received her master’s degree in Computer Assisted Language Learning and PhD degree in Second Language Acquisition from the Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests focus on the fluency and robustness of second language learning, memory and learning, cross-language transfer, reading universals, and metalinguistic awareness. She has been engaged in several interdisciplinary research projects including computer assisted phonological perception in Chinese, bilingual literacy development in Chinese as heritage language learners, word knowledge development in English among Chinese and Israeli high school students, and Chinese Online program.


Office: G05, Leung Kau Kui Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 3943-7909
E-mail:  yhzhang  (at)  cuhk (dot) edu (dot) hk


  • Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.S. in Computer Assisted Language Learning, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.A. in English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Research Interests

  • Fluency in second language learning
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Bilingual literacy development
  • Robust technology enhanced second language learning
  • Second language pedagogy
  • Second language reading
  • Third or additional language Acquisition
  • Cognitive models of language acquisition
  • Quantitative methods in linguistics research

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations

Refereed Journal Papers

2014 Yanhui Zhang, A Corpus Based Analysis of Lexical Richness of Beijing Mandarin Speakers: Variable Identification and Model Construction, Language Sciences. 44, pp. 60-69.
2014 John W. Kowalski, Yanhui Zhang, & Geoffrey Gordon, Statistical Modeling of Student Performance to Improve Chinese Dictation Skills with an Intelligent Tutor, Journal of Educational Data Mining. 6 (1).


Chan Lü, Keiko Koda, Dongbo Zhang, & Yanhui Zhang, Effects of Semantic Radical Properties on Character Meaning Extraction and Inference among Learners of Chinese as a Second Language, Writing Systems Research. 7 (1).
2011 Yanhui Zhang. Similarity and Degree of Perplexity Analysis of Chinese Characters, Journal of Quantitative Linguistics. 18 (3). pp. 189-206.

Conference Presentations

2013/9/12-13 Yanhui Zhang, 基于口语语料库的华文作为第二语言学习者的语用能力发展分析, The 3rd International Conference on Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
2013/4/24-26 Yanhui Zhang, Brian MacWhinney, & John Kowalski. Cue Focusing in Robust Syllable Dictation Trainings. Conference of Usage Based Perspective on Second Language Learning, Southern Denmark University, Odense, Denmark.


2012   Principal Investigator, Optimal Personalized Online Pinyin Trainings for Cantonese Speakers of Hong Kong. General Research Fund (GRF) from the Research Grants Council - Early Career Scheme, 2012 - 2014.
2012 Principal Investigator, Jyutping Dictation Tutor, the CUHK Courseware Development Grant, 2012-2013.
2011 Principal Investigator, A Dynamic Complex Approach to the Development of Pragmatic Competence in Chinese as a Second Language, Direct grant of the CUHK Faculty of Arts, 2012-2014.
2010 Principal Investigator, Robust Online Pinyin Refinement Training for Cantonese Speakers, Direct grant of the CUHK Faculty of Arts, 2011-2013.


Language Tutoring Websites


2011  Sue-mei Wu, Yueming Yu, Yanhui Zhang and Weizhong Tian. Chinese Link: Zhong Wen Tian Di: Beginning Chinese, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
2008 Sue-mei Wu, Yueming Yu and Yanhui Zhang. Chinese Link: Zhong Wen Tian Di: Intermediate Chinese. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Ad Hoc Reviewer of Journal Papers

  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
  • Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • The Taiwan Journal of Linguistics


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