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Dr. Yunjuan He, Ph.D

Title: Associate Professor - Chinese
Phone: 706-867-4554

Office: Dunlap Hall, 112, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Second language acquisition, phonetics, phonology, Chinese pedagogy.


Dr. Yunjuan He received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Language and Culture University. She attended graduate school at the University of Victoria (Uvic), Canada and received her M.A. in Linguistics. At the University of Florida (UF), She completed her doctoral studies in Linguistics with a focus on second language phonetics and phonology. She has been teaching Chinese at college level since 2002 and taught in several federal funded language programs, such as STARTALK programs and UNG Summer Language Institute.

Her primary research interest falls across the fields of sound systems and second language acquisition. She investigates how linguistic, social and pedagogical factors affect the perception and production of L2 segmental and supersegmental features. Her second research interest is language pedagogy. She has conducted several studies to test different techniques and methodologies in order to engage American students in and outside of class effectively.

Dr. He served as the academic director of the UNG ROTC Chinese Flagship program in AY 2014-2015. Currently, she is a Board Member of Directors of Georgia Chinese Language Educators (GCLE).

Courses Taught

  • CHIN 1001 - Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 1002 - Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN 2001 - Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 2002 - Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 2003 - Intermediate Chinese III
  • CHIN 2004 - Intermediate Chinese IV
  • MLAN 2950L - Applications in Mod Langs II
  • CHIN 3001 - Intermediate-Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 3002 - Intermediate-Advanced Chinese II  
  • CHIN 3010 - Exploring China Through Film
  • CHIN 3020 - Chinese Language, Culture & Society          
  • CHIN 4310 - Advanced Chinese Conversation
  • CHIN 4510 - Advanced Chinese Language I
  • CHIN 4520 - Advanced Chinese Language II


  • Ph.D, Linguistics, University of Florida, 2010
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Victoria, Canada, 2004
  • B.A., Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University, 2001

Research/Special Interests

Second Language Acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Chinese Pedagogy.


He, Y. (forthcoming). Global view on working class: The case of teaching film “piano in factory” 从《钢的琴》谈中美蓝领困境”. In Liu, G. & Wang, H. (eds.), Tradition and transition: Teaching Chinese culture overseas 传统与现代:海外中文文化教学. Beijing: Beijing University Press 北京大学出版社. 

Chen, S, He, Y., Yuen, C. W., Li, B., and Yang, Y. (2017). Mechanisms of Tone Sandhi Rule Application by Non-native Speakers. Proceedings of Interspeech 2017: 1760 – 1764.

He, Y. & Qin, X. (2017). Students’ perceptions of an internship experience in China: A pilot study. Foreign Language Annals, 50 (1), 57-70.

He, Y., Wang, Q. and Wayland, R. (2016). Effect of different teaching methods on production of Mandarin Tone 3 by English speaking learners, Chinese as a Second Language: The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA. 51 (3), 252-265.

He, Y. (2014). A survey on factors that have effects on the pronunciation of Mandarin Tones of disyllabic words by American learners, Guoji Hanyu Jiaoyu (International Chinese Language Education). 136-146.

He, Y. (2014).  Production of English syllable final L by Mandarin speakers. Journal of Language Teaching and Research. 5 (4), 742-750.

He, Y. and Wayland, R. (2013). Identification of Mandarin coarticulated tones by inexperienced and experienced English learners of Mandarin. Chinese as a Second Language Research. 2 (1), 1-21.

He, Y., Wang, Q, and Wiltshire, C. (2011). The acoustic features of English lexical stress by Mandarin speakers. Daxue Yingyu (College English), Vol 8. No.2. 152-158. 

He, Y. and Wayland, R. (2010). Production of Mandarin coarticulated tones by inexperienced and experienced English learners of Mandarin. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Speech Prosody, 100123: 1-4. 

He, Y., Wang, Q, and Wiltshire, C. (2008). Production of English lexical stress by inexperienced and experienced learners of English. Canadian Acoustics, Vol. 36. No.3. 128-129. 

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Chinese, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia, 2012-present
  • Lecturer of Chinese, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 2011-2012
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 2009-2010
  • Student Instructor, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2006-2007
  • Drill Instructor, Columbia in Beijing program, Beijing, China, June-July, 2004                                            
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2002-2004        
  • Instructor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2001-2002

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