Tianshu He

Tianshu He

Senior Lecturer of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
2204 Franklin Center Room 235, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
(919) 660-7059

Tianshu He is the coordinator for First Year Chinese and Lecturer of the Chinese Language program. Her interests include Second language acquisition theories and methodologies, task-based and content-based instructions, teaching with technology, teacher development, Chinese classical language and literature. She has taught Chinese language courses at various levels in Duke and Duke study in China. In 2015 spring and 2016 spring, she taught Voices in Global Health: Mandarin, a new CLAC (Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum) course in Chinese language program, which challenged the style of regular language learning. Based on her recent teaching experience, her current research focused on teacher development in study abroad program and curriculum design for CLAC courses.

Key words: Chinese language pedagogy, teaching with technology, study abroad education, teacher development,  Classical Chinese, Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum


Second language acquisition theories and methodologies, teaching with mulimedia technology, Chinese classical language and literature, heritage language learning

Education & Training

  • M.A., University of Massachusets at Boston 2005

He, T. Lin Yutang, A Culture Envoy. China Publishing House, 1999.

He, T. “Time’s witness.” Enlightenment and Action, Shandong University Publishing House, 2006, pp. 434–35.

He, T. “Tianshu’s Poems.” Enlightenment and Action, Shandong University Publishing House, 2006, pp. 359–61.

He, T. “A Probe into Instructional Design and Methods in Classical Chinese Teaching.” Canadian Teaching Chinese as the Second Language, 2010, pp. 117–22.

He, T. “Apply Online Underground Songs in Teaching Advanced Chinese.” Journal of Theoretical Investigation, vol. Supplementary issue, June 2009, pp. 152–53.

He, T. “A Peak of Poetic Perfection in the Late Tang Dynasty-About Du Mu's Poetry.” Young Thinker Journal, vol. 1, 1999, pp. 69–72.

He, T. “On Cao Zhi and His Poetry about Immortals.” Shandong Social Science Journal, vol. 1, 1999, pp. 79–80.

He, T. “Belief-Ethics-Culture --On the Book of Poems.” Journal of Shandong University (Philosophy and Social Science), vol. 2, 1999, pp. 43–45.

He, T. “Peaceful Men, Emotive Works - Lin Yutang and Lao Zhuang.” Young Thinker Journal, vol. 2, 1999, pp. 22–25.

He, T. “On the Narrative Technique of the Poems of Han Dynasty.” Journal of Literature, History and Philosophy, vol. Supplementary, 1998, pp. 204–06.

He, T. “Lu Xun's Attitude toward Death - About Grass and others.” Chinese Journal, vol. 4, 1998, pp. 3–5.

He, T. “Zhuang Zi and Poetry About Immortals.” Shandong University Journal (Philosophy and Social Science), vol. Supplementary, 1998, pp. 12–14.

He, T. “On Heroism in Writing.” Theory and Criticism of Literature and Art, vol. 6, 1995, pp. 138–39.