Associate Professor of Instruction
- 1880 Campus Drive, Kresge Hall, Office 4-435
Ji is a Ph.D. candidate in Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She earned her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China normal University in P.R. China.
At Northwestern University, she has taught various Chinese language courses at different levels, from novice to advanced, for heritage and non-heritage tracks. Each year, Northwestern students nominate professors to be on Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll for their outstanding and dedicated work. Ji was selected to be honored twice in 2016-2017 and 2019-2020.
Before coming to Northwestern, she taught Chinese at Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia (UVA). Ji also has extensive teaching experience in intensive and high-quality summer programs. She taught at UVA in Shanghai summer program for two summers and Middlebury College (Summer Chinese School) for three summers. She is an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). She is also serving on the committee of Bilingualism Matters Chicago that aims to share knowledge of and perspectives on bilingual education in the greater Chicago area.
Ji’s research interests are in second language acquisition, Chinese pedagogy and heritage language education. She is particularly interested in Chinese heritage language learners’ identity construction and development, learning strategies, and heritage language program development.
Her publications have appeared as a column article in the journal Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies, and in the magazine Times Higher Education. Her research articles have been published as a book chapter, conference proceedings, and in peer-reviewed journals such as Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, and Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.