Biography

Dr. Di Liu received his doctoral degree in Developmental Studies from Boston University with a concentration on Language and Literacy. His current research interests include the cross-linguistic comparison of prosody (commonly referred to as the music of language), the cognitive influence of L1 and L2 prosody, as well as technology-enhanced language learning. Dr. Liu’s most recent works explore teachers’ intonational pattern in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), the cognitive load imposed by processing native and non-native speech, and the role of metalinguistic awareness and L1 in learners’ L2 prosody learning. Additionally, Dr. Liu has been working with Dr. Jonathan Barnes on an NSF funded research project investigating how tonal inventories of Mandarin and Cantonese affect intonation characteristics of the two languages.

Before joining Temple, Dr. Liu taught at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. He has published widely and presented his works at both national and international conferences including TESOL, AAAL, PSLLT, and ALANZ. Dr. Liu has been serving on the board of the Washington Area Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (WATESOL) NNEST Caucus and has been invited to give webinars, talks, and workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers, and teacher trainers at various universities and organizations including Boston University, Virginia International University, and Howard Community College.

Research Interests

  • Language Comprehension/Development
  • Metacognition
  • Technology

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

TESL 4442

Strategies for Teaching English as an Additional Language

Undergraduate

TESL 4443

Teaching English World-Wide

Undergraduate

TESL 5611

Applied Language Study I: Phonology and the Lexicon

Graduate

TESL 5612

Applied Language Study II: Grammar, Morphology and Classroom Discourse

Graduate

TESL 5614

Current Approaches to Teaching English Language Learners

Graduate

TESL 5615

Teaching English in a Global Context

Graduate

TESL 5618

Second Language Development

Graduate

EDUC 4441

Discourse Practices in Diverse Communities

Undergraduate