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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
University Associate Professor in Chinese
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 335104

Emma has been teaching Modern Chinese for over twenty years. She has taught in Edinburgh University, Manchester College of Art and Technology, Leeds University and the University of Cambridge. She obtained her BA in Dalian Foreign Languages University, China, and her MA and Postgraduate Diploma in Leeds University, UK. Emma is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and an approved exam setter and marker for its Educational Trust. She is also a member of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.

Emma was featured in 2014's list of "Cambridge's Most eccentric Professors".

In 2019, Emma was asked to speak (alongside some of her colleagues and some of our students) about our Faculty programme by the University Admissions Office. The video is available on the University YouTube channel at

Teaching responsibilities: 

Ms Wu teaches Chinese language at all levels to undergraduates.

Research interests: 

I am interested in syntax in Chinese and English, Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism (simultaneous and sequential). I am also interested in second language teaching Paedogogy and online teaching and learning.


Practical Chinese Usage: Common Words and Phrases Routlegde (2020)
Insider China Lexus (with Lifeng HAN & Hua CAI) (2009)
A2 level Chinese Examination Study Guide Cypress Books (Editor-in-chief) (2008)
Collins English-Chinese Dictionary Collins (Editor) (2004)
Langenscheidt English-Chinese Dictionary Langenscheidt (Editor-in-chief) (2000)

Articles, Book Chapters etc

Towards a new edition of the Sogdian Ancient Letters Sims-Williams, Nicholas (ed.) Sogdians in China (translation into Chinese) (2005)