Dr. Emma RAO



Emma Rao joined the Center for Language Education, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2012. Her teaching centers on Chinese language communication for both local students and non-Chinese language background students. Her research areas are second language acquisition, language study and cultural identity.

Professional Interests

Curriculum design and common core courses development

CORE1413 Advanced Putonghua for Non-Chinese Language Background Students

Teaching Chinese as second language

Putonghua learning and self-identity

Corpus-based synonym acquisition

Chinese teachers' agency



2022 Conference Presentation

A Study on Chinese Teachers’ Agency from the Perspective of Ecological Approach of Sociocultural Theory, the 29th International Conference on Chinese Language Instruction

Emma RAO

East Asian Studies, Princeton University
2021 Conference Presentation

A Study on Bi-cultural Orientation of Hong Kong Putonghua Learners from Different Educational Backgrounds at the Virtual 6th International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research (CASLAR-6)

Emma RAO

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, George Washington University, USA
2019 Conference Presentation

Task-based Teaching and Learning Materials Design and Practice, the 5th International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

RAO, Emma

Chinese Lauguage Studies, the Education University of Hong Kong.
2018 Conference Presentation

Awareness of Register for Chinese Language Learners at Higher Proficiency Level, the 4th International Forum on Linguistics and Chinese Education

RAO, Emma

Chinese University of Hong Kong Co-organized with Stanford University
2018 Conference Presentation

The Changes of Self-identity of Putonghua Learners in Hong Kong from Different Educational Backgrounds, the 26th Princeton Conference on Chinese Language Instruction

RAO, Emma

East Asian Studies, Princeton University
2012 Working Paper - Peer Reviewed


RAO, Emma

2001 Working Paper - Peer Reviewed


RAO, Emma