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Lishu Yin

Lishu Yin
(803) 807-5310
M.A. TESOL Program Director

B.A., Guizhou University, P.R. China; M.A., Oral Roberts University; Ph.D., Mississippi State University

Born and raised in China, educated in both China and the U.S., Dr. Yin has been a teacher since she was 19 years old.  She was born again in 1993 through hearing the gospel brought to her by western missionaries teaching English in China.  Since then, her whole household has accepted the Lord (Acts 16:31).

Before joining CIU, she taught ESL/EFL from K-12 to university level in both China and the United States.  She also taught Chinese language and courses in teacher education program.  She is an advocate for ELLs at all age levels and her classroom is her mission field.  Her passion is to train preservice teachers to become committed educators who will teach for the best interest of their students (K-12 & adults) and make positive impact on their students’ lives. Her research interests include ESL/EFL education, study abroad, second language acquisition, and teacher education. She is the winner of 2007 Hebert Handley Dissertation Award. 

Some fun facts about Dr. Yin: 

She has lived in 5 states and taught in 4 states in the U.S.; married to a wonderful Korean brother; two beautiful children; three languages in the household daily; loves reading and reading with her children and other people’s children.  

Links to Dr. Yin’s selected publications:

Coming to America for Spiritual or Academic Growth?  Experiences of International Students at One Christian School.

Translation (from English to Chinese):  Life: God’s Way—A Short Course for Essential Christianity (for free downloading)

Perspectives of South Korean Undergraduate Exchange Students Attending a University in the Southern United States:

Pullout or Inclusion: A Longitudinal Study of Reading Achievement of English Language Learners in Grades 1 and 2:

Preschool caregiver perceptions of the effect of gender on literacy skills:

Two Delivery Models of Inclusive Practices for ELLs in a Midewest School District:


B.A. English and Literature, Guizhou University, China; M.A. TESL, Oral Roberts University; Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Mississippi State University; lecturer of English language, editor & proofreader; translator & interpreter, Guizhou University; 1987-1993; tutor of Chinese language culture to adults and adopted children from China, 1991-2004; adjunct lecturer of TESL, Bronx Community College of City University of New York, 1996; K-12 certified teacher of Teaching English as a Second Language, Omaha Public Schools, 1996-2004; graduate research and teaching assistant, & lecturer, Mississippi State University, 2004-2007; university student teaching interns supervisor, University of South Carolina, 2008; resident faculty, director M.A. TESOL program, Columbia International University, 2008-present.