Yanfei Li

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Tuesdays, 12-1 pm and Thursdays, 5-6 pm, virtual and in person by appointment.


Areas of Interest

  • Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) pedagogy
  • Intercultural competence
  • Educational technology
  • Textbook development & evaluation


Yanfei Li teaches Chinese courses in the Department of East Asian Studies. She started in the field in 2010 and has brought the language and culture to various learners in universities and professional settings. Before joining the University of Toronto, she was the Coordinator of the Chinese Minor Program at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Her current research focuses on Chinese pedagogy, specifically experiential learning, inclusive textbook, and cultural immersion through literature, films, and history. Outside the classroom, she collaborates with non-profit organizations, such as Mulan International Film Festival and Mandarin Debate Association, to take language learning into broader communities.


  • Li, Yanfei. "Integrating Community and Experiential Learning in CFL Programs." Paper presented at the 20th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese. May 7, 2022.
  • Li, Yanfei. "Chinese L2 Classroom and Intercultural Competence." Paper presented at Panel Discussion "Hanyu L2 jiaoxue zhong de wenhua yu kuawenhua yinsu tantao: Lilun yu Shijian (Culture and Intercultural Elements in Chinese L2 Teaching: Theories and Practice)." The Chinese Teaching Group in Canada, December 18, 2021.
  • Rupprecht, Hsiao-wei & Jianhua Shen, Gang Pan, Yanfei Li, and Yu Wen. "各抒己见 Speaking Out: Issues and Controversies, An Advanced Chinese Language Textbook." Book talk for the University of Toronto community. March 1, 2021.
  • Rupprecht, Hsiao-wei & Gang Pan, Yanfei Li and Yu Wen. "Speaking Up in the Advanced CFL Classroom." Book talk for the Chinese Teaching Group in Canada. May 30, 2020.
  • Li, Yanfei. "Fanzhuan ketang zai wangshang hanyu jiaoxue zhong de yingyong (The Application of Flipped-Classroom in Online Chinese Language Teaching)." Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, Beijing, China. June 30, 2019.
  • Li, Yanfei. "Made in Courtyard Houses: Chineseness and International Cooperation of Heritage Making." Paper presented at Heritage Across Borders, the 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), Hangzhou, China. September 2, 2018.
  • Li, Yanfei. "Using Mobile Learning Apps as Supplementary to the CFL Classroom Teaching." Paper presented at the 16th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese, New York City, USA. May 5, 2018.
  • Li. Yanfei. "The Global Roots of Chinese Urban Heritage Making." Paper presented at New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), Vassar College, New York, U.S.A. October 16, 2015.


Ph.D., East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
B.A., Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Tsinghua University (Beijing)