Songren Cui

Affiliation: Asian Studies, Chinese
Associate Professor of Asian Studies (retired)

Songren Cui is from Guangzhou, China. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has an MA (1986) in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Ph.D. (1992) in Curriculum Studies/Applied Linguistics. cui-business-chinese.jpg
He began teaching Chinese language in 1986, and has taught at various institutions ever since, including UCLA, (1986-90), Harvard University (1990-95), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1995-99), and other summer intensive programs such as the Chinese School at Middlebury College (1990, 1992), Princeton-in-Beijing (1994, 1995), the East Asian Summer Language Institute (EASLI) at Indiana University (1996), and the Associated Colleges in China (ACC) (1997).

He joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1999, and teaches Modern Chinese language (Mandarin) at different levels. In addition, he has served as a teacher trainer at the Chinese Language School at Middlebury College since summer 2004. His research interest is Chinese syntax and pedagogical grammar, language proficiency and tesing, teaching methodology and learning strategies.His publications include two textbooks, Business Chinese: An Advanced Reader (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2004), Shifting Tides: Culture in Contemporary China (co-authored with Hong Gang Jin and De Bao Xu, et al., Boston: Cheng and Tsui Company, 2003), and several research articles on Chinese pedagogy, testing, and discourse grammar. Currently, he is working on a project that will lead to the publication of Chinese Pedagogical Grammar - a Reference Book for Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language, with his collaborator Professor Kuo-ming Sung at the University of Lawrence, in Wisconsin.

He just finished the manuscript A Reference Grammar of Teaching Chinese – Syntax and Discourse, in collaboration with Professor Kuo-ming Sung at the University of Lawrence, in Wisconsin. The manuscript has been accepted for publication by the Peking University Press, and is expected to come out by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

Songren Cui


  • PhD, Curriculum Studies. Cognate: Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992
  • MA, Teaching English as a Second Language, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986
  • BA, English, Zhongshan University, 1982