Jianmin Tao

Adjunct Professor of Chinese Language
Jianmin Tao
Adjunct Professor of Chinese Language

Jianmin Tao is an assistant professor from the International School of Chinese Studies at East China Normal University. He joined the International School of Chinese Studies in 2007, undertaking core courses in Second Language teaching, Contrastive Linguistics, and comparative cultural studies. He has accumulated rich experience in Chinese cultural studies and demonstrated his enthusiasm in the promotion of Chinese language and culture. Before he joined ECNU, he spent one year (2002-2003) at Whitman College in the US as a full-time registered student studying Anthropology, Sociology and Linguistics. In 2006-2007, he was invited by the Chinese Language Department at Dankook University, Republic of Korea to help initiate Chinese language and culture courses and research programs for Korean students. Tao has been with NYU Shanghai as a part-time Chinese instructor since 2012.

Dr. Tao has published several academic papers on second language education and contrastive linguistics, as well as co-edited Introduction to Contrastive Study between Chinese and English (2010), published by Commercial Press, China. He is the author of Contrastive Study on Teaching Methodology System between Chinese and English as Second Languages (2012), published by Hunan People's Publishing Press and also translated the book Beyond Methods: the Macro-strategies for Language Teaching by B. Kumaravadivelu (2013), published by Peking University Press.

Research Interests

  • Constractive Study on English and Chinese languages
  • Theory and Practice of Second Language Teaching
  • Chinese Traditional Cultural Study



  • PhD, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
    East China Normal University
  • MA, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
    Hunan University