Chih-jen "Melvin" Lee

Man in blue shirt

Lecturer in Chinese

Chih-jen “Melvin” Lee has been a Chinese language lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania since 2005. His teaching experience ranges from beginning to advanced level classes and is currently coordinating the Intermediate Chinese classes. He also teaches Beginning Spoken Chinese and Advanced Medical Chinese. He served as the head instructor of the STARTALK Penn High School Chinese Academy from 2007 to 2014. He enjoys movies, theaters and is a big fan of the Phillies.

Office Hours
By appointment
  • PhD East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Chinese language pedagogy, history of Chinese language education, Chinese grammar

Courses Taught
  • CHIN 0105 Spoken Chinese I
  • CHIN 0205 Spoken Chinese II
  • CHIN 0305 Spoken Chinese III
  • CHIN 0405 Spoken Chinese IV
  • CHIN 0878 Advanced Medical Chinese
Selected Publications

Maiheng S. Dietrich, Melvin Lee, and Karina Chen. Speak and Act: Beginning Chinese (Volume I). Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2021.

  • Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)
  • Association of Asian Studies (AAS)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)