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Li Zheng Associate Professor

Academic Area: 
Early language acquisition
Research Interests: 
  • Early language acquisition
  • Language disorders and therapy of preschool children
  • Sign language of deaf children
  • Early reading


  • Dec,2009-Mar,2011 Visiting scholar, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Psychology,China Scholarship Council Postdoc Fellowship
  • 2008  Ph.D. in Education, College of Education Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
  • 1997  M.A. in Education, College of Education Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
  • 1990  B.A. in Education, College of Education Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, China

Research grants (As principal)

  • 20012-2016 Jiangsu Postdoctoral Science Foundation
  • 2009-2015 Figurative Language Development of 2-8 Years Old Children, National Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Studies
  • 2008-2013 Moral Value of Children’s Literature,Jiangsu Academic Foundation of Education (key project)
  • 2007-2009 China-Norway SigAm Bilingual Education of Preschool Deaf Children, Signo Foundation of Norway
  • 2004-2009 Sign Language Acquisition of Preschool Deaf Children, Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Studies, Jiangsu Province
  • 2002-2006 Early Reading of Preschool Children Based on Multimedia Technology, Higher Education Foundation of Jiangsu Province
  • 2002-2005 Language Therapy of Preschool Children Based on Multimedia Technology, Chinese Ministry of Education
  • 1999-2001 Education of Preschool Children with Language Disorders in Kindergartens, Nanjing Normal University Academic Foundation for Young Teachers (key project)

Research grants (Co-investigator)

  • 2005—2007 The Development of Preschool Children with Language Disorders and Corpus Construction, National Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Studies
  • 1994-1996 Integrative Education of Children with Language Disorders in Normal Kindergarten, United National Children’s Fund
  • 1994-1996 Research on Mandarin Children’s Phonological Awareness, Hong Kong University Academic Foundation
  • 1990-1995 Language Development of 2-8 Years Old Children , National Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Studies

International Conference Presentations

  1. Li Zheng, Li Sheng, Fuxiao Xu. The relationship between breadth and depth of vocabulary and reading abilities in young Mandarin-Speaking children, 13th International Congress For the Study of Child Language, July 14-18, 2014, Amsterdam
  2. Li Zheng, Hui Peng, Li Sheng. The comparison of vocabulary abilities between 5-6 years children with high-functioning autism and typically developing peers,  66th OMEP World Assembly and Congress, July 1-5, 2014, Kirk
  3. Li Zheng, Hua Zhu, Fangfang Zhang. A study on the communicative competence of preschool children with autism based on joint attention theory, 65th OMEP World Assembly and Congress, July 11-13, 2013, Shanghai
  4. Pak-Wing Lam,Li Zheng, Li Sheng. Expressive and receptive vocabulary in young Chinese-speaking children,4th China International Conference on Speech Therapy,June 28-30, 2013, Yichang
  5. Li Zheng. Symposium paper: The figurative language use among preschool Chinese-speaking children. The 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA), August 23-29, 2011,Beijing
  6. Li Zheng. A study of the relationship between preschool Chinese children’s metaphors and the development of their social cognition. 12th International Congress For the Study of Child Language. July 19-23,2011, Montreal
  7. Li Zheng. A case study of the development of preschool children’s figurative language. 10th International Congress For the Study of Child Language. July 25-29,2005, Berlin
  8. Li Zheng. Case study of preschool children with language disorders. 1st  Asia-Pacific Congress on Language Development and Language Disorders. October 4-7,1998, Hong Kong
  9. Li Zheng. The role of teacher in the integration of preschool education for deaf children . 6th Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness. August 3-6, 1998, Beijing

Selected Papers

  1. Li Zheng. An annual report on preschool children language development and language education research in China 2011-2013. Early Childhood Education(monthly) No.12C, 2015(Serial No.676), pp3-7
  2. Li Zheng. Theory of language-as-resource and language education of preschool children. Studies in Preschool Education (monthly) No.10, 2014, pp11-16
  3. Fuxiao Xu, Li Zheng.The correlation between the Size of oral vocabulary of kindergarten level 2 children and their reading ability. Early Childhood Education(monthly) No.10C, 2013(Serial No.598), pp34-37
  4. Hsiao-Hui Yang, Li Zheng, Cross-cultural adventure: reading Charlottes Web through daoist rhetoric,The Dragon Lode(The Journal of the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. International Reading Association), Vol. 31, No.1, Fall 2012, pp 22-28
  5. Huili Zheng, Li Zheng. A study on moral judgments of 5-6-year-old children in picturebook reading, Early Childhood Education(monthly) No.12C, 2011(Serial No.532), pp42-46
  6. Huili Zheng, Li Zheng. On language features of picturebook and teacher’s instruction, Early Childhood Education(monthly) No.6C,2011(Serial No.514), pp 20-24
  7. Li Zheng. What changes does the bilingual deaf education bring to deaf children. Chinese Journal of Special Education (monthly) No.5, 2009 (Serial No.107), pp 30-36
  8. Li Zheng. Preschool children’s figurative Language during their Language acquisition. Studies in Preschool Education (monthly) No.2, 2009, pp 26-31
  9. Li Zheng. The characteristics of children’s figurative language affect young children’s literary creation. Preschool Education (monthly) No.3, 2009(Serial No.406) pp1-3
  10. Li Zheng, Stein Erick Ohna, Ingrid Dehli. The evaluation of classroom teaching on preschool sign bilingual deaf children. Chinese Journal of Special Education (monthly) No.12, 2008 (Serial No.102), pp 35-40
  11. Li Zheng. The characters of early reading based on multimedia technology in kindergarten. Journal of Early Childhood Education (monthly) No.1, 2007 (Serial No.362), pp14-17
  12. Jing Zhou,Zhenyou Yu,Bizhu Wen ,Li Zheng. Language education of preschool children in the integrative curriculum. Early Childhood Education (monthly) No.12A, 2006(Serial No.350), pp4-9
  13. Li Zheng, Jing Zhou. The double role of language and the integrative education in kindergarten. Early Childhood Education (monthly) No.3A, 2005 (Serial No.297), pp26-28
  14. Li ZHENG. Self-made picturebook for young children. Early Childhood Education (monthly) No.2A, 2005(Serial No.295), pp16-18
  15. Li Zheng. Analysis of the aims and methods of literature education in kindergarten. Journal of Early Childhood Education (monthly) No.1, 2005 (Serial No.314), pp8-12
  16. Li Zheng. The social construction of early reading. Early Childhood Education. (monthly)No.7~8, 2004 (Serial No.281~283), pp10-12
  17. Li Zheng. Yulin Shen ,Anan Wu. The evaluation report on bilingual education for deaf children at preschool children. Chinese Journal of Special Education (monthly)No.5, 2004(Serial No.102), pp35-40
  18. Li Zheng. The aesthetic values and methods of children poetry appreciation. Early Childhood Education(monthly)No.4, 2003(Serial No.256), pp10-12
  19. Li Zheng. Language therapy of preschool children in Hong Kong , Journal of Early Childhood Education(monthly)No.2, 2002 (Serial No.244), pp41-43
  20. Li Zheng. The parent’s role in the integration of preschool language disordered Children. Chinese Journal of Special Education (Quarterly) No.1, 2002 (Serial No.33), pp45-48
  21. Li Zheng. The role of teacher in the integration of deaf preschool children. Modern Special Education (bimonthly) No.2, 1999 (Serial No.66), pp24-26
  22. Li Zheng. Analysis of preschool children  with language disorders,Early Childhood Education (monthly) No.7~8, 1999 (Serial No.211~212), pp24-26
  23. Suzhou Jiankai,Jing Zhou, Li Zheng. Finding report of retarded children’s language obstruct in normal kindergarten. Studies in Preschool Education (bimonthly) No.6, 1999 (Serial No.78), pp31-34
  24. Li Zheng. Therapy of preschool children with behavioral abnormality. Early Childhood Education(monthly) No.5, 1999(Serial No.209), pp30-31
  25. Li ZHENG. On the application of MCAI in preschool education. Journal of early childhood Education(monthly) No.3, 1999(Serial No.170), pp11-17
  26. Li Zheng. Analysis of the class role of deaf children in normal kindergarten . Modern Special Education. (bimonthly)No.6, 1998 (Serial No64.), pp31-33
  27. Li Zheng, Individualized education of special children in kindergarten, Chinese Journal of Special Education(Quarterly)No.3, 1995(Serial No.7), pp6-10

Selected Books/Chapters in Books

  1. Li Zheng (2014). Literature and reading of preschool children. Jiangsu Education Press. Nanjing
  2. Li Zheng (2012). Interactive model of reading in kindergarten. Nanjing Normal University Press. Nanjing
  3. Li Zheng (2010). The development of preschool children's figurative language. Higher Education Press. Beijing
  4. Li Zheng (2008). Early reading projects in kindergarten. Nanjing Normal University Press. Nanjing
  5. Yiji Cheng, Li Zheng, Xiaohua Zhang (2007). Deaf children learn Sign Language by pictures. Youth and Children Press. Shanghai
  6. Li Zheng (2005). Children’s literature based on pedagogical perspectives. Jiangsu Education Press. Nanjing
  7. Jing Zhou, Li Zheng (2005). Handbook of language curriculum in kindergarten. Nanjing Normal University Press. Nanjing
  8. Xiaodong Liu, Lezhen Lu(2004). Preschool pedagogics. Jiangsu Education Press.  Nanjing (Li Zheng: Language development and education of preschool children)
  9. Jing Zhou, Wei Zhao (2002). Education of preschool children with disorders. Liaoning Normal University Press. Dalian(Li Zheng: Education of deaf children, Language disorders of preschool children, Language therapy of preschool children, Integrative education of preschool children)
  10. Jing Zhou(2001). Language education of preschool children. Nanjing Normal University Press. Nanjing(Li Zheng: Language disorders of preschool children)

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 The 12th Jiangsu Awards for Social Science Reasarch

Contact and Personal Information

Department of Preschool Education

College of Education Sciences

Nanjing Normal University

122 Ninghai Road, Nanjing

P. R. China, 210097