I am a soon-to-graduate PhD student (ABD) in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. My dissertation research focuses writing in Chinese as a second/foreign language (L2) and vocabulary development along with L2 writing practice. I am particularly interested in the effects of manipulating pre-task planning conditions on vocabulary acquisition within the SLA framework of task planning. My training includes Chinese literature and linguistics, SLA, and foreign language education (including courses on language assessment, technology in the classroom, and curriculum and material development). Since 2005 I've been working as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at MSU on various Chinese language-related projects. I am the co-author (with Professor Patricia Paulsell) of the recently published Business Chinese CD series.
I am a life-long learner of foreign languages (including English, German and Japanese). Before I came to the States, I taught English as a second language at Huazhong University of Science & Technology and one of the most prestigious English training centers in China ¨C the New Oriental School. I have been teaching Chinese courses at Michigan State University and the Flagship summer program at Indiana University. I am actively involved in preparing MSU students for the summer study-abroad program in China.
I am passionate about foreign language teaching and encourage my students to participate and enjoy the experience, while still emphasizing steady improvement and learning. In my current and previous teaching positions, I have first-hand experience with communicative language teaching, using the task-based curricula. My experiences as a L2 English learner, an English teacher, a student of Chinese applied linguistics and pedagogy, and later a college-level Chinese teacher have provided me with a diverse background. As such, I believe this contributes to my overall awareness of curricular issues and needs in second language instruction.