Faculty

Dr. Sharon Wen

Xiaohong (Sharon) Wen, Ph.D
Professor, Applied Linguistics and Chinese Language Acquisition
Director, Chinese Studies Program

Dr. Xiaohong (Sharon) Wen is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and Chinese Language Acquisition. She has been serving as the Director of the Chinese Studies Program at UH since 1994. During this period, the Chinese Studies Program developed from offering one elementary language course into offering a major (BA in Chinese Studies), a minor, a faculty-led Chinese Study Abroad Program, as well as four annual scholarships and the Startalk Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston.

Dr. Wen has conducted a series of empirical studies in three areas: studies of affective factors, acquisition of Chinese as a f aoreign language (CFL), and research-based curriculum design and instruction. Theoretically, she utilizes CFL learners’ language production, and survey/interview methods to conduct empirical studies to test hypotheses and construct theories of CFL acquisition. Practically, her research findings bear on issues such as learner factors, learning strategies, and how to connect research with classroom pedagogy. She recently has published two books, Studies of Chinese Language Acquisition by English Speakers: from Theories to Practice (2008), and Learning and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2012).She has published more than 30 articles in refereed journals such as in Foreign Language Annals, I.T.L. Review of Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Chinese Linguistics, International Journal of Psycholinguistics, Journal of CLTA, Heritage Language Journal. Her articles have been translated into Korean and Chinese. Her research instrument has been adapted and used in other foreign language studies such as English, Spanish, and Arabic. She is a Principal Investigator of large grants from internal (e.g., $25,000) and federal (e.g., $100,000) sources.

Dr. Wen is a Guest Professor (客座教授) of three key universities in China and one university in Taiwan. She is an AP Chinese Consultant for the College Board. She has lectured in many research and teaching training programs in the US, Taiwan, and China. She has served on the Board of Directors of CLTA for two terms, Board of Directors of CLTA-TX for one term, and the Board of Directors of International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (世界汉语教学学会) for one term, in addition to boards and committees at the national and international levels. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of JCLTA.

I.  Publications

A. Books

  • 2012.《汉语作为第二语言的习得与教学》Learning and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. 384 pages. 北京大学出版社 The Peking University Press. Beijing, China. ISBN 978-7-301-21446-6/H 3162. Distributor: NanHai, 3000 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA95054. http://www.nanhaibooks.com/

    2008《汉语作为外语的习得研究—理论基础与课堂实践》Studies of Chinese Language Acquisition by English Speakers:  from Theories to Practice, 375 pages. 北京大学出版社The Peking University Press. Beijing, China. (The book was endorsed by Hanban: http://www.shihan.org.cn/shihan/detail.do?news.id=164. It has received a positive and enthusiastic review from the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA), 42:2, 103-106, 2009). The book was reprinted in 2010.  
  • 2012. Editor. Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: Projects from the Startalk Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston. 278pages.

B. Selected Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Forthcoming. Pragmatic Development: An Exploratory Study of Requests by Learners of Chinese. A book chapter in Z. Han (Ed.) Second Language Acquisition of Chinese: A Series of Empirical Studies. Multilingual Matters.

Forthcoming. 语言的输入、输出与课堂的互动设计Forthcoming. Input, Output, and Design of Interactive Class Activities. 汉语学习Chinese Language Learning.

Forthcoming. 汉语为外语的学习情感态度、动机研究A Study of Chinese Language Learning Attitudes and Motivation. 世界汉语教学Chinese Teaching in the World. 4. The Press of the Beijing Language and Culture University.

2012. A daunting task: The acquisition of the Chinese Ba-construction by nonnative speakers of Chinese. Journal of Chinese Linguistics. 216-240. The Chinese University Press of Hong Kong.

2011. Chinese language learning motivation: A comparative study of heritage and non-heritage learners. Heritage Language Journal, 8(3), 41-66.

2011 美国中文教学面临的挑战与对应策略Challenges and Changes in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in the USA.  世界汉语教学Chinese Teaching in the World. 4. The Press of the Beijing Language and Culture University. 538-553.

2011. 语言习得与汉语课任务的设计 Language acquisition and design of task-based instruction in a Chinese classroom. 国际汉语Chinese language in the World, 1 (Journal’s Initial Issue). 中山大学出版社The Sun Yatsen University Press, China. 20-28.

2010. Acquisition of the displacement Ba-construction by English-speaking learners of Chinese. Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. 45:2, 73-99.

2010. Designs of task-based class activities. In Y. Yuan and J. Yin (Eds.) Chinese as a Foreign Language Teaching Practice and Reflections. pp. 307-310. The Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

2009.  Teaching listening and speaking: An interactive approach. In M. Everson and Y. Xiao (Eds.) Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: Theories and Applications. pp. 131-150. Cheng & Cui Publishing, Boston. (My article is used as a sample to promote the book: http://www.cheng-tsui.com/files/TCFL_excerpts.pdf)

2008.  Bridging language and culture: a study of Chinese Guanyongyu compounds. Journal of Chinese Linguistics. The Chinese University Press of Hong Kong. 36:2, 249-273.

2008. 语言习得与语法教学 Language acquisition and Grammar teaching.  汉语学习Chinese Language Learning. 2, 76-84.

2007. 教学输入与学习者的语言输出Instructional input and learner’s output. Chinese Teaching in the World, (A special issue to celebrate the journal’s 20th anniversary世界汉语教学:创刊20周年纪念专号). 3, 108-119. The Press of the Beijing Language and Culture University, China.

2007. 对外汉语教学:语言习得的理论基础Theoretical foundations of research in Chinese language acquisition.  In 崔希亮 (Ed.) Chinese Language Education: International Interactions. pp. 83-106. 商务出版社The Commercial Press, Beijing, China.

2006. 语言习得与教学内容Language acquisition and teaching contents.  Journal of Chinese Language Studies, 2. 48-67. 北京大学出版社The Peking University Press, China.

2006. Acquisition sequence of three constructions:  An analysis of the Interlanguage of learners of Chinese as a foreign language.  Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. 41:3, 89-114.

2001. Chinese language articulation: A report on the CLTA Board project, Co-authors: C. Ke, X. Wen, & C. Kotenbeutel,  Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. 36:3, 25-60.

2000. 汉语习得偏误及改错的效益Error in Chinese language acquisition and effect of feedback.

第六届国际汉语教学论文选Selected Articles of the Sixth International Symposium Chinese Language Teaching. Eds 胡明扬,鲁健冀,张德鑫. pp. 195-203. Beijing:  Beijing University Press.

1999. Error and corrective feedback. Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. 34:3,1-22. (The first article in the journal).

1999.  Chinese learning motivation: a comparative study of different ethnic groups. In Chu, M. (Ed.) Mapping the Course of the Chinese Language Field. pp. 121-150. The Chinese Language Teachers Association Monograph Series, Vol. III.

1998. Improving reading strategies through an understanding of culture and language.  Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) on Language and Linguistics. ED 427 540, FL 025 736.

1997.  Motivation and language learning with students of Chinese.  Foreign Language Annals. 30:2, 235-252.

1997. Acquisition of Chinese Aspect: An analysis of the Interlanguage of Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language.  I.T.L. Review of Applied Linguistics. 115-116: 1-26. (The first article in the journal).

1996. Multimedia contextual cues and listening comprehension: the interactive multimedia listening comprehension program.  Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) on Language and Linguistics. ED 406 835, FL 024 491.

1995. Second language acquisition of the Chinese particle leInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics. 5:1, 45-62. 

1995. Chinese language learning Motivation.  Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) on Language and Linguistics. ED391 373.

1995. Chinese and English language processing strategies within individuals.  Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. 30:2, 127-145.

1994. Topic prominence in the acquisition of Chinese existential sentences by English-speakers. International Journal of Psycholinguistics. 10:2, 127-145.

1992.  Comparison of first and second language acquisition.  Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies. 3: 49-65.  The Press of Beijing Language Institute, China.

1992. Co-author with J. Zhang.  Survey of current theories of second language acquisition. Chinese Teaching in the World. No.1, pp. 45-48; No.2, pp. 147-153. The Press of Beijing Language and Culture University, China.

1989. Co-author with J. Zhang. Chinese passives: transformational or lexical? Linguistic Analysis. 17: 3-4, 200-216.

C. Translated and Selected Articles

2006. 主题突出与汉语存在句习得研究Topic prominence in the acquisition of Chinese existential sentences by English-speakers.  In 王建勤 (Ed.) Studies on Acquisition of Chinese as a Second Language. pp. 295-310. 商务出版社The Commercial Press, Beijing, China.

2005. Acquisition of Chinese aspect: An analysis of the interlanguage of learners of Chinese as a foreign language, in the book Linguistic Research in Teaching Modern Chinese. pp. 67-101.  Korea Education Commission.  (The article was translated and reprinted in Korean).

2005. Second language acquisition of the Chinese particle le, in the book: Linguistic Research in Teaching Modern Chinese. pp. 105-139.  Korea Education Commission.  (The article was translated and reprinted in Korean).

1995. The acquisition of Chinese existential sentences.  Chinese Teaching in the World. 32:2, 52-59. The Beijing Language Institute Press, China. (The article was translated in Chinese).

1993. An abstract of “Comparison of first and second language acquisition”. The Almanac of Chinese Linguistic,中国语言学年鉴. p.218. In李行键 (Ed.), 语文出版社Yuwen Press.

II. Invited Presentations

A. Invited Research Presentations

May 2012. Featured speaker: “An exploratory study of requests in Chinese by learners of different backgrounds”, International Symposium on Chinese Linguistics and Language Teaching on the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa campus, Honolulu, Hawaii, May 29-30, 2012. http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/prodev/si12c/presenters.html

April 2012. Invited conference presentation: “Pragmatic development in request performance by English-speaking learners of Chinese”. The Third International Symposium of Chinese Applied Linguistics (ISCAL), Iowa City, IA. C:\Users\xwen\Desktop\ISCAL 2012 The University of Iowa.htm

July 2011. Keynote Speaker: “Research-based instruction in an interactive language classroom”.  The STARTALK program invited by Kennesaw State University, GA.

April 2011. Keynote Speaker. "Challenges & Changes in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language” at "The 2011 Professional Development Conference for Chinese Language Teachers". University of Wisconsin-Madison.

April 2011. Guest Speaker. “A Business Chinese Course: Curriculum design and instructional techniques” for the International Symposium of Chinese Business. University of Texas-San Antonio.

May 2010. Four Guest Public Presentations invited by Christian Chungyuan University, Taiwan.

“Early research in second language acquisition: Interlanguage and error analysis”

“Application of second language acquisition research to teaching”

“Development of research on acquisition of Chinese as a second language”

“Task-based instruction in Chinese teaching contexts”

http://tcsl.office.cycu.edu.tw/post/990517-990530.pdf

March 2010. Guest speaker to Duke’s  Forum of Chinese Language Education: “Instructional  input and learner’s output”,  Duke University, NC.

Jan. 2010. Keynote Speaker. “Integrating culture into language: An exploratory study on the acquisition of speech acts by CFL learners”.  Invited by the School of Chinese as a Second Language, Sun Yat-sen University, China. http://soee.sysu.edu.cn/xwdt/37827.htm

Nov. 2008. “Finding Research Topics and Designing Empirical Studies on CFL”. Invited by the Board of CLTA at the ACTFL 42nd Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (ACTFL Listing: Title: W24 CLTA Empirical Research Workshop; Date & Time: Thurs., Nov. 20, 2008. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
      http://www.actfl.org/files/public/08PreandPostConventionWorkshops&TicketedEvents.pdf)

Jan. 2008. Keynote speaker. “Form and function: Acquisition of the Chinese BA construction by English-speakers”, invited by the lecture series of the School of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Sun Yat-sen University, China.       http://scsl.sysu.edu.cn/show/390.html

Nov. 2007. “Finding Research Topics and Designing Empirical Studies on CFL”. The Empirical Research workshop. Invited by the Board of CLTA at the ACTFL 41st Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.

Dec. 2004. Guest Speaker. “Theoretical foundations in teaching Chinese as a foreign language”. Invited to the international conference of CFL Interactions and Inter-complements in the New Century, sponsored by the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban) and Beijing Language and Culture University, China.

March 2004. Guest Speaker. “Research on learning Chinese Characters as a second language in the USA”. Invited by Hainan University, Hainan, China.

June 2002. Guest Speaker. “Meeting the needs of students: Chinese language program development”.  Invited to the 1st International Leadership Symposium for the Development of Chinese Language Education in the 21st Century sponsored by Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), Beijing Language and Culture University, China. 

B. Invited Training Programs on Research-based Instruction

Guest Speaker. April-May 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Teacher training programs in Texas funded by STARTALK, a federal grant for the National Security Language Initiative. UT-Dallas, Houston.

“Teaching Chinese as a second language with standards and principles”

“Principles of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language”.

Instructional Lead. June 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Invited by the Summer Institute at the University of Tulsa. Under the topics of AP Chinese and Pre-AP Chinese:

“Curriculum design under the framework of Task-based instruction”

“Research-based instruction and curriculum development”

“Form-focused instruction under the framework of Communicative Language Teaching”

Instructional Lead. July 2010. “Create a Fun and Effective Chinese Language Classroom with Standards and Interaction, Pre-AP Chinese”. Invited by a collaborative project of the College Board and Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), Shanghai International Studies University, China.

Guest Speaker. Nov. 2007. “Standards, Principles, and Methods in an interactive Chinese Classroom”. Invited by the College Board to the ACTFL Pre-Conference for AP Chinese. San Antonio, TX.

Guest Speaker. Jan. 2007. Invited by the College Board to AP Chinese Language and Culture teacher training programs, San Antonio, TX.

“Introduction to the AP Chinese Course Description: Three Modes of Communication”

“The 5C's and Implication of Teaching”

“Input and Output: Learning Strategies & Cognitive Skills”

“Teaching Chinese Characters and Vocabulary”

Guest Speaker. Nov. 2007. “How to help students prepare for the AP Chinese Test: Cognitive skills and learning strategies”. Invited by the Board of CLTA-TX to the Annual Meeting of CLTA-TX, Houston, TX.

Guest Speaker. May 2006. “The development of a Chinese AP course and implications to teachers”. Invited by the Consulate General of PRC to a workshop for teachers of Chinese in the greater Houston Area, Houston. 

Guest Speaker. July 2006. “Form-focused instruction: Implications for classroom activities”. Invited to a workshop for teachers of Chinese by the Asian Studies program at Beijing University. Beijing, China.

Guest Speaker. June 2006. “Chinese AP Course and Examination: from theory to practice”. Summer Institute, Pacific AP Summer Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Guest Speaker. Jan. 2005. “Teaching Goals and Curriculum design: Articulations” Invited by Huaxia Chinese School to Professional Development Workshop, Huanxia Main Campus, Houston, TX.

Sept. 2002. (Organizer and Presenter) “Perspectives in Teaching Chinese in the New Era” at the University of Houston, sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education via the Consulate General of PRC in Houston, lasted for three days.

Guest Speaker. Aug. 1997. Invited by the Board of Directors of Huaxia Chinese School to teacher training workshops at Huaxia Chinese School, Houston.

“Using games in Chinese classes”

“Effective Instruction and Classroom Management”

Guest Speaker. June 1993. “Communication-oriented Curriculum & Student-centered Instruction”. Invited by CET to Capital Normal University of Beijing as an Advisory Board member by CET.

III. Teaching

A. Courses Taught and Develped at UH

Language courses:

  • 1501-3302: 6 courses of Modern Mandarin Chinese
  • 1209: Chinese Calligraphy
  • 2207, 2208 Chinese Conversation I & II
  • 3303: Readings in Modern Chinese
  • 3304: Business Chinese
  • 4305: Survey of Chinese Literature
  • 4301: Chinese Public Speaking
  • 4302: Integrated Chinese

Interdisciplinary courses: Culture, literature and linguistic studies, taught in English:

  • 3350: Chinese Culture through Films
  • 3352: Chinese Culture and Society through Modern Literature (Core Course)
  • 3354: Chinese Culture and Language (Core Course)
  • 3360: A Look into Modern China (Core Course)
  • 3398: Transnational Chinese Cinemas
  • 3398: Chinese Culture through History

Graduate courses for M.A. in World Cultures & Literatures (WCL) with Chinese Concentration:

  • 4364/6364: Issues in Chinese Language and Culture
  • 4371/6371: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
  • 4373/6373: Studies of Chinese Language Learning and Teaching

Team Taught:

  • WCL 2351: World Cultures through Literature and Arts
  • WCL 4352: Frame of Modernity

Independent Studies:

Under different course titles to accommodate students’ needs and graduation schedules.

B. Selected Students Sucess Stories

First Place Winner of the International Chinese Speech Tournament (世界汉语桥比赛第一名), Beijing, July, 2004. Ninety five college students from about 40 countries participated in the tournament. The speech performance was broadcast live from CCTV, Beijing.

Two finalists of the International Chinese Speech Tournament, invited to Beijing for the tournament by Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in 2007 and 2010 respectively.

Twenty winners of scholarships from the Ministry of Education, PRC, via the Consulate General of PRC in Houston, 1997-2011.

Three winners of a scholarship from Taiwan, one of which was from the Houston Mayor’s Office, 2004-2007.

Numerous Winners of the college student Chinese speech contests both locally (Houston, Texas) and regionally (Southern USA), 2001-2010.