Guangyan (Gwen) Chen

Assistant Professor
Modern Language Studies
Scharbauer Hall 3210

g.chen@tcu.edu | 817-257-6096

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Education

Ph.D., Chinese Pedagogy, Ohio State University, 2011
M.A., Asian Civilizations, University of Iowa, 2005
M.A., Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Nanjing University, 2001
B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Anhui Normal University, 1998

Courses Taught

CHIN 10153 - Beginning Chinese I
CHIN 10163 - Beginning Chinese II
CHIN 20053 - Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 20063 - Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 30063 - Intermediate Chinese IV
CHIN 30113 - Chinese Civilization & Culture (HUM, CA)
CHIN 10033 - Business Chinese (HUM)

Areas of Focus

Guangyan Chen is an assistant professor of Chinese at Texas Christian University.

She has taught various levels of collegiate Chinese language and culture courses since 1998. Before she joined TCU in 2014, she taught these courses at Southern Methodist University, University of Notre Dame, College of William & Mary, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, and Nanjing University.

Her research interests span the areas of Chinese pedagogy, acquisition, assessment, and pragmatics. A common thread in her research is her emphasis on a culture-oriented pedagogical approach. Specifically, her research interests include: culture-oriented L2 Chinese pedagogy and acquisition, L2 Chinese assessment, corrective feedback, and technology-integrated Chinese curriculum using cloud-based technologies.

Chen, G. Performed Culture in Chinese Language Education: A Culture-Based Approach for U.S. Collegiate Context, in contract with Lexington Books.

Chen, G. & Springer, K. (2020). Teachers’ bicultural awareness in Chinese language education. In C. Shei, M. E. M. Zikpi, and D. Chao (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of Chinese language teaching (pp. 627-640). Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Chen, G. & Zhang, J. (2019). Challenges of employing VoiceThread to enhance U.S. collegiate Chinese language learners’ oral proficiency. Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology, 2(1), 1-16.

Chen, G. (2018). Integrating culture into beginner-level Chinese language teaching. Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, 2(2), 94-103.

Chen, G. (2017). Investigating the degree of humorous enjoyment in reading Chinese language errors. Chinese as a Second Language Research, 6(2), 203-224.

Chen, G. & Springer, K. (2017). Recast and its repair on L2 Chinese pronunciation. Konin Language Studies, 5(1), 93-116.

Chen, G. (2017). Performed culture: An approach to US collegiate Chinese language education, Quarterly Journal of Chinese Studies, 5(1), 84-102.

Chen, G. (2017). Identifying cultural elements in Chinese language curricula using the 3Ps framework, K-12 Chinese Language Teaching, 2, 1-26.

Chen, G. (2016). Developing a model of analytic rating scales to assess college students’ L2 Chinese oral performance, The International Journal of Language Testing, 6(2), 50-71.

Chen, G. (2016). Examining rating criteria used to assess U.S. college students’ Chinese oral performance, Chinese as a Second Language, 51(3), 286-311.

Chen, G. (2014). Teachers’ and non-teachers’ perceptions of a Chinese learner’s oral performances. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 16, 57-85.

Recipient of an AAUW American Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2019-2020 award year.

Recipient of the AddRan Grant Submission Incentive Grant ($5000), Summer, 2018.

Recipient of the TCU Research and Creativities Fund ($4500), available from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

TCU Junior Faculty Summer Research Program Fellowship ($6000), Summer 2016.

Recipient of the TCU Research and Creativities Fund ($3145), available from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

Recipient of the Instructional Development Fund Grant ($2788), available from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

TCU Junior Faculty Summer Research Program Fellowship ($6000), Summer 2015.

Recipient of the TCU Research and Creativities Fund ($4000), available from June 1, 2015

2019   “Linking U.S. Collegiate Chinese Language Curricular Goals with University Missions: A Case Study of Optimizing a Chinese Curriculum by Integrating Content and Language Courses,” the 2019 CLTA annual conference, Seattle, WA, April 5-7, 2019.

2019   “Responding to Calls for Curricular Change: A Culture-Oriented Chinese Curriculum,”  the conference of Cultural Constructions 2019: Language and Culture in Contact, March 21-22, 2019.

2018   “A Model of Analytic Rating Scales to Assess College Students’ L2 Chinese Oral Performance,” Assessing Speaking in Context – New Trends—A conference to explore new ideas within the paradigm of the assessment of language use in context, Houston, Texas, May 4-5, 2018.

2018   “Investigating L2 Chinese Students’ Perceptions of Using VoiceThread to Enhance Their Oral Proficiency,” the 2018 CLTA annual conference, VA: Herndon, April 6-8, 2018.

2018   “What Do Students Say?: Perceptions of Culture-Oriented and Video-Mediated Beginner-Level Chinese Learning Materials,” the Symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to East Asian Languages Pedagogy, Columbus, OH, February 24-25, 2018.

2017   “Investigating Students’ Perceptions of Culturally-Integrated Online Video Materials for L2 Chinese Beginners,” the 2017 ACTFL annual conference, Nashville, TN, November 17-19, 2017.

2017   “The Effectiveness and Challenges in integrating VoiceThread to Enhance Collegiate L2 Chinese Students’ Oral Proficiency,” the 3rd Online Chinese Teaching Forum & Workshop (OCTFW), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, October 27-28, 2017.

2017   “Performed Culture: An Approach to US Collegiate Chinese Language Education,” the Third International Forum on Linguistics and Chinese Education, South Bend, Indiana, October 14-15, 2017.

2017   Chair and discussant for the panel “The Ways of Integrating Culture into Chinese as a Foreign Language Education,” the 2017 Texas Foreign Language Association annual conference, Arlington, TX, October 12-14, 2017.

2017   “Identifying Cultural Elements in Chinese Language Curricula Using the 3Ps Framework,” the 15th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese, New York, May 6, 2017.

2016   “Globalization and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: A Culture-Based Approach to Collegiate Foreign Language Education,” the 10th Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, October 21-22, 2016.

2016   “Nihao = Hello?: An Illustration of a Culture-Integrated L2 Chinese Pedagogy through Interactive Videos,” the 2016 Texas Foreign Language Association annual conference, Austin, TX, October 13-15, 2016.

2016   “Is It Fair for English-Speaking Learners in the U.S to take the New HSKs?,” the 18th Annual MwALT Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, October 1, 2016.

2016   “Video-Based Cultural Integration of Chinese Greeting Behaviors,” the 9th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching in the 21st Century (TCLT9), Macau, China, May 27-29, 2016.

2016   Chair and discussant for the panel “Employing Interactive Videos to Enhance L2 Chinese Oral Proficiency,” the 2016 South Central Association for Language Learning Technology conference, Houston, Texas, April 8-9, 2016.

2016   “Factor Structure of Analytic Rating Scales for Assessing U.S. College Students’ L2 Chinese Oral Performance,” the CLTA Second International Symposium on Chinese Teaching and Learning, College Park, MD, April 1­3, 2016.

2016   “Investigating Perception of Humorous Texts Originating from Chinese Language Learners’ Errors,” the 6th International Humor Research Conference, Dallas, Texas, February 19-21, 2016.

2015   “Could-Based Technologies to Improve Oral Proficiency in Chinese,” the 2015 ACTFL annual conference, San Diego, November 20-22, 2015.

2015   “Investigating Repetition Feedback and Learner Repair Through Analyzing Co-Constructed Classroom Interaction,” the TCU MOLA Research Forum, Fort Worth, Texas, November 9, 2015.

2015   “Investigating Classroom Teachers’ Assessment of U.S. College Students L2 Chinese Oral Performance,” the 2015 East Coast Organization of Language Testers conference, Washington DC, October 9-10, 2015.

2015   “Investigating Culture Identity of L2 Chinese Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices,” the Fifth Forum on Cultivation of International Chinese Teacher, Beijing, July 16-18, 2015.

2015   “Constructing a Database of Chinese Inter-language Oral Corpora,” the First International Conference on Corpus of Chinese Spoken Inter-language, Nanjing, July 10-11, 2015.

2015   Chair and discussant for the panel “Employing Cloud-Based Technologies to Enhance L2 Chinese Oral Proficiency,” the 2015 South Central Association for Language Learning Technology conference, Texas, April 24-24, 2015.

2015   “Classroom Teachers’ Perceptions of U.S. College Students L2 Chinese Oral Proficiency,” the TCU MOLA Research Forum, Fort Worth, Texas, April 9, 2015.

2019 “Cultural Adaptations of Chinese Teachers in American K-12 Classrooms,” held by Language Other Than English, Texas Region 10 ESC, DR. Meredith Clark, Allen, Texas, January 26, 2019.

2018 “A.C.E. Your Class!: Active, Collaborative, and Engaged Learning Using VoiceThread,” held by the department of Modern Language Studies, Dr. Marie Schein, September 18, 2018.

2018 Talk in AddRan faculty Research Spotlight, held by AddRan, Dean Peter Worthing, September 12, 2018.

2018 “Survival Chinese Language” the 2018 summer study abroad program in TCU business school, Fort Worth, Texas, March 23, 2018.

2018 “Survival Chinese Language and Culture” for the study abroad program of “China: Global Perspectives on Communication Health,” held by TCU Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Fort Worth, Texas, January 18, 2018.

2017 “Survival Chinese Language” the 2017 summer study abroad program in TCU business school, Fort Worth, Texas, March 24, 2017.

2017 “Chinese Artifacts,” the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia workshop, Fort Worth, Texas, February 13, 2017.

2016 “From ‘Hello’ to ‘Bye’ in Chinese: Do’s and Don’ts in the Chinese Culture,” the course of Intro to Asian Studies, Fort Worth, Texas, September 7, 2016.

2016 “Dos and Don’ts When Encountering the Chinese,” the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia workshop, Fort Worth, Texas, February 23, 2016.

2015 “When East meets West: Challenges Hanban Volunteer Teachers Face in U.S. Secondary School,” Southern Methodist University SSEHD Sino-American Research Group meeting, Dallas, Texas, October 30, 2015.

Advisor for the TCU Chinese Club (2014-2019)

Advisor for the Chinese House at TCU (2018-2019)

Vice president of Texas Foreign Language Association (2017-2018)