Gwen (Guangyan) Chen

Assistant Professor of Chinese
Modern Language Studies
Scharbauer Hall 3210 | 817-257-6096

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PhD, Chinese Pedagogy, The Ohio State University, 2011
MA, Asian Civilization, The University of Iowa, 2005
MA, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Nanjing University, 2001
BA, 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 30053 - Intermediate Chinese III
CHIN 30063 - Intermediate Chinese IV
CHIN 30113 - Chinese Civilization & Culture (HUM, CA)
CHIN 10033 - Business Chinese (HUM)

Areas of Focus

Dr. Chen has taught various levels of Chinese language courses as well as content courses of Chinese Civilization & Culture course and Business Chinese at TCU. Prior to coming to TCU, Professor Chen taught at Southern Methodist University, The University of Notre Dame, College of William & Mary, The Ohio State University, The University of Iowa, and Nanjing University.

Dr. Chen’s research interests span the areas of Chinese pedagogy, Chinese language acquisition, and Chinese pragmatics. A common thread in her research is the culture-oriented pedagogical approach. This philosophy views the importance of culture in language teaching, learning, acquisition, teacher training, and assessment. Specifically, Professor Chen’s research interests include: culture-oriented L2 Chinese pedagogy and acquisition, L2 Chinese assessment, corrective feedback in various classroom settings, and technology-integrated Chinese curriculum using cloud-based technologies.

Chen, G. Investigating the degree of humorous enjoyment in reading funny errors. Accepted in Chinese as a Second Language Research. Forthcoming.

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.

Chen, G. Teachers’ bicultural awareness in Chinese culture instruction,” in the conceived book of Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching, scheduled to be released in 2019. Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis Group.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nihao = Hello?: An Illustration of a Culture-Integrated L2 Chinese Pedagogy through Interactive Videos,” presented at the 2016 TFLA, Austin, TX, October 13-15, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

“Surviving Chinese Language and Culture,” presented for the 2017 summer study abroad program in TCU business school, Fort Worth, Texas, March 24, 2017.

Invited speech of “Chinese Artifacts,” presented at the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Fort Worth, Texas, February 13, 2017.

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

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

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

The Chinese Language Teachers Association
Texas Foreign Language Association
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Advisor for the TCU Chinese Club

Vice president of Texas Foreign Language Association