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Dr. Xiaoping Liang

Dr. Xiaoping Liang Title: Professor Office
Location: PSY 403
Phone Number: (562) 985-8509
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Bachelor’s Degree: 1977, English, Nanjing University, China
Master’s Degree: 1981, General & Applied Linguistics, Exeter University, UK.
Ph.D.: 1999, Language Education/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), University of British Columbia, Canada.

Teaching/Research Interests:

My research interests include second language discourse and socialization, language and content instruction/learning, academic language development, bilingual code-switching, and language use, language attitudes, and cultural identity. My recent research projects have been conducted in North American and Chinese contexts.

In North America: Chinese immigrant students’ learning of academic English in content classes, and their spontaneous interactions and bilingual code-switching during task-based cooperative learning High-school Spanish-speaking students’ perceptions of first and second language (L1 & L2) use in ESL classes, and their code-switching in dealing with content and culture learning as well as social interactions in the classroom. Obstacles women scholars encountered and strategies they used when professing in English-as-a-second-language (ESL), when dealing with credibility and authority issues with students, and when constructing their second-language-speaking professional identity in American higher education.

In China: Influence of economic, social, and linguistic changes on 1) high-school students’ attitudes toward the local Cantonese, the national Putonghua (that is, Mandarin), and English as a foreign language; 2) their reported use of these three languages at home, in school, and in the English class; and 3) their conceptions of language and cultural identity. How subject matter is delivered and received in university content courses taught through English as a foreign language by Chinese instructors, and how instructor-student interactions are conducted in such courses.

Courses Taught:

  • LING 329: Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • LING/EDEL/EDP 431: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • LING 486: Second Language Teaching Methods
  • LING 561: Second Language Curriculum Development
  • LING 593: Practicum in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • LING 595: Qualitative Research Methods
  • LING 596: Research in Linguistics

Publications and Professional Presentations:

  • Liang, X. (2006). Identity and language functions: High-school Chinese immigrant students’ code-switching dilemmas in ESL classes. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 5(2), 143-167.
  • Liang, X. (2006). Professing in a non-native tongue: Narrative construction of realities and opportunities. In G. Li & G. H. Beckett (Eds.), “Strangers” of the academy: Asian women scholars in higher education (pp. 85-104). Sterling, VG : Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  • Smith, S. W., & Liang, X. (2007). Metapragmatic expressions in physics lectures: Integrating representations, guiding processing, and assigning participant roles. In W. Bublitz & A. Hubler (Eds.), Metapragmatics in use (pp. 167-197). Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Liang, X., & Smith, S. W. (2012). Teaching language and content: Instructor strategies in a bilingual science class at a Chinese university. International Journal of Higher Education, 1(2), 92-102.
  • Liang, X. (2012). Language as investment, capital, and economics: Spanish-speaking English learners’ language use and attitudes. International Journal of English Linguistics, 2(6), 1-16

Professional Activities, Awards, & Affiliations:

  • 2000 (Fall) Campus Assessment Grant, CSULB.
  • 2001 (Spring) Faculty Career Enhancement Program Grant, CSULB.
  • 2001 (Fall) The Community Service Learning Grant, CSULB.
  • 2002 (Fall) The Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, CSULB.
  • 2003 (Fall) The Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, CSULB.
  • 2003-2004 The Wang Family Scholarship Faculty Stipends, CSU.
  • 2004-2005 International Projects Awards, CSULB.
  • 2005 (Fall) The Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, CSULB.
  • 2005 (Fall) Enhancing Educational Effectiveness Award (3E Award), CSULB.
  • 2006 (Spring) Sabbatical Leave, CSULB.
  • 2006 (Fall) Tenured/Initial Promotion (TIP) Career Enhancement Award, CSULB.
  • 2007 (Spring) The Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, CSULB.
  • 2007 (Fall) The Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, CSULB.
  • 2008 (Fall) The Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, CSULB.
  • 2009-2010 International Projects Awards, International Education Committee & Center for International Education, CSULB.
  • 2010 (Fall) One Time Block Grant for Research Support, Academic Affairs/College of Liberal Arts, CSULB.
  • 2013 (Fall) Sabbatical Leave, CSULB
  • 2014 (Spring) Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award, CSULB
  • Member, American Association for Applied Linguistics.
  • Member, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
  • Member, California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Member, North America Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.
  • Reviewer, TESL Canada Journal. Reader, Award Standing Committee, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 2001 and 2002.