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Dr. Xiaoping Liang

Title: Professor

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PSY 403

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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.


American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)

International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association