Xia, Xue
xiax@uwm.edu(414) 229-2492Curtin Hall 815

Xia, Xue

Senior Lecturer
Foreign Languages & Literature-General

Education

  • Ph. D. Chinese Language & Linguistics, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
  • M.A. Chinese Linguistic Studies, University of Macau
  • B.A. Chinese Linguistic & Literature, Heilongjiang University

Exchange Program

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa -Peking University Exchange Program (2016), Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Research Interests

Xue’s research focuses on Chinese inter-language pragmatics, Chinese L2 speaking teaching and assessment, and Chinese for specific purposes. Her current research project is related to assess Chinese inter-language pragmatics in interaction in paired speaking tasks. Pragmatic competence refers to the ability to use language appropriately in a social context (Taguchi, 2009). L2 Chinese learners’ knowledge of how to start and end conversations, perform turn-takings, initiate and develop topics, and repair breakdowns, etc., plays a crucial role in effective interaction in a second language. The findings could contribute to the deeper understanding of the construct of Chinese inter-language pragmatics in interaction and the development of rating rubrics, which is significant in the advancement of how to assess this construct. It also sheds light on how to design appropriate speaking tasks to teach and assess L2 Chinese learners’ inter-language pragmatic competence.

Courses Taught

  • Chinese 101 – First Semester Chinese (5 units, U)
  • Chinese 160 – A Taste of China: Learning Chinese Culture & Society through Cuisine (3 units, U, HU)
  • Chinese 301 – Fifth Semester Chinese (4 units, U)
  • Chinese 320 - Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film (3 units, U)
  • Chinese 401 – Seventh Semester Chinese (3 units, U)
  • Chinese 402 – Eighth Semester Chinese (3 units, U)
  • FLL 699 – Advanced Independent Study (1– 3 units, U)

Teaching Experience

Xue has taught low-advanced regular Mandarin courses, intermediate-advanced Chinese for business professional courses (blended teaching), intermediate-advanced Chinese language online courses, and assisted in advanced intensive Chinese language training programs for DoD and Government Personnel at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for 6 years. While teaching these various types and levels of courses, she has varied her teaching approaches and emphases based on student and course needs. For low-intermediate courses, she focuses on helping students better understand the Chinese sound system, the radical system of Chinese characters, and Chinese culture knowledge. For intermediate-advanced courses, she focuses on strategies in Chinese learning and promotes critical thinking since students at this level should know how to learn Chinese by themselves and use Chinese to analyze and critique.

Grants

  • Humanities Scholarly Activity Fund (2018), Foreign Languages & Literature Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Title VI National Resource Center professional development award (2018), Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Humanities Scholarly Activity Fund (2017), Foreign Languages & Literature Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Title VI National Resource Center professional development award (2017), Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award (2017), National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), Chicago, Illinois
  • Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award (2016), Cheng & Tsui Company (book publisher), Boston, Massachusetts

Honors

  • Winner of the Chung-Fong and Grace Ning Excellence in Chinese Studies Graduate Student Award (2017),  Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Graduate Education (OGE) Dean’s Achievement Scholarship (2017), Office of Graduate Education, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii