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
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.
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.