Dr. Yan (Amy) Xie

Associate Professor of Chinese

Yan Xie

Email: yxie@liberty.edu

Education

  • ED.D., Teaching and Learning, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • M.ED., Second Language Acquisition, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • M.A., American Studies, Xi'an Foreign Languages University,  Xi'an, China

Biography

Yan Xie, a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese who was born and grew up in China, came to the United States in 2001. She completed her master's degree at the University of Massachusetts and doctoral degree at Liberty University. Teaching has been one of the greatest enjoyments in her life. She utilizes a student-centered approach to build up communicative competence and improve proficiency level, and creates an immersive classroom environment to realize authentic learning. She serves at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) certified tester in Mandarin Chinese. She integrates the World-Readiness Standards of ACTFL into instruction.

Courses Developed and Taught

  • CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 497: Special Topics: Intermediate Reading and Writing in Modern Chinese

Publications

  • "American Chinese Language Learners' Ideal Chinese L2 Self." Chinese as a Second Language Research 6(2), 1-27. 2017.
  • "The Acquisition of Mandarin Basic Vowels by American Students: The Comparison of Disyllabic Words and Sentences." Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA) 50(1), 43-59. 2015.
  • Second Language Self of Chinese Heritage and Nonheritage Learners. Germany: Scholars' Press. 2014.
  • "L2 Self of Beginning-level Heritage and Non-heritage Post-secondary Learners of Chinese." Foreign Language Annals 47(1), 189-203. 2014.
  • "The Acquisition of Mandarin Basic Vowels by American Students: The Comparison of Mono- and Di-syllabic Words and the Effects of Tones." Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA) 48(1), 91-108. 2013.
  • "Representations of L2 Motivational Self System With Beginning Chinese Language Learners at College Level in the United States: Heritage and Nonheritage Language Learners" (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3450776). 2011.
  • "The Chinese Vowels Acquisition by North American Students: A Comparative Study between Low and High Level Learners." Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA), 45(2), 1-18. 2010.

Presentations

  • "Chinese Character Learning Strategies and Outcome with Different Teaching Environments." Third International Symposium on the Culture of Chinese Characters and Language, Boston, MA. Nov. 2017.
  • "Pedagogical Implication of Chinese Second Language Self." Annual Conference of Foreign Languages Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Williamsburg, VA. Sep. 2016.
  • "Integrating Authentic Multimedia Materials into Intermediate Chinese Courses." Paper selected to be presented at Annual Conference of American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Diego, TX. Nov. 2015.
  • "Enhance Chinese Learners' Proficiency Level through Applying Learner-centered Curriculum." Annual Conference of Foreign Languages Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Williamsburg, VA. Oct. 2015.
  • "Pedagogical Implication of Chinese Second Language Self." Annual Conference of American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Diego, TX. Nov. 2015.
  • "Integrating the National Foreign Language Learning Standards at College Level." Annual Conference of Foreign Languages Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Williamsburg, VA. Sep. 2014.
  • "Impacts of the Tones on the Learning of Chinese: Linguistic and Non-Linguistic." Annual Conference of Foreign Languages Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Williamsburg, VA. Sep. 2013.
  • "To Master Tones: A Motivational Issue." Annual Conference of Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Williamsburg, VA. Oct. 2012.
  • "Integrativeness or Ideal L2 Self: Motivating Your Students." Annual Conference of Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Richmond, VA. Oct. 2011.
  • "The Interaction of Learning Strategies and Motivation with Chinese Language Learners at College Level." Annual Conference of Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA), Richmond, VA. Oct. 2010.
  • "Basic Vowels Acquisition of American Chinese Language Learners." Columbia University Teachers College Annual Roundtable Conference, New York, NY. Oct. 2010.
  • "What the Learning of Chinese Language Means in the New Age: Rethinking Integrative and Instrumental Motivations." The 40th ACTFL Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. Nov. 2006.
  • "Rethink Socio-educational Model of Motivation with Chinese Language Learners." Annual Conference of CLTA-Greater New York, New York NY. May 2006.
  • "Learners' Ethnic Identity Development and Establishment of a Positive Attitude toward Learning Chinese." The 39th ACTFL Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. Nov. 2005.
  • "Principles to Develop a Community Service Chinese Language Program." Annual Conference of CLTA-Greater New York, New York, NY. May 2005.
  • "What Heritage Students' Success Tells Us: Rethinking the Role of Learning Motivations." Annual Conference of CLTA-Greater New York, New York, NY. May 2004.
  • "Motivation and Communicative Competence: To Increase Learning Achievement through Communicative Language Teaching." Conference of Strategies and Pedagogy for Chinese Language Teaching in the 21st Century, Taipei, Taiwan. June 2005.
  • "Motivation and Ethnic Identity: A Socio-cultural Perspective in the Teaching of Chinese." Conference of Cultural Diversity and Language Education at Hawaii University, Manoa, HI. Sep. 2004.
  • "Build a Multilingual Community: Children's Chinese Language Summer Camp." The 41st Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language, New York. Apr. 2004.

Awards

  • Chen-Tsui Professional Development Award at the 39th ACTFL Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. 2005.

Certifications

  • ACTFL certified OPI - Mandarin Chinese Tester Full (2015).

Grants

  • ILUMINATE Grant for the Improvement of Teaching, Liberty University, Spring 2014.

Guest Speaker

  • "American Early Child Education and Implications for Chinese Schools." Yunnan Minzu University (Yunnan University of Nationalities), Kunming, China (26 May 2017).

Community/Christian/Institutional Service

  • ACTFL-certified OPI tester of Mandarin Chinese (2015-present)
  • Modern Languages Committee (Spring 2011-present)
  • Director, Chinese language program (Fall 2009-present)
  • Conversational Mandarin Chinese Subject Matter Expert, Liberty University Online (2013-2014)
  • Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Member, Foreign Language Association of Virginia
  • Member, Chinese Language Teachers' Association of the United States
  • Member, Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Virginia