Dr. Yan Xie

Yan Xie
Dr. Yan Xie

Assistant Professor of Chinese



Yan Xie was saved by the Lord in 1998 after her long journey of seeking the meaning of life and eternity.  She lives in Bedford with her husband and daughter.  Yan began teaching Chinese courses when the Chinese program started at Liberty in 2009.  She became a full-time faculty member in 2012.  Her career goal is to be a positive contribution to the fulfillment of the vision Dr. Falwell had for the university.  Her passion is that her students will be used for the Lord because of their knowledge of the Chinese language.


ED.D., Teaching and Learning, Liberty University
M.ED., Second Language Acquisition, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.A., Chinese as a Foreign Language Teaching Pedagogy, Middlebury College, Vermont (in progress)

Courses Developed and Taught

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


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

"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

"Learners' ethnic identity development and establishment of a positive attitude toward learning Chinese." The 39th ACTFL Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. Nov. 2005

"Rethink socio-educational model of motivation with Chinese language learners." Annual Conference of CLTA-Greater New York, New York NY. May 2006

"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


Chen-Tsui Professional Development Award (2005) at the 39th ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD., 2005

Community/Christian/Institutional Service
  • Faculty Advisor of Chinese Culture Connection of LU
  • Member, Lynchburg Chinese Christian Fellowship: leader of Bible study and worship