2010-presentPh.D.Candidate in Applied Linguistics ABD
The Pennsylvania State University
Degree advisor: Professor Lu Xiaofei
Dissertation chair: Professor James Lantolf & Professor Xiaofei Lu
Committee member: Professor Ping Li; Professor Yu Ning
2003-2004M.A.in Economics and Education
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Degree advisor: Professor Yongqiang Zeng
2010-2014 Penn State
2004 -2010 GDUFS
1999 - 2003 GDUFS
2012-2013 Research assistant for Chinese metaphor (with James Lantolf), CALPER, Penn State University
2012 fMRI data acquisition, Dept. of Psychology, Penn State University
2010-2011 Textbook development for teaching Chinese, CALPER, Penn State University
1999-2000 Software Engineering & Database Engineering, Wan Hai Lines
Other Academic Experiences
2009-2009 Academic visiting scholar, Lancaster University, UK
2008-2009 Advisor and coordinator, the Student Exchange Program, GDUFS
2001-2002 Online listening courses developer and organizer, GDUFS
2000-2001 Oracle database engineering, Wan Hai Lines
2013 Dept. of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University
APLNG 591 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition. Guest lecturer (with Professor James, Lantolf)):
2012-2013 Dept. of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University
ESL 015 English Writing for Second Language Learners
2011-2012 Dept. of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University
APLNG 593 Experimental Research on Language (co-teach with Professor Robert Schrauf)
2005-2010 International College, GDUFS
2005-2010 Faculty of English Language & Culture, GDUFS
2005-2007 College of Continuing Education & Open College, GDUFS
2000-2003 Faculty of English Language & Culture, GDUFS
Computer Assisted English Listening
Communicative English for Chinese Learners
2013-2016 co-Investigator, the National Social Science Fund: “The Cognitive Mechanism and Highly Efficient Teaching Methods for Learning Chinese as A Second Language”, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies: (PI: Chuming Wang)
2012-2016 co-Investigator, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies: “Tracking Vocabulary Knowledge Development Over Time” (PI: Chen Zhao)
2013 Center for Global Studies Career Development, Penn State University
2013 Gil-Watz dissertation Grant, Penn State University
2013-2014 PI, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Young scholar funds: “Listen Anxiety and Its Relationship To Listening Performance”
2011-2014 Dept. of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University, Student Travel Grant
2011-2012 PI, the Confusion Institute, Penn State University:
2004-2006 co-PI, Guangdong Provincial Educational Technology, 151 Project (#GDA 078)
Raymond E. Lombra Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, Penn State Univ. (2014)
Early Career Development Award, the Center for Global Studies, Penn State Univ. (2012-2013)
Excellence in Research Award, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (2008, 2010, 2013)
Excellence in Teaching Award, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (2006， 2007， 2008， 2009)
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Zhang, X., & Lu, X. (2013). A longitudinal study of receptive vocabulary breadth knowledge growth and vocabulary fluency development.Applied Linguistics.
Zhang, X. (2013). The “I don’t know” option in the vocabulary size test.TESOL Quarterly, 790-811.
Zhang, X., & Zhao, G. (2011). Construct validation of foreign language listening anxiety scales.Modern Foreign Languages, 34,162-170.
Zhang, X., & Qi, L. (2009). Incidental vocabulary acquisition in reading for pleasure.Foreign Language Teaching and Research,41, 303-308.
Zhang, X. & Lantolf, J. P. (2014). Natural or artificial: Is developmental route teachable? Talk to be presented at the colloquia atAmerican Association for Applied Linguistics 2014 Conference, Portland, March, 22-25.
Zhang, X. & Lantolf, J. P. (2013). Working Memory and L2. Talk presented atAnnual Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning Research Working Group Meeting, Stage College, September, 26-28.
Zhang, X. & Li, Y. (2012). Vocabulary learning strategies and vocabulary knowledge. Talk presented at theSecond Forum on Applied Linguistics, Guangzhou, December, 8-9.
Zhang, X. (2012). Language as embodied cognitive skills. Talk presented atCBBC, Penn State University, October, 10.
Zhang, X. (2012). Cost-effectiveness analysis of computer assisted language learning. Talk presented at theInternational Conference on Internationalization of Higher Education, Guangzhou, June, 23-24.
Zhang, X. (2011). The “I don’t know” option in Vocabulary Size Test. Talk presented at theLanguage Testing Colloquium, Michigan, June, 28-30
Zhang, X. (2011). An exploratory study over the causal effects of academic self-regulation on English listening strategy use and English listening performances. Talk presented at theAmerican Association for Applied Linguistics 2011 Conference, Chicago, March, 26-29.
Zhang, X. (2010). Foreign language listening anxiety and foreign language academic listening proficiency. Talk presented at theLanguage in Education: The Chinese Context, Hong Kong, October, 22-23.
Professional Memberships (Past and Present)
American Association for Applied Linguistics
Language Testing Society
Applied Linguistics Society in China
Computer Assisted Language Learning Association, China
Bilingualism, Language and Cognition
Journal of Neurolinguistics
Modern Foreign Languages