Saihua Xia

 Associate Professor of English

"In all my teaching, I strongly believe what Diane Larsen Freeman said: "It is not our responsibility to ENTERTAIN our students but it is our responsibility to ENGAGE our students." No matter which type of TESOL classes I teach, I consistently consider students as active learning-constructors—constructing language teaching knowledge, skills, and critical thinking ability together with teachers and peers."

Saihua Xia



State University of New York (SUNY), Albany


SUNY, Albany


University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China

Academic Visiting Scholar

University of Cambridge, UK


Hunan Normal University, China

Highlighted Publications

Editor, with Dr. Latricia Trites, on "Advanced Language Learning Issue as a Complex Issue: An Introduction." Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics 38.1 (Jan-Jun 2012).

"Classroom Pragmatic Factors: A Two-year Study of 7 East Asian Students' Verbal Participation Intentions." In Pilar G. Blitvich & Marcia Macaulay (Eds.) Pragmatics and Context. Toronto: York University Press /Antares (2012): 307-343.

"Are they ready to participate? East Asian students' acquisition of verbal participation in American classrooms." Issues in Applied Linguistics, 17.2 (2009): 137-157.

"Using telephone conversations to develop awareness of pragmatic skills: An activity-theory-driven approach." Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics (IJOAL), 35, 2 (2009); 7-31.

Negotiating frames through refusal acts: A pragmatic analysis of native/non-native speakers' interactions in problem-solving telephone conversations." The Open Journal of Applied Linguistics, 1 (2008): 18-29

Areas of Specialization

Cognitive Approaches to

  Second Language Learning

ESL/EFL Teacher Education



Courses Taught
Applied Linguistics for Second Language Teaching (online & classroom-based)

Bilingual Education

Course & Syllabus Design (online & classroom-based)

Curriculum Development (online)

Developing Intercultural Competence (online & classroom-based)
Integrated Skills Seminar

Language & Culture

Language Testing (online & classroom-based)

Linguistics & Grammars

Methods & Materials for Teaching ESL (online & classroom-based)

TESOL Field Experience

TESOL Practicum & Internship

Awards and Distinctions
Sandra Flynn Professor of the Year, Murray State University, April 2011
Board of Regents Teacher of Excellence, Murray State University, 2010

Best Paper Award, 2007 ISLS International Conference, Hawaii, April 2007
Nomination, 2006 Distinguished Dissertation Award, ETAP, Albany  

Professional Memberships and Affiliations 


KYTESOL Board Member

TESOL International Member

TESOL International, Second Language Writing Interest Section,
  Elected Committee Member


Dr. Saihua Xia

7B-12 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341