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."
State University of New York (SUNY), Albany
University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China
Academic Visiting Scholar
University of Cambridge, UK
Hunan Normal University, China
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
Applied Linguistics for Second Language Teaching (online & classroom-based)
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
ContactDr. Saihua Xia
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Murray State University
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