Congratulations to Professor Xun Yan on his designation as a LEAP (Lincoln Excellence Award for Assistant Professors) scholar for 2018-19 academic year.
- Language testing and assessment
- English for academic purposes
- Educational measurement
- Quantitative research methods
My research broadly focuses on speaking and writing assessment. My specific research interests include scale development and validation, rater behavior and training, assessment literacy for language teachers, and test score use in educational settings.
- Ph.D., English (Second Language Studies), Purdue University, 2015
- M.A., TESOL, Ohio State University, 2009
- B.A., English, Wuhan University, China, 2008
- 2015-2016, SPAAN Research Grant, CaMLA (with Shelley Staples, University of Arizona); Project: Investigating lexico-grammatical complexity as construct validity evidence for the ECPE writing tasks: A multidimensional analysis.
- 2016-2018, British Council Aptis Assessment Research Grant (with Ha Ram Kim, UIUC, and Ji Young Kim, UCLA); Project: Complexity, accuracy and fluency features of speaking performances on Aptis across different CEFR levels
- 2018-2019, IELTS Research Grant, British Council / IDP: IELTS, Australia (with Shelley Staples, University of Arizona); Project: Investigating the cognitive and social aspects of IELTS speaking performances across proficiency levels: Comparing the CAF-based and register-linguistics- based analyses
- EIL 460 Principles of Language Testing
- LING 489 Theoretical Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
- EIL 411 Introduction to TESL Methodology