Saihua Xia


Saihua Xia

Saihua Xia


"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."


  • Ph.D., State University of New York (SUNY), Albany
  • M.S., SUNY, Albany
  • M.A., University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China
  • Academic Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge, UK
  • B.A., 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

Courses Taught

  • Applied Linguistics for Second Language Teaching (online and classroom-based)
  • Bilingual Education
  • Course and Syllabus Design (online and classroom-based)
  • Curriculum Development (online)
  • Developing Intercultural Competence (online and classroom-based)
  • Integrated Skills Seminar
  • Language and Culture
  • Language Testing (online and classroom-based)
  • Linguistics and Grammars
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (online and classroom-based)
  • TESOL Field Experience
  • TESOL Practicum and Internship

Areas of Specialization

  • ESL/EFL Teacher Training
  • SLA
  • Pragmatics
  • Cognitive Approaches to Second Language Learning

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

  • AAAL
  • KYTESOL Board Member
  • TESOL International Member
  • TESOL International, Second Language Writing Interest Section, Elected Committee Member

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