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Academic Interests

As an English teacher and language researcher, I have been interested in how people acquire a language other than their mother tongue, and in what the optimal interrelationship of cognitive, affective, and social domains for successful language learning is. Although different learners in different situations learn a second language in different ways, it has been my long-term interest trying to identify aspects of English learning that are effective and relatively generalizable in Taiwan's contexts. For example, my Ph. D. dissertation Taiwanese College Students' Beliefs about Translation and Their use of Translation as a Strategy to Learn English was an effort in finding out the place of the learner's native language, Chinese, within the context of the pursuit of their foreign language, English. My research has shown that students used a wide variety of learning strategies related to translation to help them strengthen their English skills. Translation seems to play a facilitative role in their learning process.

The focus of my current research is to examine learning strategies employed by Taiwanese college students for developing their English speaking proficiency. Specific steps taken would be (1) to investigate what kinds of learning strategies that Taiwanese college students are using to promote their speaking skills, (2) to identify their problem areas in speaking English, and (3) to provide suggestions to cope with these students' common problems in speaking English. The findings from this study may be used to encourage students to apply effective strategies when learning English speaking. English teachers may also use these research findings in classrooms through a variety of strategy-based instruction.

Finally, the activity of teaching courses such as "English for Academic Communication" and "Writing Research Papers in English" at National Chiao Tung University has also led me to explore the issues on the area of English for Academic Purpose (EAP). One of my major preoccupations has been in the use of discourse analysis, genre analysis, and need analysis to help my students acquire the ability to speak and write critically and creatively through English. My future research goal will be to study how academic discourse communities construct their tasks and genres, so they can be taught more effectively to Taiwanese students who study English for academic or professional purpose.

In brief, my research interests have focused mainly on Second Language Acquisition, English Learning Strategies, Translation Studies, and English for Academic Purpose. In addition, what I would like to spend some more of my time doing is to relate my research projects to the classroom teaching.

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