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Xia Chao

Xia Chao

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Instruction and Leadership in Education - ESL Teacher Certification and Master’s Program

102E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412-396-2329
chaox@duq.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, the University of Alabama, 2013
Bio

Dr. Xia Chao joined Duquesne University in July 2015. She is Assistant Professor of Second Language (L2) acquisition and teaching at the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education in the School of Education. She teaches courses in English language learners education in K-12 schools, culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and L2 literacy education.

Combining methods and perspectives from educational and linguistic anthropology, critical applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics, Dr. Chao investigates language and education in multicultural and multilingual settings such as schools, families, churches, and other social institutions. She gives special attention to the intersection among L2 literacy, class, identity, religion, and pedagogy, in addition to immigrant family literacy, academic discourse socialization of L2 learners, and L2 teacher education. Dr. Chao's publications appear in such diverse journals including Journal of Literacy Research, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Linguistics and Education, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and others.

Dr. Chao currently serves as the Managing Editor for Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, as well as on the Editorial Board for RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research. She has also served as a reviewer for numerous professional research journals including Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Literacy Research, Teaching and Teacher Education, the Teacher Educator, and Studies in Higher Education.

Dr. Chao received her Ph.D in L2 acquisition and teaching from the University of Alabama in May 2013. She served as the director of the Intensive English Program and faculty at the College of Education in Montana State University Billings before moving to Pittsburgh.

Teaching

Graduate:
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
Helping English Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms
TESOL Methods
TESOL Seminar
Curriculum Theory: Analysis and Practice

Undergraduate:
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

Research

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Chao, X. (2016). Community service learning as critical curriculum: Promoting international students' second language experiences. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. 1-30. DOI: 0.1080/15427587.2016.1173513

Herron, J., Summers, R., & Chao, X. (2015). Mathematics and language: An analysis of elementary teachers' lesson plans in elementary geometry lessons. Russian-American Education Forum: An Online Journal, 7(1). http://www.rus-ameeduforum.com/content/en/

Xue, M., & Chao, X. (2015). Non-borrowing students' perceptions of student loans and strategies of paying for college. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 45(2), 25-45.

Chao, X., & Mantero, M. (2014). Church-based ESL programs: Social mediators for empowering "family literacy ecology of communities." Journal of Literacy Research, 46(1), 90-114. DOI:0.1177/1086296X14524588

Chao, X., Xue, M., & Xu, M. (2014). Elementary English Education: An arena of social struggle for professional Chinese parents. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 11(4), 252-272. DOI:10.1080/15427587.2014.968410

Xue, M., Chao, X., & Kuntz, A. (2014). A qualitative study: Academic socialization of Chinese visiting scholars in the United States. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 1-18. DOI:10.1080/02188791.2013.876389

Chao, X. (2013). Class habitus: Middle-class Chinese immigrant parents' investment in their newcomer adolescents' L2 acquisition and social integration. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 44(1), 58-74. DOI:10.1111/j.1548-1492.2012.01179.x

Chao, X., & Kuntz, A. (2013). Church-based ESL program as a figured world: Immigrant adult learners, identity and power. Linguistics and Education, 24(4), 466-478. DOI:10.1016/j.linged.2013.06.001

Chao, X. (2006). The effects of teaching strategies in elementary English as a foreign language story reading. China Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Research Journal, 4(3), 49 - 51. (in Chinese language) Chao, X. (2000). Developing students' multiple thinking via English teaching. Beijing Education, 12, 18 - 20. (in Chinese language)

Book Reviews

Chao, X. (2009). Review of the book "Educating the Other America: Top Experts Tackle Poverty, Literacy, and Achievement
in Our Schools." English Leadership Quarterly, 32(2), 13.

Scholarly Presentations

Chao, X. (2016). Church-based ESL in multi-ethnic spaces: Critical pedagogy for adult immigrant literacy. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics 2016 Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Chao, X. (2016). Creating third space: Volunteer instructors' spiritual and critical perspectives and practices at  church-based ESL programs in the American bible-belt. Paper presented at the colloquium "Religious Institutions as Alternative Spaces in Applied Linguistic Research:Taking Stock, and Moving Forward" in the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Orlando, FL.

Chao, X. (2016). Community service learning as critical curriculum: Expanding possibilities of international students' second
language experiences. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington DC.

Chao, X. (2015). From Transmission to Transformation: Critical Pedagogy for Adult Immigrant ESL Literacy. Paper presented at the 65th annual conference of the Literacy Research Association (LRA), Carlsbad, California.

Chao, X. (2015). ESL literacy engagement in multicultural and  multilingual classrooms. Paper presented at the annual convention and world languages expo of the 2015 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), San Diego, California.

Chao, X., & McEnany, J. (2015). Juggling language, identity, and race: Arab students' ESL learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Chao, X., & Waller, R. (2015). Urban American Indian family literacy: Sociocultural models of emergent bilingualism. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.

Chao, X. (2014). Adult ESL education as transformation toward humanization: language, pedagogy, and identity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2014 American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA.

Xue, M., Chao, X., & Kuntz, A. (2013). Chinese visiting scholars' academic socialization in U.S. institutions of higher education: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2013 American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, California.

Chao, X. (2012). A multi-sited ethnography: Immigrant adults' church-based second language socialization and family cultural capital. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2012 American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, Canada.

Xue, M., & Chao, X. (2012). Lower-middle-SES non-borrowing students' strategies of paying for college and reasons for their aversion to borrowing. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Association (QI), Champaign, Illinois.

Chao, X. (2011). Opportunities for English language and cultural acquisition of newly arrived Chinese immigrant early adolescents. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2011 American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Chicago, Illinois.

Chao, X. (2010). Church-based ESL class: Collaboration in English language socialization of the Chinese immigrant adults and their children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2010 American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, Colorado.

Chao, X. (2009). Inside every story, there is a beautiful journey: An immigrant Chinese girl's second language literacy improvement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Conference (QI), Champaign, Illinois.

Chao, X. (2012). Church-based ESL literacy program as a figured world: Empowering immigrant adult learners and their children.Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2012 Mid- south Educational Research Association (MSERA), Lexington, Kentucky.

Chao, X. (2011). Faith-based ministry: Investment in international college students' language and cultural acquisition and community involvement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2011 Mid-south Educational Research Association (MSERA), Oxford, Mississippi.

Awards and Grants

Awards

Early Career Scholar Award, Adult Literacy and Adult Education SIG  - 2016
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

J. Michael Parker Award, Literacy Research Association (LRA) -  2015

Grants Awarded

Chao, X. (2016, PI). Community service learning as critical curriculum: Promoting international students' second language practices. The School of Education Research and Development Grant, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. $2,300 funded.

Chao, X. (2015 - 2016, PI). Language and literacy in church-based ESL programs for Bhutanese refugees: Building on strength, imagination, and equity. The Paluse Faculty Research Grant, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. $6,000 funded.

Service and Affiliations

Editorial Boards

RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research  2014 - Present

Critical Inquiry in Language Studies  2012 - Present

Peer-Reviewed Journal Reviewer

Journal of Literacy Research

Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

Studies in Higher Education

The Teacher Educator

Teaching and Teacher Education

Professional Conference Reviewer

American Educational Research Association (AERA)   2012 - Present

Literacy Research Association (LRA)   2015 - Present

Professional Affiliation 

American Association of Applied Linguistics 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

American Educational Research Association

Literacy Research Association

TESOL International Association