4080 Foreign Language Building, MC-168
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Language testing and assessment
English for academic purposes
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
Additional Campus Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Linguistics
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Dimova, S., Yan, X., & Ginther, A. (Accepted/In press). Local Language Testing: Design, Implementation, and Development. Routledge. https://www.crcpress.com/Local-Language-Testing-Design-Implementation-and-Development/Dimova-Ginther-Yan/p/book/9781138588493
Fan, J., & Yan, X. (2020). Assessing speaking proficiency: A narrative review of speaking assessment research within the argument-based validation framework. Frontiers in Physiology, 11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00330
Fan, T., & Yan, X. (2020). Diagnosing English reading ability in Chinese senior high schools. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 67, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2020.100931
Yan, X., & Fan, J. (Accepted/In press). “Am I qualified to be a language tester?”: Understanding the development of language assessment literacy across three stakeholder groups. Language Testing. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265532220929924
Yan, X., & Fan, J. (Accepted/In press). “Am I qualified to be a language tester?”: Understanding the development of language assessment literacy across different stakeholder groups. Language Testing.