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Xun Yan

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Contact Information

Department of Linguistics
4080 Foreign Language Building, MC-168
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Language testing and assessment
English for academic purposes
Educational measurement
Quantitative research methods

Research Description

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

Courses Taught

EIL 460 Principles of Language Testing
LING 489 Theoretical Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
EIL 411 Introduction to TESL Methodology

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Linguistics
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Associate Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Associate Professor, European Union Center
Associate Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
English Placement Test/Oral English Assessment Interview Supervisor, Linguistics

Recent Publications

Cai, H., & Yan, X. (Accepted/In press). Triangulating NLP-based analysis of rater comments and MFRM: An innovative approach to investigating raters’ application of rating scales in writing assessment. Language Testing.

Chuang, P. L., & Yan, X. (2023). Connecting source use and argumentation in L2 integrated argumentative writing performance. Journal of Second Language Writing, 60, Article 101003.

Giraldo, F., & Yan, X. (2023). Planning an Online Assessment Course for English Language Teachers in Latin America. Profile: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 25(2), 147-164.

Kang, O., Yan, X., Kostromitina, M., Thomson, R., & Isaacs, T. (Accepted/In press). Fairness of using different English accents: The effect of shared L1s in listening tasks of the Duolingo English test. Language Testing.

Sun, P. P., Yuan, B., Yan, X., & Kahng, J. (2023). Editorial: Individual differences in second/foreign language speech production: multidisciplinary approaches and new sounds. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, Article 1224059.

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