My name is Wendy Li. I received my B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Jiangxi Normal University, China, in 2010. After graduation, I worked as an English teacher in an international high school in Shenzhen, China for two years. This teaching experience led me to pursue a master degree in TESOL at Lancaster University, UK in 2013. My experience as a researcher inspired and motivated me to further my academic inquiry about second language learning and teaching. I joined the SLS program at Michigan State University in Fall 2015. Under the supervision of Dr. Peter I. De Costa, I completed my doctoral dissertation, titled, Tracing Chinese International Students' Language and Literacy Socialization Trajectories within and outside the First-year Writing Context in a U.S. University. My dissertation project is funded by the 2019 TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Teaching) Doctoral Dissertation Grant. Currently, I'm working as an assistant professor at Nagoya University of Commerce & Business in Japan.
My main research interests include language teacher identity and emotions, second language socialization, and international students' multilingual and multimodal literacy practices. During my doctoral study, I worked closely with my advisor, Peter, and some graduate students at SLS program on these topics. Our work has been published in different venues, including peer-reviewed journals such as Multilingua, Language Teaching, English Today, Language Learning, Asia TEFL, Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics; and several edited volumes. In addition to publications, we also shared our work at major conferences in the field of applied linguistics (e.g., AAAL, TESOL, BAAL, CCCC, and SLRF).
Aside from doing research, I also value and enjoy teaching and interacting with my students. At MSU, I taught Pedagogical Grammar (LLT 346) and Language Teaching Methods (LLT 307) at the undergraduate level. I also taught the online module of Second Language Learning (LLT 361). I will teach Language Teaching Methods (LLT 306) this Fall (2019). At Nagoya, I have been teaching English and other content courses to undergraduate students, including Business Communication, English Fundamentals, English Intermediate, etc.
I'm also an active member in the community of applied linguistics. I reviewed manuscripts and abstracts for journals and conferences. I served as a co-chair in the student organization (SOSLAP) in our SLS program. I also co-organized workshops at MSU with Dr. Peter I. De Costa and other colleagues.