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. I'm currently a PhD candidate working on my dissertation.
My main research interests include language teacher identity and emotions, ethics in applied linguistics, second language socialization, and multilingual and multimodal literacy practices. For my two qualifying research papers, I conducted (1) an eye-tracking study on the effectiveness of written output on promoting English learners’ attention to the target linguistic structure, and (2) a case study on the identity construction of two Chinese teachers of English working in the private English training industry in China. One article based on this study was published in a special issue of The Journal of Asia TEFL in 2017.
During my time in the SLS program, I have worked closely with Dr. Peter De Costa, my advisor, in several projects, including a) the development of AAAL ethics guidelines; b) language teacher emotion research, which led to multiple publications, including a special issue published in the Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics; c) the academic socialization of international students in the US universities, funded by Language Learning journal and MSU’s Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants. In addition to publications, we also shared our work in several major conferences in the field of applied linguistics (e.g., AAAL, TESOL, CCCC, and SLRF). Built on the collaborative work with Dr. Peter De Costa, my dissertation explores Chinese international students’ multilingual and multimodal literacy practices in a US university through a language socialization perspective. My dissertation project is funded by the 2019 TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Teaching) Doctoral Dissertation Grant.
Aside from the research experience, I’ve had opportunities to teach content courses 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). The teaching experience has afforded me opportunities to discuss language learning and teaching with students who were interested in becoming language teachers and to help them prepare for their future teaching career.
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 De Costa and other colleagues.
I'm grateful for all the professional training and support the SLS program has provided. With these experiences, I'm hoping to contribute to the community as a better researcher and teacher.