Professor of School of Foreign Language

Phone: 02787543739

Email: xujinfen@hust.edu.cn

Academic Areas: foreign language education, second language acquisition, second language writing, teacher development and learner autonomy.

Jinfen XU is Professor, Ph. D Supervisor, Vice Dean of the School of Foreign Languages, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, one of the top ten universities in China, where she teaches College English for non-English-major undergraduates and graduate courses in English pedagogy and second language acquisition. Her main research interests are foreign language education, second language acquisition, second language writing, teacher development and learner autonomy. Her articles on foreign language learner autonomy, classroom interaction, second language writing, college English teaching reform and teacher development have appeared in System(SSCI) and in many key academic journals(CSSCI) in China. She has had over 60 journal articles published home and abroad. Her work also includes over 3 books, 11 textbooks, and 15 research projects at both provincial and national levels. Her professional associations are: Standing Director of the China National Association of EFL Writing Teaching and Research, Director of the Second Language Research Committee, China English Language Education Association, and the chief editor of Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. Dr. Xu is the recipient of a number of awards in the university because of her outstanding performance both in teaching and academic research.

Academic Degrees

1982.9-1986.6  Beijing Normal University BA

1997.9-1999.6  Huazhong University of Science and Technology MA

2008.9-2012.6  Huazhong University of Science and Technology PhD

Professional Experience

1986.9-1992.5 Huazhong University of Science and Technology –Assistant teacher

1992.6-1996.5 Huazhong University of Science and Technology –Lecturer

1995.6-1996.5 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore –Learning MA courses

1996.6.-2005.11 Huazhong University of Science and Technology –Associate Professor

2004.11-2005.8 Arizona State University,USA –visiting scholar

2005.12-present Huazhong University of Science and Technology – Professor

Selected Publications

· Refereed Journal Papers

  • Jinfen Xu, Banban Li, Andy Curtis. 2015. Validating an English language teaching reflection inventory in a Chinese EFL context. System 49:50-60
  • Jinfen Xu, Banban Li. 2009. College Students’ Listening Styles and their Effect on Students’ Text Listening Comprehension Performance. Foreign Language Teaching and Research 41(3): 186-192
  • Jinfen Xu, Banban Li. 2014. An Investigation into College English Teacher Reflection. Foreign Language World 151(4):6-15.
  • Jinfen, Xu. 2013. The effect of collaborative learning on students’ autonomy. Journal of PLA University of Foreign Languages 36(5):39-43, 126.
  • Jinfen Xu. 2012. On Critical Cooperative Autonomy in Foreign Language Teaching. Foreign Language Education 33(3):51-55.
  • Jinfen Xu, Zhongkai, Cao. 2012. The Influence of Different Pairing Patterns on the Student-Student Interaction in College English Class——An Empirical Study. China Foreign Language 49(5):67-77.
  • Jinfen Xu, Qian, Zhu. A Review of the Research on Autonomous Language Learning Abroad
  • Jinfen Xu, Jinnan, Kou.The Research Focuses and Tendencies of Interaction Studies Abroad Based on Word Frequency Analysis (2000~2012)
  • Jinfen Xu, Jinnan, Kou.The Research Focuses and Tendencies of Domestic Classroom Interaction Studies Based on Word Frequency Analysis (2000~2013)
  • Jinfen Xu, Xianglian, Cheng, Kaili, Qin. 2014. A Comparative Analysis of Research on EFL/ESL Teacher Professional Development Home and Abroad in the 21 Century.
  • Jinfen Xu, Jinnan, Kou. 2015. A Study on English Learning Anxiety Self-regulation Strategies of College Students

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

1. Academic listening and speaking

2. Reading and writing

3. An introduction to Chinese culture in English

Graduate Courses:

1. Modern language teaching theories and practice

2. Second language acquisition

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