Wenhao Diao is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the interdisciplinary graduate program of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.A. and M.A. from East China Normal University. As an applied linguist, she is particularly interested in the intersection of language and culture. Her research deals with the socio -linguistic and -cultural aspects of language learning and use. She has primarily focused on the phenomenon of study abroad -- particularly going to and from China. She also studies the linguistic and discursive construction of identity among these learners and their Chinese hosts (such as gender, place, and youth). Her work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Chinese Language Teachers Association (USA). Her articles have appeared on journals such as Applied Linguistics, Modern Language Journal, System, and so on. She also co-guest edited a special issue for the L2 Journal themed Study Abroad in the 21st Century. Prior to joining the University of Arizozna, she has taught at Middlebury College, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Virginia, and East China Normal University.
This course introduces its students to the theories, principles and techniques underlying qualitative research and its application in applied linguistic research. Students apply the data collection and analysis tools and conduct their own qualitative projects during the semester . We begin by exploring the epistemology of qualitative research. The focus is on principles in designing a qualitative research project, such as constructing the research relationship, choosing among different approaches, and situating events in context . We then move to discuss how these theoretical positions are realized in practice through examining common data collection and analysis methods. In the final part, the students present their own projects and reflect on how qualitative methods can contribute to their understanding of specific issues in applied linguistics. Throughout the semester, we also engage in reading and critique of representative qualitative research in applied linguistics- within and beyond the East Asian context.
The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may or may not be required of course registrants.