Iris Hong Xu

Iris Hong Xu, Ph.D. – Director
Center for International Languages & Cultures (CILC)
Confucius Institute at TROY University (CITU)
Distinguished Professor of SLA and Chinese Language, Culture and Civilization

Dr. Iris Hong Xu, Distinguished Professor, Second Language Acquisition and Chinese Language, Culture and Civilization. She is the director of Center for International Languages & Cultures and Confucius Institute at Troy University. Dr. Xu holds a B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Harbin Teachers University, PR China, an M.Ed. in Bilingual Education, a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from University of Alberta, Canada and a Ph.D. study in Modern Chinese Literature from Northeast Normal University, PR China. Dr. Xu joined the staff of Troy University in 2008 after 15 years with Edmonton Public Schools, Alberta, Canada, and over two decades of experience as a second language teacher, supervisor, consultant, curriculum developer and conceptual designer. She has striven to create opportunities for learners of all ages to have experiences with new languages in and out of the classroom, including intercultural and interlingual exchanges for education students and teachers. She has been active in numerous local institutions and organizations of second language teachers and offered second language education and teacher education seminars and courses in China, Canada and the USA and mentored and guided many graduate students from around the world. Dr. Xu has been actively involved in coordination and organizing various programs in the fields of training and teaching English and Chinese as a second language. She has been directing and coordinating in the writing of the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education, which has been translated into 47 languages as of 2012. She is the chief writer of seven volumes of Chinese-English Bilingual curricula, and Chinese as Foreign Language curricula. Dr. Xu is an expert in language teacher training. She is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences and published numerous journal articles in the field of teaching English/Chinese as a foreign language. Dr. Xu's new books (co-author with Dr. Rui Feng), Case Studies on Chinese Language Teaching in North America will be published in 2016 and her Gender, Race and Culture-Chinese American Women’s Writing will be published in January 2017.

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