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Dr. Liang Ward has been teaching Mandarin Chinese and East Asian culture courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures since 2018. With great passion and enthusiasm for working with a diverse population of students, she has taught ESL, English, Chinese, and educational courses at colleges and universities in Mexico and the U.S. for more than five years. Specializing in K-12 and language education, she focuses her research areas on diverse populations’ difficulties and challenges in reading and literacy improvement, Chinese instruction and learning, as well as ESL/ELL education and bilingual education. She has published more than 12 research papers and conference proceedings, as well as conducted more than 50 research presentations at U.S. and international conferences. She also serves as a peer reviewer for several research associations and works as the advisor for three UTSA student organizations including the Chinese Language and Culture Club, the Taiwanese Student Association at UTSA, and the Chinese Student Association.

Dr. Ward has been working cooperatively with TECO in Houston (Taiwan government office in Houston) to provide UTSA students with study-abroad scholarships, Huayu Enrichment scholarships, and higher-education scholarships from the Taiwan government since 2018. In particular, 63 UTSA students received study-abroad scholarships to learn Chinese language and culture in Taiwan for three weeks during the summer of 2019, which was the largest study-abroad group in UTSA history. In addition, she has helped a few UTSA students receive Huayu Enrichment scholarships to learn Chinese in Taiwan for one year. With her assistance and guidance, a graduate student received a U.S. Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Taiwan for one year and two undergraduate students obtained teaching positions in Taiwan for one contract year. Her educational goal is to continue to work on what she has accomplished and broaden her teaching horizons to meet students’ needs.


Degrees

Ed.D., Bilingual Education, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, USA, 2015

M.A., English with TESL Option, Arkansas Tech University, USA, 2010

B.A., English & Teacher Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan, 2006


Recent Courses

CHN1014 - Elementary Chinese I

CHN1024 - Elementary Chinese II

CHN2013 - Intermediate Chinese I

CHN2023 - Intermediate Chinese II

CHN3023 – Advanced Language Skills

CHN4013 - Advanced Language Skills

CSH1213 - Topics World Cultures: Chinese Art

CSH3823 - Adv. Topics World Cultures: Cultures in Taiwan and China

CSN2113 – East Asian Film (Co-teaching with Japanese & Korean professors)

CSH1213 – East Asian Pop Culture (Co-teaching with Japanese & Korean professors)

CSH4003 – Colloquium: East Asian Culture (Co-teaching with Japanese & Korean professors)

CSH1213 – Topics World Cultures: Taiwan (study-abroad course)

CSH3823 – Adv. Topics World Cultures: Taiwan (study-abroad course)


Recent Publications

  • Ward, L. L., & Terry, A. (2018). Language Acquisition through the IB Middle Years Programme in US Schools. Proceeding of 2018 International Conference on Education, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior, Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Ward, L. L. (2015). Teachers’ perceptions of using web-based videoconferencing for adult virtual English language instruction. Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2015).

  • Ward, L. L. (2014). The role of linguistics in second language classrooms. American International Journal of Contemporary Research, 4(3). (2014). http://www.aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_4_No_3_March_2014/5.pdf

  • Ward, L. L. (2014). Understanding pronunciation variations facing ESL students. International Journal of humanities and Social Science, 4(5). (2014). http://www.ijhssnet.com/journal/index/2391

  • Ward, L. L., & Ekiaka Nzai, V. (2014). Using iPad apps to enhance literacy skills of English language learners with special needs. International Journal of Languages and Literatures, 2(1). http://ijll-net.com/vol-2-no-1-march-2014-abstract-2-ijll

  • Ward, L. L., & Enchelmayer, E. J. (2014). The practice and effect of a workshop approach to teaching English writing in ESL composition courses. International Journal of humanities and Social Science, 4(5). http://www.ijhssnet.com/journal/index/2390

  • Ward, L. L. (2013). Understanding pronunciation variations facing ESL students. Proceeding of International Conference on Education, Economic, Psychology and Society, pp. 44-51, ISBN 978-986-89298-9-0, Beijing, China.

  • Ward, L. L. (2013). Teaching English with iPad apps. Proceeding of the Fourteenth Conference on Applied English Personnel Cultivation, pp. 27-37, ISBN 986-884-062-1, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

  • Ward, L. L. (2013). Improving English skills via social networks. Proceeding of 2013 International Language Education Conference, pp. 19-23, ISBN 978-986-6417-21-4, Yunlin, Taiwan.

  • Ward, L. L., & Ekiaka Nzai, V. (2013). Using iPad apps to enhance literacy skills of English language learners with special needs. Proceeding of International Conference on Education, Economic, Psychology and Society, pp. 36-43, ISBN 978-986-89298-9-0, Beijing, China.

  • Ward, L. L., & Guzman, N. A. (2013). Teaching English writing with workshop approach in ESL composition courses. Proceeding of 2013 International Language Education Conference, pp. 70-82, ISBN 978-986-6417-21-4, Yunlin, Taiwan.

  • Ward, L. L. (2013). Review of the book Children, language, and literacy: Diverse learners in diverse times, by C. Genishi & A. H. Dyson. Journal of Creative Education, ISSN Online: 2151-4771, USA. https://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=34660

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