College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Bio

Biography

Liang Ward is the Chinese lecturer at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  With great passion and enthusiasm for working with a diverse population of students, she has taught ESL, English, and educational courses in colleges of Mexico and the U.S. for more than five years.  Specializing in K-12 and language education, she focuses her research areas on diverse population’s difficulties and challenges in reading and literacy improvement, as well as ESL/ELL education and bilingual education.  She has published 5 papers, 6 proceedings, and a book review.  Additionally, as of 2018, she has conducted 49 research presentations at U.S. and international conferences.  She has also served as a peer reviewer for several research associations since 2013.  Her educational goal is to continue to work on what she has accomplished and broaden her teaching horizons to fit departmental goals.

Degrees

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

Recent Courses

CHN 1014.001 - Elementary Chinese I

CHN 1014.002 - Elementary Chinese I

CHN 2013 - Intermediate Chinese I

FL 3043.001 - Advanced Chinese

Recent Publications

Articles in peer review journals:

  • Ward, L. L. Teachers’ perceptions of using web-based videoconferencing for adult virtual English language instruction. Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
  • Ward, L. L. The role of linguistics in second language classrooms. American International Journal of Contemporary Research, 4(3).
  • Ward, L. L. Understanding pronunciation variations facing ESL students. International Journal of humanities and Social Science, 4(5).
  • 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).
  • 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).

Conference proceedings:

  • 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. (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.

Book review:

  • 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.

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