Kaidi Chen

UConn Graduate Assistant

Kaidi Chen is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies in the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at the University of Connecticut. He is also a member of the UConn Laboratory for Spoken Language Processing, a student in the Certificate Program of UConn Cognitive Science, and affiliated to the Connecticut Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science. Before coming to the United States, he received his B.A. degree in Chinese Language and Literature (Longji/Cuiyin Honors Program) in mainland China and M.A. degree in Chinese Linguistics (Sociolinguistics Concentration) in Macau. His broad research interests are on bilingualism and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and language pedagogy. The languages of investigation are primarily Mandarin Chinese and English. In recent years he mainly works on speech perception and second language speech, and is excited about open science and reproducible research practices. He is also a language teacher passionate about real-world pedagogical innovations.

In terms of teaching, he is experienced in all levels of Chinese language/culture instruction, and domain-specific language courses (e.g., Chinese Sociolinguistics, Contemporary Chinese Film, and Business Chinese). He is a core collaborator of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant project titled as “An Engaging Digital Curriculum for Intermediate Chinese Language and Culture”. His role in this project is mainly to work on the implementation of intercultural communicative competence and intercultural citizenship in the Chinese language classroom. He is also one of the contributors to the book Teaching Beginning Chinese Grammar: Communicative Strategies and Activities, published by Boston Cheng&Tsui in 2020. He applies a communicative approach, uses tasks as an organizational principle, and always seeks a balance between “forms” (structure) and “form” (context). With the understanding of the difference between “declarative knowledge” (FACT) and “procedural knowledge” (ACT), he makes students spend more time “doing” Chinese in Chinese, rather than “knowing” Chinese in English. He believes that students are the center of the class, and rich, elaborated and comprehensible input is a must, via various modalities and proper scaffoldings. Students in his class are usually encouraged to learn by chunks in order to map form, meaning and function, and in the meantime are compelled to increase pushed output with sociolinguistically appropriateness.

Prior to joining UConn, he taught at Trinity College, Allegheny College and the University of Macau, where he taught various levels of Chinese language/culture. He also teaches for Middlebury Language School in the summer regularly starting from 2018. He will be teaching at Columbia University as a full-time lecturer from Fall 2022 while completing his dissertation. In his spare time, he enjoys going to theaters, museums and good restaurants, and playing tennis, badminton, basketball and doing dictions (and singing in different languages, pretending able to speak the language). He has also been a practitioner of Chinese calligraphy since childhood.

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Contact Information
Office LocationOak Hall 211
Office HoursSpring 2022, Monday 1:00-2:00pm
Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZnaHwcNEFg (Kaidi CHEN's Chinese Teaching Demo)