Prior to coming to Concordia University, Tzu-Hua was a PhD student at the Department of Second Language Studies at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA. She received her master's degree in English Teaching from National Taiwan Normal University and bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. Tzu-Hua’s research interests lie in the interface between second language acquisition (SLA) and second language (L2) instruction. She is particularly interested in task-based language teaching and interaction in various learning contexts, second language pragmatics, individual differences in emotions and cognitive abilities, computer-assisted language learning, and L2 research methods. During her leisure time, she likes to chat with her family and friends from different countries.
- A dynamic view of the interaction between foreign language enjoyment and task complexity
- The relationship between interactional features and perceived peer fluency
- The contribution of pragmatic features to second language English paired speaking test task performance
- Alignment in interlocutor perceptions of interaction: The role of topic
- The roles of peer interlocutors’ individual differences and social factors in second language pragmatic performance
- The role of different individual learner differences in second language speakers’ pragmatic production in conversational task interaction or intercultural (meta)pragmatic awareness
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Summaries of Research
- Chen, T.-H. (2023). Dynamic fluctuations in foreign language enjoyment during cognitively simple and complex interactive speaking tasks. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching,13(3), 627-661. https://doi.org/10.14746/ssllt.31194
- Chen, T.-H. (2022). The effects of task complexity on L2 English rapport-building language use and its relationship with paired speaking test task performance. Applied Linguistics Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2021-0199
- Chen, T.-H. (2022). Is a video worth a thousand words? Enhancing second language reading comprehension through video-based e-book design and presentation. English Teaching & Learning. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42321-022-00107-8
- Tekin, O., Trofimovich, P., Chen, T.-H., & McDonough, K. (2022). Alignment in second language speakers’ perceptions of interaction and its relationship to perceived communicative success. System, 108, 102848. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2022.102848 [article pdf]
- Chen, T.-H., & Lin, C.-C. (2018). Enhancing L2 English learning through mobile-assisted TBLT: EFL learners’ perspectives. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 15, 453-461. https://doi.org/10.18823/asiatefl.2018.15.2.13.453
- Chen, T.-H., & Plonsky, L. (2017). Review of A psycholinguistic approach to technology and language learning [Review of the book A psycholinguistic approach to technology and language learning, by Leow. R. P., Cerezo. L., & Baralt. M. (Eds.).] Language Learning & Technology, 21, 27-31. https://doi.org/10125/44609
- Chen, T. -H. (2015). EFL undergraduates’ perceptions of blended speaking instruction. English Teaching & Learning, 39, 87-120. https://doi.org/10.6330/ETL.2015.39.2.04
- Chen, T. -H. (2012). Effects of task type and language proficiency on communication strategy use of English-speaking L2 Chinese learners. Proceedings of 11th International Conference of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (ATCSL) (pp.711-721). Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
Summaries of Research
- Chen, T.-H. (2022). The relationship between rapport-building language use and paired speaking test task performance: Does task complexity matter? OASIS Summary of Chen (2022) in Applied Linguistics Review. https://oasis-database.org/concern/summaries/d791sg897?locale=en
- Tekin, O., Trofimovich, P., Chen, T.-H., & McDonough, K. (2022). Do second language interlocutors’ perceptions of each other relate to their interaction success? OASIS Summary of Tekin et al. (2022) in System. https://oasis-database.org/concern/summaries/m900nv16k?locale=en
- Chen, T.-H. (2022, March). Task complexity effects on rapport building language use and paired speaking test performance [paper presentation]. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference.
- Chen, T.-H. (2021, March). Investigating factors affecting dynamic foreign language enjoyment during pragmatics interaction: The role of task complexity. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference. (Virtual conference)
- Chen, T.-H. (2021, June). A dynamic view of foreign language enjoyment, task repetition, and second language oral performance in peer interaction. Paper presented at the fourth International Psychology of Language Learning Conference (PLL4), Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada.
- Chen, T.-H. (2020, October). Foreign language enjoyment and pragmatic performance in simple versus complex interactive tasks: An idiodynamic method. Paper presented at the 39th Second Language Research Forum, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, United States.
- Chen, T.-H., McDonough, K., & Trofimovich, P. (2020, October). The relationship between interactional fluency features and L2 speakers’ perceptions of peer fluency. Paper presented at the 39th Second Language Research Forum, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, United States.
- Huang, S.-Y., & Chen, T.-H. (2020, March). Negotiating foreigner stereotypes in multimodal interactions on YouTube. Paper presented at the Georgetown Round Table of Languages and Linguistics 2020 (GURT 2020), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., United States.
GRANTS, awards and scholarships
Awards and Scholarships
- Golden Key International Honor Society (membership offered)
- Concordia Conference and Exposition Award
- Concordia Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Fellowship
- Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence