Xiaomeng Li, PhD

Assistant professor of Chinese and Applied Linguistics, Chinese major/minor advisor, Affiliated Faculty of Linguistics


I am an assistant professor of Chinese Applied Linguistics at Western Washington University. 

I got my Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University. My research focuses on second language reading and language assessment using a quantitative methodology. I am particularly interested in (1) how cross-linguistic variations affect second language reading development and (2) how different types of language assessments measure, predict, and affect students' language learning process. I offer courses such as Chinese language at different levels, Chinese linguistics, and Chinese grammar.

Feel free to reach out to me at lix21@wwu.edu.

Research Interests

  • Applied linguistics, language assessment, quantitative research methodology

Current Courses

CHIN 103 First-year Chinese

CHIN 304 Chinese Grammar and Composition

CHIN 425 Teaching-Learning Processes in Elementary Chinese

Selected Publications

  • Li, X. M. & Chen, T. X.* (2024). The role of L2 reading proficiency in moderating L2 word recognition. Education Sciences, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci14020193
  • Li, X. M., Miller, R., Zhang, J., & Ke, S. H*. (2023). Profiling adult L2 learners in English bridge program: A not-so-simple view of L2 effect. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10936-023-09955-2
  • Li, X. M. & Koda, K*. (2022). Linguistic constraints on the cross-linguistic variations in L2 word recognition. Reading and Writing, 35. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11145-022-10266-6
  • Wiener, S.*, Gao, Z., Li, X. M., & Wu, Z. Y. (2022). Acquisition of non-sibilant anterior English fricatives by adult second language learners. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation.  https://doi.org/10.1075/jslp.20067.wie
  • Maa, J., Li, X. M., Ballesteros Soria, N., Gao, Z., Burns, K., & Wiener, S*. (2021). Second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Language Teaching, 54(2), 292-296. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261444821000045   
  • Koda, K & Li, X. M*. (2023). Reading assessment in Chinese as a foreign language. In L. Li & D. Zhang (eds). Reading in Chinese as an Additional Language: Learners’ Development, Instruction, and Assessment (1st ed.). Routledge. 246-264. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003029038