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Jie Zhang

Associate Professor, Chinese; Teaching English as a Second Language

Kaufman Hall 213

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Jie Zhang is Associate Professor of Chinese Pedagogy and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. Before her tenure at OU, she had previously taught at the Defense Language Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, and University of Science and Technology Beijing.

Professor Zhang’s research interests encompass second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, and Chinese as a second language (CSL). Using learner corpora, she has investigated CSL learners’ acquisition of Chinese classifiers, resultative verb compounds, and verb complement construction of manners. She adopts a sociocultural approach in her investigations of second language acquisition. Additionally, she has been developing dynamic assessment tools that diagnose and support second language listening, reading, and speaking development. At present, she is working on a book manuscript that employs the principles of concept-based language instruction in the field of CSL. Furthermore, she has served as the Project Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at The Pennsylvania State University.

Professor Zhang regularly teaches intermediate and advanced Chinese language courses for the Chinese program. In addition, she teaches MLLL4813/5813 Techniques of Teaching Foreign Language for MLLL and TESL5123 Second Language Acquisition for the MA TESOL program. She is currently chairing the MA TESOL Steering Committee.

Within her profession, Professor Zhang serves as the Executive Director of The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA (CLTA-USA). Prior to this, she had served as President of Oklahoma Chinese Language Teachers Association, Board Member of the CLTA-USA, as well as Board Member of the Oklahoma Foreign Language Teachers Association. She is on the editorial board of the journal Language and Sociocultural Theory. She is an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester of Chinese with Full Certification.


Selected Publications

Wang, Zhaoyu, & Jie Zhang. (2023). Mediation and learner reciprocity: A dynamic assessment application in the oral proficiency interview framework. Language and Sociocultural Theory, 10(1): 82-105. DOI:

Jin, Honggang, Jie Zhang, & Hongyin Tao. (2023). Chinese verb complement constructions of manner: A corpus-based comparison between L1 and L2 speakers. In K. Mochizuki, Howard Chen, & Hongyin Tao (Eds.), Learner corpora: Construction and explorations in Chinese and related languages (pp. 107-133). Singapore: Springer. DOI:

Jin, Honggang, Jie Zhang, & Hongyin Tao. (2022). Learner errors and L2 processing: A new way to examine construction learning via corpus data.In Fangyuan Yuan, Baozhang He, & Wenze Hu (Eds.), Pedagogical Grammar and Grammar Pedagogy in L2 Chinese (pp. 111-133). Routledge: New York. DOI: 10.4324/9781003161646-10

Xu, Yi, & Jie Zhang. (2022). Chinese compound word inference through context and word-internal cues. Language Teaching Research, 26(3): 308-332. DOI: *Impact factor: 4.815

Zhang, Jie. (2021). L2 Chinese learners’ lexical and grammatical development of result-state resultative verb compounds: A usage-based corpus study. International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching, 2(1): 1-16.

Xu, Yi, & Jie Zhang. (2020). Context-based lexical inferencing and the learning of resultative verb compounds. Teaching Chinese in the World, 34(4): 442-455.

Zhang, Jie, & Xiaofei Lu. (2019). Measuring and supporting second language development using computerized dynamic assessment. Language and Sociocultural Theory, 6 (1): 92-115.


Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. The Pennsylvania State University. 2011

M.A. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in Foreign Languages. Tsinghua University. 2004

B.A. in English. Shandong University. 2001 


Teaching Schedule for Fall 2023:

CHIN3113 Advanced Chinese I