Xun Yan

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Language testing and assessment
English for academic purposes
Educational measurement
Quantitative research methods

Professional Information

My research broadly focuses on speaking and writing assessment. My specific research interests include scale development and validation, rater behavior and training, assessment literacy for language teachers, and test score use in educational settings.


Ph.D., English (Second Language Studies), Purdue University, 2015
M.A., TESOL, Ohio State University, 2009
B.A., English, Wuhan University, China, 2008



EIL 460 Principles of Language Testing
LING 489 Theoretical Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
EIL 411 Introduction to TESL Methodology

Office Address

Department of Linguistics
4080 Foreign Language Building, MC-168
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Local Language Testing: Design, Implementation, and Development

    Dimova, S., Yan, X. & Ginther, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Factor analysis for fairness: Examining the impact of task type and examinee L1 background on scores of an ITA speaking test

    Yan, X., Cheng, L. & Ginther, A., Apr 1 2019, In : Language Testing. 36, 2, p. 207-234 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Honors & Recognition

    LEAP (Lincoln Excellent Assistant Professor) Award

    Yan, Xun (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Honorary award