Cecilia Chang

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Frederick Latimer Wells Professor of Chinese

Hollander Hall Rm 353
At Williams since 1989


B.A. Fu-Jen University (1981)
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles (1987)
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2004)

Areas of Expertise

Second Language Acquisition
Psycholinguistics/Reading Research
Second/Foreign Language Pedagogy
Curriculum Design and Evaluation


Scholarship/Creative Work

Chang, C. (2010). See How They Read: An Investigation into the Metacognitive Awareness of Non-Native Readers of Chinese. In M. Everson and H. Shen (Eds.). Research Among Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language. NFLRC Monograph Series

Chang, C. (2007). Effects of Topic Familiarity and Linguistic Difficulty on the Reading Strategies and Mental Representations of Nonnative Readers of Chinese”. Lingua et Linguistica, 1.2: 56- 72.

Chang, C. (2006). The Teacher-Training Workshop of the 2006 Middlebury Summer Chinese School: Innovations and Reflections”. Guoji Hanyu Jiaoxue Dongtai Yu Yanjiu, [International Chinese Language Teaching and Learning], No. 4.

Chang, C. (2001). Diversity and Diversification in Advanced-Level Chinese Classes. In Li, X. & Chu, M. (Eds.), Procee dings of the 2nd International Conference on Chinese Pedagogy (pp. 149-151), Yichang, China, 2001.

Chang, C. (2000). Metacognition and Reading Comprehension. In Bai, J. &Dong, W. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Chinese Pedagogy (pp. 7-11). Wuhan, China, 2000.

Chang, C. & Yen, I. (1998). Computer Workbook for Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese, Princeton University Press.

Current Committees

  • Honor and Discipline Committee

Professional Activities

Director, Chinese School, Middlebury College Language Schools, 2017 –

Chief Reader, AP Chinese Language and Culture, College Board, 2016-2017.

Co-Chair, AP Chinese Language and Culture Development Committee, College Board, 2014-2015.

Member, AP Chinese Language and Culture Development Committee, College Board, 2011-2012, 2012-2013.

Member, Editorial Board of Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, 2009-2013

Member, Editorial Board of Taiwan Journal of Chinese as a Second Language, 2011 –

Member, Academic Committee of the First Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language (MICCSL1), 2012

Faculty, Middlebury Chinese MA Program, 2008, 2012, 2014.

Field Director, Associated Colleges in China, Beijing, China. 2011

Consultant, Site-Visit Program, College Board, 2011.

Trainer, Middlebury Summer Chinese School, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Previous Posts

Visiting lecturer in Chinese, Princeton University, 1987-1988.

Visiting lecturer in Chinese, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1988-1989.

Lead Instructor of Beginning and Intermediate Chinese, Middlebury chinese Summer School, 1987-1993.

Lead instructor of Intermediate Chinese, Princton in Beijing Chinese Summer School, 1994, 1998