Mengtian Chen
Lecturer of Chinese Language at Duke Kunshan University

Chen has been teaching and tutoring Mandarin Chinese at the university level since 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages in 2012 and a Master of Arts in linguistics and applied linguistics in 2015 from Beijing Language and Culture University. She got her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in second language acquisition in 2020 from the University of Iowa, USA, specializing in speech processing and psycholinguistics. Chen shows great passion for interdisciplinary research, particularly the psychological mechanisms of spoken language processing such as chunking and statistical learning. She earned a certificate named Cognitive Science of Language from the University of Iowa in 2020, focusing on the study of language along with a strong theoretical grounding in the disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, formal linguistics, and computational modeling. Recently, her research interests have expanded into phonetics, computer-assisted language learning, and multilingual identities of learners. She went through two certificate programs--Engaging Across Cultures and Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity --at the University of Iowa during 2019-2020 to enhance intercultural awareness and leadership skills needed for a diverse campus community.

Current Research Interests

Cognitive mechanisms of chunking, statistical learning, speech processing, phonetics, computer-assisted language learning, teacher education, multilingualism

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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