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Xiao Tan

Lecturer of Thompson Writing Program
Thompson Writing Program
Thompson Writing Program, Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708
Thompson Writing Program, Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Monday & Friday 10 am -12 pm  

Selected Publications


Beyond words: L2 writing teachers’ visual conceptualizations of ChatGPT in teaching and learning

Journal Article Journal of Second Language Writing · June 1, 2024 Since its inception, ChatGPT has been characterized by L2 writing teachers with various metaphors, such as a tool and a collaborator. Complemented with text-based metaphorical conceptualizations, this research brief contributes ten visual conceptualization ... Full text Cite

Incorporating direct quotations in videos for academic purposes: An exploratory study

Journal Article Computers and Composition · June 1, 2024 This study explores how direct quotations are incorporated into video essays through multimodal resources, with the hope of contributing to the growing body of research that examines the rhetorical and discourse features unique to the emerging multimodal g ... Full text Cite

An exploratory study of English as a Second Language students’ “citation” patterns in multimodal writing

Journal Article Journal of English for Academic Purposes · November 1, 2023 This study explores how English as a Second Language (ESL) students make reference to outside sources and incorporate textual repetition using multimodal resources in a video project. ESL students’ source use and citation practices have been studied extens ... Full text Cite

Stories behind the scenes: L2 students’ cognitive processes of multimodal composing and traditional writing

Journal Article Journal of Second Language Writing · March 1, 2023 In recent years, multimodal composing has attracted much attention in the field of second language (L2) writing. Previous research focused heavily on the pedagogical effects of teaching multimodal writing to L2 students. Less investigated is students’ cogn ... Full text Cite

Book Review

Journal Article Journal of Second Language Writing · June 2021 Full text Cite

Teacher Beliefs and Pedagogical Practices of Integrating Multimodality into First-Year Composition

Journal Article Computers and Composition · December 1, 2020 The study intends to provide insights into First-year Composition (FYC) instructors’ beliefs and practices of integrating multimodal writing into the curriculum. Of particular interest is how the beliefs are translated into practices and how such process i ... Full text Cite

Multilingual and multimodal literacy beyond school: A case study of an adult vlogger in China

Journal Article Journal of Asia TEFL · December 1, 2020 Second language literacy research in recent years has attended to emerging genres and various literacy practices. Less explored, however, are the innovative ways of meaning-making and communication facilitated by the use of multimodal resources in a foreig ... Full text Cite