Sihui (Echo) Ke

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  • Assistant Professor of Second Language Acquisition
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • Masters in Teaching World Languages
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Chinese Studies
  • Linguistics
Office: 1471 Patterson Office Tower, Mailing address: 1055 Patterson Office Tower, Lab: 1551 Patterson Office Tower
Office: (859) 323-7307, Lab: (859) 257-9854, Fax: (859) 257-3743
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Office hours (Fall, 2019): 1:00-3:00 pm Monday


Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016


I am particularly interested in examining how adults and children develop reading competence in a second language, and exploring innovative approaches of effective learning and teaching at two interconnected stages (learning-to-read and reading-to-learn) in two languages (Chinese and English).

My research is guided by four questions: What are the universal and language-specific processes in reading development? How do previously acquired reading competencies affect subsequent reading development in an additional language? What does it mean to be an advanced L2 reader and word learner? What are some of the effective ways of integrating L2 literacy assessment and instruction?

External Research Grants (PI):

2019-2020 Language Learning Early Career Research Grant, Project title: Validating the simple view of reading in adult second language learners

2018-2019 ACTFL 2018's Research Priorities Initiative, Project title: When Should Characters Be Introduced to a Blended College-level Beginning Chinese Course? A Semi-replication Study (Co-researcher: Dr. Stayc Dubravac, University of Kentucky)


Teaching (at UK and previously):

University of Kentucky:

MCL 100: The World of Language

MCL 517/LIN 517: Second Language Acquisition/Special Topics in Linguistics

MCL610: L2 Teach Methods:9-12, Adult & Adv Lrnrs

MCL 665: Second Language Curriculum and Assessment

TSL 665: English Grammar: Analysis and Pedagogy

Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen):

S8700038Q English Academic Writing for Master Students

Carnegie Mellon University:

82531 Visions of China: Modern Chinese Society and Culture through Documentary Films and New Media (co-teaching with Dr. Liu Gang)

82332 Advanced Chinese II

82331 Advanced Chinese I

82133 Online Chinese (Elementary I)

82132 Elementary Chinese II

82131 Elementary Chinese I

Selected Publications: 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

1. Zhang, D. & Ke, S. (accepted). The simple view of reading made complex by morphological decoding fluency in bilingual fourth-grade readers of English. Reading Research Quarterly.

2. Ke, S. & Koda, K. (2019/online first in 2017). Is vocabulary knowledge sufficient for word meaning inference? An investigation of the role of morphological awareness in adult L2 learners of Chinese. Applied Linguistics, 40(3), 456-477. DOI: 10.1093/applin/amx040

3. Ke, S. & Koda, K. (2017a). Contributions of morphological awareness to adult L2 Chinese word meaning inferencing. The Modern Language Journal, 101 (4), 742-755. DOI:10.1111/modl.12428

4. Ke, S. & Chan, S-D. (2017b). Strategy use in L2 Chinese reading: The effect of L1 background and L2 proficiency. System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, 66, 27-38.

5. Ke, S. & Tucker, G. R. (2015a). Unleavened cakes: An overview of second language Chinese education for South Asian students in Hong Kong. K-12 Chinese Language Teaching (online open access). Retrieved from:

6. Ke, S. & Xiao, F. (2015b). Cross-linguistic transfer of morphological awareness between Chinese and English. Language Awareness, 24(4), 355-380.

Book Chapters

7. Ke, S. & Koda, K. (2018a). Developing reflective learners in Chinese as a foreign language in the U.S. In K. Koda & J. Yamashita (Eds.), Reading to Learn: An Integrated Approach to FL Teaching and Assessment (pp.192-210). Routledge.

8. Koda, K. & Ke, S. (2018b). Advanced reading proficiency in collegiate foreign language learners. In P. A. Malovrh & A. Benati (Eds.), The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition (pp.483-504). Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Reviews

9. Ke, S. (invited/2015c). The Routledge intermediate Chinese reader. The Modern Language Journal, 99 (3), 619-620.

10. Ke, S. (2014). Bilingualism in schools and society: language, identity, and policy. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 17 (6), 718-721.

Publications in Chinese

11. Koda, K. & Ke, S. (invited, 2018c). 一语在二语阅读发展中的促进作用 [L1-induced facilitation in L2 reading development]. 国际汉语教学研究 [ Journal of International Chinese Teaching], 18(2), 40-48.

12. Koda, K. & Ke, S. (invited, 2018d). 外语教学与评估:以读促学法 [An integrated approach to FL teaching and assessment]. 国际汉语教学研究 [ Journal of International Chinese Teaching], 18(3), 37-45.

13. Koda, K. & Ke, S. (invited, 2018e). 外语词语习得能力 的培养 [Promoting vocabulary learning competence in a foreign language]. 国际汉语教学研究 [ Journal of International Chinese Teaching], 18(4), 36-40.

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