Becky H Huang

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies



Dr. Becky Huang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development, at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). She is also the coordinator/graduate advisor of record of the MA program in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and completed the Linguistic Society of America's Summer Institute in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. She did her postdoctoral training at Harvard University and at Educational Testing Service's English Language Learning and Assessment research division. 

Dr. Huang's research areas span across applied linguistics, psychology, and education. She maintains two active lines of research on bilingualism, language/literacy development, and assessment/evaluation of bilinguals. The first line of research focuses on language and literacy development among bilingual/dual language learners, particularly bilinguals who learn English as a second language (L2). She examines the cognitive (e.g., age of learning and learning aptitude), environmental (e.g., language input and socioeconomic status), and social-affective (e.g., motivation) predictors of language and literacy outcomes for bilingual learners. Her second line of research investigates the reliability and validity of language/literacy assessments for bilingual learners. Dr. Huang uses mainly quantitative research methods, but also conducts mixed methods studies and collaborates with researchers with qualitative orientations. She has published in leading applied linguistics, education, and psychology journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Teachers College Record, International Journal of Bilingualism, Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, System, and Language Assessment Quarterly. She has also published conference proceedings, handbook chapters, research reports, and encyclopedia entries. 

Dr. Huang's work has been supported by funding from research institutions in the US and abroad, most recently by the Language Learning Journal Grant program and Educational Testing Service in the US, and the National Science Council in Taiwan. She was also a finalist for the National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

Dr. Huang holds a Teaching Foreign/Heritage Language Certificate from UCLA and an English language teacher certification in secondary education from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. She is a former middle school teacher, and has also taught English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) to various age groups. At UTSA, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language Assessment, Language Teaching Methods, Second Language Listening and Speaking, and Research Design and Statistics. She has also taught in traditional face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online formats.

See the list of my publications here: Google Scholar Profile

Lab website: Language Learning and Assessment Laboratory website

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Link to my most recent publication (June, 2018): A co-edited special issue published in International Journal of Bilingualism on the role of input in bilingual children’s language and literacy development.