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Becky H Huang

Associate Professor
Dept. of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies



Dr. Becky H. 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 Director of the Language Learning and Assessment Laboratory at UTSA. 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 Graduate School of Education and at Educational Testing Service's (ETS) English Language Learning and Assessment research division, and she was as visiting scholar at the Human Abilities in Bilingual Language Acquisition (HABLA) laboratory at UT-Austin (now at Temple University and UC-Irvine) in 2016.


Dr. Huang's research areas span across applied linguistics, psychology, and education. Her research program focuses on two interrelated areas that address the goal of promoting language and education outcomes for bilingual/dual language learner (DLL) students: language/literacy development and assessment of bilingual/DLL students. Dr. Huang uses mainly quantitative research methods, but she also conducts mixed methods studies and collaborates with colleagues with qualitative orientations. She has published in leading journals such as Teachers College Record, International Journal of Bilingualism, Reading Research Quarterly, Language Testing, 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. She was also a finalist for the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Huang's current research, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the US Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences (IES), focuses on examining the language and literacy development of elementary-aged bilingual/DLL children and creating language-focused reading intervention for this population.


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, Assessment of Bilingual/Second Language Learners, Literacy in a Second Language, Language Teaching Methods, Second Language Listening and Speaking, and Research Design and Statistics. She has also taught in face-to-face, hybrid, as well as fully online formats.


Dr. Huang served as the Coordinator of the Master's program in Teaching English as a Second Language from 2016-2019, and she is currently a member of the College Academic Policy & Curricula Committee (2018 - 2021) and the Faculty Senate at UTSA (2019-2022). In 2018, Dr. Huang assisted the ESL Services at UTSA to obtain the CEA (The Commission on English Language Accreditation) accreditation, and she is currently assisting a local K-12 school district to evaluate their bilingual/ESL programs. Dr. Huang serves on the editorial board of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS), Language Testing, and Language Assessment Quarterly. She is also a co-founder of International Language Testing Association's (ILTA) Language Assessment for Young Learners special interest group and an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language Research special interest group.


Dr. Huang has also been working with non-profit community organizations that promote education outcomes in children and adolescents from minority/minoritized or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. While living in Massachusetts, she had worked with the Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment at Harvard University and Science Club for Girls in Cambridge, MA, both of which are after-school tutoring or enrichment programs for children and youth from minority backgrounds. She had also volunteered with Reading to Kids and Ronald McDonald House Charities in Los Angeles, California. Since moving to Texas in 2012, she has worked with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas and served on SAReads' Board of Directors in 2019. Dr. Huang currently partners with the Musical Sprouts program to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) instruction to children in under-resourced elementary schools in San Antonio.


Dr. Huang's most recent publications are on bilingual children's language and reading development and on the validity considerations for assessing language minority children and adolescents. You can access the preprint versions below.


Huang, B. H., & Butler, Y. G. (2020). Validity Considerations for Assessing Language Proficiency in Young Language Minority Students. Language AssessmentQuarterly. doi.org/10.1080/15434303.2020.1826486.


Huang, B. H., Bedore, L. M., Niu, L., Wang, Y., & Wicha, N. Y. (2020). The contributions of oral language to English reading outcomes among young bilingual students in the United States. International Journal of Bilingualism, Online First. doi.org/10.1177/1367006920938136. Preprint.


Huang, B. H., Bailey, A. L., Sass, D. A., & Chang, Y. H. S. (2020). An investigation of the validity of a speaking assessment for adolescent English language learners. Language Testing, Online First. doi.org/10.1177/0265532220925731. Preprint.


See the complete list of Dr. Huang's publications on Google Scholar

Read preprints of Dr. Huang's publications on her ResearchGate website

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