An Cheng

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Address: 205B Morrill Hall
Phone: 405-744-9474
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: an.cheng@okstate.edu 

Professor and Department Head
PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • The genre-based framework for teaching and learning academic, research, and professional writing
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses

  • Genres in Professional Writing
  • Professional Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Writing as a Profession

Selected Publications

Book
  • Cheng, A. (2018). Genre and Graduate-level Research Writing. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press
    • Link to the information on the University of Michigan Press
    • Link to Amazon
    • These academic journals have published scholarly reviews of the book:

Applied Linguistics [Link] /  English for Specific Purposes [Link]/  Journal of Second Language Writing [Link]/ Journal of English for Academic Purposes [Link]/ Journal of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language ESP SIG [Link, pp. 40-41]/  System [Link]

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
  • Cheng, A. (To appear). Far beyond “language boxes”: The place of language in genre-based pedagogies (disciplinary dialogue). Journal of Second Language Writing. [Link to abstract]

  • Cheng, A. (Accepted). When the office meets textbooks: Juxtaposing multiple perspectives to develop teachers’ knowledge of workplace genres and to enhance the teaching of workplace writing. in L. Lin, D. Tay, & I. Mwinlaaru. (Eds.). Approaches to Specialized genres. New York: Routledge. 

  • Cheng, A. (2019). Examining the "applied aspirations" in the ESP genre analysis of published journal articles. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 38, 36-47. [Link to abstract]
  • Saeli, H., & Cheng, A. (2019). Effects of L1 writing experiences on L2 writing perceptions: Evidence from an EFL context. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 35, 509-524. [Link to abstract]

    Saeli, H., & Cheng, A. (2019). Student writers’ affective engagement with grammar-centered written corrective feedback: The impact of (mis)aligned practices and perceptions. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 22 (2), 109-132. [Link]

  • Cheng, A. (2016). EAP at the tertiary level in China: Challenges and possibilities. In K. Hyland, & P. Shaw (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes (pp. 97-108). New York: Routledge. [Link]

  • Cheng, A. (2015a). Genre analysis as a pre-instructional, instructional, and teacher development framework. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 19, 125-136. [Link to abstract]

  • Cheng, A. (2015b). Rethinking the paths toward developing ESP practitioners' specialized knowledge through the lens of genre analysis. English as a Global Language Education Journal, 1, 23-45. [Link to abstract]

  • Cheng, A., & Anthony, L. (2014). ESP research in Asia: Guest editorial for a special issue on ESP research in Asia. English for Specific Purposes, 33, 1-3.

  • Cheng, A., & Wang, Q. (2012). English language teaching in higher education in China: A historical and social perspective. In J. Ruan, & C. Leung (Eds.), Perspectives on teaching and learning English in China (pp. 19-33). New York: Springer. [Link]

  • Cheng, A. (2011). ESP classroom research: Basic considerations and future research questions. In D. Belcher, A. M. Johns, & B. Paltridge (Eds.), New Directions in ESP Research (pp. 44-72). Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. [Link]

  • Cheng, A. (2011). Language features as the pathways to genre: Students' attention to non-prototypical features and its implication. Journal of Second Language Writing, 20, 69-82. [Link to abstract]

  • Cheng, A. (2008a). Analyzing genre exemplars in preparation for writing: The case of an L2 graduate student in the ESP genre-based instructional framework of academic literacy.  Applied Linguistics, 29, 50-71. [Link to abstract]
  • Cheng, A. (2008b). Individualized engagement with genre in academic literacy tasks. English for Specific Purposes, 27, 387-411. [Link to abstract]

Reprinted in Basturkmen, H. (2015). (Ed.),  English for Academic Purposes: Critical concepts in Linguistics. New York: Routledge. [Link]

  • Cheng, A. (2007a). Simulation-based L2 writing instruction: Enhancement through genre analysis. Simulation and Gaming, 38, 1-16. [Link to abstract]
  • Cheng, A. (2007b). Transferring generic features and recontextualizing genre awareness: Understanding writing performance in the ESP genre-based literacy framework. English for Specific Purposes, 26, 287-307. [Link to abstract]

Winner of the 2007 English for Specific Purposes Journal "Best Article of the Year" Award 

  • Cheng, A. (2006a). Analyzing and enacting academic criticism: The case of a graduate learner of academic writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 15, 279-306. [Link to abstract]

  • Cheng, A. (2006b). Understanding learners and learning in ESP genre-based writing instruction. English for Specific Purposes, 25, 76-89. [Link to abstract]

  • Hall, J. K., Cheng, A., & Carlson, M. (2006). Reconceptualizing multicompetence as a theory of language knowledge. Applied Linguistics, 27, 220-240. [Link to abstract]

Honors

  • Editorial Panel Member of the journal Applied Linguistics [Link]

  • Editorial Board Member of the journal English for Specific Purposes [Link]

  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Second Language Writing [Link]
  • Advisory Board Member of the journal English as a Global Language Education
  • Advisory Board Member of China Association of English for Academic Purposes

  • ESP 2007 Horowitz Best Article of the Year

  • Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences "Junior Faculty for Scholarly Excellence" Award, 2009 [Link]

Recent Invited Speeches and Conference Presentations

Keynote and Invited Speeches
  • "Genre and genre analysis: in search of a pedagogically accessible framework." Invited talk presented at the School of Foreign Languages, Jilin University, Liaoning Province, China, June 5, 2019.

  • "Meta-genres and EAP teachers' knowledge base." Plenary speech at the joint 5rd International Conference of the Chinese Association for ESP and The 4rd International Conference on EAP in Asia, Shanghai, China, May 28, 2019.

  • "How to do genre analysis of anything for EAP." Workshop at the joint 5rd International Conference of the Chinese Association for ESP and The 4rd International Conference on EAP in Asia, Shanghai, China, May 27, 2019.

  • "Genre and genre analysis: Crucial questions, important frameworks, and critical roles in teaching and learning language and writing." Invited talk presented at the Department of English, Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, May 31, 2019.

  • "ESP teacher empowerment: Rethinking the paths towards 'specialized knowledge' through the lens of genre analysis." Keynote speech at the 2014 English for Specific Purposes Professional Development Workshop, Tainan City, Taiwan, September 12-13, 2014.

  • “The connections between genre analysis and ESP: Insights from a student's genre-analysis tasks.” Plenary speech at the 2013 Joint International Conference of the Chinese Association of ESP and the International Conference on ESP in Asia, Shanghai, China, September 27-29, 2013.

  • "Negotiating the tensions between discipline specificity and classroom heterogeneity in genre-focused learning of advanced academic writing." Plenary speech at the 2012 International Conference and Workshop on English for Specific Purposes, Tainan City, Taiwan, October 23-26, 2012.

  • "The knowledge base for guiding students’ genre-focused learning: What students’ genre-analysis tasks reveal." Invited talk at the English Language Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, November 5, 2010.

Conference Presentations
  • "The 'submission guidelines' of academic journals: What can they reveal to writing teachers about discipline-specific research writing" Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 9-12, 2019
  • "The 'aims and scope' statements of academic research journals: Implications for writing teachers" Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, Illinois, USA, March 24-27, 2018
  • "The topics and genres specified in technical writing job advertisements: The implications for teaching technical/professional writing majors" Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Savannah, Georgia, USA, October 5-7, 2017.

  • "Discipline-specific research writing guidebooks: Implications for teachers of writing" Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Orlando, Florida, USA, April  9-12, 2016.

  • "Blogs on academic writing: Relevance to teachers of L2 writing" Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Toronto, Canada, March 21-24, 2015.

  • "Why does 'genre' sound so familiar?" Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Dallas, Texas, USA, March 16-19, 2013.

  • "NNES, genre, and professional writing." Annual TESOL International Convention, Philadelphia, USA, March 28-31, 2012.

  • "Students' analyses of the rhetorical structures in research articles: Errors and implication." Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, Illinois, USA, March, 2011.

  • "Noticing the generic significance of ordinary words." Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March, 2010.

  • "Language awareness and genre awareness: Pathways to each other?" Symposium on Second Language Writing, Tempe, Arizona, USA, November, 2009.

  • "Students' noticing of generic features in discipline-specific journal articles: A study of a genre-based writing class for L2 graduate students." Annual Conference of American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Washington, DC., USA, April, 2008.

  • "Genre analysis and learning opportunities: Implications for ESP genre-based writing instruction." Annual Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Costa Mesa, California, USA, April, 2007.

  • "Adversarial discourses in academic writing." Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California, USA, May, 2006.