Bowen is passionate about promoting the crucial role of input in learning a foreign language, that is, reading/listening to/watching what fascinates the learner in large amounts. He hopes to bridge the gap between research and the language learning/teaching practice by translating research-based best practices to curriculum design and content development. He is also interested in using his skills in experimental design, data analysis, and psychometrics to evaluate and improve language/literacy education technology.
He values promoting understanding between people from different countries, cultures, and beliefs. He believes that learning a foreign language is more than acquiring a skill, but provides us with new ways of thinking, feeling, and connecting with people’s minds and hearts.
His research interest is how children and adult language learners “pick up” new words when encountering these words in reading, drawing from machine-learning models of word meaning. He’s also starting a side project writing Chinese historical stories for Mandarin learners.
Specializations and Interests
Second Language Acquisition; Vocabulary Learning; Reading Development; Semantics; Psycholinguistics