Marsden Fund. $300,000, received from the Royal Society of New Zealand to support a project on language aptitude. 2017. Below is a list of links to the news release about this project:

Research Excellence Award. Nominated by the University of Auckland for the New Zealand Royal Society Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences. 2017.

Ministry of Education Fund. $40,948 (200,000 RMB), received from the Chinese Ministry of Education toward a project on L2 pragmatics (with Wei Ren as Co-investigator). 2016.

Research Development Fund. $36,000, received from the University of Auckland to support a project on the differential effects of language aptitude on learners of different proficiency levels. 2015.

Early Career Research Excellence Award. $2,000, received from the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, in recognition of research excellence. 2015.

Research Excellence Fellowship. $3,000, received from the University of Auckland toward a project on working memory and task planning. 2013.

Faculty Research Development Fund. $24,025, received from the University of Auckland for a project on language aptitude and task-based instruction. 2012.

Summer Scholarship. Received from the University of Auckland, each in the amount of $5,000, to support research projects. 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

Best Abstract Award. $300, received from the University of Maryland; the award was given to the ten student abstracts that received the highest ratings at the Second Language Research Forum. 2010.

Dissertation Fellowship. $6,000 plus a tuition waiver, received from Michigan State University in support of outstanding dissertation projects. 2009.

Summer Fellowship. $4,000, received from Michigan State University to support selected research projects. 2008, 2009.

Research Enhancement Grant. $1,000, received from Michigan State University.to support innovative postgraduate research. 2008.

Outstanding Teacher Award. Received from Hebei Teachers University to recognize outstanding teaching performance. 2000, 2001.

Outstanding Postgraduate Student Award. Received from Hebei Teachers University. The award was given to top 10% of the postgraduate students at the University. 1997.

Outstanding Teacher Award. Received at Handan Teachers College to recognize outstanding teaching performance. 1994.

Honorary Professor

  • 2017 to 2020. Yunshan Chair Professor, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China.
  • 2015 to present. Zhengzhou University, China.
  • 2015 to present. Hebei Science and Technology Normal University, China.
  • 2013 to present. Handan College, China.