Research Orientation


The lecture of Prof. Frits Bolkestein, the Dutch statesman and former EU commissioner, in XJTU, 2008.              Photo by D.Chen

My Inspiration


Currently I’m working with the ICLON Graduate School of Education, Leiden University, the Netherlands, on a project investigating the cognition and behavior of ESL/EFL teachers in both China and the Netherlands. I’m curious about the factors behind the teaching performance in class, which will possibly lead us the way to find out how to perfect our teaching.

The research project is not isolated to my former research of cultural identity(2005-2008), text analysis(2003-2005), and EFL teaching methods(1999-2004). Actually I’m still working on some of the specific field such as text analysis of literary genres, etc. I believe all scientific fields may overlap one way or the other. The deeper we explore, the more likely we arrive at the common ground of universal truth. (see the brief introduction of the research project in "China and ICLON Research Activities" at Leiden University Weblectures http://weblectures.leidenuniv.nl/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=cf3fd9cc359d44b590ed0e321288f8ff)

Research Funds Obtained


2005—2007

Participant: EU-China European Studies Centres Programme: European Union Integration: Development for Master Degree Program and Policy Studies in Relation to the Sustainable Development of Northwest China

2006—2007

Participant:  “The Comparative Study of the Line-Formation Mechanisms in Both Classical Chinese and English Prosody”, Shaanxi Provincial Social Science Research Foundation.

2005—2006

Participant: “English Literature as a ‘Quality Course’”, Xi’an Jiaotong Univ. Curriculum Development Foundation.

2004—2005

Participant: “British and American Culture as a ‘Quality Course’”, Xi’an Jiaotong Univ. Curriculum Development Foundation


Major Publications

u           New Models of European Education?On the Educational Programmes of European Union in Promoting European Identity, in The European Integration and the Sustainable Development of Northwest China: Identities and Win-Win, World Publishing co., 2008.

u           Line-Formation as a Discourse Strategy in Cultural Context: Comparative Study of the English Sonnet and Chinese Ci, to be published.

u           On the Restrictions in Translating Western Movies, in Foreign Language Education, Vol. 25, 2004.

u           The Restrictions against Communicative Language Teaching in Military Colleges and Possible Solutions, ibid.

u           The Preliminary Survey of the Psychological Factors as in Online Teaching of ESP, in Foreign Language Education, Vol. 22, 2001.

u           How to Translate News Items, in Research on Foreign Language Teaching in Military Academies, Foreign Language Teaching & Research Express, 2000.

         Continuity in Discontinuity: Enjambment in the Sonnet, unpublished Master thesis

Contact Me


Address: English Dept.,
Schl. of International Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong Univ., Xi’an, P.R. China, 710049
Weblink: http://www.iclon.leiden.edu/scientific-research/staff/phd-students/chend.html
Email: cdd@mail.xjtu.edu.cn, d.chen@iclon.leidenuniv.nl

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