Xun Yan's directory photo.

Xun Yan

Assistant Professor

Primary Affiliation

Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative


Status Part-time Faculty

Home Department of Linguistics



Address 2143 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Research

    Yan's research focuses on language testing and assessment, and cognitive processes involved in the production and evaluation of language performances. Beckman Institute's cutting-edge technology and resources will support his laboratory research on test-taker and rater behavior and help make innovations in both human and machine-mediated language assessment systems.

  • 2022

    • Dimova, S., Yan, X., Ginther, A. (In press). Local tests, local contexts. Language Testing/
    • Yan, X., & Chuang, P. (In press). How do raters learn to rate? Examining changes in rater performance over the course of a rater certification program. Language Testing.


    • Ho, E., & Yan, X. (2021). Using community of practice to characterize collaborative essay prompt writing and its role in developing language assessment literacy for pre-service language teachers. System, 102569. 2020
    • Yan, X., & Fan, J. (2021). “Am I qualified to be a language tester?”: Understanding the development of language assessment literacy across three stakeholder groups. Language Testing, 38(2), 219-246.
    • Yan, X., Kim, H. R., & Kim, J. Y. (2021). Dimensionality of speech fluency: Examining the relationships among complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) features of speaking performances on the Aptis test. Language Testing, 38(4), 485-510.


    • Fan, J., & Yan, X. (2020). Assessing speaking proficiency: A narrative review of speaking assessment research within the argument-based validation framework. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(330), 1-14.
    • Yan, X. (2020). Unpacking the processing advantage of formulaic sequences on speech fluency: Proficiency level, task difficulty, and fluency dimensions. TESOL Quarterly 54(2), 460-487.
    • Yan, X., & Staples, S. (2020). Fitting multidimensional analysis in an argument-based validity framework for writing assessment: Explanation and generalization inferences for the ECPE. Language Testing, 37(2), 189-214.
    • Yan, X., Lei, Y., & Shih, C. (2020). A corpus-driven, curriculum-based Chinese elicited imitation test in US universities. Foreign Language Annals, 53(4), 704-732.