Fenfang Hwu

Fenfang Hwu


Old Chemistry Building


A&S Romance & Arabic Languages & Literat - 0377

Professional Summary

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning: grammar instruction, input, learner-behavior tracking, productive and receptive practice, pronunciation, research methods.
  • Second Language Acquisition: individual differences in language aptitude and personality preferences, input enhancement, pedagogical grammar, practice.
  • Spanish Linguistics: phonetics, preterite vs. imperfect.


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research and Practice Interests

Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Linguistics

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Hwu, F. (2015). Task promoting hypothesis-testing and providing communicative need via comic-creation. Proceedings of the 17th International CALL Research Conference, 301-304.

Hwu, F. (2014). A Comic creation tool for adaptive-imitation practice: Research design considerations. Proceedings of the 16th International CALL Research Conference, 177-181.

Hwu, F., Pan, W., & Sun, S. (2014). Aptitude-treatment interaction effects on explicit rule learning: A latent growth curve analysis. Language Teaching Research, 18(3), 294-319.

Hwu, F. and Tzseng, C. (2013). Challenges and directions of script-based tracking in tutorial CALL. In P. Hubbard, M. Schulze, & B. Smith (Eds.), Learner-Computer Interaction in Language Education: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert Fischer (pp. 246–255). Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

Hwu, F. (2013). A review of the use of script-based tracking in CALL research for data sharing: Applications providing meaning aids. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 26(4), 350-370.

Hwu. F. & Sun, S. (2012). The aptitude-treatment interaction effects on the learning of grammar rules. System, 40(4), 505521.

Hwu. F. (2012). A review of the use of script-based tracking in grammar applications for data sharing. Proceedings of the 15th International CALL Research Conference, 21-26.

Molholt, G. & Hwu, F. (2008). Visualization of speech patterns for language learning. In Holland, V. Melissa and Fisher, F. Pete (Eds.), The path of speech technologies in computer assisted language learning. From research toward practice (pp. 91122). New York: Routledge.

Hwu, F. (2007). Learners' strategies with a grammar application: The influence of language ability and personality preferences. ReCALL Journal, 19(2), 21–38.

Hwu, F. (2005). Spanish preterite and imperfect in conversations: The pragmatic meanings. Journal of Language and Linguistics, 4, 183206.

Hwu, F. (2004). On the applicability of input enhancement hypothesis and input processing theory in multimedia CALL: The case of Spanish preterite and imperfect instruction in an input application. CALICO Journal, 21, 317338.

Hwu, F. (2003). Learners’ behaviors in computer-based input activities elicited through tracking technologies. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 16, 529.

Hwu, F. (1997). Providing effective and affective learning environment for Spanish phonetics with a hypermedia application. CALICO Journal, 14, 115–134.

Hwu, F., Tzseng, C., & Pan, A. C. (1997). Improving Spanish phonetics instruction with a hypermedia-assisted application. Educational Multimedia/Hypermedia and Telecommunications, 509514.

Hwu, F., Tzseng, C., & Pan, A. C. (1997). Planning and development of Spanish phonetic lessons with hypermedia. Technology and Teacher Education Annual, 649652.

Hwu, F. (1995). The hierarchical function of phonological contexts on the weakening of /s/ in Spanish. Proceedings of the Mid-America Linguistics Conference 1, 95112.

Hwu, F. (1991). Liquid assimilation in Havana Spanish. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, 16, 5975.

Other Publication

LaRocca, S., Egan, K., Hwu, F., & Delcloque, P. (2002). Integrating speech technology in (language) learning: review of InSTIL 2002. Elsnews. The Newsletter of European Network in Human Language Technologies, Spring, 1112.


Hwu, F. (2020). Learning Spanish Grammar through Everyday Conversational Comics. Preliminary Edition. San Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Honors and Awards

2015 Fellow of the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning. University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

2015 Recognition of hard work and dedication in teaching in Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program’s Breakfast of Champions. University of Cincinnati. Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

2014 Recognition of excellent teaching by CET&L’s (Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning) Thank Your Professor program, University of Cincinnati. Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

2012 Paper "A review of the use of script-based tracking in grammar applications for data sharing" chosen as ‘Selected Plenary’ in the 15th International CALL Research Conference Status:Recipient Level:International Type:Recognition

2012 Best Plenary Speaker award in the 15th International CALL Research Conference Status:Recipient Level:International Type:Recognition