Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

O'Dowd Hall, Room 372
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2060
Fax: (248) 370-3170

Hsiang-Hua Melanie Chang

张相华 . 張相華
Hsiang-Hua (Melanie) Chang
Associate Professor of Chinese

368 O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-4248

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Michigan State University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:  Chinese Linguistics; First, Second, and Heritage Language Acquisition; Foreign Language Pedagogy and Assessment; Foreign Language Program and Curriculum Development

YOUTUBE & FACEBOOK: [ Dr. Chang's Chinese Learning Resources ], [ Chinese Language (including China Study Abroad, China Club, Chinese Corner)  ]

Hsiang-Hua Melanie Chang joined Oakland University as a visiting faculty member in 2008 and started her tenure-track appointment in 2009.  She teaches Chinese language, literature, linguistics, culture, and civilization.  She is the coordinator of the Chinese program (2008-present), and the adviser (2008-present) and director (2008-2017) of the study abroad program affiliated with China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.  She is also a faculty member of International Studies.

As the only full-time faculty member in the Chinese program for 8 years, she has developed the Chinese program from a two-year program to a four-year program.  She brought the two catalog-only Minors, Chinese Language and Chinese Language and Civilization, into fruition, and co-founded the Elementary and Secondary Teaching Minor in Chinese Language.  She also constantly designs and supervises customized Business Chinese courses for the local professionals offered via Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) at OU.  She has served as the advisor or co-adviser for China Club since 2008.  She founded and advises the Chinese Corner and the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society - OU Chapter (the first of its kind in Michigan).  She has been regularly selected to serve as Reader and Table Leader for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Exams since 2011.  Prior to OU, her work experience includes serving as the coordinator/instructor of Chinese Outreach to middle and high schools at Michigan State University, and teaching graduate-level Chinese Linguistics and Chinese Grammar courses at Wayne State University. 

Her principal research interest is first and second language acquisition of syntax and semantics.  Much of her work concentrates on issues about aspect, existential sentences, and nominal phrases.  Her most recent project was serving as the chief editor for "AP® Chinese Essential Reading Series" ( published books), 2019-2020, which includes 100 Chinese intermediate-high to advanced-low graded readers targeting high school Chinese learners published by  For this series, she also wrote 10 stories focusing on global challenge issues, such as urban poverty, immigrant gambling, elderly living alone, senior driving, sports industry, etc.   Her current project is serving as the chief editor, compiler, and author for "AP® Chinese Simulated Exams" , which includes 10 sets of simulated exams to be published by .  She is a life member of Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (ATCSL), Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), and International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL).  She enjoys teaching and studying different languages and cultures.

Recommendation Letters, CHE 3920, CHE 4800, Capstone, Thesis Advising [policy]