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Before joining Coventry University, I worked as Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics/ELT at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). I got extensive experience in language test development for various levels and purposes, including working for the Language Testing Division of Pearson plc (London) and Language Training and Testing Center (Taipei).

My PhD thesis ‘Investigating Lexical Bundles across Learner Writing Development’ was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Jacqueline A. Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award. The publication based on my thesis, ‘Lexical Bundles in L1 and L2 Academic Writing’ (2010) with citations reaching over 400 in 2019 and still growing rapidly, is ranked #185 by Web of Science in the category of Education & Educational Research worldwide. I developed the Academic Collocation List (ACL) with Kirsten Ackermann and also built an online transcription and annotation tool Transcribear with a computer scientist. The development processes of the above resources, ACL and Transcribear, are both published in peer-review journals and also available on ResearchGate.

I have been working at the intersection of Corpus Linguistics, Language Testing and Assessment and Second Language Research for the past few years. I am particularly interested in how corpus analyses can be used to facilitate or validate the approaches to teaching or assessing language skills. I am also keen on putting academic research into practice. In the context of language education, this means, for example, that students can benefit from more effective learning and assessment on the basis of research-informed syllabuses, textbooks, assessment tasks etc. My key areas of research interest include Learner Corpus Research, Second Language Writing, English for Academic Purposes, Vocabulary, Formulaic Language/Lexical Chunks, Written/Spoken Discourse, Language Learning with Technology, and how any of the above areas can relate to Language Testing and Assessment and/or Corpus Linguistics.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Linguistics, Lancaster University

MA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University

BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University

MPhil in Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

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