• 264 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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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 co-developed the Academic Collocation List (ACL) while working at Pearson and also built an online automated transcription tool Transcribear with a computer scientist for a research project at UNNC. The development processes of the above resources, ACL and Transcribear, are both published in peer-review journals. A multimodal corpus of Chinese students' academic written and spoken English (CAWSE) that I've been working on since 2016 can be accessed here.

I have been working at the intersection of Corpus Linguistics, Language Testing 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 interests 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

MPhil in Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

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Research Output

  • 264 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 3 Chapter

The EMI campus as site and source for a multimodal corpus: Issues and challenges of corpus construction at a Sino-British university

Stevens, M. P., Chen, Y-H. & Harrison, S., May 2020, Variation in Time and Space: Observing the World through Corpora. Čermáková, A. & Malá, M. (eds.). De Gruyter, (Diskursmuster - Discourse Patterns).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Transcribear – Introducing a secure online transcription and annotation tool

    Chen, Y-H. & Bruncak, R., Jun 2020, In : Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 35, 2, p. 265-275 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • “I don’t have communicate ability”: Deviations in an L2 multimodal corpus of academic English from an EMI university in China – errors or ELF?

    Chen, Y-H., Harrison, S. & Weekly, R., 2019, Corpus Approaches into World Englishes and Language Contrasts. Parviainen, H., Kaunisto, M. & Pahta, P. (eds.). VARIENG at The University of Helsinki, Vol. 20. (Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English; vol. 20).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
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  • 22 Citations (Scopus)
    8 Downloads (Pure)

    Opening Pandora’s box: A corpus-based study of idioms in ELT materials

    Chen, Y. H. & Wang, L., 31 Dec 2016, In : Journal of Asia TEFL. 13, 4, p. 381-390 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)