In January 2019, I started my appointments as an Associate Lecturer in Education. I specialise in quantitative research into language learning and academic attainment, language testing and assessment, and validity and validation. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and teach TESOL Methods and Research Methods for Language Learning and Teaching.
I have recently submitted my PhD thesis on the effects of test preparation and repeated test taking and successfully defended my PhD in January, 2019. My doctoral research looked at the extent to which dedicated test preparation and repeated test taking could allow candidates to boost their IELTS scores beyond the level of their general proficiency and the subsequent impacts on international Chinese students’ academic achievement in a UK university. I am currently writing up this work for publication.
2019 to present: Associate Lecturer in Education (Teaching and Scholarship)
2018 to present: Researcher, Are university language entry requirements set too low to enable international students to fulfil their academic potential?, funded by Pearson (£10,000)
2014 to 2019: PhD student in Applied Linguistics, University of York, The effect of IELTS test preparation and repeated test taking on Chinese candidates' IELTS results, general proficiency and their subsequent academic attainment
2016 to 2018: Graduate Teaching Assistant on TESOL Methods, Research methods for language learning and teaching, Department of Education, University of York
2016 to 2017: Assistant Researcher, Chinese students’ English proficiency and academic performance, collaborative project with Duolingo Test of English, Principal Researcher: Dr. Danijela Trenkic
2014 to 2015: Research Assistant, Language and literacy skills of home and international university students: How different are they, and does it matter? Principal Researcher: Dr. Danijela Trenkic
2012 to 2014: IELTS teacher, Shanghai, China
2010 to 2012: Masters in TESOL, University of York
2007 to 2010: Bachelors in International Business Communication, University of Central Lancashire
My main research interest is in language testing and assessment, validity (in particular construct and predictive) of standardised language proficiency tests and the effects of test preparation (i.e. coaching). I am also interested in the wider discussion concerning the effects of tests on teaching and learning (i.e. washback or backwash) and the psychological impacts testing and assessment pose on candidates.
2018 to present: Are university language entry requirements set too low to enable international students to fulfil their academic potential?, funded by Pearson (£10,000)