Dr Ruolin (Rowling) Hu

Profile

Biography

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.

Career

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

Research

Overview

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.

Projects

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)

External activities

Memberships

  • Member of UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA)
  • Member of International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group

Invited talks and conferences

  • Test preparation, repeated test taking and general proficiency, Talk, The 52th Annual IATEFL Conference, Brighton, April, 2018
  • The effects of IELTS preparation and repeated test taking, Presentation, Building Practical Assessment Skills for Teachers Conference, The IATEFL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group in association with The Centre for English Language Learning and Assessment, University of Bedfordshire, October, 2017
  • The effect of IELTS test preparation and number of attempts on Chinese students’ IELTS scores, language proficiency and academic attainment, Poster, European Second Language Association, University of Reading, August, 2017
  • What are the effects of IELTS preparation and repeated test taking on IELTS scores and general proficiency?, Presentation, Chinese Educational Research Association Conference, UCL IOE, July 2017
  • The relationship between IELTS preparation, repeated test taking and general proficiency, Presentation (award won: Best Student Presentation), White Rose Social Science DTC 6th Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, June, 2017
  • The relationship between IELTS preparation, repeated test taking and general proficiency, Presentation, 11th Research Students’ Education Conference 2017, University of Leeds, May, 2017

Contact details

D/M/205
Department of Education
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322464