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PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Zoe Luk Pei Sui and Dr Zou Di (ELE)

I am currently a PhD student in Linguistics at The Education University of Hong Kong. I have obtained my MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Pannonia with the assistance of the Hungarian government Scholarship program. I have a BA degree cum laude, with a major in English Philology and a minor in German Studies, from the Kalmyk State University, Russia. For 4 years, I had been acting as Regional Coordinator of the All-Russian programme RUSNANO School League, which promotes science education among youngsters through the research activities and nurtures a "scientific habit of mind" in them. My academic and research activities have earned me the Demonstrator Scholarship of the University of Pannonia (2018-2019); Scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation (2016-2017); the grants for research stays at the City University of New York, USA (2016) and Jagiellonian University, Poland (2015); Award of the Head of the Republic of Kalmykia (2016; 2013). My research interests include bilingualism, language processing, and second language acquisition.


1. Darzhinova, L. (2021). The influence of language learner’s Buddhist background on non-native written language processing. New Research of Tuva, 2, 67-78.

2. Darzhinova, L., & Zou, D. (2021). A systematic review of technology-enhanced assessment of monolingual and bilingual written language comprehension. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 18(1), 319-328.

3. Navracsics, J., & Darzhinova, L. (2020). The use of PsychToolbox-3 for tracking bilingual sentence processing and comprehension. In A. Elizarov & N. Loukachevitch (Eds.), CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 2780 (pp. 123-132). Aachen: RWTH Aachen University Publishing. 

4. Darzhinova, L. (2020). Resolving structural ambiguity in language processing: a systematic review. In R. Simpson (Ed.), Communication Trends in the Post-Literacy Era: Polylingualism, Multimodality and Multiculturalism as Preconditions for New Creativity (pp. 259-270). Ekaterinburg: Ural University Press.


Miss JI, Yaxuan

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Andy Chin Chi On

I am a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies. Both my B.A. (SHU) and M.A. (HKUST) degrees are in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. I worked as a Research Assistant in Chilin (HK) Ltd before joining LML in 2021. My research interests are Lexical Semantics, Corpus linguistics, Social Linguistics and Language Education.







1. Tsou, B. K., Yip, K. F., & Ji, Y. X. (2021, June 26). 何處是粵語口語和書面語語料的分水嶺——從LIVAC談起  Where is the dividing line between spoken and written Cantonese data source: from the LIVAC perspective [Paper presentation]. 21th Work Shop on Cantonese (WOC-21), The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

2. Yip, K. F., Tsou, B. K., & Ji, Y. X. (2020, December 11-12). 漢語動詞虛化初探:港澳京三地同中之異 A preliminary study on metaphorization of Chinese verbs: the variation among Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing [Paper presentation]. The Annual Research Forum of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (ARF 2020), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

3. Ji, Y. X., & Tsou, B. K. (2020, December 11-12). A cross-cultural study of apology strategy: focus on Chinese second language learners [Paper presentation]. The Annual Research Forum of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (ARF 2020), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

4. Tsou, B. K., Chow, K. P., Lee, J., Yip, K. F., Ji, Y. X., & Wu, K. (2020). Bilingual multi-word expressions, multiple-correspondence, and their cultivation from parallel patents: The Chinese-English case. In the Proceedings of 34th PACLIC Workshop on Multiword Expressions in Asian languages, 589-602.




PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Andy Chin Chi On  

I completed my M.Sc. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Before joining the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies as a PhD student, I worked as a lecturer at KIMEP University, Kazakhstan. My research interests are language choice and language use in multilingual settings, language ideology, language and identity.







1. Kucherbayeva, D. (2020, August 17-18). Is code-switching an effective pedagogical strategy? [Paper presentation]. 2nd International Scientific and Practical Internet Conference “Integration of Education, Science and Business in Modern Environment: Summer Debates”, Dnipro, Ukraine.


LIU, Ping

Ms LIU, Ping

PhD Student

Supervisor: Prof Jackie Lee Fung King

I have been a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies since 2020. I received my Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at Northeastern University, China, in 2016. I then completed my Master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Northeastern University, China, in 2019. My research interests include multimodal discourse analysis, language and identity, and English language teaching.


Miss TIAN Jingxuan

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Rebecca Chen Hsueh Chu 

I completed my MA in English Language Education from EdUHK and obtained my BA in Mainland China with a major in English. Prior to being a PhD student, I have eight-year working experience serving as an IELTS speaking teacher and worked as a research assistant in EdUHK for three years. My research interests include phonetics and phonology, second/third language acquisition, and computer-assisted pronunciation teaching and learning.






1. Tian, J. X. (2021, January 8-10). Effects of online explicit form-focused and acoustic-based self-learning instructions on English /ɪ/ [Paper presentation]. Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub for University English Teachers, Hong Kong.

2. Tian, J. X., & Chen, H. C. (2020). A comparison of English intonation patterns produced by Chinese English learners and native speakers. In Lo, Chin-cheng (Ed.). Breeze and rain: Papers in honor of Professor Raung-fu Chung on the occasion of his retirement (pp. 1-28). Taipei: Crane.

3. Chen, H.C., & Tian, J. X. (2020). Development and evaluation of corpus-aided English pronunciation teaching approach for pre-service teachers in Hong Kong. Interactive Learning Environments, 1-14.

4. Chen, H. C., & Tian, J. X. (2020). Using a corpus-aided pronunciation instruction on Mandarin tones training for Cantonese learners. Taiwan Journal of Chinese as a Second Language, 21, 65-97.


TRAN, Thao

Ms TRAN, Thi Thanh Thao

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Angel Ma Qing 

I have been a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies since 2018. I obtained my BA in English Language Teaching in University of Foreign Languages, Hue University in 2010, and then achieved my Master degree from University of Queensland, Australia in 2013. In Vietnam, I worked as a lecturer in English Department, University of Foreign Languages, Hue University from 2010. My research interests are flipped language learning, computer-assisted language learning, mobile language learning, collaborative language learning, and language teaching pedagogy.





1. Tran, T. T. T., & Ma, Q. (2021). Using formative assessment in a blended EFL listening course: Student perceptions of effectiveness and challenges. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 11(3), 17-38.

2. Tran, T. T. T. (2019). An investigation into the students' reflection about the use of Schoology in Formative Assessment: A case study in a Vietnamese University. Journal of Inquiry into Languages and Cultures, 3(3), 394-406.


WANG, Yumin

Ms WANG, Yumin

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Xie Qin 

I embarked on my doctoral study in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies in 2016. Previously I had worked as a language teacher in a joint China-Foreign educational program in a mainland University, after earning my master's degree in 2006. Presently I focus on the assessment of discourse features of L2 English writers’ academic writing for my PhD study. I am interested in exploring potential interactions between L2 learners' use of writing strategies and their writing performance, especially the discourse features. The tentative title of my doctoral dissertation is "Diagnostic Assessment of the Discourse Competence of Chinese Tertiary Students in writing English Academic Essays". My research interests include diagnostic language assessment, critical discourse analysis, second language writing, and metacognitive strategies.



1. Wang, Y. M., Yang, J. Q., & Wu, Q. (2020, September 23). Diagnostic assessment of undergraduate business students' academic writing problems and difficulties in the VU-HNU TNE program [Paper presentation]. Virtual learning and Teaching Symposium. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

2. Wang, Y. M. (2018, May 4-5). Voice construction of Chinese tertiary students’ argumentative writing. International Conference on English Language Education in the Chinese Context [Paper pesentation]. The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


Mr YAN Jiahao

PhD Student
Supervisor: Dr Angel Ma Qing 

Before being a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies of EDUHK in 2021, I completed the MATESOL programme and then worked as a Research Assistant at the same department. My research interests include corpus linguistics, English for academic purposes, data-driven learning, and computer-assisted language learning.







1. Yan, J., & Ma, Q. (2021, July 13-16). Within disciplinary conventions to report citations in ELT Research and student problems: A corpus-based study on Parallel EAP Corpora [Paper presentation]. Corpus Linguistics 2021, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

2. Yan, J., & Ma, Q. (2021, July 7-9). Reporting verbs for citation practices: A corpus-based study on academic writing in English language teaching [Paper presentation]. International Conference on Technology-enhanced Language Learning and Teaching & Corpus-based Language Learning and Teaching 2021, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.