Before joining The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, I worked as a Test Development Manager in the Language Testing Division of Pearson plc (London) for three years. I oversaw the development of English language tests for various levels and purposes and also conducted associated research, particularly in the areas of corpus-based validation research and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Prior to Pearson, I studied for a PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. My thesis is entitled 'Investigating Lexical Bundles across Learner Writing Development', in which I explore the differences and similarities in the use of lexical bundles across learner proficiencies as well as between native and non-native writing. My findings shed light on the discourse aspect of writing development with learner proficiency being determined by a set of robust rating procedures generally adopted in large-scale language tests. The thesis was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Jacqueline A. Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked at the Language Training and Testing Center (Taiwan) as a Test Developer and Researcher for four years. In addition to language test development, I have also worked in other various areas relating to language education, including teaching English and Chinese, both as L2, and developing paper-based or computer-based multimedia learning materials. I have experience in integrating technologies (such as speech recognition, computer marking) into test development and language learning products.
I have taught the following UG and PG modules:
- Corpus Linguistics (Postgraduate & Undergraduate)
- Language Testing and Assessment (Postgraduate)
- Syllabus Design and Methodology (Postgraduate)
- Introduction to English Language Teaching (Undergraduate)
I also contribute to some team-taught modules: Introduction to Linguistics (undergraduate), Fundamentals in Research Methods (undergraduate), Approaches to Language and Linguistics (postgraduate), and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (postgraduate).
I supervise MA and PhD dissertations on a variety of topics, including Corpus-based Vocabulary Research, Second Language Writing, English for Academic or Specific Purposes, Syllabus Design and Language Testing and Assessment.
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… read more
ACKERMANN, K. AND CHEN, Y. H., 2013. Developing the Academic Collocation List (ACL): A Corpus-driven and Expert-judged Approach. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 12(4), 235-247
CHEN, Y. H. AND BAKER, P., 2010. Lexical Bundles in L1 and L2 Academic Writing. Language Learning and Technology. 14(2), 30-49
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.