University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Principal investigator:

Dr. Yu-Hua Chen (School of English, UNNC, 2014-2019)

Yuhua has been working at the intersection of Corpus Linguistics, Language Testing and Assessment and Second Language Research for the past few years. She completed an MPhil degree in Applied Linguistics (a taught research degree) at the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University. Yuhua has extensive experience working on the development and validation of language exams for various levels and purposes, including working for Pearson (London) as a Test Development Manager and for the Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC, Taiwan) as a Test Developer and Researcher. Her research has been published in top international journals including Applied Linguistics, English for Academic Purposes and Language Learning and Technology. She is leading on the CAWSE project in terms of corpus design and strategies.

Yuhua developed the Academic Collocation List with Kirsten Ackermann while working for Pearson. She is also one of the co-founders of Transcribear (an online transcription and annotation tool) with Dr Radovan Bruncak. The development processes of the above resources are documented in peer-review journals.

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Collaborative investigators:

Dr. Simon Harrison (School of English, UNNC, 2014-2018) (City University of Hong Kong, 2018-)

Simon Harrison was awarded his PhD in English Studies from the University of Bordeaux before lecturing at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris then completing postdoctoral research in Multimodal Communication at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Since 2013, he is a lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the School of English, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, where he conducts research into multimodal aspects of language, cognition, and discourse with a particular focus on the form and function of coverbal gestures. Simon is currently writing a monograph called “The impulse to gesture: Where language, minds, and bodies intersect” (in preparation, Cambridge University Press), and has previously published articles in the interdisciplinary journal Gesture.  







Dr. Shanru Yang (Centre for English Language Education, UNNC)

Shanru did her PhD in Applied Linguistics in Newcastle University in the UK. Her doctoral research focused on Discourse Markers in Chinese College EFL Teacher Talk, and her research interests include classroom interaction, academic spoken discourse, and corpus linguistics, among others. She is now teaching EAP courses in the Centre for English Language Education.





Dr. Godwin Ioratim-Uba (Centre for English Language Education, UNNC, 2013-2018) (School of Education, UNNC, 2018-)

Godwin was awarded his PhD in English language from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, after which he completed postdoctoral research in bilingualism and language contact at the In statute of Linguistic, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. He had been teaching ESOL/EFL/EAP in many different universities before he joined UNNC in September 2013. At present, he is researching learner beliefs and attitudes with reference to learner transition from the general English Language class to EAP learning. He has previously analysed and published on a political-language corpus. As a member of ethics committee in CELE, Godwin is involved in the CAWSE project in terms of various ethics issues as well as publication.








Dr. David Oakey (Centre for English Language Education, UNNC, 2016-2017)(University of Liverpool, UK, 2018-)

David did his PhD in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Leeds. He specializes in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and takes a corpus approach to studying English in different academic disciplines. He is particularly interested in English phraseology, formulaic language and lexico-grammar and how they can be applied to pedagogy by teachers. As a senior tutor in CELE, David was involved in the CAWSE project in terms of data collection and corpus design, and now making contribution to publications of the project.




PhD student: Michael Stevens (co-supervised by Dr Yu-Hua Chen and Dr Simon Harrison with Prof. Svenja Adolphs)

Michael is a current PhD student working on multi-modal corpus approaches to gesture and exposition. MA in Applied Linguistics from University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. BA in Philosophy and Interdisciplinary studies from Florida Atlantic University. Now in collaboration to develop the multi-modal component of the UNNC CAWSE project.  





Assistant Research Fellow: Qianqian Zhou (School of English, UNNC)

Qianqian did her MA in applied Linguistics from University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. She worked as an English language teacher in various teaching institutes, interested in Second Language Acquisition and English Language Teaching. 







We are grateful for the contributions from the following interns and students who have helped with various tasks such as data collection or transcription (in alphabetical order).

Albertson, Cameron (Jun 2017-Aug 2017)

Bryant, Vincent Christopher (Oct 2018-Jan 2019)

Cao, Zhuoxuan (Sep 2017-Sep 2018)

Fang, Dan (Sep 2017-Apr 2018)

Fang, Hao (Sep 2017-Feb 2018)

Hu, Jingting (Feb 2017-Aug 2017)

Huang, Kexin (Sep 2017-Sep 2018)

Li, Yiheng (Jun 2017-Aug 2017)

Lin, Xiuli (Sep 2017-Jun 2018)

Liu, Hongping (Feb 2017-Aug 2017)

Stutzman, Levi (Jun 2017-Aug 2017)

Wang, Yidan (Sep 2017-Feb 2018)

Wu, Fan (Jun 2018-Aug 2018)

Xiao, Peiyu (Feb 2017-Aug 2017)

Xu, Jian (Jun 2018-Aug 2018)

Xue, Yu-Tong (Sep 2017-Jun 2018)

Yang, Yuwei (Sep 2017-Feb 2018)

Zhang, Yihua (Feb 2017-Feb 2018)

Zhang, Yipeng (Feb 2017-Aug 2017) 

Zheng, Ting (Oct 2018-Jan 2019)