Yuanyue Hao

 

Supervisors: Dr. Joshua McGrane and Dr. Robert Woore.

Provisional Title: Assessing longitudinal development of second language pronunciation of Chinese adult learners of English: Evidence from many-facet Rasch modelling, phonetic analysis and natural language processing

My research interests include interdisciplinary enquiries into educational assessment and applied linguistics. My doctoral research particularly focuses on the assessment of longitudinal development of second language pronunciation of Chinese adult learners of English, with evidence from pronunciation ratings analysed by many-facet Rasch modelling, phonetic analysis, natural language processing, as well as interviews and students’ learning diaries. My doctoral study is fully funded by Swire Scholarships at St Antony’s College.

I obtained my BA degree in English (TESOL) in East China Normal University, after which I taught English to high school students in an educational institution in China for one year. Then I proceeded to graduate study and obtained MA degree in Applied Linguistics in Fudan University. During my graduate study, I participated in Erasmus+ Exchange Programme in School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, a highly valuable experience that made me realise that I should pursue a doctoral degree. Prior to my DPhil study, I also taught part-time TOEFL writing and EAP listening and speaking for Chinese learners of English.