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Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics is the study of language and linguistics in relation to practical problems. Applied Linguistics uses information from sociology, psychology, anthropology, information theory, linguistics, and related areas to develop theoretical models of language use to be practically applied in syllabus design, language planning, language learning, and related areas.

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Language

Language is the system of human communication which consists of the structured arrangement of sounds or their written representation into larger units such as morphemes, words, sentences, and utterances. Language also refers to any particular system of human communication such as the English language or the Chinese language.

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Literacy

Literacy can refer to the ability to use reading and writing skills sufficiently well for the purposes and activities which normally require literacy in adult life or in a person’s social position. A person who is able to read and write in two languages is sometimes called biliterate.

Get to Know Us

Current Members

Barry Lee Reynolds
Barry Lee ReynoldsAssistant Professor of English Education, Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Dr. Barry Lee Reynolds is Assistant Professor of English Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau, Macau SAR, China and the lab head of ALLL. His extensive list of publications includes journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, editorials, conference papers, and edited books. He has taught EGP, EAP, ESP and trained language teachers in the USA, Taiwan, and Macau.

Ding Chen (Conan)
Ding Chen (Conan)PhD Student (English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Ding Chen (Conan) is an English Education PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received an MA in Applied English Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a BA in English Studies from Anhui University. Before coming to the University of Macau, she taught English Language in Hefei University of Technology for almost two years where she began to notice patterns in her learners’ lexical errors and vocabulary usage. From these firsthand classroom observations, her research interests developed including formulaic language teaching, learning, processing and assessment and incidental vocabulary acquisition. Her PhD research looks at a number of previously overlooked factors influencing L1-Chinese learners’ incidental acquisition of vocabulary through reading graded readers.

Sylvia Liu
Sylvia LiuPhD Student (English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Sylvia Liu received her MA in Early Childhood Education from Nanyang Technological University and her BA in Biology Science from Tianjin Normal University. She has more than ten years of experience with young children, having held various early childhood related positions including classroom teacher, management trainee, child development professional, and curriculum consultant. Her research areas of interest include child language acquisition and growth (both L1 and L2), vocabulary learning processes, and ICT use in early childhood education (ECE). She has given talks for parents, workshops for teachers, and presentations at several well-known international conferences about these and other topics.

Mo Li (Edith)
Mo Li (Edith)PhD Student (English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Mo Li (Edith) is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. Her research interests include second language writing and feedback. Her PhD research will continue to investigate second language writing and feedback specifically from the cognitive aspect.

Tianjiao Song (Tina)
Tianjiao Song (Tina)PhD Student (English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Tianjiao Song (Tina) is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her MA (with Distinction) in TESOL from the Hong Kong University of Education. In 2019, she worked as a visiting faculty at the University of North Carolina, U.S. Her research focuses on incidental vocabulary acquisition, particularly making use of eye-tacking devices to explore some of the issues that have not been fully addressed in L2 contextual word learning. 

Maja Milosavljevic
Maja MilosavljevicMEd Student, Early Childhood Education and Child Development, Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Maja Milosavljevic is an MEd student majoring in Early Childhood Education and Child Development at the University of Macau. Her research interests include second language acquisition of very young learners and task-based second language teaching. She holds an MA in Philology and is currently an English Teacher of kindergarten students in China.

Jennifer Ann McDonald
Jennifer Ann McDonaldMEd Student, Early Childhood Education and Child Development, Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Jennifer Ann McDonald is currently working towards her MEd in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. Her research interests include vocabulary acquisition in EFL and ESL for young learners. More specifically, she is interested in exploring the differences between vocabulary learning through semantic clusters or thematic vocabulary in an early years setting. She is currently designing her research project on this subject.

Xiaochen Tan (Nichole)
Xiaochen Tan (Nichole)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Xiaochen Tan (Nichole) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BA in English from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. She has more than 5 years teaching experience in English Language training institutions in mainland China. Her research will focus on oral corrective feedback and vocabulary learning.

Yanwen Cui (Wendy)
Yanwen Cui (Wendy)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Yanwen Cui (Wendy) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BA in English and Education from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Her research will focus on vocabulary learning.

Chang Si Wai (Cindy)
Chang Si Wai (Cindy)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Chang Si Wai (Cindy) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She also received her BEd in Secondary Education (English) at the University of Macau. She has been teaching English in a local school in Macau for three years. Her research will focus on eye tracking in Applied Linguistics.

Lei Yuanying (Katy)
Lei Yuanying (Katy)MPhil student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Lei Yuanying (Katy) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BBA in Marketing from the University of Macau. Her future research direction will focus on learning English vocabulary from word cards.

Xiaoyan Ma (Crystal)
Xiaoyan Ma (Crystal)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Xiaoyan Ma (Crystal) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BEd in Secondary Education (English) from the University of Macau. She has been working as a research intern in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab since June 2019. Her future research direction will focus on combining eye-tracking and vocabulary acquisition.

Jiaxuan Shi
Jiaxuan ShiMPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Jiaxuan Shi is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her MA in Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her BA in English from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan, China). Her future research direction will focus on combining eye-tracking and vocabulary acquisition.

Xinyu Yuan (Sally)
Xinyu Yuan (Sally)Undergraduate Research Intern, BSc Student, Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau

Ms. Xinyu Yuan (Sally) is an undergraduate student in the Economics Programme at the University of Macau. She is currently working as an undergraduate research intern in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab.

Xuancu Hong (Fortuno)
Xuancu Hong (Fortuno)Undergraduate Research Intern & Research Experiences for Students of Honors College Programme Intern, BA student, English Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Macau

Mr. Xuancu Hong (Fortuno) is a Bachelor of Arts student in the English Studies Programme in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Macau. He worked previously as a research assistant for a language acquisition project and a language assessment project using EEG/ERP and eye-tracking techniques. He is currently working as a research intern in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab. He is interested in L1 and L2 acquisition, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics.

Ning Ren (Connie)
Ning Ren (Connie)Undergraduate Research Intern & Research Experiences for Students of Honors College Programme Intern, BA student, English Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Macau

Ms. Ning Ren (Connie) is an undergraduate student in the English Studies Programme at the University of Macau. She is currently working as an intern in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab.

Affiliates

Chian-Wen Kao (Brian)
Chian-Wen Kao (Brian)Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, Chihlee University of Technology
Feng Teng (Mark)
Feng Teng (Mark)Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Macau
Per Snoder
Per SnoderAssistant Professor, Department of Language Education, Stockholm University
Wei-Hua Wu (Carol)
Wei-Hua Wu (Carol)Junior High School English Teacher, Taipei Municipal Nanmen Junior High School
Ying-Chun Shih (Irene)
Ying-Chun Shih (Irene)Full Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Taipei University of Business
Jin-Jy Shieh (Emily)
Jin-Jy Shieh (Emily)Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, University of Macau
Cheong Hin Hong (Wilson)
Cheong Hin Hong (Wilson)Lecturer, Institute for Tourism Studies
Rustam Shadiev
Rustam ShadievProfessor, School of Education Science, Nanjing Normal University
Chan-Chio Lao (Andrew)
Chan-Chio Lao (Andrew) Resident Fellow of Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College, University of Macau
Ho I Tam (Anna)
Ho I Tam (Anna)Secondary School English Teacher, Hou Kong Premier School Affiliated to Hou Kong Middle School

Alumni

Yuanhua Li (Amber)
Yuanhua Li (Amber)Research Assistant, MEd Student (Early Childhood Education and Child Development) Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Ms. Yuanhua Li (Amber) is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau.

Qiting Zhong (Stella)
Qiting Zhong (Stella)Research Assistant, MEd Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education) Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Ms. Qiting Zhong (Stella) is currently a junior high school English teacher at Jinding Junior High School in Zhuhai.

Yuntao Zeng (Joseph)
Yuntao Zeng (Joseph)Research Assistant, PhD Student (English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Mr. Yuntao Zeng (Joseph) is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau.

Xiaofang Zhang (Jessie)
Xiaofang Zhang (Jessie)MEd Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education) Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Ms. Xiaofang Zhang (Jessie) graduated from the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau in 2019 with a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (English Language Education). Her current applied linguistics research interests include second language acquisition, vocabulary and language teaching and learning. Her recent research investigated vocabulary learning strategies employed by Taiwanese medical school students and her MA thesis tackled how the keyword method facilitates the learning of English collocations.

Chon Hou Leong (Chris)
Chon Hou Leong (Chris)Research Experiences for Students of Honours College Programme Intern, BEd Student, Secondary Education (English), Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Mr. Chon Hou Leong (Chris) is currently a BEd student studying Secondary Education (English) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau.

Melissa H. Yu
Melissa H. YuPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Dr. Melissa H. Yu was a part-time lecturer at Newcastle University, UK (2016-2017) and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau (2019-2020). Her research interests include English as a lingua franca (ELF), TESOL, language policy and curriculum, teaching materials, and ethnography.

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