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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.

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.

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. 

Cao Hong Phat
Cao Hong PhatPhD Student, School of Education, University of Nottingham Malaysia
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Mr. Cao Hong Phat obtained an MA in TESOL from the University College Dublin (UCD) in 2016 and a BA in TEFL from Ho Chi Minh University of Education (HCMUE) in 2012 where he has been teaching English for nearly 10 years. Currently, Mr. Phat is a PhD student at the School of Education, University of Nottingham Malaysia where he is examining the predictive validity of the PTE Academic under the supervision of Dr. Csaba Szabo and Dr. Barry Lee Reynolds. 

Xiaofang Zhang (Jessie)
Xiaofang Zhang (Jessie)PhD Student (English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Ms. Xiaofang Zhang (Jessie) is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (English Language Education) from the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. Her research interests include second language acquisition, vocabulary, and language teaching and 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 five years. Her research will focus on English for Sports and Athletic Purposes.

Kiti Ho (Keiley)
Kiti Ho (Keiley)MEd Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Kiti Ho is a Master of Education student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BEd in Primary Education from the University of Macau. She has been teaching English in a local primary school in Macau for two years. Her future research direction will focus on vocabulary testing.

Yimei Jing (Evelyn)
Yimei Jing (Evelyn)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Yimei Jing (Evelyn) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BA in English Education from Jiangsu Normal University. Her future research direction will focus on vocabulary learning/teaching.

Mengjiao Huang (Ariani)
Mengjiao Huang (Ariani)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Mengjiao Huang (Ariani) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BA in Indonesian from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Her future study will concentrate on vocabulary learning and teaching.

Aotong Li (Allie)
Aotong Li (Allie)MSc Student (Data Science - Analytics in Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Aotong Li (Allie) is a Master of Science student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BEd in Primary Education from the University of Macau. Her research interests are in the neural basis of orthographic processing and the neurobiology of learning and memory. 

Lo Kam Fong (Henry)
Lo Kam Fong (Henry)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Mr. Lo Kam Fong (Henry) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. He received his BA in English Studies at the University of Macau. His research will focus on Teacher Education.

Ning Ren (Connie)
Ning Ren (Connie)MPhil Student (Educational Psychology), Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Ms. Ning Ren (Connie) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received her BA in English Studies from the University of Macau. Her research interests are in the neurobiology of learning and memory, and sociolinguistics.  

Xiaoke Bai (Sherlock)
Xiaoke Bai (Sherlock)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Mr. Xiaoke Bai (Sherlock) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau.  He received his BEd in Secondary Education (English) from the University of Macau. His research interests are in vocabulary acquisition and cognitive linguistics. 

Iok Kit Wong (Rocky)
Iok Kit Wong (Rocky)MPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Mr. Iok Kit Wong (Rocky) is a Master of Philosophy student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau.  He received his BEd in Secondary Education (English) from the University of Macau. His research interests are in game-based English language learning

Zhiyou Li (Janis)
Zhiyou Li (Janis)Undergraduate Research Intern, BEd Student, English Education, Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Ms. Zhiyou Li (Janis) is an undergraduate student, majoring in English Education at the University of Macau. She is working as an undergraduate research intern in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab.

Hioieng Fong (Ann)
Hioieng Fong (Ann)Undergraduate Research Intern, BEd Student, English Education, Faculty of Education, University of Macau

Ms. Hioieng Fong (Ann) is an undergraduate student, majoring in English Education at the University of Macau. She is working as an undergraduate research intern in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab.

Affiliates

Csaba Z. Szabo
Csaba Z. SzaboAssistant Professor, School of Education, The University of Nottingham Malaysia
Chian-Wen Kao (Brian)
Chian-Wen Kao (Brian)Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, Chihlee University of Technology
Feng Teng (Mark)
Feng Teng (Mark)Associate Professor, Center for Linguistic Sciences, Beijing Normal University
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

Alumni

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.

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) was an English Education PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. She received a PhD in Education from the University of Macau, 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 looked at a number of previously overlooked factors influencing L1-Chinese learners’ incidental acquisition of vocabulary through reading graded readers.

Maja Milosavljevic
Maja MilosavljevicMEd Student, Early Childhood Education and Child Development, Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Maja Milosavljevic received an MEd in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from the University of Macau and also holds an MA in Philology. Her research interests include second language acquisition of very young learners and task-based second language teaching. She is currently the International Department Manager at an international kindergarten 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 received an MEd in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from the University of Macau. Her research interests include vocabulary acquisition in EFL and ESL for young learners. More specifically, her MEd thesis explored the differences between vocabulary learning through semantic and thematic sets in an early years setting.

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) was 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 6 years teaching experience in English Language training institutions in mainland China. Her research focused 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) received a Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction (English Language Education) from the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau and a BA in English and Education from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Her MPhil research examined the effects of viewing subtitled videos on vocabulary acquisition through the use of a systematic review and meta analysis.

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) received a Master of Philosophy (Curriculum and Instruction – English Language Education) from the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau and a BEd in Secondary Education (English) from the University of Macau. She worked as a research intern and research assistant in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab from June 2019 to June 2022. Her MPhil research focused on how motivation (operationalised as reading purpose) affects the incidental acquisition of unknown vocabulary encountered while reading.

Yuanying Lei (Katy)
Yuanying Lei (Katy)MPhil student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Lei Yuanying (Katy) received a Master of Philosophy (Curriculum and Instruction – English Language Education) from the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Macau. Her MPhil research  investigated the learning of English vocabulary from word cards through the use of a research synthesis.

Jiaxuan Shi
Jiaxuan ShiMPhil Student (Curriculum and Instruction - English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Jiaxuan Shi received an MPhil in Curriculum and Instruction (English Language Education) from the Faculty of Education at the University of Maca, an MA in Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a BA in English from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan, China). Her research interest is in using eye-tracking data collection techniques to investigate vocabulary acquisition.

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) was a research assistant.

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) was a research assistant. 

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

Mr. Yuntao Zeng (Joseph) was a research assistant.

Mo Li (Edith)
Mo Li (Edith)Research Assistant, PhD Student (English Language Education), Faculty of Education, University of Macau
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Ms. Mo Li (Edith) was a research assistant.

Ho I Tam (Anna)
Ho I Tam (Anna)Secondary School English Teacher, Hou Kong Premier School Affiliated to Hou Kong Middle School

Ms. Ho I (Anna) Tam was a Research Experiences for Students of Honours College Programme Intern.

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) was a research intern.

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) was a Research Experiences for Students of Honours College Programme Intern.

Cheok I Lei (Astor)
Cheok I Lei (Astor)Research Experiences for Students of Honors College Programme Intern, BA Student, Portuguese Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Macau

Cheok I Lei (Astor) was a Research Experiences for Students of Honours College Programme Intern.

Yixuan Jia (Ellen)
Yixuan Jia (Ellen)Undergraduate Research Intern, BSc Student, Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau

Ms. Yixuan Jia (Ellen) was a research intern.

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

Ms. Xinyu Yuan (Sally) was a research intern.

Yining Yang (Bridget)
Yining Yang (Bridget)Undergraduate Research Intern, BA Student, English Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Macau

Ms. Yining Yang (Bridget) received a BA in English Studies from the University of Macau. She worked as an undergraduate research intern in the Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy (ALLL) lab.

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