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Dr Ying Wang (王颖) PhD

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics (Global Englishes)

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Dr Ying Wang (王颖) is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics (Global Englishes) in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

It is my hope that my study on Chinese English as a lingua franca (ChELF) from the perspective of language ideologies would “sharpen” the framework of English as a lingua franca (ELF) by addressing the superdiversity embedded in ELF and Global Englishes.

I joined the staff in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton in 2015, after I worked as a lecturer in Applied Linguistics in China for two years. I received the doctoral degree in 2012 with a research project, which explored Chinese speakers’ perceptions of their own way of using English in intercultural communication.

I worked as a programme coordinator on the organising committee of the Eighth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF8) held in Beijing, 25-27 August 2015.

I am currently collaborating with colleagues from Fudan University in China on English teaching programmes which incorporates the concepts of Global Englishes and Chinese English as a Lingua Franca (ChELF) across different levels of education in China.

I have recently published a monograph on Language ideologies in the Chinese context with De Gruyter Mouton.


BA, English, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2004

MA, King’s College London, 2007 (with distinction)

PhD, University of Southampton, 2012 (Overseas Research Scholarship)

Research interests

My research interests include Global Englishes, language ideologies, language policy, English education, and English medium instruction, with particular focus on China and other non-native English-speaking contexts.

I am currently researching Chinese students’ overseas experience of international higher education and their language perceptions.

As the main supervisor, I have supervised or been supervising the following PhD projects:

Yang-Yu Wang, ELF awareness in Chinese higher education: a focus on language policy. (Completed in 2019)

Attapon Sriprasert, Thai university teachers’ beliefs of English as a lingua franca and their multilingual awareness. (To be completed in 2020)

Attallah Alanazi, University students’ language ideologies and identities in Saudi Arabia: an ELF perspective. (Year 3)

Omar Alqarni, An investigation into the role of English in language policy and practice in Saudi Arabia: English as a lingua franca perspective. (Year 3)

Yuren Li, Identity construction through English used as a lingua franca: a study on Chinese international students at a UK university. (Year 2)

Yi Zou, Language ideologies in Chinese primary English language education: from monolingualism to multilingualism. (Year 2)

Ruonan Fu, Language ideologies and identities through English as a lingua franca in Chinese higher education. (Year 1)



Research group

Centre for Global Englishes

Affiliate research group

I am Lead China Coordinator of the ‘Teaching English and Teaching in English’ network

Research project(s)

I was the guest editor of the special issue of ‘Language policy in Asian contexts’ in European Journal of Language Policy (2017, 9).

I have peer-reviewed for publishers including Bloomsbury, Palgrave Macmillan, and Routledge.

I have peer-reviewed for Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics Review, Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, ELT Journal, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Journal of Management Studies, SAGE Open, and World Englishes.






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I am the module lead of the following modules:

LING1002 From English to Englishes

LING2009 Multilingualism

LING6014 English as a world language

LING6043 Language ideologies in a globalising world

I am contributing to the teaching on the module:

LING3013 English as a global language

Dr Ying Wang (王颖)
Modern Languages and Linguistics Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ Tel: +44 23 8059 3975

Room Number : 65/3047

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