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Miss Yu Li BA, MA

Postgraduate Research Student

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BA in Business English from both Fort Hays State University, Kansas, USA and Zhengzhou University, China.

MA in Applied Linguistics from University of Southampton, UK

I am currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at University of Southampton, researching on foreign language anxiety, supervised by Dr. Julia Hüttner. By 2009, I completed two bachelor degrees majoring in Business English at two universities in four years. In 2010, I was awarded as “Distinction” for my master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at University of Southampton. My research interests include foreign language speaking anxiety, second language acquisition, second language teaching application, and teacher education.

Research interests

My current research focuses on foreign language anxiety (FLA) among Chinese learners of English. This study exploits the influence of using a drama-based teaching intervention on English-speaking anxiety with 13 Chinese university students, who had self-reported high levels of anxiety. The relevant socio-psychological and socio-cultural aspects of FLA as affective factors are examined along with the situational-specific variables in this drama class. This research hopes to further the understanding of FLA in Chinese learners and some constructive implications of pedagogy for future studies in the field, especially in Chinese EFL context.

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Conference presentation:

Li, Y., 2015. Reducing English Speaking Anxiety through Drama: case studies of Chinese university students. In: Asia TEFL, 13th International Conference: Creating the Future for ELT in Asia: Opportunities and Directions. Nanjing, Republic of China, 6-8 November 2015.

I had been working as an IELTS instructor in Beijing before beginning my Phd studies. During my doctoral studies, I am involved in part time teaching for postgraduate training sessions, Chinese stage 2, and TESOL programme for summer school.

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