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Doctor Ying Zheng

Doctor Ying Zheng

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Statistics in applied linguistics
  • Psychometrics and test validation
  • Mandarin exams in the UK school system, including A-Level and GCSE exams

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

Connect with Ying

Email: ying.zheng@soton.ac.uk

Tel: +44 23 8059 7650

Address: B65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF (View in Google Maps)

Research

Research interests

  • Statistics in applied linguistics
  • Psychometrics and test validation
  • Mandarin exams in the UK school system, including A-Level and GCSE exams
  • Mandarin Chinese teachers’ professional development
  • learner motivation and language teaching pedagogy

Current research

Project title: An Investigation of the Statistical Alignment of A-Level Mandarin Chinese to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Funded by: British Academy Talent Development Award

This project involves a series of statistical and corpus-based investigations into the alignment of A-level Mandarin Chinese to the Common European Framework of Reference. Along with the emerging recognition of the importance of grasping a modern foreign language in the post-Brexit era, there is a lack of understanding of how Chinese as a foreign language is aligned to a common benchmark of proficiency and how best to integrate the teaching, learning and assessment of Mandarin into foreign language curricula at post-secondary school level in the UK. This research aims to link UK initiatives with the global teaching of modern foreign languages, including Mandarin Chinese, and to help develop shared international understanding of standards and proficiency levels.

 

Project title: Pearson Test of English Academic next phase: Perspectives from trait marking and item type efficiency

Funded by: Pearson Education

This project consists of three stages. The first stage is to review current language testing research to identify alternative task types which are suitable for the assessment of academic English. Focusing on assessment of spoken language in authentic contexts through single or integrated skills assessment. The second stage is to further elaborate on a study of single trait versus multi trait assessment of language ability. The third stage is to conduct a detailed analysis using recent data to evaluate item type efficiency for PTE Academic. The aim of the project is to gather literature information and empirical data from the perspectives of trait marking approaches and item type efficiency indices to inform the design of the next phase of PTE Academic.

 

Project title: Towards a new Psychometric model for a test of general English proficiency

Funded by: Pearson Education

This project will contribute to the wider field of language testing and assessment, particularly the field of English language assessment. The project involves detailed psychometric design work to build a matrix of data which will be used to calibrate test items and build a psychometric model to relate those items to an existing scale - Global Scale of English - and contribute to the new development of Global Scale of English General.

Research projects

Active projects

Researchers: ,
Professor Roumyana Slabakova
Sponsor: British Academy

Completed projects

Researchers:
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