Yang joined the University of Nottingham in 2007 and before that she was a part-time Lecturer in Chinese Studies in the University of Reading and taught Mandarin Chinese in the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Yang has taught all levels of Chinese since 1994 and contributed to the Open University's first textbook for distance learners of Chinese. Yang now teaches the final-year core language Chinese modules, UG and PG translation between Chinese and English and supervise, MA and PhD students in the field of comparative literature, linguistic studies of comtemporary China; L2 acquisition in Chinese, pedagogy and assessment of L2 Chinese.
Yang has edited the first collection of research papers in English on teaching and learning Chinese in higher education, and published book chapters and journal articles on standardisation of L2 competence in Chinese, the criterion-related validity of HSK Level 3 and 4, pedogagic Chinese grammar and discourse analysis, etc. She has been a peer-reviewer for two major British academic journals for applied linguistics studies. Yang is also a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, U.K. and deputy-chair of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society from 2012 to 2016.
Yang's first degree is English Language and Literature. She did her MA and PhD degrees in the University of Reading., UK on the impact of teaching methodologies on second language acquisition and the relationship between the discourse features in learners' spoken language and their overall oral communicative competence.
a. standardisation of language competence in Chinese
b. sinographemic competence in Chinese
c. comparative literature studies
d. discourse analysis of Chinese written and spoken texts
e. assessment of L2 Chinese and English competence
e. pedagogic grammar for Chinese
e. cultural and social studies for contemporary China
Yang currently teaches core language modules to the graduating UG students and translation to both UG and MA students. She is also co-supervising PhD students on applied linguistic studies of Chinese.
1. Relationship between learners' L2 acquisition in Chinese and their sinographemic competence
2. Theoretical issues and methodologies for assessing L2 competencies in Chinese
3. Relationship between learners' perceptions of learning difficulties and their L2 acquisition in L2 Chinese
4. Impact on learners' performance by inductive and deductive teaching of pedagogic Chinese grammar
5. Socio-linguistic studies of the Chinese language
6. Modified T-unit as measures for accuracy and compexity of Chinese interlanguage
Forthcoming: Assessing Learner Competence in L2 Chinese. Abingdon: Routledge.
Teaching and Learning Mandarin Chinese in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Issues. Abingdon: Routledge.
Lu, Y. (2017) 'Exploring the Criterion-Validity of HSK Levels 3 and 4: Are Assessments and CEFR Standards Related? In: Y. Lu (ed.) Teaching and Learning Mandarin Chinese in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Issues.. Abingdon: Routledge.
Lu, Y. & L. Y. Song (2017) European Benchmarking Chinese Language: Defining the Competences in the Written Language. In: Y. Lu (ed.) Teaching and Learning Mandarin Chinese in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Issues. Abingdon: Routledge.
Lu, Y. ( 2014). A Hybrid of Inductive and Deductive Approach for teaching Chinese Grammar: the analytic approach. In: M.J. Xing and L. M. Li (eds.), Developing Pedagogies for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in Higher Education. Applied Chinese language Studies V. London: Cypress Book Co. (UK) Ltd.
Lu, Y. (2010). Chinese EFL Learners' Discoursal Performance in Cambridge ESOL FCE Speaking Test: Culture-specific or Test-driven? In: L. Y. Chen and A. Curtis (eds.), Language Assessment for Chinese Learners. London: Taylor and Francis Group.
Lu, Y. (1997). New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching and SLA. In: J. G. Chong & X. L. Dong (eds.), Theory and Practice for Chinese Tertiary Education.
Lu, Y. (1996). Fuzziness in English Language and their Roles in Oral Communication, In: Q. Zong et all (Eds.), Shandong Tertiary Education, Vol. 1.
O'Sullivan, B. & Y. Lu, (2006). The Impact on Candidate Language of Examiner Deviation from a Set Interlocutor Frame in the IELTS Speaking Test. IELTS Research Report Volume 6, British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.
Lu, Y. (2005). A Validation Study of the ECCE NNS and NS Examiners' Conversational Styles from a Discourse Analytic Perspective. Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second or Foreign Language Assessment. Vol. 3 2005. English Language Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
Lu, Y. (2003). Insights into the FCE Speaking Test, Research Notes 11, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations.
Lu, Y. (1996). Developments and Applications of Birmingham School Discourse Analysis. Foreign Languages Research, 4/96.
Lu, Y. (1996) Characteristics of Learner's Discourse Revealed by Spoken Discourse Analysis Method, Journal of Foreign Languages, 5/96.
Lu, Y. (1995 ). Interlanguage Pragmatics in Learner's Spoken Discourse, Foreign Language Teaching, 3/95.
Lu, Y. (2009). Unit 5 in 第一步：Beginners Chinese, collaborated with Dept. of Languages FELS, Open University, U.K.
1. Relationship between learners' spoken discourse features and their overall oral proficiency in English
2. Oral examiner's conversational styles and deviation from scripts and the impacts on test-takers' performance
3. Analytic approach for teaching beginners Chinese grammar and its impacts on their performance in summative assessment
4. A hybrid of inductive and deductive approach for teaching Chinese grammar to learners at threshold levels
5. Generality and specificity in teaching and assessing business Chinese
6. Criterion-related validity of standardised proficiency test of Chinese
7. Benchmarking for L2 competence in Chinese
8. validity and reliability of indirect methods for assessing oral proficiency in L2 Chinese
9. teaching pedagogic Chinese grammar and methodologies