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Dr Guoxing Yu

Dr Guoxing Yu

Dr Guoxing Yu
BA, PhD(Bristol)

Reader in Language Education and Assessment

Office 308
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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Summary

Main research themes:

  • language testing and assessment,

  • applied linguistics (language teaching and acquisition)

  • educational assessment: school effectiveness and educational quality in relation to language and literacy development, measurement of learning power, assessment policies

Research methods:

  • eye-tracking
  • large-scale quantitative data management and analysis (e.g. multilevel modelling using MLwin), and

  • use of qualitative data analysis software (e.g. MAXqda).

Research projects, students and publications

Biography

 

New edited volume:

Assessing Chinese Learners of English: Language Constructs, Consequences and Conundrums (Palgrave, 2015)

 

Special Issues:

English Language Assessment in China: Policies, Practices and Impacts (Assessment in Education, 2014)

Integrated Writing Assessment (Language Assessment Quarterly, 2013)

CALL FOR PAPERS, SPECIAL ISSUE (Preparing for Admission Tests in English)

 

Language Testing Forum (2012) - download programme, presentations, and photos (links to OneDrive)

 


 

Dr Yu is Reader in Language Education & Assessment, and Director of Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research. He was Director of Doctor of Education (Hong Kong, 2016-17) and Director of Doctor of Education Applied Linguistics pathway (2010-16) at University of Bristol.

He was the winner of the Jacqueline A. Ross Award (2008) for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of Language Testing (awarded by the TOEFL Program of Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. USA). He completed his PhD dissertation - Towards a model of using summarization tasks as a measure of reading comprehension - University of Bristol (2005), with the support of ORS and UoB Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

He was the Book Review Editor of British Association for Applied Linguistics News (ISSN 0965-5638) for seven years. 

He spearheaded the establishment of BAAL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG in 2009, and was the Deputy Covenor for a few years.

Dr Yu is an Executive Editor of Assessment in EducationHe is also on Editorial Board of:

Dr Yu is also a referee for other academic journals including:

 

Dr Yu is a referee for Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC)

 

Dr Yu has directed or co-directed several funded research projects including:

  • A qualitative analysis of the writing processes and features of IELTS test-takers with reference to their eye-movements (Principal Investigator, funded by British Council)
  • Secondary school students’ cognitive processing in integrated writing tasks in Chinese (L1) and English (L2), Co-Investigator, funded by Research Grants Council, Hong Kong University Grants Committee, PI: Prof. Zhu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University).
  • Audio-visual Lexical Tone Perception: Evidence from Eye-tracking Studies (Co-Investigator, funded by British Academy/Levelhulme Trust, PI: Dr Zeng)
  • The Cognitive Processes of Taking IELTS Academic Writing Task One: From Concurrent Think-aloud to Eye-tracking with Retrospective Interviews, (Principal Investigator, funded by British Council)
  • Establishment of WUN Language Assessment Research Network (LARN), with partners from Auckland, Bristol, Chinese University Hong Kong, Penn State, Sydney, Western Australia, Zhejiang, Funded by Worldwide Universities Network
  • Preparing for TOEFL iBT speaking tasks – An investigation of the iBT-ed journeys of Chinese test-takers (Principal Investigator, Funded by Educational Testing Service, USA)
  • A Comparability Study on the Cognitive Processes of Taking GEPT (Advanced) and IELTS (Academic) Writing Using Graph Prompts (Principal Investigator, Funded by GEPT Taiwan)
  • The Cognitive Processes of Taking IELTS Academic Writing Task One (Principal Investigator, Funded by IELTS Partners - British Council)
  • Examining the linguistic aspects of speech that most efficiently discriminate between the upper levels of the revised IELTS pronunciation scale (Co-Investigator, PI Dr Talia Isaacs, Funded by IELTS Partners - British Council)
  • Lexical Diversity in MELAB Speaking and Writing Task performances (Principal Investigator, Funded by University of Michigan Spaan Fellowship)
  • Towards a Model of Using Summarization as a Measure of Reading Comprehension (PhD project,  Funded by University of Bristol Postgraduate Scholarships and UniversitiesUK Overseas Research Studentship Award Scheme)
  • Summarization as a Measure of Reading Comprehension (Principal Investigator, Educational Testing Service TOEFL Small Grant for Doctoral Research)
  • Students Performance in National Examinations (SPINE) – the dynamics of language (Key researcher, Funded by ESRC/DFID, PI: Prof. Rea-Dickins)
  • School Effectiveness and Educational Quality in Low-income Countries (Co-Director, Funded by DFID) – a large scale project within EDQUAL Consortium led by Professor Leon Tikly
  • Student Identity, Learning and Progression: with specific reference to Successful IELTS students (Co-Applicant, Funded by IELTS Partners - British Council), PI: Prof. Rea-Dickins).
  • Policy Effects of PISA (Co-investigator, Funded by Pearson International, PI:Prof. Baird)
  • Improving Teacher Development and Quality in China (Named researcher in application, Funded by ESRC/DFID, PI: Prof. Thomas)
  • Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China (Named researcher in application, Funded by ESRC/DFID, PI: Prof. Thomas)
  • Language Testing and Assessment in Applied Linguistics: identifying reciprocity in applied linguistic research (Co-Applicant, Funded by British Academy, PI: Prof. Rea-Dickins)
  • Language Testing and Assessment in Applied Linguistics: conference (Co-Applicant, Funded by British Association for Applied Linguistics and Cambridge University Press, PI: Prof. Rea-Dickins)
  • Systematic Review on Impact of Student Self- and Peer-Assessment on Student Outcomes (Co-Applicant, Funded by DfES through EPPI Centre)
  • Underachievement and learning power (Funded by University of Dundee)
  • Desk Based Review of Effective Policies and Strategies to Improve Education Quality - in the framework of the preparation for 2008 EFA Global Monitoring Report (Co-Author, Funded by UNESCO)

He welcomes PhD proposals in any of the above areas. His previous and current doctoral students (incl. co-supervisees) have worked on dissertation projects such as:

  • impact/washback of language testing, and test preparation (Tony Clark, ESRC-funded; Dr Shwu-wen Lin; Dr Suyun Choi; Polly Fenn; Dr Shasha Xu, Zhejiang University China)
  • language testing and identity (Dr Vasiliki Papafilippou, ESRC-funded)
  • lexical diversity of teacher talk and the predictive validity of IELTS (Slim Khemakhem, University of the West of England)
  • writing assessment (Dr Muhibullah Abdur-Rahman, Mikako Nishikawa)
  • speaking assessment (Julie Ng; Helen Tan; Katsuya Yokomoto; Zhouyang Lv, Zhejiang University China)
  • listening assessment (Dr Haiping Wang, Shanghai International Studies University China)
  • grammar assessment (Sami Alsalmi)
  • assessment of critical thinking in Liberal Studies in Hong Kong (Lai Sim Leung)
  • the micropolitics of assessment in ESP programmes (Dr Faisal Al Maamari)
  • teacher assessment literacy and teacher designed tests (Dr Lin Fang)
  • formative feedback and learner uptake in language classrooms (Dr Beibei Zhao; Dr Rashid Al-Hinai)
  • feeback in student collaborative writing (Dr Walter Ng)
  • the use of English in teaching and assessing mathematics in secondary schools (Dr Elvinia Chan)
  • the role of English in assessing medical students (Enas Elmansuri)
  • corpus-based collocation learning and assessment (Dr Irene Tsai)
  • learning power and authentic pedagogy (Dr Shaofu Huang, Dr Nigel Newton)
  • school effectiveness, educational quality and school self-evaluation (Dr Massoud Mohamed Salim; Tarmidi Dadeh; Dini Jiang)

He has published in international academic journals including:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Assessing Writing
  • Assessment in Education
  • Comparative Education
  • Educational Research
  • International Review of Education
  • Language Assessment Quarterly
  • Language Teaching
  • Language Testing, plus several book chapters

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Keywords

  • language testing and assessment
  • applied linguistics in education
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • school effectiveness
  • education quality
  • educational assessment
  • measurement of learning power

Skills

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) Individual affiliate of Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA) International Association of Applied Linguistics International Test Commission

Memberships

Organisations

School of Education

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Courses

Dr Yu currently teaches 4 courses:

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