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Yu-Hsuan Yang (Shani)

Shani is an MSc student in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. She specialises in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. She holds a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from National Taiwan University. Her MSc dissertation focuses on investigating whether translation can serve as a useful tool for second language (L2) learners of English to learn collocations that are congruent and incongruent with their first language (L1). Her broader research interests include vocabulary acquisition, collocations and formulaic sequences, bilingualism / multilingualism, and teaching English as a foreign/second language. 


Prior to starting her MSc, Shani successfully passed the Teaching Qualification Examination and was awarded a Teaching Certificate by the Ministry of Education. She has taught English in a variety of settings across Taiwan, including a public high school, rural indigenous charter schools, an international sports agency, and after-school English immersion programmes. Ultimately, Shani would like to address social justice issues through her research on language acquisition. Alongside her MSc studies, she has also provided free tutoring to migrant, asylum seeking, and refugee English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils in Oxford. 

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