Dr Chia-Ying (Annie) Yang

Programme Director: MSc Language Education / Teaching Fellow in Language Education


Annie's research background and interests lie in the field of language and education. Her MSc in Applied Linguistics dissertation focused on multilingual families and language maintenance, taking a sociolinguistic approach; and her MSc by Research in Linguistics dissertation looked at Italian second language acquisition in adult learners, which lies in the field of psycholinguistics. With her passion in language maintenance, she continued with to pursue her Ph.D. in the field of applied linguistics and education, exploring the role of language teachers in heritage language education. Prior to these research experiences, she holds bachelor’s degrees in Italian and literature and business management. 

Annie joined the University of Edinburgh as Teaching Fellow in January 2020, and has been actively involved in teaching a variety of courses and supervising student dissertations. She is dedicated to help her students develop critical thinking skills and perform at their best capacity. Annie is also research-active, as her goal is to continue to contribute to the knowledge of the fields, as well as providing her students research-informed content.

Personal blog: Language, Society and Education Research Blog – Recording today to enrich tomorrow



MSc in Applied Linguistics - The University of Edinburgh

MSc by Research in Linguistics - The University of Edinburgh

Ph.D. in Education - The University of Edinburgh

Responsibilities & affiliations

Moray House School of Education and Sport Workload Allocation Model (WAM) Committee – institute representative (Institute of Language Education)

Staff Liaison: Language Education Society LangEd - the University of Edinburgh Language and Education Society - Home | Facebook

Member: Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversion Group Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) | The University of Edinburgh

Member: Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) Research Group Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) Research Group | The University of Edinburgh

Research summary

Research interests:

  • Language maintenance and shift
  • Heritage language maintenance and education
  • Language education
  • Language attitudes
  • Language and identity
  • Bilingualism/multilingualism
  • Code-switching/translanguaging 
  • Language policy
  • Teacher agency 

Project activity

  1. Principal Investigator: The role of storytelling for mental wellbeing for language maintenance, funded by Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund (MHSES): £1,500
  2. Co-Investigator: Supporting students with disabilities in MHSES, funded by Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS), £2,469.23

Current project grants

1. PI: Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund (MHSES): £1,500
2. Co-Investigator: Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS), £2,469.23

Past project grants

1. Principal Investigator: Enhancing PGR students’ experience: co-constructing peer support community, funded by Student Experience Grant, £4970.56
2. Co-Investigator: An Exploratory Project: Enhancing Students’ Experience Through Co-Constructing Academic Community , funded by Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS), £1,500