Chia-Ying [Annie] Yang (PhD Summer Graduate 2020)

Thesis title: Maintaining Daighi through Taiwanese Primary School Daighi Classes

Background

My PhD explores teachers' role in mother tongue education in Taiwan, focusing on their identity, attitudes toward Daighi and mother tongue education. This cross disciplinary research (applied linguistics and education) for me is a combination of one of my previous background - linguistics, with a field that I came to be passionate in - education. 

This doctoral study is a continuation of one of my MSc research: Conversational Repair as a Language Maintenance Strategy in Bilingual Families in Taiwan. This master’s research focuses on the role of bilingual families in the mother tongue maintenance discourse, and it sets a contextual study for my PhD.

As a certified Mandarin teacher, during my PhD, I have volunteered to teach Mandarin. I also volunteered to teach Italian as Italian is one of my undergraduate majors and I am fluent in Italian. Since one of my interests is translating and interpreting, I worked as an interpreter for Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). 

 

Qualifications

  • MSc by Research in Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 2013
  • MSc in Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 2011
  • Bachelors in Business Administration, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010
  • BA in Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2009

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • President of the Language and Education Society, 2018 - Present
  • Sterring committee of Taiwanese Young Reseracher Association (Tyra) https://projecttyra.blogspot.com/ 
  • Steering committee of Research-Led Teacher Education Network (RTEN) https://www.ed.ac.uk/education/rke/centres-groups/rten
  • Co-organizer of Interfaith x wellbeing group with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy
  • Player of the Female first Badminton Team, the University of Edinburgh, 2015-present
  • Member of the PhD Student Representative Committee of the School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, 2014-2016

Research summary

  • Language attitudes 
  • Language and identity
  • Language maintenance and shift 
  • Language education 
  • Language acquisition 
  • Mother tongue education 
  • Translanguaging 

As co-organizer and chair

  • Interweaving: a tapestry of educational and multidisciplinary research in an international context in the University of Edinburgh, U.K., September, 2015

As a presenter

  • Contact-Driven Multilingual Practices, Helsinki, Finland June 17

  • Linguistic and English Language Postgraduate Conference, the Univeristy of Edinburgh,  May 17

  • ECER Emerging Researcher’s Conference (ERC), fully funded by Language, Culture and Communication (LCC) Cluster from the University of Edinburgh, in Dublin August 2016
  • Interweaving: a tapestry of educational and multidisciplinary research in an international context in the University of Edinburgh, U.K., September, 2015