Dr. Yifang Xu

Associate Tutor


Dr. Yifang Xu works as an Associate Tutor in TESOL, Language Education and Language and Intercultural Communication at Moray House School of Education and Sport, contributing to postgraduate teaching and dissertation supervision. She is interested in Global Englishes, English as a Medium of Instruction, Internationalisation of Higher Education and Inclusive internationalisation, with a particular focus on (language) attitude

Postgraduate teaching

The sources of knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature

Conceptualising research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis 

MSc Dissertation Supervision

Research summary

  • Attitude and Language Attitude
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education
  • Global Englishes
  • Multilingualism
  • Inclusive Internationalisation
  • Language Policy

Project activity

Research Assistant - Developing a framework for inclusiveness in internationalisation. Funder - Institute for Academic Development PTAS Award

Research Assistant - The effects of STEM and Sustainability on S5 and S6 learners' academic performance and on their attitudes towards STEM-related subjects. Funder - Regional Skills Program 

Papers delivered

Xu, Y. (2019, June). An Investigation of Chinese academics’ attitudes towards English language norms in the UK academic settings. Paper presented at the Annual Cutting Edges Conference. June 28th – 29th, 2019. Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, U.K.

Xu, Y. (2019, November). Working in an international environment: Exploring Chinese academics' language attitude. Paper presented at the Scottish Educational Research Association 44th Annual Conference. November 20th – 22nd, 2019. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, U.K.

Fakunle, O., Xu, Y., Deluna, M., & McCune, V. (2022, June). L&T Staff perspectives on embedding inclusiveness in internationalised classrooms. Paper presented for the Learning and Teaching Conference 2022. June 14th – 16th, 2022. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, U.K.

Fakunle, O., Deluna, M., Xu, Y., & McCune V. (2022, July). A critical examination of staff perspectives on the connection between internationalisation and inclusiveness in a UK university. Paper presented for the Higher Education Close Up 10. July 4th – 6th, 2022. Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K.

Xu, Y. & Chen, Q. (2023, August). The native-speaker myth: Chinese pre-service EFL teacher-students’ language attitudes towards English accents. Paper presented for the British Association for Applied Linguistics, 56th Annual Conference. August 23rd – 25th, 2023. The University of York, York, U.K.

Xu, Y. (2022). An investigation of Chinese academics’ language attitudes towards English language norms in UK universities (Thesis). The University of Edinburgh. 

Chen, Q., Li, Y., Xu, Y., & Guo, Z. (2023). EMI Teachers in a ‘caught-between’situation? Insights from a case study of an internationalised Chinese university. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 44(4), 339-354.