Wenjun (Elyse) Ding
  • 35 Berkeley Square, School of Education

    BS8 1JA Bristol

    United Kingdom

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Wenjun (Elyse) is a final year PhD candidate at School of Education, University of Bristol. She focused on speaking test validation for young language learners in her PhD project. Her PhD project has won several highly competitive international grants, including Duolingo Dissertation Research Awards in language Assessment, TOEFL Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment, and TOEFL Young Students Series Research Grant for Graduate Students. Her PhD study was fully funded by China Scholarship Council and University of Bristol Joint Scholarship. Prior to her study in Bristol, she obtained an MSc in Applied Linguistics at Oxford University as a China Oxford Scholarship Fund scholar. 

Wenjun's keen interest in young language learners, language assessment, and language testing validation evolves from her years of work experience in language teaching and teacher training. She has been a language teacher and curriculum developer for young language learners since 2013. She was a teacher trainer at Beijing Normal University and a researcher at the China National Institute of Education Sciences before studying in the UK. She was involved in several national teacher training projects for English teachers at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. She also contributed to the development of the national teacher training standards for English teachers in China. 

Apart from her research interests in young learners and language assessment, she is also interested in second language acquisition, language education, multilingualism, and language policy. Her recent publications appeared in Language Assessment Quarterly and Higher Education.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SoE Language Literacies and Education Network
  • SoE Centre for Teaching Learning and Curriculum
  • SoE Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education


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