Xi Lian

I’m a first year Dphil student in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education, funded by the China Scholarship Council.

I completed MRes in Speech Language and Cognition from University College London in 2013, focusing on visual development and cortical response to biological motion. During my studies, I’ve been once participated in the Nuffield language project for a short time as a research assistant. Before that, I obtained my B.A. in English Education at Yunnan Normal University, China in 2011 and accomplished my study of MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL at the University of Sheffield in 2012. After years of study and research in language education, applied linguistics and cognitive psychology, I begin my doctoral study at Oxford, to combine what I’ve learned and go into research in child language learning.

Title of thesis:
Language achievements of China EFL primary school children

Professor Victoria Murphy; Dr. Maria Evangelou

Research interests:
Second language acquisition
Language intervention
Language assessment
Child foreign language learning
Curriculum implementation




  • Research student

College affiliation

  • Jesus College

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics