Department of Education

Bai Li

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: Wolfson College

Mark Bai Li is a DPhil student in Applied Linguistics and Manchu language education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.

His current project focuses on the education of the “critically endangered” Manchu language in China. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how the visual complexity, grapheme-to-phoneme mapping complexity, and syllabic complexity of Manchu orthography contribute to the young learner’s word recognition.

Mark holds a BA in English from Dalian University of Foreign Languages, and an MSEd in TESOL from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He also spent one and half years doing MPhil level research on Manchu education at King’s College London. Prior to Oxford, Mark taught as a Lecturer in English in China for seven years and as a volunteer ESOL teacher in the School District of Philadelphia for one year.

Thesis

Manchu Orthographic Complexity and Word Recognition: A study on young learners in China

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