Xi is a Dphil candidate in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, funded by the China Scholarship Council.
She completed MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition from University College London in 2013, focusing on visual development and cortical response to biological motion. During her studies, She has once participated in a Nuffield language project for a short time as a research assistant. Before that, She obtained MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL at the University of Sheffield in 2012 and BA in English Education at Yunnan Normal University, China in 2011. After years of study and research in language education, applied linguistics and cognitive psychology, she began her doctoral study at Oxford with special interest in child foreign language learning, language assessment and curriculum implementation. Her doctoral research, using a mixed-methods approach, investigates the assessment of the oral and aural language abilities of Chinese EFL young learners at the primary level in relation to the set targets articulated in the national curriculum.