Xuechun Huang

Xuechun Huang


I am a full-time PhD student in the School of Education interested in second language vocabulary teaching and learning. I am also the Event Coordinator at the Open Applied Linguistics Research Network. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Sun Yat-sen University in China. Later, I studied for an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Oxford, where I developed a strong interest in vocabulary studies.

I enjoy working with and learning from language teachers and learners. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a Writing Centre peer tutor and teaching assistant in an English listening course. I also acquired valuable experience supporting primary school learners in a summer English course. Additionally, I took several student leader roles and organised many events for language major students.

Research interests

Vocabulary teaching and learning

My current PhD research uses corpus linguistics and experiments to understand vocabulary learning materials and activities. More specifically, I am looking at how teachers can use different combinations of activities to help students learn the most from the input.


I am interested in the use and effects of translanguaging in EFL classrooms.

Journal article


  • Huang, X. (2024, March). Teachers’ implementation of translanguaging in EFL classrooms: a systematic review. Poster presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Huang, X. (2024, February). Teachers’ implementation of translanguaging in EFL classrooms: a systematic review. Invited talk at Dissertation Inspiration Symposium, School of Education, University of Leeds, UK.


  • MSc Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, University of Oxford
  • BA English Language and Literature, Sun Yat-sen University
  • CELTA (Pass A), Cambridge Assessment English

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education