Dr Jing Huang BA, MA, PhD

Dr Jing Huang

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Lecturer in TESOL

Contact details

Room LG05
Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Lecturer in TESOL. I teach several core and optional modules of the MA Applied Linguistics and MA TESOL programmes. My research focuses on using ethnographic methods combined with secondary data analysis to research sociolinguistic practices of individuals, families, schools, and communities.


  • PhD in Education, University of Birmingham, UK (2017)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK (2011)
  • BA in English, Hua-Zhong University of Science and Technology, China (2005)


Prior to the current post, I worked at the University of Bath as a Research Fellow and a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Education here at the University of Birmingham. I have also taught English for general and academic purposes in China for some years before moving to England.


I enjoy teaching across the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with a particular concentration on Applied Linguistics MA and TESOL MA Modules.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising MA, MPhil and PhD candidates in the following areas and will be pleased to respond to enquiries:

English language teaching
Language ideology and policy
Multilingualism in Education
Migrant families and ethnical identity
Multimodal discourse analysis
Translanguaging in everyday practices
Cross-boundary communication

Find out more - our PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Prior to my current post, I have worked at the University of Bath for an ESRC-funded project on language policy and transnational families. My doctoral research was a fully funded sociolinguistic study on multilingual educational practices.  I am interested in using ethnographic methods combined with secondary data analysis to research sociolinguistic practices of individuals, families, schools, and communities. In the past few years, I have particularly worked on everyday multimodal discourses to discuss ethnical identity, ideology in language education, and cross-boundary communication. My latest publication can be found in the journals of Multilingual and Multicultural DevelopmentLanguage Teaching, and International Journal of The Sociology of Language, as well as in several edited books including The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity and Translanguaging in Everyday Practices.


Recent publications


Li, L & Huang, J 2024, 'Online discourse and chronotopic identity work: A longitudinal digital ethnography on WeChat', New Media and Society, pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448241228809

Curdt-Christiansen , XL & Huang, J 2021, '“Pride” and “profit”: a sociolinguistic profile of the Chinese communities in Britain', International Journal of the Sociology of Language, vol. 2021, no. 269, pp. 47-72. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0005

Huang, J 2020, 'A shifting standard: a stratified ideological ecology in a Birmingham Chinese complementary school', Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Huang, J & Li, L 2020, 'The construction of heterogeneous and fluid identities', Internet Pragmatics.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Huang, J 2021, Chineseness in diaspora: multilingualism, heteroglossia and fluid ethnicity. in S Gao & X Wang (eds), Unpacking Discourses on Chineseness: The Cultural Politics of Language and Identity in Globalizing China. Multilingual Matters, Bristol, pp. 13-37. <https://www.multilingual-matters.com/page/detail/Unpacking-Discourses-on-Chineseness/?k=9781800413825>

Curdt-Christiansen , XL & Huang, J 2020, 9 Factors influencing family language policy. in Handbook of Home Language Maintenance and Development. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781501510175-009

Huang, J 2018, Translanguaging in a Birmingham Chinese Complementary School: Ideology and Identity. in Translanguaging as Everyday Practice. Springer, pp. 69-86.


Huang, J 2018, Discourses of 'Chineseness' and superdiversity. in The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity .

Review article

Bonacina-Pugh, F, Da Costa Cabral, I & Huang, J 2021, 'State of the art review on translanguaging in education', Language Teaching, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 439-471. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261444821000173

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