Shiyu He

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Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: Learning to Optimize Reading: Transferring Eye Movements across Languages
Supervisors: Professor Dagmar Divjak and Dr Petar Milin
PhD Modern Languages


  • MA in Translation Studies, Durham University, UK
  • Master of Translation and Interpreting, Central China Normal University, China
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business English


I am a member of the Out of Our Minds team. Out of Our Minds is a research project at the University of Birmingham


  • Teaching Associate, Year Abroad Language Café Communication Skills Sessions (Chinese), 2020, 10 – 2020.12, 2021, 2-2121.3, University of Birmingham
  • Teaching Associate, Research-based language tutorials, 2020, 10 – 2020.12,  2021, 2-2121.3, University of Birmingham


My research focuses on the transfer of reading habits and skills in Chinese learners of English. Merging insights from usage-based linguistics and learning theory and applying eye-tracking as my main research method, my research aims to optimise the ways of teaching reading to Chinese EFL learners.

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