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Dr Paul Deyuan He Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Dr Paul Deyuan He

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences deyuan.he@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

Paul Deyuan HE is an Assistant Professor in the program of English and Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He obtained his PhD from City University of Hong Kong. His teaching areas include written genres, world Englishes, language acquisition, language in society, introductory linguistics, and research methods in linguistics. His research interests include world Englishes (mainly China English), perceptions of new Englishes, foreign language anxiety, EFL teaching and learning, and higher education. He has published his works in SCOPUS- and SSCI-indexed journals like TESOL Quarterly, World Englishes, Educational Studies, and other journals such as Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics. In addition, he has disseminated his research outcomes via international conferences and local seminars, and the paper presented at the 2010 International Teaching and Learning Conference in the USA was awarded “the Best Paper”. He has actively served as a referee for six international academic journals, including four SSCI-listed journals.

EDUCATION

PhD from City University of Hong Kong

RESEARCH INTERESTS

World Englishes, Foreign language anxiety, EFL teaching and learning

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Scopus Publications

323

Google Scholar Citations

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Google Scholar h-index

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Google Scholar i10-index


FUTURE PROJECTS

Use of English in the professional world in China: A comparative perspective with other EFL/ESL nations

The present project intends to explore the use of English in the professional world in China. In contrast to the use of English in Brunei, one of the dominant themes of the literature on language in China is the belief that English, particularly its spoken form, plays a limited role in the lives of the country’s mainly Chinese-speaking population. For this reason, it is argued, there is no societal basis for the development of Chinese English. One of the limitations of this argument is that it is based on expert opinion rather than empirical evidence about the nature and extent of English use in the lives of China’s educated people. This project aims to examine the results of a survey involving about 2,500 English users in China which seeks to generate much-needed baseline data about patterns of language choice and use in one centrally important yet overlooked domain: the professional workplace. Its findings may indicate the importance of English use in the workplace of China’s professionals, and in-depth analysis and comparison of the findings will be conducted in relation to English use in other EFL/ESL nations, including Brunei, as reported in previous literature. The project will hopefully provide significant implications for English education in China as well as other EFL/ESL nations.

Application invited for: one potential PhD candidate

Foreign language learning anxiety in China: Theories and applications in English language teaching

With more than 50 years’ development, the study on foreign language learning anxiety (FLLA) still remains a popular research topic among scholars in western countries. Though at its initial stage of development in China, FLLA has caught increasing attention from Chinese researchers in recent years, and it has been frequently discussed in journal and newspaper articles. FLLA is believed to be one important reason for students’ “dumb English”. Considering the paucity of monographs on FLLA in China, this project attempts to bridge the gap. The project reviews and discusses previous literature and current status and major issues centering on FLLA worldwide, and explores FLLA in China making use of innovative triangulated research methodology combining both quantitative and qualitative methods, namely, questionnaire surveys, focused interviews, and classroom observations. The project also highlights the significance and implications of the conclusions drawn, and then envisions the future of FLLA research globally with a particular focus on China. Readers can derive from this project the latest developments and issues concerning FLLA, the reasons leading to FLLA and the verified effective strategies alleviating such anxiety, which will be of great interest and benefit to them.

Application invited for: one potential PhD candidate


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

He, Deyuan (2015) University students’ and teachers’ perceptions of China English and World Englishes: Language attitudes and pedagogic implications. Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2(2), 65-76.
He, Deyuan (2013) What makes learners anxious while speaking English: A comparative study of the perceptions held by university students and teachers in China. Educational Studies, 39(3), 338-350.
He, Deyuan, and Miller, Lindsay (2011) English teacher preference: The case of China’s non-English major students. World Englishes, 30(3), 428-443.
He, Deyuan, and Zhang, Qunying (2010) Native speaker norms and China English: From the perspective of learners and teachers in China. TESOL Quarterly, 44(4), 769-789.
He, Deyuan, and Li, David (2009) Language attitudes and linguistic features in the ‘China English’ debate (ranked as one of the three top articles of the journal from 2010 until September 2013). World Englishes, 28(1), 70-89.


TOP PUBLICATIONS

He, Deyuan (2015) University students’ and teachers’ perceptions of China English and World Englishes: Language attitudes and pedagogic implications. Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2(2), 65-76.
He, Deyuan (2013) What makes learners anxious while speaking English: A comparative study of the perceptions held by university students and teachers in China. Educational Studies, 39(3), 338-350.
He, Deyuan, and Miller, Lindsay (2011) English teacher preference: The case of China’s non-English major students. World Englishes, 30(3), 428-443.
He, Deyuan, and Zhang, Qunying (2010) Native speaker norms and China English: From the perspective of learners and teachers in China. TESOL Quarterly, 44(4), 769-789.
He, Deyuan, and Li, David (2009) Language attitudes and linguistic features in the ‘China English’ debate (ranked as one of the three top articles of the journal from 2010 until September 2013). World Englishes, 28(1), 70-89.


GRANT DETAILS

Others
Youth Research Grant on 'Coping Strategies of Chinese University Students' Foreign Language Speaking Anxiety'
Paul Deyuan He
RMB 10,000 - funded by the School of Foreign Studies at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
01/12/2013 - 31/05/2015


RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

SCOPUS- and SSCI-indexed journal articles

He, Deyuan (2013) What makes learners anxious while speaking English: A comparative study of the perceptions held by university students and teachers in China. Educational Studies, 39(3), 338-350.
He, Deyuan, and Miller, Lindsay (2011) English teacher preference: The case of China’s non-English major students. World Englishes, 30(3), 428-443.
He, Deyuan, and Zhang, Qunying (2010) Native speaker norms and China English: From the perspective of learners and teachers in China. TESOL Quarterly, 44(4), 769-789.
He, Deyuan, and Li, David (2009) Language attitudes and linguistic features in the ‘China English’ debate (ranked as one of the three top articles of the journal from 2010 until September 2013). World Englishes, 28(1), 70-89.

Edited book and book chapters

Xu, Zhichang, He, Deyuan, and Deterding, David (eds.) (forthcoming). Researching Chinese English: The state-of-the-art. Dordrecht: Springer.
He, Deyuan. (forthcoming). Perceptions of Chinese English and pedagogic implications for teaching English in China. In Z. Xu, D. He, & D. Deterding (eds.), Researching Chinese English: The state-of-the-art. Dordrecht: Springer.
Xu, Zhichang, Deterding, David, & He, Deyuan (forthcoming). What we know about Chinese English: Status, issues and trends. In Z. Xu, D. He, & D. Deterding (eds.), Researching Chinese English: The state-of-the-art. Dordrecht: Springer.

Refereed journal articles and theses

He, Deyuan (2015) University students’ and teachers’ perceptions of China English and World Englishes: Language attitudes and pedagogic implications. Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2(2), 65-76.
He, Deyuan (2011). Foreign language speaking anxiety: An investigation of non-English majors in mainland China. PhD dissertation, City University of Hong Kong.
He, Deyuan (2007) ‘China English’ or native speaker based standard? A study of college teachers’ and students’ perceptions of the ideal pedagogic model of college English in mainland China. MPhil thesis, City University of Hong Kong.
He, Deyuan (2000) Yinghan ciyi de duiying guanxi qianxi (The correspondence of an English word to its Chinese translation) Gaojiao Yanjiu (Research in Higher Education), 28, 19-22.
He, Deyuan (1999) Shilun yingyu jiaoxue gaige (On English teaching reform) Gaojiao Yanjiu (Research in Higher Education), 26, 34-37.

International conference presentations

He, Deyuan, and Zhang, Qunying (2016). China English as a developing variety and its use in the workplace. Paper presented at the Asian Conference on Language Learning 2016, Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan, April 28th~May 1st, 2016.
He, Deyuan, and Zhang, Qunying (2011) The reasons for Chinese university students’ foreign language speaking anxiety. Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on International Education: Focus on the Learner, the Centre for Research in International Education, Auckland, New Zealand, June 30th~July 2nd, 2011.
He, Deyuan (2011) ‘China English’ and World Englishes: A comparison of the views held by non-English majors and their teachers in China. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF4), the Research Centre into Language Education and Acquisition in Multilingual Societies (RCLEAMS), at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, May 26th ~28th, 2011.
He, Deyuan (2010) College English teaching in China: The native or non-native teacher in the context of World Englishes. Paper presented at the International Conference Languages of Education: the Chinese Context, the Research Centre into Language Education and Acquisition in Multilingual Societies (RCLEAMS), the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, October 22nd~23rd, 2010.
He, Deyuan, and Zhang, Qunying (2010) The ideal teaching models and norms: A ‘China English’ perspective in the context of World Englishes. Proceedings of the 2010 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, June 2nd~5th, 2010.
He, Deyuan (2010) Perspectives on the selection of college English teachers in China in the context of World Englishes. Proceedings of the 2010 International Teaching and Learning Conference (awarded “the Best Paper”), Orlando, Florida, USA, January 4th ~6th, 2010.
He, Deyuan, and Zhang, Qunying (2008) ‘China English’ or native speaker based standard? A study of college teachers’ and students’ perceptions of the ideal pedagogic model of college English in mainland China. Paper presented at the 14th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes: World Englishes and World’s Languages – Convergence, Enrichment, or Death? The Department of Chinese, Translation & Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, December 1st~5th, 2008.

Forum and seminar presentations

He, Deyuan (2014) China English: Linguistic features and pedagogic implications. Invited speech given in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Universiti Brunei Darussalum, November 13th, 2014.
He, Deyuan (2014) China English and its pedagogic implications. Invited speech given at the Research Forum for Contemporary Foreign Languages Teaching and Research Methodology at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, May 31st – June 4th, 2014.
He, Deyuan (2014) China English or native speaker based standard? Perceptions of the ideal pedagogic model of college English in China. Invited speech given in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau, February 10th, 2014.
He, Deyuan (2012) The Future of English. Invited speech given in the Department of English at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, May 16th, 2012.
He, Deyuan (2011) Anxiety of foreign language speaking: An investigation of non-English major students in mainland China. Seminar given in the Research Seminar Serials at the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, May 17th, 2011.
He, Deyuan (2010) The preferred pedagogic models and norms in the contexts of ‘China English’ and World Englishes. Seminar given in the Research Seminar Serials at the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, May 3rd, 2010.
He, Deyuan (2009) The preferred pedagogic models and norms in China in the context of world Englishes. Paper presented at the 3rd Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL) Research Forum at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 12th, 2009.
He, Deyuan (2009) Teacher selection for the course of College English in China’s universities: A perspective of World Englishes. Seminar given in the research seminar serials at the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, November 23th, 2009.
He, Deyuan (2008) ‘China English’: Linguistic features and pedagogical implications for ELT in mainland China. Invited seminar given at Phonological Undertakings for Fun (PUFF), the Department of English Language & Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, September 20th, 2008.
He, Deyuan (2006) ‘China English’? Towards an attainable and desirable model of English for college students in mainland China. Seminar given at the Department of English & Communication, the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, September 6th, 2006.


CONSULTANCY

He has worked as professional consultant to some PhD candidates in Hong Kong and mainland China as well.


Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

He has undertaken academic collaborations with quite a few scholars in his areas in terms of journal papers, edited book, and book chapters (please refer to the research outputs above for details).


SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Dr. Paul Deyuan He's studies have contributed greatly to his field by adding more literature on world Englishes and language learning anxiety research. His studies have provided important findings, suggestions and significant implications for English language education and teacher education.


Scopus Publications