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Shi, Yongming Bryan
PhD Student

MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus (2013)

Med in TESOL University of Tasmania, Australia (2010)
Master of Education (TESOL)

BA in Business English, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2005)

Room No.AG415
Tel2766 7531
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Research Area(s)

Systemic Functional Linguistics
Multimodal studies
Discourse analysis
Educational linguistics
World Englishes

Title of Thesis

(Working title) Tracking semiotic complexities in Chinese picture book narratives 

Prelimilary Abstract:

Broadly speaking, the study is concerned with expanding present understanding of picture book narratives, especially when they are not designed in English-speaking countries and are targeting at different readership. The specific aim of the study is to further develop theoretical tools for both the visual analysis and the analysis of intersemosis between language and image in Chinese picture books, in terms of the realization of ideational, interpersonal and textual meanings.

Involvement in Research Groups, Networks and Projects

  • 2012-2015 student member of IAWE (International Association for World Englishes)
  • Member of the Sysfunc listserver since 2012
  • PolySystemic Student Research Group, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Conference Presentations

  • Shi, Y. (2014). Recontextualizing Writing Proficiency: an Investigation of Model Essays for TEM-8. Paper presented at the 8th Free Linguistics Conference 2014, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shi, Y. (2013). Using English in Chinese Context: Writing model argumentative texts by Chinese EFL teachers. Paper presented at the Free Linguistics Conference 2013, The HongKong Polytechnic University.
  • Shi, Y. (2012). Investigating interpersonal meanings in China English: an appraisal analysis of an IELTS sample essay. Paper presented at the The 18th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes, HongKong/Guangzhou.

Research Publications

  • Shi, Y., & Liu, X. (In preparation). Recontextualizing writing proficiency: An investigation of model argumentation texts for IELTS preparation. TESOL International Journal.
  • Shi, Y. (2014). Reconceptualizing China English: an investigation of model argumentative texts by Chinese ELT teachers. Conference proceedings for the 7th International Free Linguistics Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Shi, Y., Fan, S., & Le, T. (2011). Investigating identities through language use: A perspective of discourse analysis. In T.Le & Q. Le (Eds.), Linguistic diversity and cultural identity: A global perspective (pp. 25-33). NY: Nova Science Publishers.


2011 – 2014    IELTS trainer in Global Education

2007 – 2009    English teacher in Shanghai TianHua College


I was involved in the organising committee for The 6th PolySystemic Language Education Symposium & Workshops, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2015 December 1-4