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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


Tianyi is a PhD student in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include language and literacy development in multilingual children, language teaching pedagogy, and translanguaging practices. She obtained an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford and an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She also had work experience as a research assistant with the School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  



Key publications: 

Zheng, T. (2023, October 4-6). Enhancing English language teaching in China’s ethnic minority schools: A practical guide to transforming pedagogical practices with learners’ languages [Conference presentation]. The 7th International Conference on Language and Education, Bangkok.

Zheng, T. (2021, November 20). Translating theory into practice: An evidence-based framework for the implementation of pedagogical translanguaging in multilingual classrooms [Conference presentation]. NALDIC 29 Conference 2021, Online.

Zheng, T. (2018, June 27-29). Chinese-English code-switching in oral narratives: A case study of Xiaosong Pedia [Conference presentation]. The 16th Asia TEFL, 1st MAAL & 6th HALL 2018 International Conference, University of Macau, Macau.

Other publications: 

Zheng, T. (2021). The effects of pedagogical translanguaging on language learning: A systematic review protocol. International Database of Education Systematic Reviews (IDESR).

Gagarina, N., Klop, D., Kunnari, S., Tantele, K., Välimaa, T., Bohnacker, U. & Walters, J. (2019). Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives – Revised. Materials for use. ZAS Papers in Linguistics, 63. Korean version. Translated and adapted by Harker, M. & Zheng, T.

Other Professional Activities

Co-organiser of CamPAL (Cambridge Processing and Acquisition of Language) events  (2022-2023)

PhD Student

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.