Ying Chen

Ying Chen is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at Ocean University of China and currently an academic visitor at the Assessment Research Group of the British Council. She obtained her PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Her research interest focuses on the writing assessment, especially EFL test-takers’ audience awareness, the context validity of L2 writing tests, and L2 integrated writing. She has led four funded projects, including Aptis Research Grant (East Asia) “Exploring Chinese EFL test-takers’ audience awareness in the Aptis writing test: Multiple perspectives”, and published five research articles, one review article and four book reviews as well as one book entitled An Investigation into the Context Validity of EFL Writing Tests (China Renmin University Press, 2014).

Areas of interest

  • EFL test-takers’ audience awareness
  • Context validity of L2 writing tests
  • L2 integrated writing
  • Affect in L2 writing


An Investigation into the Context Validity of EFL Writing Tests, Publisher: China Renmin University Press (2014)

Zhang, Q., Yang, L., Chen, Y. & Chen, S. (forthcoming). L2 collocation research: A state-of-the-art review. Modern Foreign Languages.

Chen, Y. & Deng, Q. (2017). Book review: Motivating learners, motivating teachers: Building vision in the language classroom. Second Language Learning Research, 1: 89-94.

Chen, Y., Deng, Q. & Liu, Y. (2016). A close investigation into the predictability of source borrowing in L2 integrated writing. Journal of Ocean University of China (Social Sciences Edition), 4: 114-121.


  • PhD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • BA, Qufu Normal University