Dr. Yolanda ZHOU



Siyang has a passion for languages and is interested in how study abroad benefits the vocabulary gains of international students in the UK.

She recently finished her PhD at the Education Department of the University of Oxford. She obtained a BA from Sun Yat-sen University in China and masters from the University of Cambridge and the University of Sydney, specializing in language education. She has taught English in a higher vocational college for a few years in China and has accumulated rich work experiences in the education sector. She was the winner of the Richard Pemberton Prize for the best postgraduate presentation at BAAL Annual Conference 2019.



Professional Interests

Second Language Acquisition, Study Abroad, Vocabulary, Formulaic Language, Usage-based Approach, English-Medium Instruction.



2022 Journal Publication

‘You just picked it up.’ The relationship between informal language contact and the phrasal verb knowledge among international students in the UK.

Zhou, S., & Briggs Baffoe-Djan, J.

Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education
2021 Conference Presentation

A longitudinal study of the phrasal verb development of study-abroad students for one academic year.

S Zhou

American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference (AAAL). Online
2021 Conference Presentation

Informal language contact and phrasal verb acquisition of study abroad students in the UK.

S Zhou

World Congress of Applied Linguistics AILA. Online.
2021 Report

Global mapping of English as a medium of instruction in higher education: 2020 and beyond

Sahan K., Mikolajewska A., Rose H., Macaro E., Searle, M. Aizawa, I., Zhou S. & Veitch A.

The British Council
2020 Chapter in Edited Volume

Close encounters of the third kind: quantity, type and quality of language contact during study abroad.

Briggs Baffoe-Djan, J., & Zhou, S.


In M. Howard (Ed.), Study Abroad and the Second Language Learner: Expectations, Experiences and Development (pp.69-90).