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Prof Hua Zhu
Room 6.16
20 Bedfordway
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  • Professor of Language Learning and Intercultural Communication
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am Chair of British Association for Applied Linguistics(2021-2024) and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK since 2019. I am Director of International Centre for Intercultural Studies, IOE. 

Prior to joining IOE, I was Chair of Educational Linguistics and Director of the Mosaic Group for Research on Multilingualism, University of Birmingham(2020-2021);  Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck College, University of London (2007-2020)and served as Head of Department and Assistant Dean in School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London (2014-2020). 

Research Summary

My research interests span across multilingualism and intercultural communication and child language. I am interested in how people of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds communicate with each other;how children/young adults learn and acquire their languages (first and additional) and how they are socialised into different cultures through language learning in a variety of contexts, and what role languages and culture play in power dynamics, equity and social justice.

I have  recently completed one Covid-related research grant: ‘Quarantined between cultures:Overcoming communication challenges and building resilience among Chinese students residing in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic’ (CI, British Academy Special Research Grants, 2020-21),  and one GCRF project ‘Capacity building for developing standardised and computerised speechand language assessment tools in China’ (PI, Academy of Medical Science, 2019-21).  Previously I completed an ESRC project on  ‘Family Language Policy: A Multi-level Investigation of Multilingual Practices in Transnational Families’ (CI, 2017-2020);  the AHRC Translating Cultures Large Grant‘Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformation in superdiverse wards in four UK cities’ (CI, 2014-18), and the Leverhulme-funded Translanguaging and Visual Art (PI, 2016-17, in collaboration with visual artist, Ella McCartney).

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