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Yi Zhang, Ph.D.

Yi Zhang

Assistant Professor

Campus Address: EH 205

Email: yzhang [at] desu.edu




  • Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology, University of South Florida, 2017
  • M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  • B.A., English Education, Yangzhou University (Jiangsu, China), 2010

Research Interests

Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at DSU. He currently serves as the Director of DSU’s Chinese Language and Culture Research Center, and is also the Assistant Director of the ESL programs. Dr. Zhang teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in applied linguistics and TESOL. His main research interests include sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, multilingualism and translanguaging, language and globalization, and computer-mediated communication. His research is published in international SSCI-indexed journals such as Social Semiotics, International Journal of Multilingualism, Discourse, Context & Media, Linguistics and Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, Pragmatics and Society, among others, and book chapters on translanguaging in pedagogical contexts. He currently serves on the editorial board of Discourse, Context & Media.

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • English Education

Consultation Expertise

My expertise of research and teaching in applied linguistics and English education provides professional and academic knowledge and skills in sectors of social media research, public relations, language teaching/learning mentorship and understanding of culture and intercultural communication. In addition, my experience in academic writing, journal peer-review and collaborative research projects facilitate training in academia as well as graduate readiness.



  • ENGL 410/510: The Structures of Modern English
  • ENGL 590: Practicum
  • ENGL 592: Applied Research