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Dr JunHui Yang

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
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JunHui teaches Sign Linguistics, Deaf People in Society, Sign and Society, and British Sign Language courses in BSL & Deaf Studies Team. She supervises postgraduate project on sign languages and international Deaf cultural studies. Her international collaborations are constantly developing and she has gained a notable reputation both in the UK and abroad through the many papers and posters that she has presented at academic conferences. This has included securing funding for many Erasmus+ projects and student exchange trips.

JunHui is currently course leader for undergraduate BSL & Studies including Education courses and undertakes all duties relevant to this role, including curriculum development and review. Her teaching responsibilities involve the teaching of British Sign Language (BSL) in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Sign Language Linguistics and several other modules on the BSL & Deaf Studies programme. Her supervisory responsibilities include overseeing independent study modules and supervising dissertations for BA, MA, and PhD courses.

Junhui obtained a PhD in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University, Washington, DC in 2006, then moved to England joining the BSL & Deaf Studies team at the University Central Lancashire. Before become a university lecturer, she also worked as a secondary school literacy teacher of deaf students in Beijing for 3 years and PhD researcher at Max-Planck Institute of Psychology for 1 year. Her research interests include Sign linguistics, Sign language typology, sociolinguistics in Deaf communities, bilingualism, and deaf education. Previous scholarly activities have mainly included publications related to Chinese Sign Language, its structure, and the structure and history of the deaf community over the years in China. Junhui has been involved in many international projects, European and beyond, during her academic career. This has included a British Council's UK-China Partnership Innovation Challenge Fund project (2016-2018) for creating an online English learning platform for sign language users; Signs2Cross - a deaf-led EU project that created an online course for learning International Sign; a Language Skills for EU Mobility project, focussing on international mobility of deaf and hard of hearing people, and more recently, Deaf Museum, an Erasmus+ project developing online learning resources. She serves as external examiner at several other universities, which involves moderating course content and assessments, MA and PhD candidate viva examinations.

  • PhD, Deaf Education, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, USA, 2006
  • MSc, Postsecondary Education of Students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA, 2000
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK, 2011
  • Erasmus+ Staff Teaching Mobility Grant, 2016
  • Sign language linguistics
  • Deaf history and culture
  • Community and identities
  • Literacy and sign language users
  • Sign Bilingualism
  • member of Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors
  • member of Deaf History International
  • member of British Deaf Association
  • member of Editorial Board for Sign Language Typology Series, De Gruyter Mounton and Ishara Press
  • member of Editorial Board (peer viewer) for Deafness and Education International journal