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Dawei Wei

Assistant Professor

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# PhD RecruitmentWelcome to apply for a funded PhD position on English writing of young Chinese learners. PhD scholarship worth 300,000 RMB is available! Details: (Please check School of Humanities and Social Sciences and then PhD project FOSA2306023 )Deadline: Open now (August 2023) until the position is filled. Contact me at for informal inquiries, with a subject line of “EFL writing PhD”.Dawei Wei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics, XJTLU. Before joining XJTLU, he worked and/or has carried out research in several universities and institutes in China and Spain, including the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), the Beijing Normal University State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning ( and the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) ( Dr. Wei’s research lies at the intersection of psycholinguistics and applied linguistics. He is interested in how English and Chinese are acquired as foreign languages (EFL/CFL) and how Chinese literacy is acquired by native and non-native readers. He is experienced in using a range of research methods and techniques, such as Event-Related Potentials, Eye-tracking, and Behavioural and Survey designs and tests to uncover the psychological underpinnings of language learning and processing. His recent research focuses on English as a Foreign Language writing and Chinese dyslexia. His research output includes articles in high-impact SCI, SSCI and CSSCI indexed journals. As to teaching, Dr. Wei has taught and contributed to a range of different modules including Introduction to Linguistics, Quantitative Linguistic Data Analysis, Brain and Language and Psycholinguistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At XJTLU, he teaches Research Methods, Psycholinguistics, Applied Linguistics and Introduction to English Studies, as well as contributing to other modules. Dr. Wei is highly committed to the practice of excellent and effective teaching and he enjoys interacting with students and motivating them to succeed. One of his MA students was awarded the National Postgraduate Scholarship (2021). Office: HS410, HSS Building, South CampusEmail:

Research interests



Educational Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience of Language


LNG 002 Introduction to English Studies

LNG 310 Applied Linguistics

LNG 303 Final Year Project

LNG 406 Research Methods

LNG 407 Second Language Acquisition

Awards and honours

Member of Key R D Plan Project Expert Committee, Cultivating Children’s Reading Habit: Data-driven Model Construction and Application, Gansu Province Science and Technology Department, 2022.

Honorary Lecturer, Department of English, University of Liverpool, 2021.

Yuan Ding Best Paper Prize, Gansu Province University Foreign Language Education and Research Association, 2021.

Universitas21 Early Career Researchers Workshop Winner, 2016.

Research Visit Fellowship, Basque Center of Cognition, Brain and Language, Spain, 2013.

Full PhD Scholarship, University of Nottingham, 2013.

Vice Chancellor Research Fellowship, University of Ulster, UK, 2013. (Declined)

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