Associate Professor Ruying Qi

Associate Professor Ruying Qi

Associate Professor,
Languages, Interpreting And Translation (sohca)


Dr Ruying Qi is Associate Professor, PhD Supervisor, Head of the China Liaison Unit, Director of Bilingualism Research Lab @WSU-JNU in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and an adjunct member of ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. Her research focuses on bi- and multilingual development, bilingual first language acquisition, Chinese language and culture pedagogy, and its applications to development of effective curricula for Chinese L2 learners as well as early childhood bilingual education. Her monograph (2011) The Bilingual Acquisition of English and Mandarin: Chinese Children in Australia. (New York: Cambria Press) remains the only systematic study in Mandarin-English childhood bilingualism and is regarded as "a ground-breaking study" by scholars’ reviews. This book is being translated into Chinese and will be published by Commercial Press (Beijing). She has published several journal articles and book chapters on early bilingualism and language teaching and has been a frequent invited speaker at national, international conferences, workshops, public lectures in Chinese education, Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics.

Dr Qi has achieved four international Research Fellowships and Visiting Professorship at Nanjing University, Jinan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of London. She has also served as expert advisor, assessor and reviewer on nine state, national and international educational advisory and academic bodies including China’s Ministry of Education, the NSW Board of Studies and the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching.

Dr Qi’s has received high-level media attention with features in The Australian (20 August 2014), 23 global web news, China’s prestigious news agency Xinhua, People’s Online TV, TVS TV and SBS TV. She was awarded the 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and the 2011 UWS College of Arts Teaching Excellence Award together with her Chinese Teaching Team as well as the 2012 Australian Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. 

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  • CertNAATI Nat Accreditation Auth for Translators & Interpret
  • GDipEd University of Sydney
  • BA Anhui University, Hefei
  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MA Wuhan University, China

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Languages, Interpreting And Translation (sohca)


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  • Qi, R. (2011), 'The Bilingual Acquisition of English and Mandarin: Chinese Children in Australia', : Cambria Press 9781604977745.

Chapters in Books

  • Qi, R. and Wu, W. (2017), 'Bilingual development by children of immigrant families : what parents and teachers should know?', China Language Strategies. Volume 5, Number 1, Nanjing University Press 9787305190445.
  • Qi, R. (2014), 'Translation of "The Bilingual Child" : Theory and Practice', Dynamics and Insights: Linguistics and Technology, Beijing World Publishing Corporation 9787510078910.
  • Qi, X. and Qi, R. (2013), 'Foreign language education', Education in China : Educational History, Models, and Initiatives, Berkshire Publishing Group 9781933782591.
  • Qi, R. and Qi, X. (2012), 'Designing an assessment for Chinese language teaching in Australian universities : a 3D approach', China Language Strategies, Shanghai Translation Publishing House 9787532757596.

Journal Articles

  • Xu, D. and Qi, R. (2016), 'On the externalization of language', Journal of Language Policy and Language Planning, vol 3, no 2 , pp 63 - 73.
  • Hua, Z. and Qi, R. (2015), 'Interaction between phonological and lexical development of Putonghua-speaking children', China Language Strategies , vol 2, no 1 , pp 72 - 86.
  • Qi, R. and Wu, W. (2015), 'Input and acquisition of Mandarin classifiers by English-Mandarin bilingual children', China Language Strategies, vol 2, no 1 , pp 86 - 106.
  • Di Biase, B. and Qi, R. (2015), 'Why speaking two languages is advantageous for the speaker', China Language Strategies, vol 2, no 1 , pp 23 - 29.
  • Qi, R., Tsukada, K. and Hua, Z. (2012), 'Preliminary report : an acoustic phonetic analysis of word-initial stop production by young simultaneous Mandarin-English bilingual children', Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing, vol 15, no 1 , pp 73 - 84.
  • Qi, R. (2010), 'Pronoun acquisition in a Mandarin-English bilingual child', International Journal of Bilingualism, vol 14, no 1 , pp 37 - 64.
  • Qi, R., Di Biase, B. and Campbell, S. (2006), 'The transition from nominal to pronominal person reference in the early language of a mandarin-english bilingual child', International Journal of Bilingualism, vol 10, no 3 , pp 301 - 329.

Conference Papers

  • Qi, R. (2008), 'Assessment in Australian Chinese teaching contexts : an integrated approach', for 9th International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching, Beijing.
  • Qi, R. (2005), 'From nominal to pronominal person reference in the early language of a Mandarin-English Bilingual child', ISB4: 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Arizona, USA.

Current Projects

Title: Mandarin-English Bilingual Child Development (3 - 5 years old) and its Implications for Early Bilingual Teaching
  • AFA Innovative Education Centre
Western Researchers: Ruying Qi
Years: 2016-12-19 - 2018-03-31
ID: P00023736

Previous Projects

Title: International Visiting Fellowships: Prof Li Wei and Dr Zhu Hua
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Ruying Qi, Bruno Di Biase and Stuart Campbell
Years: 2004-03-31 - 2005-03-30
ID: P0013774
Title: The nature of phonology and the weaker language in a bilingual Mandarin-English child
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Ruying Qi and Stuart Campbell
Years: 2005-02-01 - 2007-12-31
ID: P0014490
Title: Person and Identity in Mandarin-English Children's language development: a singleton and sibling case study in Australia
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Ruying Qi and Chong Han
Years: 2012-11-15 - 2015-05-30
ID: P00021260
Title: Collaboration with ARC Linkage Application: Language Development Milestones in Chinese Mandarin Children
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Ruying Qi
Years: 2008-06-17 - 2011-07-31
ID: P00016153

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