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BA English University of Malaya, Malaysia 1994
DipEd TESOL University of Malaya, Malaysia 1995
MPhil Education University of Cambridge, UK 1999
EdD Applied Linguistics & TESOL University of Leicester, UK 2005

Dr. Boucher-Yip has taught in many parts of the world including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, China, Laos, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has taught communication skills and writing courses at university level for over a decade. Her teaching approach is informed by her own experience in language learning and with theories of second language acquisition and their pedagogical applications. Both her studies and her experience have taught her that there is no one method or idea that guarantees successful language learning. While the mastery of standard English is necessary, she encourages international students at WPI to participate as much as they can in and out of the classroom and learn how language is used in various social and academic settings. She is excited to be teaching at WPI, an institution that promotes language learning, embraces cultural diversity, and encourages international education. In addition to researching and publishing in the field of English language teaching, her research interests include minority language maintenance, in particular how language policies affect language use in indigenous communities. She has also co-advised IQP projects at the Hangzhou, Bangkok, Melbourne, Cuenca, and London project centers. In 2021, she was the recipient of the WPI Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Scholarly Work

Teacher agency and policy response in English language teaching (co-editor with Patrick Ng)

Language maintenance and shift among the Semai in Malaysia: a study on indigenous language use

Creating a new space for learning with Blackboard in Teaching English Reflectively with Technology,

Contextual Influences on Teachers’ Writing instruction: Insights from the Diaries of Three ESL/EFL Professionals in Methodologies for Effective Writing Instruction in EFL and ESL Classrooms (With Patrick Ng and Judy Hu) in Methodologies for Effective Writing Instruction in EFL and ESL Classrooms

Teaching critical reading strategies in Focusing on EFL Reading: Theory and Practice

Professional Highlights & Honors
Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2021

Chartered Linguist & Fellow, 2021
Chartered Institute of Linguists