School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Chongjun Liao

Postgraduate Research Student



Dr. Fred Wu and Dr. Yalta Chen

Exploring Textual Factors Influencing Source Speech Difficulty: A Study on English-Chinese Simultaneous Interpreting

The proposed project tries to investigate what textual factors contribute to source speech difficulty in English-Chinese simultaneous interpreting (SI). Aiming at filling the gap in current interpreting studies/interpreter training practice where there seems to be no consensus in what criteria shall be used for choosing source speech in interpreting training/tests, this project looks at the textual factors that may induce source speech difficulty. Hopefully, a framework describing textual factors influencing source speech difficulty will be available upon project completion, which will contribute to both assessment (improved test reliability) and curriculum (sequenced speeches based on incremental difficulty) of interpreter training.

Research Interests

Interpreter training and assessment, corpus linguistics, qualitative and quantitative research methods


2017- Postgraduate teaching assistant for MA interpreting programme, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, UK

2010-2014 Lecturer, School of Interpreting and Translation, Beijing International Studies University, China (CIUTI member institute)

Professional Background

Active conference interpreter since 2009. Provided simultaneous/consecutive interpreting service to more than 300 conferences in subject areas of IT, automotive, energy, environment, etc. Clients include the UN/EU missions in China, the Chinese central government, the British Embassy in Beijing, and various Fortune 500 companies.

CATTI Level-I (Interpreting), passed in 05/2013

CATTI Level-II (Interpreting), passed in 05/2009

CATTI Level-II (Translation), passed in 05/2009


Member, Chartered Institute of Linguists, UK


Z. Wei, C. Liao (2013). “A Corpus-based Analysis on Word Frequency and Collocation of Translation Students.” Shandong Foreign Language Teaching Journal (4):60-61.

C. Liao (2012). “A Study on Improving Communicative Competence in Consecutive Interpreter Training.” Examination Weekly (58):68-69.

Funding and awards 

2017 Full PhD Scholarship, China Scholarship Council

2017 CETRA Research Summer School Scholarship, KU Leuven, Belgium

2009 Runner-up, the 2nd China National Interpreting Competition (SI Group), Beijing, China


2014-2016 MLitt in Translation Studies (with Distinction), School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, UK

2008-2010 MA in Translation and Interpreting, Sichuan International Studies University, China

2004-2008 BA in English, Sichuan International Studies University, China