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CREA Academic Visitors

View the current team of Academic Visitors for the Centre for Research in Education in Asia (CREA).

Academic Visitors may be with us for a few months or up to a year, but they are all leading engaging and important research projects within the Department of Education. You can read about the work of current and former Academic Visitors below.

Current Academic Visitors

    Xigang YANG

    September 2019 to March 2020

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    Xigang is an assistant professor in the School of Foreign Languages and the director of the Department of Applied Linguistics at Nanjing Forestry university.

    His research interests include applied linguistics, translation and teaching methodology. He also teaches English public speaking and debating in his school.

    Jie HOU

    September 2019 to August 2020

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    Jie is an associate professor in the College of Foreign Languages at Shangdong Agricultural University.

    Jie's research interests include sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and identity. Foreign language teachers in Chinese universities need to address various challenges and achieve professional development in curriculum reforms, so Jie draws on sociocultural theory and teacher cognition to interpret how the teachers exercise agency to make choices between teaching and research, and adopt appropriate actions in response to educational reforms to construct professional development paths that suit their own needs and characteristics.

    Qian TAO

    December 2019 to February 2020

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    Qian is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) where she has worked since 1996. Prior to her current position as an academic visitor in the University of Bath, she held academic posts as a visiting scholar at McMaster University (Canada) and University of California, Berkeley (US). After receiving in-career training at National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), she was awarded her Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching.

    She now teaches multiple English language courses at Shanghai International Studies University and is engaged in curriculum design, staff coordination and departmental administrative work as Director of the English Teaching Division of SIRPA in Shanghai International Studies University.

    Her research interests include:

    • EMI theory and practice
    • Teachers’ professional development
    • Multilingual cultural identity in education
    • Area and gender studies
    • Comparative education

Past Academic Visitors