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Daguo Li

Dr Daguo Li


  • Deputy Dean, NUIST-Reading Academy


  • Programme Director: International Professional Development (at Secondary and Primary Levels)
  • Managing and developing Chinese partnerships

Institute of Education

  • Programme Co-Director: MA in English Language Education (in Guangdong) (a University of Reading award delivered in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies); contribution to the following modules: Academic English and Study Skills, Second Language Teaching and Learning, Research Methods in English Language Education, dissertation supervision
  • Contribution to the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP) at the Doctoral and Researcher College for the Social Sciences
  • MA and PhD Supervision


Postgraduate supervision

Masters, PhD and EdD Level Supervision offered in these areas:

  • Second language pedagogy
  • Motivation and strategies in second language learning
  • Professional development for second language teachers
  • International education/Transnational Education (TNE)
  • Intercultural communications

Current and Recent Research Students:

Current PhD and EdD (co-supervisor)

  • Nazatul Syima Mohd Nasir - The International experience of Malaysian government funded PhD students in the UK.
  • Julie Elizabeth (Beth) Richards-Bray - Can pre-departure activities impact positively on host-culture adjustment for sojourning students?
  • Arjen de Korte - Teaching English grammar to Dutch students.
  • Fang-I Chu - English learning motivation in a Taiwanese university context: A study of its dynamic nature from socio-dynamic perspectives.
  • Zeynep Butun - English Instructors` Perspectives on a Needs-Based CPD Programme: An Action Research

Completed PhD (co-supervised)

  • Winnie Qi Wu - Chinese postgraduate students' motivations, expectations and experiences regarding Higher Education in the UK: a case study of three British universities.
  • Carrie Xiaorong Zhang - The impact of residential courses in the UK on the professional development of Chinese teachers of English in the western provinces of China.
  • Lily Lei Ye - Exploring the multiple identities of Chinese student sojourner in the UK.
  • Wei Ye - A longitudinal Study on the Identity Change of Confucius Institute Chinese Teachers in the UK.
  • Yaqoub Alghatrify - An Investigation into the Colleges of Applied Sciences English Teachers' Perceptions of Professional Development in the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Tomasz John - The international student journey: enhancing postgraduate students' experience.
  • Sherry Jie Liu - Trilingual education of ethnic minority university students in China: a case study.

Research projects

  • 2017 A study into the oral learning environment experienced by students undertaking practical classes as part of a transnational educational (TNE) programme (ISLI-Chemistry joint research project funded by the International Development Fund of the UoR £12,000).
  • 2015 Developing Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC) in an international professional development context (ISLI Teaching and Learning Development project £2,900.00).
  • 2015-2016 Programme development through cross-programme collaboration (ISLI Teaching and Learning Development project £2600.00).
  • 2010 The impact of training on the classroom practice of Chinese secondary teachers of English: Evaluation of a UK programme (£20,000, funded by British Council English Language Teaching Research Awards, jointly with Professor Viv Edwards).
  • 2007 University of Reading RETF Small Grants Pump-Priming Awards (£1,400).
  • IoE: Literacy and Language in Education (LLE)
  • Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Reviewer for SystemSage Open and TESOL Journal.
  • Mentoring/Supporting Academic Visitors.


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