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Dr Carrie Zhang

  • Director of ISLI-China Partnerships
  • Lecturer in ISLI-China Partnerships
  • Director of the Chinese University Administrator Courses and similar ones
  • Joint lead on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Acting Director of the Global Study Lounge 
  • Tutor for the Intercultural Competence and Communication Module
  • Dissertation supervisor for the English Language Education Course

Areas of interest

My research interest and teaching mainly focus on Teaching English as a Foreign Language and the Chinese context. Informed by theories of these areas I commit myself to innovation in classroom teaching.

The most recent projects I conducted introduced Success Criteria in writing to China (an innovative idea to our course participants) and advocate teaching writing through reading by the means of discourse and genre analysis.

I also have a special interest in intercultural communicative competence with a focus on educational differences between the UK and China. My attention for future work is directed to application of research-based teaching approaches such as educational neuroscience and humanistic psychology into second language acquisition research and classroom teaching.


I spent 13 years teaching English as a foreign language in China before I came to UK in pursuit of my PhD in 2009. Upon completion in 2013, I resumed my teaching career at the University of Reading, remaining devoted to research in classroom practice and education CPD courses, mostly for secondary and higher education professionals in China.

Academic qualifications

  • 2020: Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, UK
  • 2021: Certificate in Educational Neuroscience: Research-Led Teaching Approaches, Central Queensland University, Australia
  • 2013: PhD Education, University of Reading, UK Thesis: Impact of Residential Courses in the UK on the Professional Development of the Chinese Teachers of English and Educational Change in Western Provinces in China
  • 2009: Credentials of Senior English Teacher, Reform of Professional Title Leading Group, Chengdu, China
  • 2007: Certificate in Teaching English to Younger Learners, University of Reading, UK
  • 2003: Certificate in Lead Teacher Training, Institute of Education, Chengdu, China
  • 1995: BA English Education, Sichuan Teachers’ College, China

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK, 2020
  • Reviewer for CPD Flair, University of Reading, since 2021

Selected publications

Conference papers and presentations:

  • ‘T&L Showcase - Promoting Racial Justice in Teaching and Learning’ (jointly delivered with Laura Miles) at Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD), University of Reading, 2022 
  • ‘An Introduction to Educational Neuroscience and Its Implications for Teaching’ at Learning Teaching and Research Forum (LTRF), International Study and Language Institute (ISLI), 2021
  • ‘Developing Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC) in an international professional development context through action research’ (jointly delivered with Daguo Li and Sharon McIlroy) at Learning Teaching and Research Forum (LTRF), ISLI, 2017
  • ‘The role and Status of Teachers in Foreign Language Schools’ published at the annual conference of Specialist Teaching and Research in Foreign Language Schools in China, 2006



Conferences Attended (in the last year):

  • 19-22 Oct 2021 Cambridge EAP Conference
  • 18 June 2021 TTEdSIG trends in teacher training
  • 4th August 2020 IATEFL Re-SIG webinar: MA TESOL/ ELT Dissertation Quick fire Presentation Online Event


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