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Dr Daguo Li

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  • Associate Professor, Director of China Partnerships
  • Programme Director; Vice Dean, NUIST-Reading Academy 

Areas of interest

  • Having worked as a Lecturer for 5 years in Chinese HE, I came to the UK to pursue my doctoral study. I then stayed on to set up and develop professional development programmes at the University for teachers of English and managers from schools and universities in China. I am also actively involved with the Universities' transnational education (TNE) programmes, e.g. MA English Language Education (in Guangdong) between the IoE and the Faculty of English Language and Culture of GDUFS, and the NUIST- Reading Academy (a joint institute between the UoR and Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology).
  • I enjoy walking and swimming


Telephone: 0118 378 5769


Modules taught:

  • Short courses for teachers of English at ISLI
  • MA English Language Education (in Guangdong) and PhD and EdD supervision at the IoE

Research projects

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).

Selected publications

  • Li, D. & Edwards, V. (2016). Professinal development of Chinese teachers of English. In N. Van Deusen-Scholl (ed.), Encyclopedia of education: Second and foreign language education. Springer.
  • Li, D., Zhang, X. & Edwards, V. (2016). Innovation and change in English teaching in the western provinces of China: The impact of overseas training. In J. C. Lee, Z. Yu, X. Huang & E. H. Law (Eds.), Educational development in Western China: Towards quality and equity (pp. 191-215). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Li, D. & Edwards, V. (2014). English language teaching and educational reform in Western China: A knowledge management perspective. System47, 88-101.
  • Li, D. &Edwards, V. (2013). The impact of overseas training on curriculum innovation and change in English language education in Western China. Language Teaching Research, 17 (4), 390-408.
  • Li, D. (2012) Easing transition and promoting a positive student experience within an international partnership scheme for British and Chinese teachers. Journal of Research in International Education,11(1), 32-49.
  • Li, D. (2012) Out of the Ivory Tower: The impact of wider social contact on the values, religious beliefs and identities of Chinese postgraduate students in the UK. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 15 (2): 241-258.
  • Edwards, V. & Li, D. (2011) Confucius, constructivism and the impact of continuing professional development of teachers of English in China. ELT Research Papers, 11-03, British Council. ISBN 9780863556739. 
  • Li, D. (2007) Coping with linguistic challenges in UK higher education: The use of strategies by Chinese research students. Language Learning Journal, 35: 205-219.
  • Edwards, V., An, R., & Li, D. (2007) Uneven playing field or falling standards: Chinese students' competence in English. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 10: 387-400.
  • Li, D. (2006) Motivation in second language acquisition in Chinese research students in the UK. Evaluation and Research in Education, 19: 38-58.

Conferences attended:

  • Generative Linguistics with Noam Chomsky (11 May 2017, Reading)
  • Forum on Language Learning Motivation (24 June 2017, Warwick)


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