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Cong Xia Li

  • Convenor of all the Mandarin Chinese Language modules;
  • Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Mandarin Chinese;
  • Chair of Student and Staff Liaison Committee (IWLP);
  • Coordinator of Language Learning Advisors; Coordinator of IWLP Tandem Scheme

Areas of interest

  • L2 teaching and acquisition
  • Online teaching and assessments
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Chinese history (post 1949) and contemporary Chinese literature


All Mandarin Chinese modules offered at the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP).

  • LA1PC1 Mandarin Chinese Stage 1
  • LA1PC2 Mandarin Chinese Stage 2
  • LA1PC3 Mandarin Chinese Stage 3
  • LA1PC8 Mandarin Chinese Fast Track

In addition to teaching at University of Reading, I have taught at Eton College from Beginners to Pre-U Chinese (language only); and GCSE to A level Chinese (both language and literature) at the Abbey School, Reading.

Research centres and groups

I am a committee member of Language Teaching CoP at the University of Reading; a member of British Chinese Language Teachers Society and a member of European Association of Chinese teaching (ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT DU CHINOIS).


I have been teaching Mandarin Chinese at the University of Reading for more than 10 years. Apart from teaching at IWLP, I have offered lessons at the School of Continuing Education, Admissions and Outreach events at the University. In addition to the experience at HE sector, I also worked at secondary schools including St Paul’s Girls School, Eton College and the Abbey School for 8 years (and was the Head of Chinese at the Abbey School for 4 years).

Since 2013 I have been the Coordinator for Mandarin Chinese overseeing the smooth running of the Mandarin Chinese provisions at the IWLP.

I enjoy music, walking, reading and cooking.

Academic qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy MA (Reading)