About Me

I currently work as Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, School of International Studies, Hangzhou Normal University.

I formerly worked as Associate Tutor in TESOL and Language Education, Moray House School of Education and Sports, University of Edinburgh, and Visiting Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University.

Research Interests

My current research interests in the areas of Applied Linguistics and TESOL include:

1) understanding teachers’ beliefs, teacher autonomy and classroom teaching practices in EFL contexts;

2) understanding multilingual language use and language ideologies in internationalised universities;

3) understanding the use of multilingual and multimodal resources in talk-and-bodies-in-interaction in multilingual and multicultural social contexts.


After graduating from Zhejiang Gongshang University (China) and Coventry University (UK) as an exchange student studying BA English and BA English for Business in 2011, I moved to Newcastle upon Tyne and studied Applied Linguistics and TESOL as an MA student at Newcastle University. Back then, I grew an interest in investigating language teachers’ beliefs and classroom practices in EFL contexts such as China, especially relating to the contextualisation and localisation of communication-oriented language teaching pedagogies (e.g., task-based language teaching, communicative language teaching); my research project carried out on this topic was supervised by Dr. Clare Wright.

In 2012, I continued my study in the area of Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University as a PhD student; I expanded my research interest in understanding classroom interaction and institutional talk using Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis, with a special focus on speakership transitions and embodied conduct in small group student meetings. During my PhD study, I also worked as a Teaching Assistant at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences and taught the module “Task-based Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment” in 2012-2015, contributing to the postgraduate programme of MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

In 2017, I obtained my PhD degree with the thesis titled “Shifting Embodied Participation in University Student Meetings supervised by Dr. Adam Brandt and Prof. Steve Walsh. I then moved to Scotland in 2018, and worked as a Research Assistant for Dr Florence Bonacina-Pugh for her research project “Language Policy and Practice in the Multilingual University” at the University of Edinburgh; using Conversation Analysis and based on the notion of the ‘practiced’ language policy (Bonacina-Pugh, 2012), I examined language choice acts made by international postgraduate students in classroom teaching and learning contexts.

Since 2019, I joined Moray House School of Education and Sports at the University of Edinburgh as an Associate Tutor in TESOL and Language Teaching, mainly contributing to postgraduate teaching and dissertation supervision for the two programmes, namely, MSc TESOL and MSc Language Education. In 2020, I also started working as a Visiting Lecturer back at Newcastle University, taking upon dissertation supervision responsibilities for the MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL programme.

I recently joined the School of International Studies at Hangzhou Normal University in Zhejiang, China and started working as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics.


PhD Educational and Applied Linguistics, Newcastle University, UK

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Newcastle University, UK

BA English for Business, Coventry University, UK

BA English, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China

Professional Services and Activities

Peer-reviewer for The RELC Journal

Peer-reviewer for The TESOL International Journal

Peer-reviewer for Classroom Discourse

Peer-reviewer for TESOL Quarterly Special Issue: Complementary Perspectives on Task-based Classroom Realities

Peer-reviewer for ARECLS (The Annual Review of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences)


British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)