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Professor Lixian Jin

Job: Professor of Linguistics and Intercultural Learning and Director for the Centre for Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning (CIRCL)

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7755

E: jin@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Prof Lixian Jin is Chair Professor of Linguistics & Intercultural Learning at De Montfort University, the Director for the Centre of Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning (CIRCL), UK and a Visiting Professor at a number of key universities in China. Internationally, she is an Executive editorial board member for International Journal of Language & Communication disorders, UK & USA; the Review Editor for Asian Journal of English Language Teaching (AJELT), Hong Kong; and a Board member for Intercultural Communication Studies, USA.

She has taught applied linguistics courses and trained English teachers and speech & language therapists at universities in China, Cyprus, Turkey, Hong Kong & Britain. She has also been appointed as an external examiner for research students and for degree programmes in British, Australian and New Zealand universities. She is regularly invited to give public lectures, key-note speeches and workshops to international and professional audiences, eg by British universities, the Royal Colleges of Speech and Language Therapists, Nursing, General Practitioners; by the British Council and by universities in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and in Middle East and European countries. She has led externally funded research projects by NHS, PMI2, British Council and other grant providers with research teams in Britain, China, Malaysia, Singapore etc.  

Research group affiliations

Centre for Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning (CIRCL) 

Human Communication Studies Research Group

Publications and outputs 

 

Click here for a full listing of Lixian Jin's publications and outputs.|

Research interests/expertise

Prof Jin's research interests with publications are in:

  • Cultures of learning
  • English language teaching and learning
  • Intercultural communication
  • Clinical linguistic assessments
  • Metaphor analysis
  • Narrative analysis
  • Discourse analysis for language teaching.

She has been conducting joint research with Prof Martin Cortazzi into Chinese and other learners of English for about twenty years. Their research, with over 100 publications, has been widely recognized by researchers and university teachers from the West and in East Asia. She is a series editor and cultural editor for College English textbooks: Creative Communication, jointly published by Macmillan publishers and Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. She is also an author and editor for a series of teachers’ books for New Standard College English and New Vision College English textbooks published by Macmillan publishers and Beijing Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press. These teachers’ books have influenced the teaching practices of thousands of university English teachers in China who further have an impact on their university English learners.

Areas of teaching

  • Applied Linguistics and English grammar
  • Clinical linguistics
  • Intercultural communication theories and practices
  • Sociolinguistics and pragmatics
  • Discourse analysis for language teaching.

Qualifications

  • BA in English language and Literature (Hubei, China)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Leicester, UK)
  • PhD in Linguistics and Education (Leicester, UK)

Courses taught

  • Introduction to linguistics and english grammar (UG)
  • Clinical linguistics (UG)
  • Sociolinguistics and pragmatics (UG and PG)
  • Second language acquisition (UG and PG)
  • Discourse analysis (UG and PG)
  • Research methods (PG)
  • Intercultural communication theories and practices (PG)

Membership of external committees

  • Visiting Professor, Foreign Languages Department, Renmin (People’s) University of China, Beijing (1996 to date).
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Huadong Jiaotong University, Nanchang (2001- to date).
  • Visiting Professor, Centre of Child Language Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai (2004 – to date).
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Zhongnan University of Economics & Law, Wuhan (2006 – date).
  • Visiting Professor, Dezhou University, Dezhou, Shandong (2011-).
  • Honorary & Visiting Professor, Department of English, Hubei University, Wuhan (1996 to date).
  • Hon. Vice President of the International Education, Training & Language Association, Macao, China (2002- date).

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of International Association of Researching and Applying Metaphors (2006-present).
  • Member of British Association of Applied Linguistics (1991-date).
  • Affiliated Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (2001-present).
  • Member of International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (2002-present).
  • Member of British Association of Clinical Linguistics (2008-present).

Forthcoming events

An  event on Intercultural Business Communication with an international seminar/workshop was recently held in Trinity House, De Montfort University and was sponsored by the PMI2 funding.

Conference attendance

February 2012:

Intercultural Business Communication (IBC) PMI2 project overview – key note speaker for the international conference on Intercultural Communication and Business Engagement with China and the World, held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Better Intercultural Communication for Business Sustainability and Success – conference organiser, key-note speaker and workshop facilitator for International seminar/workshop on Intercultural Communication and Business Engagement with China and the World, held at De Montfort University, UK.

December 2011:

Developing Key Competencies through ELT materials - Invited key-note speaker for the 4th English Language Teaching Research Symposium, Beijing, by the British Council and People’s Education Press. http://www.britishcouncil.org/china-education-english-symposium-8.htm|

September 2011:

 Invited convener for Clinical Linguistics Colloquium of the BAAL annual conference, Bristol.

Developing a Chinese LARSP in Malaysia, invited presentation for the Clinical Linguistics Colloquium – Research and Teaching Practices of Clinical Linguistics in the East and West, BAAL, Bristol.

August 2011:

Chinese values and beliefs in early and later learning – a metaphor analysis; invited presentation for the 14th conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction – Education for a global networked society, Exeter.

Facilitating ELT classes in Chinese universities with New Standard College English, (over 400 university teachers).

Applying Discourse Analysis to university English class (over 300 university teachers), teacher training workshop series for university english teachers in China, Beijing.

ELT approaches and techniques for New Vision College English (over 200 universities teachers, teacher training workshop series for university english teachers in China, Beijing, organised by China Applied Linguistics Centre and FLTRP.

April 2011:

The need of the College English development for in China held in Wuxi with over 500 participants from over 400 Chinese universities.

Changchun with over 300 participants from over 200 Chinese universities. 

Intercultural Business Communication: cases and challenges, given to over 100 staff and students at Shandong University, Jinan, China. Shandong Economics University, Jinan, China

Journeys of Learning: insights into intercultural adaptation, given to over 100 staff and students at: Dezhou University, Dezhou, China. http://xwzx.dzu.edu.cn/news/mcwnsy.php?fid=3&id=6061|.
Yangzhou University, Yangzhou. 

March 2011:

College English in China for future workforce, the national launch conference for the New Vision College English held in Xi’an with over 300 participants from over 200 Chinese universities. http://www.fltrp.com/newsdetail.cfm?iCntno=210282

Voices of Dyslexic Children: interpretations through metaphors, the International Seminar for Parents and Educators, in Singapore. 

Awareness of Child Language Development, workshop to parents and teachers with young dyslexia learners, organised by Dyslexia Association of Singapore.

December 2010:

Journeys of Learning in Intercultural Adaptation, International Conference on Intercultural Adaptation.

September 2010:

 Creativity and criticality: developing Chinese approaches to learning,, a key-note speech for the sixth International conference on Transnational Dialogues in HE: Responding to the needs of the East Asian Learners in Higher Education, held in Portsmouth.

July 2010:

Applying Discourse Analysis to university English class (over 300 university August teachers), teacher training workshop series for university English teachers in China, Beijing, organised by China Applied Linguistics Centre and FLTRP.

ELT approaches and techniques for College English teaching (over 300 universities teachers, teacher training workshop series for university English teachers in China, Beijing, organised by China Applied Linguistics Centre and FLTRP 2010 May.

Developing Chinese and Malay grammatical assessment tools for speech and language therapy, invited speech for the international conference on Current Development in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the Asia-Pacific Region, held in Kuala Lumpur

March 2010:

 ELT preparation for globalisation, invited speeches for university English teachers in the south region of China, held in Guangzhou; in the north region of China, held in Xian and Shenyang; in the east region, held in Nanjing and Changshu; in the west region, held in Chengdu; and in Beijing:

Investigating perceptions and practice of ELT young learners with dyslexia by metaphor analysis, 4 workshops for the Dyslexia Association of Singapore.

October 2009:

Developing Creative Interaction in College English in China, invited plenary speech for the Fifth International conference on Responding to the needs of the East Asian Learners in Higher Education, Qingdao, China.

September 2009:

 Invited panel chair/speaker for the ESRC national seminar at Nottingham on Re-thinking the Needs of International Students: Critical Perspectives on the Internationalisation of UK Higher Education, the University of Nottingham

August 2009:

Interactive Teaching for Large English Classes, Applying Discourse Analysis to English Language Teaching, annual conference for university English teachers in China, Beijing, organised by China Applied Linguistics Centre and FLTRP.

April 2009:

An Approach of Metaphor Analysis For Researching Concepts of Teaching and Learning, Zhongnan University of Finance and Law, China.

Researching Discourse for English Language Teaching and Learning, Zhongnan University of Finance and Law, China.

Narrative Assessments for clinical use: pros and cons in current practises, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia.

Developing a Gujarati STASS – a sociolinguistics perspective,National University of Malaysia, Malaysia

March 2009:

Reforming perceptions and practices of teaching and learning in China, China’s education reform: Radical shifts and their implications, held at Keble College, University of Oxford, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, University of Oxford and Monash University

October 2008:

Panel speaker and Rapporteur for the Nottingham ESRC national seminar, Insights into the Experiences of International Students in the UK: Key Findings, the University of Nottingham

July 2008: 

A model of discourse approaches for English language teaching in China: meeting the needs of Chinese university learners, the FLTRP annual national seminar for university english teachers, Beijing, China.

Teaching Chinese university learners, an interactive approach, the FLTRP annual national seminar for university english teachers, Beijing, China

Participation and partnerships: bridging expectations of learning and performance, invited plenary speech for the Fourth International conference on Promoting Partnership: responding to the needs of the East Asian Learners in Higher Education, at Portsmouth University, UK

April 2008:

Living Interculturally: discoursal communication, invited key-note speech for the 65th anniversary celebration of Zhongnan University of Finance and Law, China.

Analysing Adverts in English and Chinese: discourse structures, culture & meaning, invited workshop to research students and staff at Zhongnan University of Finance and Law, China.

Developing Discourse in English Language Teaching: materials, tasks and activities, invited workshop to research students and staff at Zhongnan University of Finance and Law, China Communication, Shanghai, China.

Current research students

1st Supervisor for:

Chinese Tertiary Students Willingness to Communicate in English (PhD enrol 2012)

Research on College Culture Teaching and Intercultural Sensitivity (PhD enrol 2012)

Interpreters’ Intercultural Awareness in Press Conference Setting: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (PhD enrol 2012)

Language learning strategy training in english listening and speaking in China (PhD enrol 2012)

The Awareness of the Integration of Intercultural Communication in English Textbook for Libyan Secondary Schools (PhD pending for visa)

Dynamic Motivation in Self-regulated Learning among EFL Learners in a Chinese Medical University (PhD enrol 2012)

Developing autonomous vocabulary learning strategies among university learners of english in China (PhD enrol 2012)

Development of Speech Recognition Tests for Adult Malay Speakers with Cochlear Implant (PhD enrol 2011)

Investigating Lexical Richness and English Written Proficiency of Chinese Learners (PhD enrol 2011)

Effective use of Assistive Technologies to Optimise Learning for Students with Dyslexia from a Multilingual Background (part-time PhD enrol 2008)

Factors Impacting on the Motivation of Omani Students to Learn English as an L2 (PhD successful viva 2011, register in 2007 part-time)

Externally funded research grants information

2011-2012 Investigating intercultural communication strategies and practices in international companies in China & UK for improving undergraduate and postgraduate curricular in business courses in Chinese and British universities, the British Council- PMI2 China-UK Collaborative Partnerships in Employability and Entrepreneurship.

2010-2011 Perceptions and Methods of Learning English as an Additional Language by Singapore Primary School Children with Dyslexia. British Council- English Language Teaching Research Awards, as a principal grant holder with the partner institution of Dyslexia Association of Singapore.

2010 August English Language teacher training for university lecturers, grant from Macmillan Publishers, FLTRP and China Applied Linguistics Centre .

2010 May As a PMI project outcome, International Conference on Current Developments in Speech, Language and Hearing Science Research in the Asia Pacific Region was successfully held in the Legend Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; external funding obtained from relevant industry including Siemens, Labehem, Voon Radio, etc.

2009 Oct Developing Creative Interaction in College English in China, conference grant from Shandong University of Science and Technology, China .

2009 July Developing Innovative and Creative Skills in English Teaching, grant from Macmillan Publishers, FLTRP and China Applied Linguistics centre .

2008-2010 Researching Syntactic Development for Malay and Chinese Children in Malaysia & Constructing Syntactic Assessment Tools for Speech & Language Therapy, the British Council- PMI2 Research Cooperation award, as a principle grant holder with the partner of National University of Malaysia.

2008 July Applying Discourse Analysis in Chinese University ELT, grant from Macmillan Publishers, FLTRP and China Applied Linguistics Centre.

2008 April Developing Discourse Analysis for Chinese Learners of English, travel grant from Zhongnan University of Finance and Law.

2007-2008 Researching Chinese Learners: from Kindergarten to University, grant from Macmillan Publishers.

2007-2008 Metaphor research of teaching and learning in China, conference travel & research material grant from Zhongnan University of Finance and Law.

Case studies

  • A huge quantity of google search results on my name and research themes.
  • Media reports of my research projects.
  • Annually over 10 key-note and invited speeches at international conferences and workshops in different countries.

The publications of teacher development books based on my research, which are used by thousands of English university teachers in China; this will enhance English teaching and learning of the biggest English learning group in the world.
Jin,L and Cortazzi,M (2011 ed) Researching Chinese Learners – skills, perceptions and intercultural adaptations. Palgrave, Macmillan

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