Ms Xiaofei Tang

MA (TCSOL, Wuhan U), PhD (Linguistics, ANU)
Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language

Areas of expertise

  • English As A Second Language 200303
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • Lote, Esl And Tesol Curriculum And Pedagogy (Excl. Maori) 130207

Research interests

  • Textbook evaluation & analysis
  • Blended learning & flipped classroom
  • Teaching English as a second/foreign language
  • Teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language


Career Highlights

  • Visiting Fellow, CHL, CAP (2019 - present).
  • Lecturer, Wuhan University of Technology, China (2017 - present).
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (2018-2019).
  • Sessional Academic, CHL, CAP (2015-2016).

Community Engagement/ Administrative Activity

  • Review Committee Member, The Asian Conference on Language 2020 (Tokyo, 2019 - present).
  • Senior Reviewer, The 9th Asian Conference on Language Learning (Tokyo, 2019).
  • Organizing Committee Member, The 13th Midwest China Symposium on Translation Theory & Pedagogy & The International Forum on Translation Studies (Wuhan, 2018).
  • Thesis Defense Committee Member, School of Foreign Languages, Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan, 2017 - present).


Researcher's projects

I am conducting four ongoing funded research projects with three as a Principal Investigator plus one as a Co-Investigator, among which one is internally funded and three are externally funded.
  • China Foreign Language Teaching Materials Research Project (approx. $ 2,100 AUD)

  • The National Social Science Fund of China (approx. $ 42,000 AUD, CI with Associate Professor Yingliang Liu)

  • Commercial Research Fund (approx. $ 3,200 AUD)

  • Teaching Development Research Fund of Wuhan University of Technology (approx. $ 1,100 AUD)

My latest research project aims to report on an analysis of cultural content embodied in 143 Chinese EFL textbooks designed for primary education. Two research questions are expected to be addressed: (1) How do EFL textbooks represent different cultures? (2) To what extent do cultural representations in the textbooks align with the requirements of the National Curriculum? Corpus-based techniques are employed to analyze the corpus of EFL textbooks, including “keyness” and qualitative examination of concordance lines. The expected results of the study relate to the advancement of understanding sociocultural and ideological implications of textbooks and English as a foreign language. By combining both quantitative and qualitative methods, this study will provide a holistic understanding of the implicit construction of relationships between culture and language in EFL textbooks. This study sets the research background against the backdrop of ‘glocalisation’. Therefore, its findings may contribute to future language policy planning and English curriculum reforms in China and other EFL countries as a reference to addressing conflicts between globalization and nationalism.

Completed projects

  • 2018-2019. Innovation Fund of Wuhan University of Technology (Grant No. 2018IVA078), sponsored by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities. Primary Investigator. (approx. $ 6,300 AUD)
  • 2018. Commercial Research Fund, for a project 'Experimental report on bulk berths in Lanshan, Port of Rizhao' (Grant No. 20183h0201). Co-Investigator with Professor Haijian Dan. (approx. $ 21,000 AUD)


Current student projects

Since I was first engaged in supervision of students at the Wuhan University of Technology in 2017, I have consistently supervised nine students' research theses - three Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) and six BA in English - with eight as a principal supervisor plus one as a co-supervisor.

[As a principal supervisor]

  • "A Report on English-Chinese Translation of ‘A World at Arms: A Global History of the World War II'". Dan Lu, MTI program, 2019-present.
  • "A Report on Chinese-English Translation of Studies on the 'Report to the 19th CPC National Congress: The Introduction to 50 Economic Terms'". Chen Li, MTI program, 2019-present.

Past student projects

[As a principal supervisor]

  • 'An Empirical Study of Two-Stage Evaluation of College American and British Literature Textbooks for English Majors in China'. Yuchang Wang, BA program, 2018-2019.
  • 'An Internal-External Assessment Approach to the Retrospective Evaluation of College Non-English-Major Textbooks'. Jiahao Wang, BA program, 2018-2019.
  • 'An Empirical Study of a SPOC-Embedded Blended Learning Model for Intensive English Reading: The College English Majors’ Attitudes'. Xujiang Liu, BA program, 2018-2019.
  • 'An Empirical Study of a SPOC-Based Flipped Classroom for College English-Major Writing Course: The Perceptions of Students'. Ke Chen, BA program, 2018-2019.
  • 'An Empirical Study of Staged Development of L2 Acquisition on English-Major Students’ Oral English Ability'. Wanyu Li, BA program, 2017-2018.
  • "The Retrospective Textbook Evaluation of 'Contemporary College English' and 'A New English Course'". Diyang Zheng, BA program, 2017-2018.
[As a co-supervisor]
  • "A Report on English-Chinese Translation of 'Journal to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal’s History and Culture'". Xin Wang, MTI program, 2017-2019.

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