Dr Peiling Xing's main interests lie in the areas of teaching methodology, learning environment, learning motivation, language/vocabulary learning strategies, academic writing skills, research methodology, and research design. Since she started her academic position in English for Academic Purposes at XJTLU in 2008, Dr Xing has taught EAP modules extensively for both Year 1 and year 2 undergraduates in the streams of Language and Communication, Business, Finance, Science, Industrial Technology, Built Environment, Analytical Academic Writing (for Advanced EAP classes) and some cross-departmental joint-delivery modules of Literature and Film, How Language Works, China and the World, and Architectural Representation and Communication. She has also taught PG EAP modules of Reading for Writing, Academic Presentation and Seminar Skills, Writing for Academic Purposes, and Advanced Academic Presentation and Seminar Skills for postgraduates. Further to the regular teaching, Dr Xing was actively engaged in delivering short intensive courses of Pre-sessional English for the postgraduates to be. Prior to XJTLU, she taught English as a foreign language in a number of universities in China and taught Mandarin to British military senior officers in the UK. Dr Xing also worked as Deputy/Assistant Dean of the Department of Foreign Languages at Zhejiang Wanli University (1998-2002). During which, she had carried out a series of international cooperation programmes with the British Council and a number of British universities.
PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Dundee, UK
PG Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Liverpool
PG Certificate in Education, Postgraduate Department of Shanghai International Studies University, China
BA in English Language and Literature, Foreign Language Department of Changsha University of Science and Technology, China
2015-2018 Module Convener ENG003/LAN003 How Language Works
1998-2002 Deputy Dean, Faculty of Languages, Zhejiang Wanli University
Xing, P. (2015) Evaluating Chinese Learners’ writing skills in argumentative essays writings. In C.Gitsaki, M.Gobert, and H.Demirci (eds), Current Trends in Reading, Writing and Visual Literacy in First or Second Language: Research Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Xing, P. and Jordan, E. (2013) Chinese learners’ vocabulary learning strategies and vocabulary size, Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics, Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics. Southampton: UK.
Xing, P. (2002) Chinese learners of English: Encouraging greater participation in speaking activities. Teaching English in China 25 (4), 48-52.
Books, monographs, compilations and manuals
Xing, P. (2009) Chinese Learners and the Lexis Learning Rainbow Oxford: Peter Lang.
Xing, P. with Professor X. Zhai et al (2008) A Dictionary of American Idioms translated from Makkai, A. (2004) A Dictionary of American Idioms (Fourth Edition). Shanghai: Fudan University Press. [I worked as Vice Principal Translator]
Chapters, cases, readings and supplements
2015-2016 A departmental project on “Oxford Placement Test and EAP Test Research Project: An intervention to reduce provincial differences in students’ EAP performance” with Eoin Joran, Dr Seth Hartigan, Ann Brantingham. [Eoin Jordan and I worked as project leaders]
2013-2015 A two-year project on “Gaokao, language testing and academic performance”. [I worked as project leader.]
2013-2014 A project completed with Eoin Jordan on “A longitudinal study of Chinese learners’ changes of their vocabulary learning strategies and their vocabulary size growth” [I was principal investigator.]
Xing, P. (2016) Students’ Perception of their Report Writing Skills and their Actual Writing Performance in a “Paper Plane Making” Project of an EAP module, the 2nd China EAP Association Annual Conference & the First International Symposium on EAP in Asia, Shanghai, China.
Xing, P. (2016) A Preliminary Study of Y1 Students’ Productive Vocabulary Use Frequency in their Project Report Writing and their Vocabulary Size, 2016 BAAL Vocabulary SIG conference, 7th-8th July, Nottingham, UK
Xing, P. (2015) Chinese learners’ adaptation of vocabulary learning strategies in the new learning environment and their vocabulary proficiency, Annual BAAL Vocabulary SIG conference, 2nd -3rd July, Swansea, UK.
Xing, P. (2014) Chinese Learners’ argumentative essay writing skills, the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), 10th-15th August, Brisbane, Australia.
Xing, P. and Jordan, E. (2012) Chinese learners’ vocabulary learning strategies and vocabulary size, the 45th BAAL Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics Conference, 6th -8th September, Southampton, UK.
Xing, P. (2012) Chinese learners’ view on progress in academic writing skills over the first semester in a two-year EAP module, the 1st World Congress of Scholars of English Linguistics, 25th-30th June, Seoul, Korea.
Xing, P. (2007) A theoretical model for L2 vocabulary acquisition strategies, the 18th International Symposium of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, 4th-6th May, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Xing, P. (2007) Chinese learners’ vocabulary size: a longitudinal study, the 1st Bloomsbury Student Conference in Applied Linguistics, 27th April, London, UK.
Xing, P. (2006) Reliability assessment for two Versions of the Vocabulary Levels Tests, BAAL/IRAAL Joint International Conference, 7th-9th September, Cork, Ireland.
SURF Project Fund awarded by Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University on "Strategy use in second language vocabulary acquisition and its relationship with vocabulary levels" with seven students (Yi Wang, Manru Zhang, Jufan Zou, Adlensius Fransiskus Djunaedi, Jiarui Xie, Jiaying Zou, and Tianyue Wei)
SURF Project Fund awarded by Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University on "Exploring mobile EFL learning on AI speech evaluation system" with Dr Bin Zou (Principal) and seven students (Qinglang Lyu, Yining Han, Zijing Li, etc.)
Teaching Development Fund awarded by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University on “A corpus-based approach to the investigation of discipline-related lexis for EAP teaching: From corpus evidence to pedagogical values” with Yuehong Gao (Principal), Dr Steve Jeaco, Dr.Thomas Fischer, and Shu Deng.
Won a 3-year-project funding RMB200,000 from Suzhou government on “EAP automatic evaluation system for speaking assignments based on AI technology” with Dr Bin Zou (Principal), Dr WenCheng Hsu, Dr Sara Liviero, Ling Xia, and Dr Xuelian Xu.
Teaching Development Fund awarded by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University on “Chinese learners’ vocabulary learning strategies and vocabulary size” with Eoin Jordan [I was principal investigator.]
Co-presented a three-year project with Professor Zhai, Dean of Foreign Languages Department, and won funding RMB350,000 rewarded by Ningbo government on "Strengthening and Developing English Language Teaching”.
Fellowship of UK Higher Education Academy
Membership of Jiusan Society
Awards and honours
SURF Poster Group Winner: my SURF project team was one of the 12 Group Winners out of 162 posters across the university in the 2022 SURF Poster Competition.
Won the first place of a department-scale teaching competition in the Department of Foreign Languages, Zhejiang Wanli University, China
Won Excellent Teacher Award in a city-scale evaluation, honored by Ningbo City Higher Education System