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Qianqian Zhou

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Qianqian Zhou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Linguistics, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Her research interest lies in the nature and impact of individual differences within the broader domain of second language acquisition. She is particularly interested in classroom-based projects that investigate individual difference variables such as willingness to communicate, learner beliefs, motivation, attitude, self-regulated language learning strategies and emotion. Her research projects have focused primarily on ESL/EFL/CFL learners’ willingness to communicate in a classroom setting, looking at its emergence and fluctuation from a Complex Dynamic Systems Theory perspective.

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She welcomes email enquiries about PhD supervision that relate to her current research interests, listed above.

Research interests

Individual differences in second language acquisition

Psychological and cultural aspects of foreign language teaching and learning

Classroom reticence

Complex dynamic systems theory


Assistant professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, XJTLU, Aug, 2021 - present

Teaching fellow, Department of Applied Linguistics, XJTLU, Feb - Aug 2021

Postgraduate dissertation supervisor, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, 2018-2020

Teaching assistant, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, 2016-2018


LNG412 Individual differences in language learning (Module convener)

LNG407 Second language acquisition (Module convener)

LNG402 Language testing and assessment (Module convener)

LNG410 English for specific purposes

LNG404 Speaking and listening

EDUA11248 Language and the Learner

LNG105 English as a global language (Module convener)

LNG407 Second language acquisition

LNG408 Discourse analysis

Awards and honours

Project member of Gamify the HyFlex Learning with Digital Escape Rooms: A case in China – Exemplar of the 2023 EDUCAUSE Teaching and Learning Horizon Report

The 2022 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Doctor award, Jiangsu Province Talent Programme

The 2023 Teaching Innovation Award of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, XJTLU

Winner of the 2020 PhD research grant; U21 representative of the University of Edinburgh at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, US.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Language Education, University of Edinburgh

MSc in Language Education (Distinction), University of Edinbugh

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