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Rining Wei

Associate Professor

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Rining WEI (Tony), PhD, teaches courses related to English language education and research methods at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at the Department of Applied Linguistics, XJTLU, where he serves as Deputy Head of Department. He has supervised nearly 40 master’s and PhD dissertations to successful completion, which cover three areas: (1) English Education TESOL [Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages], (2) Bilingual Education Bilingualism (BEB), with a particular focus on individual differences (e.g., grit and resilience) in learning an additional language, and (3) English for Specific Purposes (ESP).Currently, Dr. Wei also serves as (1) Co-Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of EAP: Research and Practice [published by the UK’s third oldest university press]( (2) Associate Editor The TESOL International Journal [Scopus-indexed] ( download Dr. Weis papers (free of charge), please visit his webpages at or ResearchGate.

Research interests

Dr Wei is interested in working with professional colleagues and postgraduate students on topics in the following broad fields:

Bilingual Education Bilingualism (BEB)

English Education TESOL

English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

Quantitative methods in applied linguistics

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Associate Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) - 2021 to (now)

Assistant Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) - 2014 to 2021

Lecturer (part-time), Hang Seng University of Hong Kong - 2013 to 2014

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - 2012 to 2014

Mathematics Teacher, Nanshan Foreign Language School, Shenzhen - 2001 to 2004


Module Leader for Lng419 Multilingual education and multilingual literacies (for MA Applied Linguistics with specialisation in multilingualism)

Module Leader for Eng411 Dissertation (for MA TESOL)

2015: External examiner for the PhD dissertation ‘Teachers Mandarin Usage in EFL Classrooms in Two Universities in Southeast Mainland China’ (RMIT University, Australia).

Module Leader for Eng 115 English as a Global Language

Module Leader for Eng 216 Bilingualism

Lng419 Multilingual education and multilingual literacies

Eng411 Dissertation

Eng 406 Research Methods

Eng 318 Applied Linguistics

Eng 316 An Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Eng 302 Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

Eng 216 Bilingualism

Eng 202 Business Communication

Eng 115 English as a Global Language

Eng 103 Introduction to Linguistics

Lan 003 How Language Works

Awards and honours

2022: Distinguished Contribution Award as Trainer in Higher Education, ILEAD, XJTLU.

2021: Extraordinary Contribution Award (特殊贡献奖) in Student Recruitment, Student Admissions and Career Development Office, XJTLU.

Honorary Lecturer, Department of English, University of Liverpool, 2014-now

Education/Academic qualification

• Ph.D. in Bilingual Education & Bilingualism (BEB), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

• B.S. in Mathematics Education, Shenzhen University

Person Types

  • Staff


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