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Zhoulin Ruan

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Dr Zhoulin RUAN (阮周林) is Professor of Applied Linguistics and was the founding Head of Department of Languages and Culture (02/2009-08/2011), Department of English, Culture and Communication (09/2011-08/2014), and Department of English (09/2016-01/2020) at XJTLU. He joined the University in August 2006 when it was founded in SIP, Suzhou. In his HoD role, he led all aspects of the creation and development of the Departments, from developing and managing the delivery of BA and MA programmes, to building an international faculty team. He has served on the Universitys committees and boards in various roles. Prof Ruan received his PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Reading in the UK. His research interests are in academic writing, learners variables in language learning, EAP/ESP in the Chinese contexts, and discourse analysis. His monograph entitled Metacognitive Knowledge in Self-regulated Language Learning and Writing was published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. His research articles have been published in the domestic and international journals, including Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Language Awareness, System, RELC Journal, Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Foreign Languages in China. Prior to XJTLU, Prof Ruan had undertaken teaching and research in applied linguistics at universities in China and the UK. At XJTLU he supervises PhD students on projects relating to his research interests within the University of Liverpools Off-site Doctoral Programme.

Research interests

academic writing, discourse analysis, systemic functional grammar, second language acquisition, EAP/ESP


Professor, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University, Department of English - 2017 to Present

Head of Department of English, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2016 - 2020

Founding Head of Department, Department of Languages and Culture/English, Culture and Communication, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University - 2009 to 2014

Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University, Department of English, Culture and Communication - 2009 to 2017

Tutor/Senior Tutor/Deputy Director, English Language Centre, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University - 2006 to 2009

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Reading, 2005

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