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Oliver Jarvest

Language Lecturer

Personal profile

Personal profile

I come from Staffordshire in the north of England, where I studied for my degrees in English language, literature and education. My Masters dissertation is related to modern theories of motivation, specifically Directed Motivational Currents and complex dynamic systems theory in education. I have great interest in all of these topics and am always looking to learn more.Prior to joining the ELC at XJTLU, I worked in England for two years as an EAP and IELTS tutor and trainer in Manchester. This involved working on the University of Manchesters Pre-sessional course and had me tutoring a range of students from all over the world including China. My past experience also includes working in Wuhan and Dalian as both teacher and teacher trainer in General English, Business English and EAP contexts.My current research interests are vast but I have a particular curiosity about highly motivated learners, transitioning to flipped learning, use of the lexical approach and the effect of policy on student expectations and behaviors.

Research interests


Flipped Learning

The Lexical Approach

Policy and the Classroom


English Language Lecturer, XJTLU, China - 2022 to present

EAP Lecturer, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, China - 2021 to 2022

Pre-sessional English Lecturer, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK - 2019

EAP Tutor and Course Developer, MC Academy, Manchester, UK - 2019 to 2021

English Tutor and Teacher Trainer, English First, Wuhan, China - 2017 to 2019


EAP037 - English for Academic Purposes, Year 1 Pre-intermediate

Education/Academic qualification

Cambridge Delta, University of Cambridge, UK - 2022

Cambridge CELTA, University of Cambridge, UK - 2019

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of Leicester, UK - 2017

BA English Language and Literature, University of Leicester, UK - 2015

Person Types

  • Staff