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Stephen Jeaco

Senior Associate Professor

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Start date at XJTLU: July 2006Dr Stephen Jeaco is a Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He teaches on a number of modules related to linguistics and TESOL. He also supervises students from the Department of Applied Linguistics studying MA TESOL dissertations and Undergraduate Final Year Projects. Topics are often related to Lexical Priming, corpus linguistics, semantic prosody or English language learning and teaching. Stephen has lived and worked in China since 1999 and has a strong commitment to English education for Chinese students. His experience in China focused on English language teaching has included roles such as: teacher, curriculum designer, examiner, trainer and manager. This varied experience has developed his awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese students’ productive language, and his working knowledge of teaching strategies and techniques to motivate and challenge students in this area.nbsp; As the Director of the ELC, between 2006 and 2012 Stephen Jeaco led the establishment and development of the English Language Centre (ELC) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. During this rapid period of growth at XJTLU, his responsibility grew from six tutors in 2006 to over one hundred tutors in 2012.nbsp; During this time, he served on various University committees and working groups, including the XJTLU Learning and Teaching Committee, Student-Staff Liaison Committee and Academic Board. Stephen has a strong interest in corpus linguistics. Through research projects for his Masters, he applied language learning theories to the Chinese context and began investigating how computer-based tools could be used to facilitate learning in a self-access situation. His doctoral thesis focused on the development of a user-friendly corpus tool based on the theory of Lexical Priming.nbsp; Areas of research in which he is currently engaged include developing software applications for the construction, manipulation and display of corpus data as well as evaluating corpus tools with learners for a variety of tasks.nbsp;Main Software Releases:Star; 2015: The Prime MachineStar; 2016: The Prime Machine V2.0Star; 2018: Public Release of The Prime Machine V3.0Star; 2019: Public Release of tPM HD (for Windows and Mac)Star; 2022: tPM HD released on the App Store (for Mac, iPhone and iPad)Star; 2022: tPM HD released on Google Play (for Android)Star; 2023: tPM V2.0 released for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and WindowsStar; 2023: tPMCrafty V2.0 released for Mac and WindowsFor information about The Prime Machine, see

Research interests



Second Langauge Acquisition

Academic writing

Corpus linguistics


Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (September, 2015 - Present), Suzhou, China-PRC.

Senior Teaching Fellow, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University (August, 2012 - August, 2015), Suzhou, China-PRC.

Director of the English Language Centre, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (July, 2006 - July, 2012), Suzhou, China-PRC


LNG404 Speaking and Listening (MA TESOL)

LNG409 MA TESOL Dissertation

LNG102 Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

LNG101 Sounds of English

ENG403 Methods in English Language Teaching

ENG304 Language and Literature

ENG114 Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

ENG104 Language of Business and Finance

ENG101 Sounds of English

Various EAP modules (2006-2012)

Awards and honours

2022 The British Council ELTons Awards Digital Innovation Finalist - The Prime Machine HD

Nominated by XJTLU and awarded 2015-2016 Excellent Teacher by Suzhou Industrial Park Education Department (苏州工业园区优秀教育工作者)

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Education/Academic qualification

BA (Honours) University of York, United Kingdom, English and Related Literature, 1996

MA University of Leicester, United Kingdom, Applied Linguistics/TESOL, 2004

Ph.D. University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2015

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