Dr Linda Mingfang Li
Principal Lecturer

Email: lil@regents.ac.uk
Subject(s): Languages and Culture

Professional Biography

Educated and trained as a language teacher and socio-linguist in China and the UK, Linda has taught languages and cross cultural studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level for many years, including teaching at the School of Oriental and African studies, Imperial College and Foreign and Commonwealth Office before joining Regent's University London in January 2001. She is now also a PhD supervisor, specialised in language policy and practice, teaching material development and second language teaching and learning. She is the Subject Group Leader in Chinese, Russian and Japanese, responsible for developing and running all the modules within the subject group.

She is an author of Chinese in Steps, a textbook series that won Outstanding International Chinese Language Teaching Materials Award December 2010 and was also adopted by Open University for its Chinese course First Step. It is the best seller of Chinese language textbooks in the UK. Recently Routledge published her monograph - Language management and its impact: the policies and practice of Confucius Institutes. Her joint research won a Creativity Thesis Award at the 10th International Symposium for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language on August 2010.

She is an external examiner for a number of universities. She also engages in school inspection, educational consultancy and teachers training. She has experiences and expertise in the areas of curriculum design, teaching methodology and cross cultural management training.

Qualifications

  • PhD Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck, University of London, 2016
  • MPhil Social Psychology & Education, University of Nottingham, 1999
  • MEd TESOL, University of Nottingham, 1992
  • PG Dip  Applied Linguistics (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, 1990
  • BA English Language and Literature, Shandong Teachers' University, Jinan, People’s Republic of China, 1982

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2016-Now: Principal Lecturer in Chinese, Subject Group Leader in Chinese, Russian and Japanese, Regent’s University, London
  • 2014-2016: Programme Director of International Business and Chinese studies and Subject Group Leader in Chinese, Russian and Japanese, Regent’s University, London
  • 2008 – 2014: Associate Head of Department of Language and Cross Cultural Studies, Pathway Leader in Chinese and Japanese, Regent’s University, London
  • 2005 – 2008: Subject Leader in Oriental Cultures and Business Development, European Business School London
  • 1996 – 2005: Visiting lecturer in Chinese in School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and in European Business School, London
  • 1998 – 2003: Visiting lecturer in Chinese for FCO, for Imperial College, University of London to teach on its MSc Technical Translation programme
  • 1985 – 1988: Lecturer in English, Shandong Teachers' University, People's Republic of China
  • 1984 – 1985: lecturer of English, Shandong Mechanical College, Shandong, People's Republic of China
  • 1982 – 1984: English language teacher, Dongying No. 1 Middle School

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS, Chair from 2012-2014)
  • Member of British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)
  • Member of The International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT)
  • Member of European Association of Chinese Teaching (EACT)

Teaching & Course Development

Teaching

  • BA Business Chinese stage 2
  • BA Business Chinese Level 6
  • MA Doing Business in China
  • MA Changing Geography

Courses Developed

  • Regent’s Connect: Chinese Society and Culture
  • BA Business Chinese stage 4
  • BA Business Chinese stage 5
  • BA Business Chinese stage 6
  • BA Business Chinese level 6
  • BA Chinese Speaking and Reading I
  • BA Chinese speaking and Reading II
  • MA Business Chinese I
  • MA Business Chinese II
  • MA Doing Business in China
  • MA Changing Geography (together with other colleagues)
  • Chinese Beginner I for evening class
  • Chinese Beginner II for evening class
  • Chinese Intermediate for evening class
  • Chinese Advanced for evening class
  • Chinese Life and Culture for evening class

Research Supervision

Supervised several BA students' dissertations in the past few years.

Examining

  • External Examiner for University College Dublin, Chinese language undergraduate modules; MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (2017-2020)
  • External Examiner for Queen’s University Belfast Chinese language undergraduate modules (2017- 2020)
  • External Examiner for Warwick University, Chinese language undergraduate and post graduate modules (2017-2020)
  • External Examiner for SOAS, University of London, diploma and Certificate in modern Chinese;  diploma and Certificate in Teaching Chinese as a foreign Language (2012 - 2017)
  • External Examiner for University of Sussex Chinese language undergraduate modules (2011- 2016)
  • External Examiner for Nottingham University undergraduate and post graduate Chinese language modules for Ningbo Campus, China, and Malaysia Campus (2008-2013)
  • External Examiner for University of West England, Chinese language and Chinese Area Studies modules (2009-2011)
  • External Examiner for Teesside University, undergraduate Chinese language modules (2006-2009)
  • External Examiner for Brunei University, undergraduate Chinese Language modules (2006-2009)

Research Interests

Research interests include Language policy and language practice; second language teaching and learning; teacher training; teaching material development; and Cross-cultural communications and business management with reference to China.

Publications

Textbooks

  • Li, L et al (2017). Chinese for Business Leaders Vol. I & Vol. II, London: Cypress Books UK Ltd
  • Li, L et al (2015). Teachers book for Chinese in Steps Vol. I, London: Sinolingua
  • Li, L et al (2014). Chinese in Steps Vol. III (2nd edition), London: Sinolingua
  • Li, L et al (2013). Chinese in Steps Vol. I (3rd edition), London: Sinolingua
  • Li, L et al (2012). Chinese in Steps Vol. II (2nd edition), London: Sinolingua
  • Li, L & Zhang, G (2007). Advance Business Chinese Vol. I,London: Cypress Books UK Ltd
  • Li, L & Zhang, G (2007). Advance Business Chinese Vol. 1, London: Cypress Books UK Ltd
  • Li, L et al (2009). Chinese in Steps Vol. IV,London: Cypress Books UK Ltd

Chinese in Steps I and II were used by the Open University as the source materials to develop its Chinese language programme. Based on them, its new book The First Step launched in October 2009

The Chinese in Steps series won the Award for Outstanding International Chinese Teaching Materials at the 5th Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing December 2010. It is one of the 20 winners out of over 3500 titles considered for the award.

Book

  • Li, L. (2018). Language management and its impact: the policies and practice of Confucius institutes. New York: Routledge

Book Editing

  • Li, L. et Xing, M (2014).  ed., Chinese Language Teaching and Learning: Theories and Practice -Applied Chinese Language Studies V. London: Cypress Books Co UK Ltd
  • Li, L. et Xing, M (2013). ed., Chinese Language Teaching and Learning: Theories and Practice -Applied Chinese Language Studies IV. London: Cypress Books Co UK Ltd

Book Chapters

  • Li, L. (2018). Chinese language teaching in the UK: present and future. In Chris Shei, Monica Zikpi and Der-lin Chao (Eds). The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching. Oxon UK: Routledge
  • Li, L. (2014). Chinese Characters Teaching in Non-Chinese Major Courses in UK Universities. In Li, L. and Xing, M. ed., Chinese Language Teaching and Learning: Theories and Practice -Applied Chinese Language Studies V. London: Cypress Books Co UK Ltd. pp110-120
  • Li, L. (2013). International English Transfer and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. In Xing, M. and Li, L. ed., Chinese Language Teaching and Learning: Theories and Practice -Applied Chinese Language Studies IV. London: Cypress Books Co UK Ltd. Pp55-64
  • Li, L. (2012). Teaching Chinese as an International Language and University Chinese Language Teaching in UK. In: Li, H. ed. 2012, Chinese Language Teaching in Universities Abroad in a Context of Globalisation. Shanghai: Shanghai Xuelin Publisher, pp21-39.
  • Li, L. & Zhang, X. (2010). A Three CA Approach in the Teaching of Chinese and Material Development in the UK. in Selected Essays of First Tsinghua International Symposium on the Teaching of Chinese, Beijing Foreign Language Studies Press, pp35-54
  • Li, L. & Zhang X, (2010). Chinese Language Teaching in the UK: Present and Future, Language Learning Journal. London: Routledge, Vol. 38, No 1, pp. 87-97
  • Li, L. & Zhang, X. (2009). In Zhang, GX (eds), A Common Framework of Standards for Non-Major Chinese Courses in British Universities. Chinese Language Teaching and Learning: Theories and Practice -Applied Chinese Language Studies II. London, Cypress Books Co UK Ltd. 143-151
  • Li, L. & Zhang, X. (2004). Chinese Learning and the Teaching with Adult Learners. in Selected Essays from Lijiang International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language August 2003, Wuhan University Press

Journal articles

  • Li, L. (2018). International Business Development in China -A study of globalisation and performance. Geneva, Switzerland: Int. J. of Business Performance Management.
  • Li, L. & Zhang, X. (2007). Chinese Language Teaching in the UK: Present Situation and Future Trends (in Chinese language) in Overseas Chinese Education. No 2, pp 46-57

Other Outputs

Teacher Training and Guest Lecturer

  • 2018. Teacher Training Lectures on teaching methodologies for Chinese university professors’ 3 month training course at University of Sheffield, organized by Ministry of Education, PR China,
  • 2018. Teacher Training Lecture on Business Chinese teaching in the UK, for LSE Confucius Institute Teachers’ Training workshop, London
  • July 2018. Chinese Language Teaching in the UK, methodologies and trend. A lecture for PhD students in College of international education, Shandong University
  • May 2018. Open lecturer on new Chinese teaching methodology 3 CA approach in language teaching, UCD, Republic of Ireland
  • 2017. Teacher Training Lectures on teaching methodologies for Chinese university professors’ 3 month training course at University of Sheffield, organized by Ministry of Education, PR China,
  • 2017. Teacher Training Lecture on Chinese Vocabulary Teaching for University College Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • June 2017. Teacher Training Lecture on Chinese Vocabulary Teaching for European Association of Chinese Teaching, Paris
  • 2016. Teacher Training Lecture on How to Teach Chinese in Confucius Class Rooms -Ideology and Teaching Methodology for Teachers, for Hanban UK Confucius Institutes volunteer teachers training workshop,
  • 2016. Teacher Training Lecture on Teaching Chinese at UK schools, for British Council Chinese teachers’ training workshop,
  • 2016. Teacher Training Lecture on Business Chinese Teaching, for teachers’ training workshop organized by Institute Confucius de Bretagne, France
  • 2016. Teacher Training Lecture on Business Chinese teaching in the UK, for LSE Confucius Institute Teachers’ Training workshop, London
  • July 2016. Teacher Training Lecture on Vocabulary Teaching, for overseas teachers in China training programme held at Beijing Language and Cultural University, China
  • June 2015. Teacher Training Lecture on Vocabulary Teaching , for East European Teacher Training programme, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
  • May 2015. Teacher Training Lecture on Chinese Language Teaching, for the PGCE students, Dublin Confucius Institute,
  • 2014. Teacher Training Lecture on Classroom Management, for the teachers training workshop organized by Dutch Chinese Teachers Association
  • July 2014. Guest Lecture on UK Chinese Language Teaching, for the postgraduate students of international Chinese, China Minzu University
  • 2014. Teacher Training Lecture on Chinese character and vocabulary teaching for EU teachers training workshop, Paris,
  • 2013. Teacher Training Lecture on Chinese Learning and Teaching for the teaching training programme organized by Goldsmiths Confucius Institute For Dance and Performance, University of London

 Judge/Inspection Panel Member

  • 2018. A Chinese language inspector for Government trilingual school in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 2017. A Chinese language inspector for Government trilingual school in Abu Dhabi, UAE,
  • December 2011- now. A judge panel member for the Secondary School Chinese Speaking Competition jointly organized d by Chinese Embassy, British Council and HSBC,
  • May 2015. A Chinese language inspector for Government trilingual school in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 2016. A judge panel member for Dutch Secondary School Chinese Bridge speaking Competition
  • 2014. A judge panel member for All UK weekend Chinese school students Speaking Competition
  • June 2011. The Chair of judges for the First Business Chinese Speech Contest for Business People
  • May 2003. A judge panel member for The Second All UK University Students Chinese Bridge Competition,

Article and Proposal Reviews

  • July 2017. The communicative approach in CFL Teaching: tools used to support context. Conference proceedings of Italian Association of Chinese Studies (AISC)
  • March 216. The Chinese Characters Learning Strategies of Malay Pupils in Malaysia National School. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, national University of Singapore.
  • June 2014. Frameworks and Standards, Learners and Practice: Teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese in HE, Routledge

Media Appearances

  • Interviewed by BBC world News on “The use of traditional V simplified Chinese characters in Hong Kong”, 24 Feb. 2015.
  • Interviewed by People’s Television, China on “The internationalization of Chinese Language Teaching”, 14 July 2014, http://tv.people.com.cn/n/2014/0714/c239891-25279983.html
  • Interviewed by People.cn, China on “Students learning Chinese increased by 153% in 10 years’ time”, 10 July, http://uk.people.com.cn/n/2014/0710/c352308-25263506.html
  • News on Teachers Training for Dutch Chinese Education Association, Holland, 30 November 2014 http://issuu.com/unitedtimes/docs/united_times_362_opt on page 121
  • News on lecture on “Chinese Teaching in the UK” for the postgraduate students in Minzu University Beijing, China, 25 August 2014, http://cie.muc.edu.cn/show.asp?id=407
  • News on visiting Xiehe College in China, 5 August 2014 http://xx.sdnews.com.cn/xx/201408/t20140817_1701925.htm
  • News on Chinese teaching conference at Regent’s University London http://www.oushinet.com/sight/HD/20140710/145740.html
  • Smith, J. (2008) Psychotherapy in the 21st Century. Chapter in Lloyd K, Stevens S & George J (2008) A History of Psychotherapy.  London: London University Press.
  • The Importance of Psychotherapy, Feature film, Psychology Festival, London, 2010

Cultural and business briefing and training activities on China

Over the last few years, she has been engaged in cross culture briefings for government bodies, firms and other organisations.  Clients include the Foreign Office, HSBC, LITV, Pearson, China Britain Business Council, Great Britain China Centre, Nokia, Lucent Technologies, GMAC Global Relocation Services, and Ogilvy & Mather etc. She also has experience in designing and managing management training programmes for Chinese managers and government officials, with clients coming from a wide range of industries and government departments in China. Bank of China, Chinese Bank of Communications and Chinese Ministry of Internal Trade were amongst the list of clients.

Interpretation and translation

Linda has completed many interpretation assignments for firms and various organisations with the subjects covering banking, industries, education, management training and law. The most recent works on Confucius completed in 2011 for Shenzhen Cherid TV and Media Ltd, China includes: 104 animation episodes, Cartoon Biography, 8 books of Selected Stories about Confucius. These are key reading books recommended by Hanban (office for teaching Chinese as foreign language).

 

Conference Papers Given

  • Li, L, July 2018. Chinese character teaching in the UK for non - Chinese major students at the Second International Conference for Chinese character teaching, Henan, China
  • Li, L. June 2018. Chinese Language Learning and Teaching in the UK – Present and future development, The 16th BCLTS international Conference at Warwick University, UK
  • Li, L. April, 2018. Teacher’s belief and Chinese language teaching methods. The 26th Princeton Conference on Chinese Language Instruction, Princeton, USA
  • Li, L.  July 2017, Non - major Chinese Teaching in British Universities, a paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Chinese Linguistics and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Ludong University, Yantai, China.
  • Li, L. May 2017, Teachers’ belief and their teaching approaches - How Chinese is taught in Confucius Institute Classrooms, a paper presented at the International Conference for Teaching Chinese at University of Helsinki, Finland
  • LI, L. August 2016,  “Business Chinese” at the 21st conference of the European- Business Chinese Association for Chinese Studies, ST, Petersburg, Russia.
  • Li, L, July 2015,  Teachers’ Beliefs and Chinese Language Teaching in the Confucius Institute Classrooms, the 13th BCLTS International Conference on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching, Oxford  University
  • Li, L, May 2015, How Chinese is taught in Confucius Institute Classrooms, the 13th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese Language and Culture
  • Li, L, January 2012, An Alternative Approach to the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language, a paper presented at Liege University, Belgium
  • Li, L, Business Chinese revised, a paper presented at the 9th BCLTS International Symposium on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching, Edinburgh University
  • Li, L & Zhang X, August 2010, On Teaching of Chinese and Chinese Teachers in the UK, a paper presented at the 10th International Symposium on the Teaching of Chinese by the ISCLT, Shenyang, China. The paper won the Innovative Dissertation Award of the conference
  • Li, L & Zhang X, June 2009, Second Language Teaching and the Teaching of Chinese, a paper presented at the 8th BCLTS International Symposium on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching, Cardiff University
  • Li, L & Zhang X, June 2009, What can be learned from English Language teaching history: Some thoughts on the Development Chinese Language Teaching, the 7th BCLTS International Symposium on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching, Sheffield University
  • Li, L & Zhang X, July 2008, Benchmarking non major Chinese with reference to CEF, the 6th BCLTS International Symposium on Chinese Language Learning and Teaching, SOAS, University of London
  • Li, L, June 2008, Learning Chinese Characters, Conference of Mainstreaming Chinese, the Institute of Education, University of London
  • Li, L, April 2007, Teaching Spoken Chinese in EBS, British Chinese Language Teachers Society's annual conference, Westminster University

Grants Awarded

  • 2017, £1200 from Universities' China Committee in London for her research on Three CA Approach in Teaching Chinese to Adult learners.
  • 2015, £10,000 grants awarded by China State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs for research on language policy as one of the research team member of Beijing Language and Culture University, PR China
  • 2006, £800 grants awarded by EBS LTC for composing Book III & IV, Chinese in Steps
  • 2005, £800 grants awarded by EBS LTC for composing Book I & II, Chinese in Steps