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Lan Lo

Assistant Professor, Chinese Language and Society, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Dr. Lan LO is currently a Mandarin Language Lecturer in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS). Her PhD research looks at migrant workers in the UK with a focus on the Chinese community. She participated in an International Labor Organization (ILO) commissioned project in 2009 regarding the impact of the economic crisis on Chinese ethnic businesses and the working conditions for Chinese migrant workers in the East Midlands in the U.K. In 2011, she was involved in establishing and organizing a voluntary student network for Chinese migrants and has acted as Project Liaison Officer in a pilot project on student engagement with the Chinese Community, which was designed and led by Dr. Bin Wu, Senior Research Fellow of School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham. Since 2016, she has been working as a co-researcher and lead of the Nottingham strand of a British Academy funded project on transnationalism titled "Transnational Chinese-Western couple relationships in China and the UK." She is currently acting as a Senior Training Lecturer in community support for the Nong Zhi Meng Chinese NGO in Shanghai. Outside the university, she volunteers as an interpreter for Chinese migrant workers living and working within the local community.

Expertise Summary

Teaching Summary

Currently her main teaching responsibilities are: Teaching Mandarin to Cantonese speakers and Teaching Mandarin Chinese on the undergraduate and Inter-faculty Chinese programmes. She also acts as a… read more

Research Summary

My research interests span Chinese Migration Studies and Teaching Chinese as a Second language (TCSL). My most recent publication in the area of Migration Studies was: Lo.L & Chen. Y (2014) A… read more

Currently her main teaching responsibilities are: Teaching Mandarin to Cantonese speakers and Teaching Mandarin Chinese on the undergraduate and Inter-faculty Chinese programmes. She also acts as a personal tutor to both UG and PG students. Between 2010 and 2012, she taught Introduction to Mandarin for International Business in the Business School.

Current Research

My research interests span Chinese Migration Studies and Teaching Chinese as a Second language (TCSL). My most recent publication in the area of Migration Studies was: Lo.L & Chen. Y (2014) A reflection on and proposal for current social support for Chinese migrant workers in the UK, Cambridge Journal of Chinese Studies, vol 9, No. 2, p. 1-7. The main focus of my work in TCSL is blended Chinese language learning, teaching Mandarin Chinese to Cantonese speakers and transitions to the year abroad. I have delivered several conference papers on both themes, most recently at the 2017 British Chinese Language Teaching Society annual at the University of Southampton. My most recent publications are: Hughes, N, Lo, L, Xu, S (2017) Blended Chinese Language Learning Design: an integrative review and synthesis of the literature, The Language Learning Journal, DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2017.1280526 and Lo, L (2016) Challenges faced by Cantonese speakers in a UK university Mandarin course in C. Stolhans et al (2016) Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at university: enhancing participation and collaboration (pp. 139-145). Dublin: Research-publishing.net

Past Research

Co-authored Book

Wu, B, LO, L (originally published as Lan Guo my maiden name) & Sheehan, J (2010), Employment Conditions of Chinese Migrant Workers in the East Midlands: A Pilot Study in a context of Economic Recession, published by International Labour Organisation

Journal Article

LO, L. (2014), The Role of Language and Communication for the Migrant Community Integration into Host Society: a case study on the Chinese Community in UK, Global Science &Technology (GSTF) JOURNAL of Law and Social Sciences vol. 3 No. 2, 2014, p46-51.

Invited Conference Papers and Seminars

June 2017- 'Addressing students' needs in preparation for Study Abroad in China: the University of Nottingham Approach', The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

July 2016-'Challenges faced by Cantonese speakers in a UK university Mandarin course', the 14th BCLTS International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education, Newcastle University, UK

July 2016-'Chinese Blended Language Learning Design: An Integrative Review and Synthesis of the Literature', European Chinese Language Teaching Conference 2016, University of Nottingham, UK

January 2016- 'Needs Analysis of Teaching Chinese Language for a Year Abroad in China', International Language and Tourism Conference 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

September 2015- 'MIRACLE: an instructional design approach to Chinese Blended Language Learning', poster presentation in the 'British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Annual Conference', University of Leeds, U.K.

July 2015- 'Preparation for a Year abroad', Tri-campus Language Teaching Conference, University of Nottingham, U.K.

June 2015- 'How can students at University of Nottingham prepare a Year abroad in China through Language Exchange Community?', the 'Living and Speaking Together' Conference - Professor Luce Irigaray', University of Nottingham, U.K.

June 2015- 'Using blended learning to prepare students for study-abroad in China', Chinese Teaching in the Western World Conference & Workshop, University of Bath, U.K.

June 2015- 'The Challenges facing the Cantonese speakers on Mandarin language learning within a mainstream university course in the UK', the 4th Annual International conference of 'Language, Literature and Linguistics', Singapore

July 2014- 'Mandarin learning for Cantonese-speaking tertiary students: an investigation in a university Mandarin course in UK', the conference of 'Third Symposium on the Supervision of Research Students in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language', Nanjing, China

June 2014-'The Role of Language and Communication for the Migrant Community Integration into Host Society: a case study on the Chinese Community in UK', the conference of 'Intercultural communication between China and the rest of the world: beyond (reverse) Essentialism and Culturalism?', University of Helsinki, Finland

June 2014-'Mandarin learning for Cantonese-speaking tertiary students: an investigation in a university Mandarin course in UK', the conference of 'Politique et idéologies en didactique des langues : acteurs et discours / Policy and Ideology in Language Teaching and Learning : Actors and Discourses', Paris, France

June 2014- 'The role of language and communication for the migrant community integration into host society: a case study on the Chinese community in UK', the 3rd Annual International Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics (L3 2014), Bangkok, Thailand

Grands awarded for Conference attended

January 2016- awarded Inter-Campus Staff Mobility Fund, University of Nottingham, to visit Malaysia campus for project

January 2016- awarded Teaching Development Fund, School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies, University of Nottingham, to give paper in Malaysia in January 2016

September 2015- funded by School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS), University of Nottingham (UoN) to give poster presentation in the 'British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Annual Conference', University of Leeds, U.K.

June 2015- funded jointly by McMillians Education, Bath University and CLAS, University of Nottingham, to give presentation on 'Using blended learning to prepare students for study-abroad in China' , Bath, U.K.

July 2014-awarded the 'Strategy & Steering Fund', UoN to present in the conference 'the Third Symposium on the Supervision of Research Students in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language', Institute for International students, University of Nanjing, China

July 2014-awarded the 'Strategy & Steering Fund', UoN to present in the 12th BCLTS International Conference on Teaching & Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in Higher Education, Regent's University, London, UK

June 2014- awarded the 'Strategy & Steering Fund', UoN to present in conference 'Intercultural communication between China and the rest of the world: beyond (reverse) Essentialism and Culturalism?' University of Helsinki, Finland

June 2014- awarded the 'Strategy & Steering Fund', UoN to present in the conference of 'Politique et idéologies en didactique des langues : acteurs et discours / Policy and Ideology in Language Teaching and Learning : Actors and Discourses', Paris, France

June 2014- awarded the Hanban /Confucius Institute Funding to the 'HSK Examination Conference for HSK exam officers', Belfast, Northern Ireland

April and November 2014-awarded 'Intercampus Mobility Funding' of UoN for Ningbo campus visits in China. My communication on the best way of Mandarin teaching and managing cohesion during students' Year Abroad in UNNC.I designed and proposed workshops to run and set up a new space on Moodle of UoN 'Preparation for a year abroad in UNNC', and received positive feedback from the students. My former students at UK and China campuses also contributed video-feedback in this space.

2009-2010, won research funding for being project liaison officer and coordinator of International Labor Organization research, supervised by Dr. Bin Wu, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, and University of Nottingham.

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