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Sujing Xu

Teaching Associate in Mandarin Chinese, Faculty of Arts



Sujing Xu is currently a Teaching Associate in Mandarin Chinese at the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. Prior to her teaching role at University of Nottingham, she taught at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China from 2006 until 2011.

Sujing received her academic and professional training both in China and in the UK. She majored in English during her undergraduate study in Ningbo and later received her training to teach Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language in Beijing. She pursued her first Master's degree in International Professional Communications at University of Dundee and then followed an MA in Culture and Creative Industries at King's College London.

Besides teaching, Sujing has also been a freelance translator for art journals such as Randian. In 2014, she was commissioned to translate fifteen in-depth interviews of Dr Andreas Fulda with European and Chinese foundation representatives and civil society practitioners on the issue "Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in the PR China", a research project funded by the Philadelphia-based philanthropic consultancy Geneva Global. All fifteen interviews were published online by Geneva Global and China Development Brief in Spring 2015 [in English] [in Chinese].

Teaching Summary

Sujing is passionate about teaching and has taught Mandarin language modules for learners from beginners' level to the advanced level. She endeavours to adopt innovative and interactive teaching… read more

Research Summary

Sujing's current research interests include blended learning and creativity in foreign language teaching and learning.

She recently collaborated with colleagues Dr Neil Hughes and Dr Lan Lo to develop the blended learning model MIRACLE (an acronym for mode, integration, research, asynchronicity, challenges, learners and evaluation) for the Mandarin for Beginners module here at University of Nottingham. As an outcome of this collaboration, the following co-authored research paper has been published:

Neil Hughes, Lan Lo & Sujing Xu (2017): Blended Chinese language learning design: an integrative review and synthesis of the literature, The Language Learning Journal, Routledge

Sujing is passionate about teaching and has taught Mandarin language modules for learners from beginners' level to the advanced level. She endeavours to adopt innovative and interactive teaching approaches. She is the module convenor and tutor for the following Mandarin modules: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners, Listening and Speaking Mandarin Chinese for Beginners, Mandarin Discourse Skills for Language Professionals. Besides Mandarin language teaching, Sujing also contributes to the content module Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages by delivering parts of the lectures and seminars.

Sujing has been actively attending and presenting papers at conferences related to good practice in modern languages teaching. For instance, she delivered a presentation titled Integrating culture in Mandarin Chinese language teaching: From 'culture writ large' to 'lower case culture' at the 15th BCLTS (British Chinese Language Teaching Society) conference in June 2017.

Past Research

In 2011, Sujing collaborated with Dr Andrew White from University of Nottingham Ningbo China to conduct research on China's cultural policy by examining the case of the development of cultural and creative industries in Shanghai. The research paper has been published as

Andrew White & Sujing Xu (2012): A critique of China's cultural policy and the development of its cultural and creative industries: the case of Shanghai, Cultural Trends, Routledge

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