Dr Huahui Zhao

Dr Huahui Zhao

Profile

I joined the University of Leeds in 2017 as a Lecturer in Language Education after working as a Lecturer in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Bristol in 2008 before I was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow in distance education at Umeå University, Sweden.

I have been teaching and researching on language assessment and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. I am also keen to develop innovative research methods to facilitate interdisciplinary research between language education and technology enhanced education.

Responsibilities

  • Co-programme Manager for BA TESOL and BA English Language Education
  • UG Assessment Lead
  • School Library Representative

Research interests

My research interests mainly lie in language assessment and feedback (in particular writing assessment) and technology-enhanced teaching and learning (in particular in the context of computer mediated communication). I am particularly interested in exploring learner agency in collaborative learning in assessment and technology-mediated education. I've published widely in these areas in key journals including British Journal of Educational Technology, Assessing Writing, ELT Journal and Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education.

I am currently working on an international collaborative project which explores the applicability of the CEFR for tertiary EAP writing instruction in China, funded by the British Council ELTRA Award. The main aim of the project is to explore how to bridge the gap between assessment of learning and assessment for learning particularly in examination-oriented instruction contexts.

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Qualifications

  • PhD in TESOL/Applied Linguistics (University of Bristol)
  • MA in Educational Studies (University of York)
  • BA in English Linguistics and Literature (China)

Professional memberships

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics
  • International Language Testing Association
  • British Education Research Association

Student education

I've been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in language assessment and testing, technology-enhanced learning, and language analysis. I've also been supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations within the School of Education. I am currently co-supervising two PhD students in the area of language testing and technology-enhanced language learning, respectively.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>