Mr Xiaolong Tang MA, MA (Bham), PGCHE (Lond)

Department of Modern Languages
Programme Lead and Year Abroad Tutor for Chinese
Co-ordinator for Chinese, Languages for All

Contact details

Address
Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Aside from being directly involved in most aspects of undergraduate language teaching, I also regularly play an important role in developing and organising Mandarin Chinese language modules and programmes.

Qualifications

  • MA Translation Studies
  • MA E-Business Management
  • Certificate in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCFOL)

Biography

Before I joined the University of Birmingham as the Language Co-ordinator for Chinese, I was teaching at Imperial College London, UCL and School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  To date I have over 20 years’ experience teaching, and I also believe that teaching in itself a learning process.  Below are awards which I have earned in recognition of my performance.

Awards

  • “Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning Award (2011),” University of Birmingham
  • “National Competition in English Language Teaching (2001),” First Prize, China National Association of Foreign Language Schools
  • “National Competition in English Language Teaching (2000),” First Prize, China National Association of Foreign Language Schools

Teaching

2018-2019

  • LC Mandarin Chinese Language Beginners I
  • LC Mandarin Chinese Language Beginners II
  • LI Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate I
  • LI Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate II
  • LH Business Language Chinese Advanced I
  • LH Business Language Chinese Advanced II
  • IWLP Chinese Level 1 (MOMD)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 1 (OA)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 1 (FLC)

Before 2018

  • IWLP Chinese Level 2 (MOMD)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 2 (OA)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 4 (MOMD)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 4 (OA)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 4 (FLC)
  • LI Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate I
  • LI Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate II
  • LH Business Language Chinese Advanced I
  • LH Business Language Chinese Advanced II
  • LM Practical Translation (MA Translation studies)
  • LM Specialised Translation (MA Translation studies)
  • MA Translation and Professional Communication Skills
  • MA Translation Language project (Dissertation supervision)

Research

My doctoral research focuses on using technology to facilitate students’ learning of foreign languages. The importance of using technology in education and language learning has increased significantly in recent years, along with the advances in information technology. Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has been thought of as an effective tool when it comes to learning languages.

Given the large number of language learning software applications, it is often difficult for teachers and students to choose which courseware or application matches their needs best.  It is thus important for researchers as well as practitioners to understand what drives individuals to adopt language learning applications. This research will benefit my professional practices in the field of teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language, particularly within the area of technology-assisted language teaching and learning.

Publications

HANZI © Xiaolong Tang
A mobile app for learning Chinese characters
https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1117532723&mt=8
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.