Dr Xiaolong Tang PGCert, MA (Lond), MA (Bham), PhD, SFHEA

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

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2009. To date, I have taught a wide range of modules on undergraduate Chinese language programmes and also postgraduate translation studies.  My expertise is in the field of innovative language learning and teaching with specific reference to the use of software, mobile applications and digital tools. In 2011, I won my School’s “Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning” Award.


  • PhD in Modern languages, University of Birmingham, 2020
  • MA in Translation Studies, University of Birmingham, 2011
  • MA in Electronic Business Management, Middlesex University London, 2006
  • PG Certificate in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCFOL), SOAS, University of London, 2008


Before I joined the University of Birmingham, I was teaching at Imperial College London, University College London (UCL) and SOAS, University of London. After I received my first MA degree in E-Business, under the Continuing Professional Development scheme, I also completed an MA in Translation Studies, and a PhD in using technology for learning and teaching L2 Chinese at the University of Birmingham. I completed the latter two postgraduate programmes while working as the Language Coordinator of Chinese. 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. Below are awards that I have earned in recognition of my performance:


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



  • LC Mandarin Chinese Language Beginners I and II
  • LI Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate I and II
  • LH Business Language Chinese Advanced I and II

Previous academic years

  • IWLP Chinese Level 1 (MOMD/OA/FLC)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 2 (MOMD/OA)
  • IWLP Chinese Level 4 (MOMD/OA)
  • LM Practical Translation
  • LM Specialised Translation
  • LM Translation and Professional Communication Skills
  • LM Translation Language project (Dissertation supervision)

Postgraduate supervision

 I welcome enquiries from prospective students studying in the following areas:

  • Using technology to facilitate students’ learning of a foreign language;
  • Investigating student experiences of learning L2 Chinese;
  • Teaching Mandarin Chinese in a business context.


My doctoral research focused on using technology to facilitate students’ learning of Chinese characters. 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 software or application that best matches their needs.  It is therefore important for researchers as well as practitioners to understand what drives individuals to adopt language learning applications.

Other activities

UoB application collector for the Taiwan Huayu Enrichment Scholarships. (2017-2019)

Dissemination of Research and Participation in Academic Events

  • A committee member and judge for the First National Business Chinese Competition for UK University Students sponsored by the Chinese Proficiency Test Committee, Ministry of Education, China (December 2019 - June 2020).
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Business Chinese teaching forum: “The Management of Business Chinese Language Courses” and “Using Digital Tooling to Present Business Proposals”, SOAS, University of London (20 June 2020).
  • Served as a judge for the 17th Annual Mandarin Speaking Competition organised by the UK Association for the Promotion of Chinese Education (29 June 2019).
  • Guest speaker for the China Year Abroad (YA) programme “YA briefings – enhancing students’ awareness of cultural differences” at the London School of Economics (22 September 2017).
  • Guest speaker for the “Current Situation and Prospect of Chinese Language Teaching at UK Universities” at SOAS, University of London (15 May 2015). 
  • Invited speaker on teaching L2 Chinese characters for university degree language courses at Imperial College London (9 June 2014).

External Examining 

  • 2014 – 2018 Newcastle University
  • 2014 – 2018 University of Nottingham

Professional affiliations 

  • Member of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)
  • Member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS)


HANZI © Xiaolong Tang
A mobile app for learning Chinese characters
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Chinese-English Translation work

  • 《双效汉语快速阅读 1》(Speedy Reading 1) by N, Li (2008). Beijing Language and Culture University Press