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

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


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


Before I joined the University of Birmingham as the head of Chinese language division, I was a Language Tutor at Imperial College London and School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS).  To date I have over 18 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.


  • “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


  • 09 26168 LI Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate I & II
  • 09 27129 LH Business Language Chinese Advanced I & II
  • 09 25198 IWLP Chinese Level 1 (MOMD)
  • 09 25200 IWLP Chinese Level 1 (OA)
  • 09 25297 LM Practical Translation (MA Translation studies)
  • 09 25840 LM Specialised Translation (MA Translation studies)
  • MA Translation and Professional Communication Skills
  • MA Translation Language project (Dissertation)

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise MA Translation Studies students for language project dissertations.


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.

Other activities

I am one of the organisers of the ‘Mandarin and English Exchange’ group --- an informal, not-for-profit society in Birmingham for British and Chinese friends based in the Midlands to share their common interest in learning about Chinese culture and understanding China. I am also a member of The British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) and British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS).


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