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Dr. Zhuo Li, Assistant Professor, Center for Language Education

Dr. Zhuo Li obtained her Ph.D. in ESOL/ Bilingual Education at the University of Florida, USA, Master of Education in English Education at Georgia Southern University, USA, and Bachelor of Arts in English Language at Sichuan International Studies University, China. Dr. Li joined SUSTC in 2013. In addition to teaching, she worked as the head of English Program before the establishment of Center for Language Education (CLE). Dr. Li had prior experience of teaching academic writing in English at Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School and integrated English in Shenzhen Polytechnic. Her research interests include cross-cultural communication, multiliterate approaches to language learning, and applying educational technology to second language acquisition and foreign language learning with a focus on English language learning through computer games.

Selected publications:

Li, Z., & Chiu, C.-C. (forthcoming). Doctoral students’ attitudes and beliefs towards blended learning in an English as a foreign language (EFL) writing course. In Digital language learning and teaching: Research, theory and practice. Routledge.

Jong, E. d., Li, Z., Wu, C.-h., & Zafar, A. (forthcoming). Language policy in multilingual contexts: Revisiting Ruiz’s “language-as-resource” orientation. Bilingual Research Journal.

Li, Z., Chiu, C.-C., & Coady, M. (2014). The transformative power of gaming literacy: What can we learn from adolescent English language learners’ literacy engagement in World of Warcraft (WoW)? In H.R. Gerber, S. S. Abrams, & M. Burgess (Eds.). Bridging literacies in videogames (pp. 129-152). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Li, Z., Liu, F., & Boyer, J. (2008). Amusing minds for joyful learning through e-gaming. In R. d. C. V. Marriott & P. L. Torres (Eds.), Handbook of research on e-learning methodologies for language acquisition. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.


Honors and awards:

Guangdong Higher Education Reform Research Project, China, 2015, RMB80, 000

Finalist of Association for Academic Women Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship, USA, 2010, $1, 000.

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) Doctoral Dissertation Grant, USA, 2009, $5,000

Sunshine State TESOL of Florida Conference Participation Grant, USA, 2008

University of Florida Alumni Graduate Fellowship Award, USA, 2005-2009


University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Florida, USA

School of Teaching and Learning (STL) Travel Grant, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

The Department of Housing and Residence Education Multicultural Student Award, 2010

Graduate Student Council Travel Grant, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

The Office of Research Travel Grant, 2011, 2009

Sanibel Leadership Travel Grant, 2008


Georgia Southern University (GSU), Statesboro, Georgia, USA

Honor Student in College of Education, 2004

Honor for contributions to GSU as a graduate assistant, 2003-2004

Honor for Invited Professional in Seminar of International Students Affairs, 2004

Honor for volunteer service in ESOL classes, 2004