Dr Li Li
Senior Lecturer in Language Education (TESOL); Director of PG Cert, PG Dip, and MEd in TESOL


BA, MPhil, PCAP, PhD

I am Senior Lecturer in Language Education and Director of MEd in TESOL in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter. Educated in China and UK as an applied linguist, I have been involved in English language teaching and research for nearly 20 years and have worked in various cultural contexts. My research areas include cognition and language, thinking skills, interaction and technology and I am teaching modules in these areas.  I have widely published in these areas. The most recent project I have completed is Social Interaction and Teacher Cognition (Edinburgh University Press). I have also co-edited Routledge Handbook for Researching in Teaching Thinking Skills, which have been sold worldwide. I have been invited as guest editor of a prestigious journal: Thinking Skills and Creativity, and serve on editorial board for Thinking Skills and Creativity, and Classroom Discourse. I also serve as reviewers for prestigious journals in education, applied linguistics and TESOL. In 2012, I was elected as Executive Committee for British Association for Applied Linguistics and have been acting as Seminar co-ordinator since then, working closely with Cambridge University Press and Routledge to develop seminars and workshops. I have also been invited by many prestigious universities in China, UK, Spain and USA as guest speakers and a visiting professor, including Tsinghua University, ECNU and Southwest University in China. In addition, I have also been involved in judging British Council best Master Dissertation Award.

I am an experienced Masters and doctoral supervisor, successfully supervised 12 doctoral projects in the last four years and currently supervising 14 doctoral students.

My article about teachers' beliefs is featured in Taylors and Francis Group what’s trending in language and linguistics? You can read if for free here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19463014.2011.562657#.VPhioC4sp2A

Want to know important issues in using computer-assisted language learning?  Read my online article here: http://elt.i21st.cn/article/9610_1.html



  • PhD in Applied Linguistics and TESOL 
  • MPhil in Second Langauge Education Across Cultures
  • BA in English Literature and English Language Teaching
  • PCAP



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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722880
AddressNorth Cloisters
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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