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Gao, Xiaoping Dr

Associate Professor

  • Discipline Leader of Languages and Linguistics - School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Overview


Xiaoping Gao is Associate Professor of Chinese and Discipline Leader of Languages and Linguistics in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong. She received her PhD from the University of Auckland, with a top achiever doctoral scholarship funded by New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. She gained her BA in Chinese Language and Literature, MA in Chinese Linguistics (specialised in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) from Peking University, China and Master of Management from Massey University, New Zealand.

Xiaoping has over 25 years of experience in teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language, translation, and Chinese content subjects (e.g., intercultural and business studies) at universities in China, the US, New Zealand, and Australia. Since joining UOW in 2012, she has received several prestigious awards (2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching OLT citation and 2013 & 2018 Vice Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning) and internal and external grants totalling over $600K for various projects.

Her research expertise spans applied linguistics and intercultural studies, particularly language pedagogy, second language acquisition, technology-enhanced teaching and learning, intercultural communication, teacher education, Chinese linguistics and pedagogical grammar. She has led 30 internal and external projects and published widely in the above areas.     

She is the editor of Technology-Enhanced Chinese Language Teaching and co-editor of Frontiers of L2 Chinese Education: A global perspective (Routledge, 2022). She is on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching and the Committee of Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities. She has extensive experience in conducting industrial training and educational assessment and consultancy for internal sectors and external bodies. 

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research interests/Areas of expertise

    • Second Language Acquisition
    • Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
    • Cognitive, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic perspectives on second language acquisition
    • Chinese as a second/foreign language pedagogy
    • Chinese language teacher education and training
    • Chinese language and cross-cultural studies

    Current research projects

    • Computer-mediated corrective feedback
    • The effects of study abroad and individual factors on the acquisition of Chinese as a second/foreign language
    • Transmission of Chinese culture in Oceania
    • Teacher Education

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Language Pedagogy
    • Second Language Acquisition
    • Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning
    • Teacher Education
    • Intercultural communication
    • Cognitive, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic perspectives on second language acquisition

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Family language policy from the perspective of Chinese heritage learners in Australia Zhang, Fiona
    Doctor of Philosophy A cross-linguistic and cross-disciplinary study of meta-discourse markers in research articles by Saudi and English researchers Alanazi, Fawzah

Teaching Overview


  • I have over 20 years’ experience in teaching and coordinating Chinese language and content subjects at universities in China, New Zealand and now Australia. My research expertise spans across second language teaching and learning, technology-enhanced teaching and learning, Chinese linguistics and pedagogical grammar, cross-cultural studies, and teacher education. My teaching is enriched by the incorporation of innovative pedagogy, practice-driven research, and my ongoing passion for student engagement. I have developed a teaching model that combines innovative teaching approaches and technology with a communicative environment that fosters cultural competency to maximise learning outcomes for students with diverse learning needs. My contributions to teaching and learning have been recognised by national and university awards.

Full Name


  • Xiaoping (Sherri) Gao

Mailing Address


  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

    Wollongong

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research interests/Areas of expertise

    • Second Language Acquisition
    • Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
    • Cognitive, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic perspectives on second language acquisition
    • Chinese as a second/foreign language pedagogy
    • Chinese language teacher education and training
    • Chinese language and cross-cultural studies

    Current research projects

    • Computer-mediated corrective feedback
    • The effects of study abroad and individual factors on the acquisition of Chinese as a second/foreign language
    • Transmission of Chinese culture in Oceania
    • Teacher Education

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Language Pedagogy
    • Second Language Acquisition
    • Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning
    • Teacher Education
    • Intercultural communication
    • Cognitive, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic perspectives on second language acquisition

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Family language policy from the perspective of Chinese heritage learners in Australia Zhang, Fiona
    Doctor of Philosophy A cross-linguistic and cross-disciplinary study of meta-discourse markers in research articles by Saudi and English researchers Alanazi, Fawzah

Teaching Overview


  • I have over 20 years’ experience in teaching and coordinating Chinese language and content subjects at universities in China, New Zealand and now Australia. My research expertise spans across second language teaching and learning, technology-enhanced teaching and learning, Chinese linguistics and pedagogical grammar, cross-cultural studies, and teacher education. My teaching is enriched by the incorporation of innovative pedagogy, practice-driven research, and my ongoing passion for student engagement. I have developed a teaching model that combines innovative teaching approaches and technology with a communicative environment that fosters cultural competency to maximise learning outcomes for students with diverse learning needs. My contributions to teaching and learning have been recognised by national and university awards.

Full Name


  • Xiaoping (Sherri) Gao

Mailing Address


  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

    Wollongong

    2522

    Australia