Department of Education

Sihan Zhou

Doctoral Student

College Affiliation: St Antony's College

Sihan is a DPhil candidate at Department of Education, where she investigates non-native teachers’ use of pragmatic strategies in EMI classrooms in Higher Education in China.

Before her DPhil, Sihan worked as KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) Associate at University of Edinburgh. Sihan was Educational Lead of the ’Tornado English’ project – a digital English platform for Chinese young learners, using bilingual animation and digital games for teaching. Sihan has also been awarded a Distinction by the University of Cambridge on an MPhil in Research in Second Language Education in 2016.

Title of Thesis

A mixed methods study on English medium instruction lecturers’ use of pragmatic strategies in Higher Education in China

  • Zhou, S., Li., C., Galloway, N., & Rennie, R. (2018). Attitudes towards Digital Game-Based Learning of Chinese Primary School English Teachers. Talk at the International Conference ‘Innovation in Language Learning’, Florence.
  • Zhou, S. (2017). Teachers’ attitudes towards digital game-based learning in China: A case of Tornado English. Talk at Interweaving Conference, Edinburgh. 
  • Zhou, S., Rennie, R., & Galloway, N. (2017). Digital game-mediated second language education: Viewing from teachers’ perspectives. Talk at 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona. 
  • Zhou, S. (2016). A mixed methods study on Chinese EFL learners’ oral English learning strategies and self-efficacy beliefs. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Chinese Educational Research Association (CERA), London. 
  • Zhou, S. (2015). The role of self-esteem in English learners’ zone of proximal development. Paper presented at Boya Forum International Undergraduate Conference 2015, Beijing. 
  • Zhou, S. (2014). The effects of dramatisation on English literature comprehension. Journal of Overseas English, 17, 235-236.


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