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Dr Zhiyan Guo

Zhiyan GuoChinese (Principal Teaching Fellow)

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Chair of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (
BA, MA, MEd, MRes, PhD
The Language Centre
Email: zhiyan dot guo at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0) 24 761 51089
Room: H034, Humanities Building, Central Campus


Zhiyan Guo joined Warwick in 2007, after completing her Ph.D in Education in Manchester, with the full funding support from the UK Oversea Research Scholarship (ORS). Since then, she has worked on projects concerning Internationalisation, e-learning, teaching and assessment. She has been teaching and co-ordinating Chinese courses designing and quality-assuring all academic modules from beginner up to advanced levels.

She has acted as an External Examiner for similar programmes in several UK universities, including LSE, Imperial, Glasgow, Bristol, East Anglia, and Exeter. She was elected into the Executive Committee of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society in 2014, taking the role of Editor for two years and the role of Chair from 2016.

Zhiyan Guo’s research interests include intercultural communication, Chinese characters and reading, language acquisition and language teaching and technology. She has been serving as review editor for journals, and also published articles and co-edited books on Chinese pedagogy.

Recent Publications

Authored book

Guo, Zhiyan (2014) Young Children as Intercultural Mediators: a Study of Mandarin-speaking Chinese Families in Britain. Bristol, New York: Multilingual Matters.

Edited book
  • Zheng, B. and Guo, Z. (2016) Acquisition, Assessment and Application: Theory and Practice of Teaching Chinese in Higher Education - Applied Chinese Language Studies VII: 272pp. London: Sinolingua London Ltd.
  • Guo, Z. and Zheng, B (2015) Recent Developments of Chinese Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Applied Chinese Language Studies VI: 256pp. London: Sinolingua London Ltd.
Chapter in book

Guo, Z (2016) Natural Translation and Curriculum Design at the Advanced Level of International Chinese Teaching. In Zheng, B. and Guo, Z (Eds.) Acquisition, Assessment and Application: Theory and Practice of Teaching Chinese in Higher Education (Applied Chinese Language Studies VII) (pp.187-197). London: Sinolingua London Ltd.

Guo, Z. & Guo, Z. (2013) Learner Engagement in Computer-Mediated Chinese Learning. In pp. 104-117, Zou, B., et al (Eds.) Computer-Assisted Foreign Languages Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances. Hershey, USA: IGI Global.

Hall, N and Guo, Z (2012) Child Language and Cultural Brokering, p. 51-76 M. Ivars & M. Mayor (Eds.) Interpreting Brian Harris: Recent Development in Translatology. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

Guo, Z. (2012)An Exploration of CFL Beginners' Reading Process, p. 40-55 L. Hong (Ed.) Chinese Language Teaching in Universities Abroad in a Context of Globalisation. Shanghai, China: Xuelin Publishing House.  

Journal article

Guo, Z. (2011) Development of Chinese Character Learning Strategies among Beginners: A Sociocultural Perspective. In pp. 45-66 CHUN (Chinesisch Unterricht) 26, IUDICIUM Verlag GmbH Munchen