Xiaowen (Serina) Xie (PhD Candidate)

Thesis title: Global Englishes Language Teaching’s Influence on Teacher Identity and Learner Identity in Macau's Tertiary Education


Xiaowen (Serina) Xie started her PhD study Journey in October 2019. Prior to this, she devoted to English language teaching in mainland China as a university instructor for five years. During this period, she fully implemented the expertise and cutting-edge pedagogies she obtained from The University of Edinburgh in her ELT classroom which targeted both English majors and non-English majors. As a practitioner who was fully aware of the changing status of English as a lingua franca and the value of Global Englishes Language Teaching, Serina has embedded them into her curriculum design, material preparation, classroom management and assessment design. She is experienced in her inspiring and motivational teaching including communicative language teaching and task-based language teaching under the paradigm of Global Englishes. 

Serina works as an Associate Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor at Moray House School of Education and Sport, The University of Edinburgh.


01/10/2019-at present

  • PhD in Education, Candidate
  • The Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK


  • Master’s degree, MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • The Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK

Responsibilities & affiliations

GE professional development lead coordinator for the “Teaching English & teaching IN English in global contexts" network, led by Dr Nicola Galloway from The University of Glasgow

Reviewer of Scopus indexed journals 

Postgraduate teaching

Associate Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor at Moray House School of Education and Sport, The University of Edinburgh.

Postgraduate teaching:

Research Methods: The sources of knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature

Research summary

Serina is an active researcher who has a particular interest in Global Englishes Language Teaching, English as a Lingua Franca, English as the Medium of Instruction, Teacher Education, Attitude and Identity, Curriculum Design as well as TESOL methodology. She has also published journal articles, book reviews, and book chapters. She is actively engaged in international research projects.  

More can be found: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xiaowen-serina-Xie

Papers delivered

Xie, X., & Chen, C. (2021). ELF-awareness in Global Englishes Language Teaching: Need and Feasibility of Curriculum Innovation in Macau’s Tertiary Education from Teachers’ Perspectives. Paper presentation accepted by ENRICH-2021 Conference: 1st International Conference on ELF-Aware Practices for Inclusive Multilingual Classrooms. Athens: Greece.

Xie, X. (2021). Macau High School Students’ Perspectives on English Language Teacher Training and English Language Teaching Curriculum Design in the Global Englishes Paradigm. Paper presentation at the International Conference on Foreign Language Learning: Variety, Diversity, and Interdisciplinarity. Lisbon: Portugal.

Xie, X. (2019). Chinese English Majors’ Global Digital Citizenship and its Pedagogical Implications for Global Englishes Language Teaching. Paper presentation accepted by Educating the Global Citizen: International Perspectives on Foreign Language Teaching in the Digital Age. Munich: Germany.

Xie, X. (2019). Macau High School Students’ Language Identities in Multilingual ELT Classroom and its Implications for Implementation of GELT. Paper presentation at the International Conference on Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts (LIEMC19). York: The United Kingdom.

Xie, X. (2018). Linguistic diversity on a Chinese University campus: Myths of language policy and means of practice. Paper presentation at International Conference on English Medium Instruction. Guangzhou: China. 

Xie, X. (2018). Macau Customs’ Voice: The Role of English language and My Identity at English as a Lingua Franca Setting. Paper presentation at 11th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca. London: The United Kingdom. 

Xie, X. (2018). Macau Customs’ Voice: The Role of English language and My Identity in English as a Lingua Franca Paradigm. Paper presentation at Asia TEFL/MAAL/HAAL 2018 International Conference. Macau: China.

Xie, X. (2017). An Investigation into China's IELTS Teachers’ Identities in English as a Lingua Franca Paradigm. Poster presentation accepted by The 10th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca. Helsinki: Finland.

Xie, X. (2017). Chinese English learners’ identity-shaping in ELF paradigm: The revision of the “role model”. Paper presentation accepted by AILA 2017. Rio de Janeiro: Brazil.

Xie, X. (2016). Bridging English as a Lingua Franca and the Innovative English Language Teaching Methods: CLT and TBL. Paper Presented at ELC Conference 2016: Bridging ELT Theory and Practice: Innovations and Reservations in the Digital Age. Shantou: China.

Xie, X. (2015). The Foreign Nonnative English Teachers’ Identities in an East Asian Context in Relation to English as a Lingua Franca. Paper Presented at The 8th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca. Beijing: China.

Journal Article:

Xie, X. (2022 forthcoming). Innovative Approaches in Teaching English Writing to Chinese Speakers: Book Review. Journal of Language and Education.

Reynolds, B. L., Xie, X. (Serina), & Pham, Q. H. P. (2022). Incidental vocabulary acquisition from listening to English teacher education lectures: A case study from Macau higher education. Frontiers in Psychology, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.993445 

Xie, X. (2021). Book Review: English-Medium Instruction and the Internationalization of Universities by Bowles H, Murphy A. RELC Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/00336882211048609

Peng, J., & Xie, X. (2021). English-Medium Instruction as a Pedagogical Strategy for the Sustainable Development of EFL Learners in the Chinese Context : A Meta-Analysis of Its Effectiveness. Sustainability, 13(10). https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105637 

Book Chapter:

Fang, F., & Xie, X. (2019). Linguistic diversity on a Chinese University Campus: Myths of language policy and means of practice. In J. Jenkins & A. Mauranen (Eds.), Linguistic Diversity on the EMI Campus: Insider accounts of the use of English and other languages in universities within Asia, Australasia, and Europe (pp. 125–148). https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429020865