Dr Catherine Xiang

Dr Catherine Xiang

Language Co-ordinator (Mandarin, Japanese, Korean)

Language Centre

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English, Mandarin
Key Expertise
Applied linguistics, Cross-cultural communication, Pragmatics

About me

My position at LSE involves Co-ordinating Mandarin, Japanese and Korean provision. I am also Programme Director of our BSc International Relations and Chinese and UK Director of LSE Confucius Institute for Business London.

Currently, I am researching the implications of e-learning in foreign language teaching and learning. I am also interested in material development for teaching Mandarin as a foreign language. I am the author of 'Mastering Chinese' for complete beginners of Mandarin which outlines a communicative and cultural approach.

In addition to my roles at LSE I am an executive member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society, a school governor and a chief examiner at the Charted Institute of Linguists.

Expertise Details

My PhD research looks into speech acts exploring the linguistic and cultural differences in apology strategies used in UK and China covering intercutural and inter-language pragmatics with a comparative perspective

About the Language Centre

The Language Centre here at the London School of Economics reflects the specialist nature of the School itself, namely, a world class institution where the quality of teaching and research is paramount.

LSE is not just a multi-national university but also a multi-lingual one.

We offer English for Academic Purposes programmes, undergraduate degree courses and a range of language options that you can take outside of your main degree programme. All programmes and courses relate language study and support to the fields of interest of social science students.

The Language Centre is part of LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division.

About the Academic and Professional Development Division

The units in LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division run degree programmes, courses and events; offer advice, opportunities and funding to advance the development of academic staff and students; and support the implementation of educational strategy and policy across the School.  

LSE Language Centre            

The Language Centre provides language courses, language support and services to LSE undergraduate students, post-graduate students, research students, LSE alumni, LSE staff and external students.                                            

LSE LIFE            

LSE LIFE is the new academic, personal and professional development centre for undergraduate and taught master’s students, housed in bespoke space on the ground floor of the Library and offering hundreds of events, workshops and one to one sessions each term.

Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI)

LSE LTI provide advice, support and collaboration for staff in the use of technologies to enhance and innovate teaching and learning.                


LSE’s flagship interdisciplinary course, LSE100: Thinking like a social scientist, introduces undergraduate students to the ways in which different disciplines analyse some of the major issues confronting contemporary societies.            

LSE Teaching and Learning Centre            

LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre offers events, formal qualifications and a range of development and funding opportunities to academic staff and those with teaching roles across the School.

Digital Skills Lab

The Digital Skills Lab  provides digital skills training for staff and students, in Microsoft Office, web design, and data science. In addition to practical workshops and online courses, staff and students may also undertake professional certifications to demonstrate and validate their IT skills proficiency.

My research