Xiang, Catherine Hua

Dr Catherine Hua Xiang  


Position held

Asian Language Coordinator


Non LSE positions held

(IoLET) Diploma in Translation: English to Chinese, The Chartered Institute of Linguists

Chief Examiner


British Associate of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Executive committee member


Goldsmiths College, University of London

External Examiner


Open University

Associate Lecturer


University of Kent

External Examiner


University of Nottingham

External Examiner


University of Reading

External Examiner


Experience keywords:

Mandarin Chinese teaching; cross-cultural communication and pragmatics; e-learning in foreign language teaching; intercultural awareness consultancy; translation studies

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My major research interest is in the field of applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication and pragmatics. My PhD research looks into speech acts; particularly, it explores the linguistics and cultural differences in apology strategies used in UK and China. It covers intercutural and inter-language pragmatics with a comparative perspective.

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


Greek [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Italian [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Mandarin [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6929

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Hua Xiang, Catherine and Ji, Yue (2017) An analysis of Advanced L2 Chinese learners’ common errors and their perceptions on errors in argument-based essays In: Lu, Yang, (ed.) Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Issues. Routledge Chinese language pedagogy. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 201-227. ISBN 9781138697676

Hua Xiang, Catherine, ed (2017) Cases on audio-visual media in language education IGI Global, Hershey, USA. ISBN 9781522527244


Zou, Bin and Xing, Minjie and Wang, Yuping and Sun, Mingyu and Xiang, Catherine H. (2013) Computer-assisted foreign language teaching and learning: technological advances IGI Global. ISBN 9781466628212

Zou, Bin and Xing, Minjie and Xiang, Catherine H. and Wang, Yuping and Sun, Mingyu (2013) Preface: Intergrating computer technology in foreign language learning and teaching In: Zou, Bin and Xing, Minjie and Wang, Yuping and Sun, Mingyu and Xiang, Catherine H., (eds.) Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, xv-xvii. ISBN 9781466628212


Zou, Bin and Hua Xiang, Catherine and Jeaco, Stephen (2012) An investigation of the use of wikis in English language learning Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, 35 (1). 99-116. ISSN 2192-9505


Hua Xiang, Catherine (2010) Mastering Chinese: the complete course for beginners Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230200135


Hua Xiang, Catherine and Wang, Haiping (2009) How the Chinese and the British evaluate the speech act of apology Foreign Language and Literature Studies, 26 (1). 1-8. ISSN 1672-4720


Hua Xiang, Catherine (2007) Production and perception of apologies: interlanguage pragmatics of British learners of Mandarin Chinese. In: Pragmatics in the CJK classroom: the state of the art, 5 - 7 Jun 2006, Honolulu HI, USA


Hua Xiang, Catherine (2006) Book review: Yuling Pan,"politeness in Chinese face-to-face interaction" Journal of Politeness Research, 2 (1). ISSN 1612-5681

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This comprehensive collection of research will offer linguistic scholars, language teachers, students, and policymakers a better understanding of the importance and influence of e-learning in second language acquisition

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7/05 AILA Solidarity Awards, American Association of Applied Linguistics, USA; 10/03-10/06 Overseas Research Student Awards, Universities UK; 04/04 Chinese Student Award, Great Britain and China Education Trust, UK; 10/03-10/05 Postgraduate Student Awards, British Association of Applied Linguistics, UK

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