Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

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  • by Dr Bin Zou
  • graduated 2008
  • studied Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
  • from China

My proudest achievement since my study is being editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), published by IGI Global, USA.

I am currently a senior tutor/associate professor at the Language Centre, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China.

I received my PhD degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Computer Technology from the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol in 2008. My Supervisors were Dr. Sally Barnes and Professor Pauline Rea-Dickins; I greatly appreciated their consistent support and supervision throughout my studies.

I really enjoyed courses in the fields of language and technology, such as Researching Language Classrooms, Learning with New Technologies and Statistics in Education. I was fond of the teaching and research environments at the Graduate School of Education and of participating in seminars and workshops on a variety of educational contexts. I particularly enjoyed sharing knowledge with staff and visiting researchers. Furthermore, my wife and daughter enjoyed their stay in Bristol which actually became our second home. We often went for a walk on Brandon Hill in the sunshine and barbecued there with friends.

After leaving Bristol, I joined Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, in 2008 and was a team leader for three years. I managed and monitored a team of 6-9 members of staff and ensured the high quality of teaching. My family followed me and settled down in Suzhou. I now teach academic English to undergraduate students as well as an MA TESOL course. I have also acted as an external examiner for a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, Canada and have published a book, edited two volumes and produced a number of papers in international journals. I was selected as a featured editor in September 2012 by IGI Global Publisher, USA, as a consequence of my contributions to recent publications, and one of my edited books was also selected as a Featured title in January 2013 by IGI Global, USA. I was the International Conference Chair of the 2012 conference Corpus Technologies and Applied Linguistics, co-organized by the University of Liverpool, UK and Corpus Linguistics Society of China. In 2012, I also became an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examiner.

My proudest achievement since my study is being editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), published by IGI Global, USA. During my studies at Bristol, I found that several key journals in the Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) field are edited by European and American scholars. There was no key CALL journal based in Asia. After my PhD Viva, I decided to found a CALL journal as a Chinese scholar. I talked to my supervisors and received invaluable suggestions and support. Fortunately, after I started teaching in China, one of the key publishers in the USA, IGI Global, accepted my proposal and helped me to establish this fascinating journal.

As the founder of the journal, I invited a number of international experts and professors in the field to join in the Review Board. Since then, IJCALLT has published lots of papers from various countries and has become one of the key journals in the CALL field. Currently, a number of universities around the world have subscribed to the journal, including universities in the USA, the UK, China, Finland, New Zealand, Israel and Singapore. As the editor-in-chief of IJCALLT, I spoke in a panel symposium entitled “Publishing in Computer-Assisted Language Learning” with several other editors of international CALL journals at EUROCALL 2012 in Sweden. This annual conference is a gathering of experts and researchers from all over the world, which signifies that IJCALLT has been recognized as a major international CALL journal, despite being a fairly new publication in this field. My next plan is for the journal to be recognized in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) as one of the leading journals in the Educational field and for the Graduate School of Education to become a subscriber.

I think that Bristol has significantly contributed to my career and life achievements and will inspire my future for a long time. If you come to Bristol for your study, I believe that the Graduate School of Education can help your dream come true and inspire your future as well.