Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Contact Details

Dr Huahui Zhao

Lecturer in Language Education

After I obtained my PhD in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Bristol, I have worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Umeå University, Sweden, and a Lecturer in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University before I joined Leeds in 2017. I teach and research on language assessment and technology-enhanced teaching and learning in specific and language education in general.

Research Interests

My research interests mainly lie in language assessment( in particular writing assessment), in collaborative learning, and in technology-enhanced teaching and learning. I am particularly interested in collaborative learning in classroom-based assessment and technology-mediated communication.

My key publications include but are not limited to:

Journal articles

  • Zhao, H, and Sullivan, K (2017) Teaching presence in computer conferencing learning environment: effects on interaction, cognition and learning uptake, British Journal of Educational Technology, 48(2): 538-551. (DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12383)
  • Zhao, H (2014) Investigating teacher supported peer assessment for EFL writing, ELT Journal, 68 (2): 155-168.
  • Zhao, H, Sullivan, K and Mellenius, I (2014) Participation, interaction and social presence: collaboration in online peer review groups, British Journal of Educational Technology, 45(5): 807-819.
  • Zhao, H (2010) Investigating learners’ understanding of peer and teacher feedback on EFL writing, Assessing Writing, 15 (1): 3-17.

Book chapters

  • Zhao, H. (2013) Using peer assessment in a networked second language writing class. In Sullivan, K. P. H, Czigler, P. E., & Sullivan Hällgren, J. (Eds.) Cases on Professional Distance Education Degrees: Programs and Practices: Successes, Challenges and Issues. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global Inc. (DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4486-1.ch005)
  • Zhao, H. (2011) Who takes the floor: peer assessment or teacher assessment? an investigation of Chinese university EFL learners’ use and understanding of peer and teacher feedback on writing. In T. Muller, S. Herder, et al. (Eds.) Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

I am currently working on an international collaborative project which explores the applicability of the CEFR for tertiary EAP writing instruction in China. 


I am currently teaching modules: EDUC5902 Investigating Languages for TESOL, EDUC5934 Analysing Languages, EDUC 5927 Assessing Language Learning, EDUC 5060 Research methods in TESOL, EDUC5256 Technology-enhanced language teaching and EDUC 3030 Language Learning and Technology and Materials.

PhD Supervision

I welcome applications from potential doctoral students working in language assessment, technology-enhanced learning, second language writing, and collaborative learning.  

Key Publications

Media Contact Areas

Language assessment and feedback, technology-enhanced learning.

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