Semester Two 2008
Winner: Jian E Peng
Paper title: Willingness to communicate in English in Chinese EFL classrooms
Jian E Peng began her PhD studies in Education in August 2006, five months after obtaining her master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Sydney. She has been a lecturer at the Medical College Shantou University in mainland China where she taught English for several years.
Jian's research interests include second-language acquisition, intercultural communication and educational psychology. Her current research explores factors influencing Chinese university students’ willingness to communicate in English inside their language classroom, and the dynamic fluctuations of this willingness over time and across situations. Her supervisors are Dr Lindy Woodrow and Dr Aek Phakiti.