Professor, Department of Foreign Languages
Shantou Radio & Television University, China
Junhong Xiao is a professor of Shantou Radio & Television University (Shantou Open University, a local branch of the Open University of China). He has been teaching English at higher education institutions since 1983. From 2001 to 2002, Professor Junhong Xiao worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education and Language Studies, the UK Open University, funded by the China Scholarship Council. During his stay at the UKOU, he was attached to the course teams of Language and Literacy in a Changing World (a MA course) and English Grammar in Context (a BA course). In 2004, he was involved in developmental testing for another OU course - The Art of English.
In the first 20 years of his academic life, Professor Junhong Xiao published widely in the fields of English grammar, discourse analysis, pragmatics, systemic-functional grammar, and TESOL. Since 2001, his main research interest has been in various aspects of open and distance learning. His publications include over 180 academic papers (including translations) in dozens of journals and 10 books. For a complete list of his journal publications, please click https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5316-2957.
Professor Junhong Xiao serves as peer reviewer for numerous high-impact journals (both English and Chinese) and provides consultancy in the areas of his expertise. He is an Associate Editor of Distance Education and on the Editorial Board of System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics. He has been Guest Editor of the International Forum of Distance Education in China since 2013 and on its Advisory Board. He has also acted as Program Committee member of the Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) Sub-conference of International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) since 2016.