Professor Junhong Xiao

Professor Junhong Xiao

Junhong Xiao

Professor, Department of Foreign Languages

Shantou Radio & Television University, China


Junhong Xiao is Professor at the Open University of Shantou (formerly known as Shantou Radio & Television University), a local branch of the Open University of China, Visiting Professor at the Open University of Guangdong, China, and founding member of COER. 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 nearly 300 academic papers (including translations) in dozens of journals and 10 books. For a complete list of his journal publications, please click

Professor Junhong Xiao is Co-Editor of the SpringerBriefs in Open and Distance Education series. He is on the editorial boards of several international journals, serves as peer reviewer for numerous high-impact journals (both English and Chinese), and provides consultancy in the areas of his expertise. He was Associate Editor of Distance Education (2014-2022), Guest Editor of the International Forum of Distance Education in China (2013-2022), and on the Editorial Board of System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics (2014-2020).

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