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Current Visiting Colleagues


Dianning QuQuDianning_VC

Visiting February 2016–February 2017 from
Central South University, China


Dianning Qu is an associate professor and PhD candidate from the School of Foreign Languages, Central South University, China. Funded by a grant from China Scholarship Council, she is currently conducting research under the guidance of Professor Dongping Zheng. Her research interests include enhancing oral fluency of Chinese speakers of English through multimedia resources, corpus-driven learning, and acquisition of formulaic sequences and mechanisms impacting nonnatives’ processing of idiomatic expressions.


Tiina Räisänen

Visiting January 2017–June 2017 from
University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Tiina Räisänen (née Virkkula) is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her longitudinal research on the development of professional communicative repertoires is funded by the Academy of Finland. She is interested in multilingualism, English used as a (business) lingua franca, intercultural communication and multimodality. Theoretically and methodologically her research combines ethnography, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. At UH she is hosted by Professor Christina Higgins.


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Visiting March 2016–February 2017 from
China University of Geosciences (Beijing)


Dr. Tingting Sun is Associate Professor in School of Foreign Languages, China University of Geosciences (Beijing). Some of her research interests include EFL, ESL, teacher’s cognition and discourse analysis. Dr. Sun is now at UH on Chinese Government Scholarship to conduct research on reading and EFL teacher’s cognition. Her host professor is Dr. & Prof. Richard R. Day.