Associate Professor Andy Gao

Associate Professor

Phd (HKU), MA (Warwick, Leuven), BA (Wuhan)

School of Education


+61 (2) 9385 1946
114 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

I am an EAL teacher educator at the School of Education, University of New South Wales Australia. I have been involved in language teacher education in a variety of contexts. I have directed teacher education programmes at the University of Hong Kong and led professional development seminars on autonomous language learning, language learning strategy and reading for language teachers in places such as Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. My research interests include international students’ educational experiences, language learner autonomy, language education policy and language teacher education. Over the years, I have been promoting sociocultural perspectives to understand language learners’ strategy use and language teacher identities. Relevant publications have appeared in journals such as English Language Teaching Journal, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, Language Teaching, Language Teaching Research, Studies in Higher Education, System, Teaching and Teacher Education, and TESOL Quarterly. I have received a total of 1.73 million Hong Kong dollars from competitive research funding bodies including Research Grants Council (Hong Kong), Sumitomo Foundation (Japan), and the Standing Committee for Language Education and Research (Hong Kong) to support my research. I co-edit System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics for Elsevier. I am a co-editor for the English Language Education book series at Springer. In addition, I serve on the editorial boards of journals including Asia Pacific Education Researcher, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, and Teacher Development. I was the Faculty’s Outstanding Young Researcher (2015) at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, a co-recipient of TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST issues (2012-2013), and have been named as one of 30 Up and Coming at TESOL International’s 50th anniversary.


Honours and prizes

  • March 2013 TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues (by TESOL International, together with Professors Icy LEE at CUHK and Mary Shepard Wong at Asuza Pacific University)
  • June 2015 Oriental Scholar (visiting chair), Shanghai Municipal Government, China
  • June 2015 Faculty Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
  • March 2016 TESOL’s 30 Up and coming leaders (TESOL International)

Engagement and Professional contributions

American Association for Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia
British Associatoin for Applied Linguistics

Editorship or Editorial Board Membership in Scholarly Journals


August 2014 - Co-editor English Language Education Book Series (Springer International, Netherland)
Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016 Co-editor System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics (Elsevier, Oxford, UK)
March 2013 – Dec. 2013 Associate editor System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics (Elsevier, Oxford, UK)
March 2012 – March 2013 Associate Editor The Asia Pacific Education Researcher (Springer International, Netherland)

Members of Journals’ Advisory and Editorial Boards

April 2015 – present English Teaching and Learning (National Taiwan Normal University)
March 2010 – March 2013 TESOL Quarterly (TESOL International)
Oct. 2013 – present Journal of Language, Identity and Education (Taylor & Francis)
January 2014 – present The Asia Pacific Education Researcher (Springer)
Sept. 2014 – present Teacher Development (Taylor & Francis)
Oct. 2014 – present Journal of Multilingual Education (Springer)
January 2015 – present Journal of Asia TEFL (Asia TEFL)

Occasional Manuscript Reviewer for International Journals

Applied Linguistics
Asia Journal of English Language Teaching
Asia Pacific Journal of Education
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
Chinese Journal of Communication
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal
Educational Research
European journal of Educational Psychology
Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics
International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
International Journal of Educational Review
Journal of Asia TEFL
Journal of Education for Teaching
Journal of English for Specific Purposes
Journal of Pragmatics
Journal of Teacher Education
Language Awareness
Language, Culture and Curriculum
Language Teaching
Language Teaching Research
Linguistics and Education
Modern Language Journal
Reading in a Foreign Language
Studies in Higher Education
Teacher Development
Technology, Pedagogy and Education
TESOL Quarterly
World Englishes

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