Peter Gu

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Associate Professor School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Learner autonomy and learning strategies, language testing and assessment, vocabulary acquisition.

BA Beijing Normal MPhil CUHK PhD HKU

Peter supervises MA and PhD research in the areas of learner autonomy and learning strategies, language testing and assessment, and vocabulary acquisition. Peter currently teaches on the BEdTESOL and MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL programmes. He has extensive teaching and teacher training experience in New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mainland China.

Peter is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education, Beijing, China. He was a recipient of the LANCOO-BFSU Foreign Language Education Research Fellowship, July to Sept 2011, National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education, China. Peter was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, March to June 2014.

Peter was the recipient of the 2004 Thomson Heinle Distinguished Research Award from TESOL. He was co-editor of Asian Journal of English Language Teaching (2006-2010). Peter was Co-President (with Catherine Elder, 2013-2014) of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ).

Books and edited volumes

Gu, Y., & Wu, Y. (Eds.). (2014). Voices from Chinese teacher-educators. A special issue of Language Teaching Research, Vol 18, Issue 2.

Crabbe, D., Elgort, I., & Gu, Y. (Eds.). (2013). Autonomy in a networked world. A special issue of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching Vol 7, Issue 3.

Gu, Y., Hu, G. W., Zhang, J., & Bai, R. (2011). Strategy-based instruction: Focusing on reading and writing strategies. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

Nation, I. S. P., & Gu, Y. (2007). Focus on vocabulary. Sydney: National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, Macquarie University (Republished in 2010 by Macmillan).

Gu, Y. (2005). Vocabulary learning strategies in the Chinese EFL context. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Academic.

Gu, Y. (2002). Learning and teaching English in the Chinese context, A special issue of Asian Journal of English Language Teaching Vol. 12.

Recent publications

Gu, Y. (in press). Vocabulary guessing strategies. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gu, Y. (in press). Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA). In J. Liontas (Ed.), TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching. Wiley.

Gu, Y. (2015). Review of Griffiths (2013) The strategy factor in successful language learning. ELT Journal, 69(1), 103–106.

Gu, Y. (2014). Language learning strategies in China: A call for teacher-friendly research. 当代外语研究 [Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies], 408(12), 1–11.

Gu, P. Y. (2014). The unbearable lightness of the curriculum: What drives the assessment practices of a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in a Chinese secondary school?Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 21(3), 286–305. doi:10.1080/0969594X.2013.836076

Gu, Y. (2014). To code or not to code: Dilemmas in analysing think-aloud protocols in learning strategies research. System, 43, 74–81. doi:10.1016/j.system.2013.12.011

Gu, Y., & Dong, L. (2014). 从课程的宏观功能看基础英语课程的发展 [China’s English language curriculum for basic education and its development: A macro curricular functions perspective]. 中国外语教育 [Foreign Language Education in China], 7(1), 48–53.

Gu, Y., & Wu, Y. (2014). Guest editor introduction: Voices from Chinese teacher-educators.Language Teaching Research, 18(2), 146–151. doi:10.1177/1362168813505935

Bai, R., Hu, G., & Gu, P. Y. (2014). The relationship between use of writing strategies and English proficiency in Singapore primary schools.The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 23(3), 355–365. doi:10.1007/s40299-013-0110-0

Crabbe, D., Elgort, I., & Gu, P. (2013). Autonomy in a networked world.Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 7(3), 193–197.

Nguyen, T. C. L., & Gu, Y. (2013). Strategy-based instruction: A learner-focused approach to developing learner autonomy.Language Teaching Research, 17(1), 9-30.

Gu, Y. (2013). Vocabulary learning strategies. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.),The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gu, Y. (2012). Learning strategies: Prototypical core and dimensions of variation.Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 3(4), 330-356.

Gu, Y. (2012). National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University: Strategising foreign language education in China.Language Teaching, 45(2), 263–267.

Gu, Y. (2012). English curriculum and assessment for basic education in China. In J. Ruan & C. Leung (Eds.),Perspectives on teaching and learning English literacy in China(pp. 35–50). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Gu, Y. (2012). Language learning strategies: An EIL perspective. In L. Alsagoff, S. L. McKay, G. Hu, & W. A. Renandya (Eds.),Principles and practices for teaching English as an international language(pp. 319–335). London: Routledge.

Gu, Y. (2012). Second language vocabulary. In J. Hattie & E. M. Anderman (Eds.),International guide to student achievement(pp. 307–309). London: Routledge.

Gu, Y. (2012). Review of Cohen (2011) Strategies in learning and using a second language (Second edition).ELT Journal, 66(2), 251–253.

Gu, Y. (2012). 全球化背景下的跨文化沟通与国家外语战略[National foreign language strategy in a globalised era]. In 赵蓉晖 (Ed.), 国家战略视角下的外语与外语政策 (pp. 19–26). Beijing, China: Peking University Press.

Administrative responsibilities

Learning and teaching director


Teaching in 2019