Kan Qian

Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Senior Lecturer in Chinese at the Open University

Email: qk200@cam.ac.uk

Website: http://www.open.ac.uk/people/qk8

Dr Qian Kan is Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Head of Chinese in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at The Open University (UK). She also lectures in MA in Translation and English for Academic Purposes courses. Before joining The Open University in January 2009, she taught Modern Chinese language in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for 11 years. She became Senior Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy in 2015. She is on the advisory committee of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society. Dr Kan has been Director of Studies for Christ’s College since 2006.

Research Interests

Dr Kan’s research focuses on the use of technologies for the learning and teaching of languages, in particular, mobile-assisted language learning and application design, language learning strategies, interactions on online discussion forums, eTandem learning and online language learning design including MOOC design.


Key publications

  1. Edited book

Kan, Q., & Bax, S. (2017). Introduction to Beyond the language classroom: researching MOOCs and other innovations. In Q. Kan & S. Bax (Eds), Beyond the language classroom: researching MOOCs and other innovations (pp. 1-4). Research-publishing.net. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2017.mooc2016.9781908416537

  1. Chapter in books

Álvarez, I. and Kan, Q. (2012). Supporting Intercultural Learning For Beginners’ Chinese Language Learners at the Open University, UK. In: Jin, Lixian and Cortazzi, Martin eds. Researching Intercultural Learning: Investigations in Language and Education. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209–234.  ISBN: 9780230321335

  1. Articles in refereed journals

Kan, Q. and Jinlan‎ Tang. (2018). Researching Mobile-Assisted English Language Learning Among Adult Distance Learners in China: Emerging Practices and Learner Perception of Teacher Role. IJCALLT 8.3: 1-28. doi:10.4018/IJCALLT.2018070101

Kan, Q., Owen and Bax, S. (2018). Researching mobile-assisted Chinese-character learning strategies among adult distance learners. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. DOI: 10.1080/17501229.2018.1418633

Demouy, V., Jones, A., Kan, Q., Kukulska-Hulme, A. and Eardley, A. (2016). Why and how do distance learners use mobile devices for language learning? The EuroCALL Review, 24(1) pp.10–24.

Rosell-Aguilar, F. and Kan, Q.  (2015). Design and user evaluation of a mobile app to teach Chinese characters. JALT CALL, Volume 11, No 1, pp. 19-40. ISSN 1832-4215.  http://journal.jaltcall.org/articles/11_1_Rosell-Aguilar.pdf  

Kan, Q., Stickler, U. and Cheng, X. (2014). Chinese-English eTandem Learning: the Role of Pre-project Preparation and Collaboration. Chinese Language Globalisation Studies, 2nd Issue, pp.131-143. ISBN: 9787100090957.

Kan, Q. and McCormick, R. (2014).  Building course cohesion: the use of online forums in distance Chinese language learning, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Vol 27, Issue 1, pp.44-69 (first published online on 29 June 2012). ISBN: 0958-8221 (Print), 1744-3210 (Online).


  1. Authored books

Yuan, B. and Kan, Q. (2013). Developing Writing Skills in Chinese, 2nd ed. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415678896.

Kan, Q. (2009). Colloquial Chinese, 1st and 2nd ed. Routledge. 

Kan, Q. (2007). Colloquial Chinese 2: The next step in language learning. Routledge.