I have been living and teaching in Poland, England, China and the U.S. for the past 15 years. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in English Philology, specializing in British Literature and am currently working on my doctorate in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University.
I have a broad experience teaching on a variety of levels, i.e., from elementary school to university. My teaching can be characterized by a very professional approach combined with a willingness to assist younger teachers with teaching strengths as IELTS and TOEFL preparation, Literature classes, Advanced Grammar, Academic Writing, Pronunciation, etc.
Being familiar with Chinese culture and speak Mandarin, I obtained the HSK4 Certificate in Chinese Language. Also, I have consulted well-renowned schools in China including New Oriental, TEFL Academy, Strong International Group, Hangzhou Normal University and Hangzhou No 4 High School.
Additionally, I speak Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian and Latin. This has sharpened my awareness of cultural influences on ESL and EFL learning as well as my students’ preferred learning styles. These experiences are also being extended onto my research interests which include intercultural communication, teacher identity, qualitative research methods and sociocultural approaches to second language acquisition.
I have written three books related to IELTS. All of them were internationally recognized and met with a huge interest. Finally, my memoir from China, entitled “Call me LiNana”, has been recently published.
Aug 2016 – Current
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Research Assistant to Drs. Susan Gass and Paula Winke (Academic Year 2016-2017)
Research Assistant to Dr. Peter De Costa (August-October 2017)
Research Assistant to Dr. Shawn Loewen (November 2017-May 2018)
Sept 2014 – June 2016
Teaching English as a First/Second Language, IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, Academic English Instructor
Hangzhou No.4 High School
Sept 2013 – July 2014
College English Instructor
Hangzhou Normal University
Oct 2012 – August 2013
Strong International Group
Courses taught: IELTS (Writing, Speaking, Listening); TOEFL (Writing, Speaking, Grammar); English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Advanced English Language Skills (AELS); AP Literature and Composition; Developed curricula for IELTS Speaking, IELTS, Writing, IELTS Listening and EAP.
Ph.D – Second Language Studies Program
Michigan State University
PhD Student in Second Language Studies
Masters – English Philology
Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun, Poland
Master’s Degree in English philology with the specialization in British Literature
Thesis: Madness and Death in Virginia Woolf’s Life and Selected Works.
Bachelors – English Philology
Pila Academy of Business
Bachelor’s Degree in English philology with the specialization in British Literature
Thesis: Critical Reception of John Milton’s <Paradise Lost>.
IELTS Band 9
An Academic Guide for Chinese Students
IELTS Examiner’s Tips
An Academic Guide to IELTS Speaking and Writing
Call Me Li Nana
Memoirs of a Foreigner in China
a collection of personal photos gathered over the years
Current Research Projects
IELTS Band 9
13thAsia TEFL International Conference
6-8 Nov, 2015
Shinyway book tour
Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference 2017
International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, 2017