Dr Xiaodan Gao

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Manager Student Learning
Student Learning

BA (English) S China Normal, DipTESOL Waik, MA (Applied Linguistics) Waik, PhD Well


I have taught English and academic writing to international students in a number of New Zealand and Chinese tertiary institutions prior to my current job at VUW. My research and education background mainly relates to second language acquisition. In recent years, my research interests have extended to include international education, transition for international students and cross-cultural communication.


  • Gao, X. & Reid, K. (2017). Exploring the elusive shape of service outcomes: Reflections on evaluating academic language and learning support services. Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, 1 (2), 219-233.
  • Reid, K & Gao, X. (2015). “What we do in the shadows”: Evaluating the one-to-one Tertiary Learning Advice Consultation. Peer reviewed paper presented at ATLAANZ Conference December 2014, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Commons, K. & Gao, X. (2014). Developing international students’ intercultural competencies. In S. Carter and D. Laurs (Eds), Developing generic support for doctoral students: Practice and pedagogy(pp.77-80 ). London, UK: Routledge.
  • Commons, K., Mabin, V., & Gao, X. (2012). Internationalisation at Home: Building cross-cultural understanding among local and international students through enhanced teaching and learning practices in The Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In K. Richardson, S. Chang, & T. McGrath (Eds.), 23rd ISANA International Education Association conference proceedings. Hobart, Australia: ISANA International Education Association Inc. Retrieved from www.proceedings.com.au/isana/2012.html.
  • Mabin, V, Commons, K. Gao, X, & Plimmer, G. (2012). Internationalisation in the curriculum: Using cultural diversity to enhance student learning. 42nd Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting 2011(pp. 48401-48415). Houston, TX: Decision Sciences Institute.


  • 2016 & 2012 Recipient of ISANA International Education Association Bursary Award for outstanding conference papers
  • 2016 Recipient of Victoria Staff Excellence Award—Equity and Diversity Team Award.