Jing Li

Sessional Lecturer

English and Cultural Studies
Office: FIP 319
Email: jing.li@ubc.ca

Research Summary

English for academic purposes; university writing pedagogy; public pedagogy; sociolinguistics; the intersections of languages, cultures and literacies in multilingual and multicultural contexts; non-representational ethnography

Courses & Teaching

ENGL 112 Studies in Composition; ENGL 109 Studies in Composition (Enhanced)


Jing Li earned her Ph.D. in Languages, Cultures and Literacies from the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University. Her research is focused on the interplay between languages, cultures and identities of language learners in higher education. She also draws on a range of interdisciplinary theories and approaches – including new/critical literacies, public pedagogy, non-representational ethnography, and community art education – to explore various forms of informal learning, their sites, formation and roles in generating transformative education and sustained social change. Prior to UBC Okanagan, Jing has over 13 years’ experience teaching academic literacies and EAL in higher education in China and Canada.


Ph.D. (Education) Simon Fraser University; M.A. (Linguistics and Applied Linguistics), Sichuan University, China; B.A. (English), Beijing International Studies University, China

Selected Publications & Presentations

Li, J., & Lawrence, A. (under review). More than writing: Practising everyday multiculturalism within the community of practice from a community writing workshop. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.

Li, J. (accepted for publication). Residing in pedagogical spaces through community cultural production. In Lin, C., Sinner, A., & Irwin, R. (Eds.). Transversalities: International perspectives on community art education. Intellect.

Li, J., & Moore, D. (2020). Weaving art, interculturality and civic learning in a community festival context. Language and Intercultural Communication.https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2019.1674866

Ravindran, A., Li, J., & Marshall, S. (2020). Learning Ethnography Through Doing Ethnography: Two Student – Researchers’ Insights. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. https://doi.org/ 10.1177/1609406920951295

Li, J., & Marshall, S. (2018). Engaging with Linguistic Landscaping: A pedagogical tool for teaching and learning multilingualism. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 23(8), 925-941, https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2017.1422479

Li, J., Moore, D., & Smythe, S. (2017). Voices from the “Heart”: Understanding a community-engaged festival in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 47(4), 399-425. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241617696808

Li, J., & Moore, D. (2017). Multilingualism, identities and language hegemony: A case study of 5 ethnic minority students in China. International Journal of Bias, Identity, and Diversities in Education, 2(2), 42-56.

Selected Presentations

Li, J. (April 2018). Using linguistic landscaping as a pedagogical tool in ELT practices. Paper presented at the 9th English Learning Centre International Conference, Shantou University, China.

Li, J., & Marshall, S. (May 2016). Engaging with static and dynamic imagery: A tool for teaching and learning about multilingualism. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL/ACLA), Calgary, Canada.

Li, J. (May 2016). Raising the silence through grassroots arts-based literacy practices: An ethnographic case study of a community-engaged festival. Paper presented at the 2016 Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference, Calgary, Canada.

Li, J. (May 2016). Learning who we (and they) are: Engaging the arts-based community festival in adult learning. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada.

Li, J., & Moore, D. (April 2015). Community-based Learning and Grassroots Voices: Understanding a Community Festival in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Roundtable presentation at the 2015 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA), Chicago, Illinois.

Li, J., & Moore, D. (February 2015). Voices from the “Heart”: Ethnographic glimpses into a community festival in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, Canada. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Menz, P., Xin, C., & Li, J. (June 2015). Using reflective activity to improve student metacognition and attitudes toward mathematics in post-secondary education. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) 2015 Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Li, J. (June 2015). Ethnic and linguistic minority youths in Mainland China: Sociolinguistic ethnography of multilingual practices, ideologies and identities. Panel paper presented at the Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centering and (de)standardization Conference, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong.

Li, J. & Moore, D. (2014 May). Understanding ethnic multilingual learners in Southwestern China: Multilingual literacies, Discourses, and literacy education. Paper presented at the 2014 Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Selected Grants & Awards

Mitacs Accelerate Program Award (2020)

Vancouver East Rotary Grad Scholarship (2019), Simon Fraser University

International Reading Association Scholarship (2018), Simon Fraser University

Graduate Fellowship (PhD) (2015, 2016), Simon Fraser University

Presidents PhD Scholarship (2016), Simon Fraser University

Graduate International Research Travel Award (2016), Simon Fraser University

Graduate Entrance Funding (2013), Simon Fraser University

Province of British Columbia Graduate Research Fellowship (2013)


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