LIU Zirui

English Instructor
Staff Bio

08/2015 – 05/2017 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Master of Science in Education, TESOL program

09/2011 – 06/ 2015 Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei 
Bachelors in English and Translation

09/ 2012 – 05/2013 University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland 
Visiting student


Work Experience
Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania (09/2016 – 05/2017)
• Assisted the instructor of EDUC 528-Teaching Practicum, a core course in TESOL master program
• Graded assignments and assessed students’ performance
• Administered workshops, collected and update students’ teaching schedules, and supervised on group study

ESL Instructor, Nationalities Service Center (January – March 2017)
• Taught a class of seven adult students 10-week, 50-hour ESL course in central Philadelphia
• Took full responsibility of curriculum design, lesson planning and material development

Tutor, Moder Patshala (September – December 2016)
• Tutored K-12 students in after school homework help program on a variety of subjects in a community-based studying center in West Philadelphia
• Designed and facilitated a three-hour workshop to teach argumentation writing to 9 senior students

ESL Instructor, Chinatown Learning Center (January-May 2016)
• Taught ESL course to four young students, responsible for curriculum design, lesson planning and material design
• Instructed pre-K to K-5 students for their schoolwork in Chinese-English bilingual program
• Worked with children as a mentor to address their emotional needs

Facilitator, PEDAl@GSE, University of Pennsylvania (September-December 2015)
• Facilitated a class of 15 advanced adult learners in ESL course
• Planned lessons in a teaching team of 5 peers


Liu, Z. (2016) ELF Theory and Insights on Teaching English Speaking to Chinese College Students Majored in English Language. Enrollment and Examination in Hubei, 6, 52-55. [劉子瑞 ,2016。英語通用語理論對中國高校英語專業口語教學的啟示。湖北招生考試,6,52-55。]


Research Experience
• REAP (Rural Education Action Project), May-June, 2016
Co-leaded a team of 5 and carried out research in Ruijin and Gansu through different approaches including exams and surveys; students from 12 local primary and secondary schools participated as research subjects and collected nearly 700 samples
• Sociolinguistic graduate course-based fieldwork research in classroom setting, April, 2016
Obstacles on Language Socialization: Senior Learners in an ESL Classroom
• Action Research Project, course-based, April, 2016
Teach Morphosyntax to Young ESL Learners: what and how
• Educational and Social Entrepreneurship Project, April 2016
“AcaChildren”, a business proposal to establish a website-based database to collect acapella arrangement sheets for elementary students, aiming to use therapeutic effects of music and form of collaboration in order to help marginalized students
• EldercrIsis in China and the U.S., April 2017
“The Rising Sun” center, a pilot program aiming to solve the eldercrisis in China