* Dangeni

* Dangeni


Research Title

'An Investigation on the Experience of Engagement and Cognitive Development on Becoming an English Language Teacher'

Research Summary

Aiming at investigating the experience of learning engagement and conceptual change of one cohort in UK universities-Chinese learners in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programmes, this project attempts to seek an in-depth understanding of their development of becoming a language teacher in their one-year master’s study. This study hopes to bridge the present gap in the rare literature of TESOL learners’ learning engagement through adopting a qualitative approach to collect and analyse data. Both students’ and academic staff members’ perceptions towards the actual approaches that provided by the programme to facilitate their learning engagement and their conceptual change will be explored. This study intends to gather evidence on students’ learning experience and suggest recommendations for institutions to have an in-depth understanding towards students and provide support for maximising their learning experience and optimise learning outcomes.


Cai, L., Dangeni., Elliot, D. L., He, R., Liu, J., Makara, K. A., Pacheco, E. M., Shih, H. Y., Wang, W. and Zhang, J. (2019) A conceptual enquiry into Communities of Practice as praxis in international doctoral education. Journal of Praxis in Higher Education (Accepted for publication)

Elliot, D. L., He, R. and Dangeni. (2019) Setting and adjusting experiences of supervision. In: Dollinger, M. (ed.) Getting the Most Out of Your Doctorate: The Importance of Supervision, Networking and Becoming a Global Academic. Emerald, pp. 19-34.


2019-2020. Early Career Mobility Scheme, McGill University. University of Glasgow

2019. Conference Travel Scholarship. School of Education, University of Glasgow.

2018. International Mobility Scholarship. Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. University of Glasgow.


Dangeni (2019). Chinese TESOL Learners' Experience in Becoming an English Language Teacher at UK Universities. JURE 2019 Conference: Junior Researchers Thinking Tomorrow's Education, Aachen, Germany, 10-11 August 2019. 

Dangeni (2019). Chinese TESOL Learners' Experience in Becoming an English Language Teacher at UK Universities. Inaugural Conference on Language Teaching and Learning: Cognition and Identity, Hong Kong, 28-29 June 2019. 

Dangeni (2019). An Investigation of Chinese TESOL Learners’ Experience of Learning Engagement and Conceptual Change at UK Universities. Language Teacher Cognition Research: Theoretical Stances and Methodological Choices, Exeter, United Kingdom, 18 January 2019.

Dangeni (2018). An Investigation of Chinese TESOL Learners' Experience in Becoming an English Language Teacher at UK universities. Scottish Centre for China Research Postgraduate Network: Postgraduate Chinese Studies Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 26 October 2018. 

Dangeni (2018). Ethical Considerations before Collecting Data. Early Career Researcher Symposium Series: Ethical Dilemmas in Educational Research, Stirling, United Kingdom, 23 July 2018. 

Dangeni (2018). Chinese TESOL learners in UK universities. 15th Enhancement Themes Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 7 June 2018. 

Additional Information

Dangeni's research interests include Student Engagement, Language Teacher Cognition, Second Language Teacher Education, internationalisation of Higher Education and Creative methods

Dangeni's current PhD project and research interests come from her personal experience as a Chinese learner in MSc TESOL programme at the University of Edinburgh. Her previous working experience as an EAP lecturer also made her reflect critically on how the TESOL programme can help to implement theory into practice. She is passionate about investigating international student's learning experience, the roles of the approaches provided by the programme in facilitating language teacher's conceptual change and the way in which teacher learner's cognition transferred from a learner at the university to a language teacher.

Dangeni's strong interest in international students' engagement and learning at UK universities encourages her to explore more by playing different roles at the university. Her roles including:

  • Research Intern at the University of Glasgow for the project 'Towards maximising international PhD students' experience in the UK' 
  • Part-time Digital Intern in the Adam Smith Business School
  • PGR Ambassador in the School of Education
  • Research intern for PgR resource toolkit project

Dangeni also contributes to several blogs as a PgR within the University of Glasgow. e.g.

  • Take a day off from your PhD project


  • Reflections on Finding My Research Focus as a New PGR