Jeanne O’Connell

Deputy Head of CELE; Director Of Education & Student Experience (EAP)

Centre for English Language Education
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University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86(0574)8818-0000 (Ext. 8045)


PhD in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement (Lancaster University) (in progress)

Certificate in Modern Test Analysis (Lancaster University)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (Higher Education Authority)
Delta (Cambridge ESOL)
Master in TESOL (University College Dublin)
Masters in Education (Trinity College Dublin)
CELTA (Cambridge ESOL)
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Archaeology (National University of Ireland, Galway)


I joined UNNC in September 2012. Before UNNC, I taught EAP and ESP in University College Dublin, Ireland, where I also taught on the Cert TESOL and MA TESOL programs. Prior to teaching EAP, I was a teacher trainer and I taught Business English, English for Examinations and General English in Thailand and South Korea.


Undergraduate EAP, including Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts; Listening and Speaking in Academic Contexts; English for Specific Academic Contexts (Engineering/Computer Science/International Business); Academic Oral Presentations

Research interests

Language Testing in Practice, Assessment in EAP, Standardising raters, Statistics and Language Testing, Peer Observation, Training Graduate Teaching Assistants, Task-Based Language Teaching and the Common European Framework of Reference

Conference presentations

(2019) Using virtual advising to support failing students in EAP. The 2nd International Conference on EAP in Ireland. English in Academic Contexts: Drivers of Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity. National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland.     

(2019) Supporting underperforming EAP students in a Preliminary Year programme: A pilot. The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference and the 6th FLLT (Foreign Language Learning and Teaching) International Conference. Asia TEFL and the Language Institute of Thammasat University (LITU), Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand.

(2019) Operational management challenges in a Preliminary Year EAP Programme. International Teaching & Learning Conference. Advancing Innovations in Sino-Foreign Education. The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.  

(2018) Implementing continuous rater standardisation on a large English for Academic Purposes assessment at a Sino-foreign university. The 5th Annual International Conference of the Asian Association of Language Assessment (AALA). Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. Shanghai, China.

(2018) Signals from the frontline of EAP Management. The 1st International Conference on EAP in Ireland. EAP as a Learning Community: New Directions and Opportunities. Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland.     

(2017) The Tri-Unity Scheme Test: A collaborative alternative entry pathway, The 3rd International Conference on Language Testing and Assessment and the 5th British Council New Directions in Language Assessment Conference. The National Examinations Authority in China (NEEA) and British Council. Shanghai, China.


(2019) EAP in Transnational Higher Education in China. BALEAP Conference: Innovation, Exploration and Transformation. The University of Leeds, UK.


(2019) Observation Training. Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Faculty of Science and Engineering. The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.

(2011) Task-based Language Teaching. Applied Language Centre. University College Dublin, Ireland.