Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Jianxin (Richard) Liu

Dr Jianxin (Richard) Liu

BA (NU, China), MEd & PhD (Sydney)

Dr Richard (Jianxin) Liu is a Lecturer in the area of Literacy and ESL (English as a second language) education. Richard holds a BA from Ningxia University and a MEd (TESOL) and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He was a high school English teacher and a university lecturer in linguistics before joining CSU in 2011. As an active academic, he also writes short stories, poems, and blogs.

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Research interests

  • Applied linguistics
  • Multimodal discourse studies
  • Social media studies
  • Gender and cultural studies
  • New literacies studies   

Research grants

  • 2013. Multimodal text production as assessment: production and evaluation. Faculty of Education, CSU.
  • 2012. Cultural diversity in school-based multiliterate practices: A regional and intercultural perspective. Faculty of Education, CSU.
  • 2011. Social participation, transformation, and evolution in digital China: a critical analysis of the Chinese blogosphere. The Toyota Foundation. 
  • 2007. Corpus-based situated multimodal discourse analysis. The Chinese National Social Sciences Foundations

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  • Research Methods
  • New literacy

To Higher Degree Research (HDR) Student Supervision

Doctoral Students

Jebunnesa Jeba. Digital transition of English academic writing: A multimodal investigation. Present

Alexandra Blitz-Raith. Multimodal semiotic analysis of educational software applications using an extended framework. Present

Andrew Crocombe. Changing speaking academic situations in online spaces: A mixed method examination. Present

Bushra Khan. Digital interactive narratives in video gaming: A multimodal discourse investigation. Present

Masters Students

Alexandra Blitz-Raith.  Interactivity in educational apps: A multimodal analysis. Completed

Rhonda Moules. An investigation into the effects of an English reading program with struggling readers within French immersion (FI) schools. Completed

Bryan Clancy. Using digital games to improve math learning: A Twitter- and FaceBook-mediated investigation of parents' and teachers' perceptions of Dragon Box. Completed

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  • Zhang, Z, Liu, J., Xing, J, Zhu, M, Wang, Y & Sun, J. (2014). Multimodal Study of Situated Discourses (Duomotai Jixihuayu Yanjiu). Beijing: World Publishing Corporations.

Book Chapters

  • Liu, J. (2015). Migrant women, hooliganism, and online social visibility in Chinese personal blogs. In A. Mahboob, D. Djenar & K. Cruickshank (eds.), Language and identity across modes of communication (chap.15). Germany: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Liu, J. (2014).  Multimodal situated discourse analysis in perspective (Duomotai Jixihuayu Yanjiu: Huigu yu Zhanwang). In Z. Zhang et al. Multimodal Study of Situated Discourses (Duomotai Jixihuayu Yanjiu) (pp. 194-204). Beijing: World Publishing Corporations.
  • Zhang, Z & Liu, J. (2014). Multimodal situated discourse analysis: theories and practices (Duomoetai Jixihuayu de Fenxi Fanchou). In Z. Zhang et al. Multimodal Study of Situated Discourses (Duomotai Jixihuayu Yanjiu) (pp. 20-29). Beijing: World Publishing Corporations. 
  • Paltridge, B., Thomas, A, and Liu, J. (2011). Sex and the City as genre and performance. In R. Piazza, F. Rossi & M. Bednarek (eds.), Telecinematic discourse: An introduction to the fictional language of cinema and television (pp. 249-262). London: John Benjamins.

Journal Articles

  • Liu, J. (2016). Liu, J. (2016). Beyond genre? Schematic framing Lady Gaga in the dynamics of pop culture production. Journal for Communication and Culture, 5 (1), 18-37.
  • Liu, J. (2014). The Chinese blogosphere as a site of social engagement and contestation. Fast Capitalism, 11.1.
  • Liu, J. (2014). Multimodal educational assessment: From transmissive learning to creative production. Journal of Educational Policies and Current Practices, 1 (1), 1-11
  • Liu, J. (2014). Generification of performances in personal blogs. Apples: Journal of Applied Language Studies, 8(2), 115-131.
  • Liu, J. (2014). Mediating the voice of personal blogging: An analysis of Chinese A-list personal blogs. Observatorio (OBS*), 8(1),121-143.
  • Liu, J. (2014). Blogging Chinese new masculinities: An analysis of a Chinese A-list personal blog. Journal of Media and Communication Studies, 6(2), 32-42.
  • Liu, J. (2014). Sex, city, and the blogging of desire: A multi-layered textual analysis of the Mother of Chinese blogs. Language, Discourse & Society, 3(1), 88-109.
  • Liu, J. (2010). Gendered performances and norms in personal blogs. Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies, 30 (de-voted).
  • Liu, J. (2008). The generic and rhetorical structures of expositions in English by Chinese ethnic minorities: A perspective from intra-cultural contrastive rhetoric. Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication, 8 (1), 1-24.

Conference Papers

  • Liu, J. (2017). What can MMOG do for urban public playgrounds? The 8th International Conference for Sustainable Development and Planning Conference Proceedings. Penang, Malaysia.
  • Liu, J. (2014). Genre, multimodality, and pedagogical implications of the evolution of blogs for second language education. ACLL 2014 Conference Proceedings, 151-166.


  • Liu, J. (2014). Reconceptualising genre through the lens of the evolution of blogging and pop culture figures. TESOL Network Colloquium, University of Sydney, Sydney
  • Liu, J. (2014). Reconceputalising diversity in teacher education: A multimodality probe. ATEA Annual Conference, Australian Catholic University, Sydney. 
  • Liu, J. (2014). Genre, multimodality, and second language education.  The 4th Asia Conference for Language Learning, Osaka, Japan.
  • Liu, J. (2013). Multimodal educational assessment: For whom, what, and how. TTPGR Group Symposium, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
  • Liu, J. (2013). Affordability, diversity, universal learning, and alternatives to schooling. SOTE Brown Bag Seminar, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.
  • Liu, J. (2013). Over the clouds: New media, new literacies, and new learning. Invited presentation, Ningxia University, China.

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