Dr Helen Hou is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences. She has been working at Ulster University since her appointment to the lectureship in MA TESOL in the School of Education in 2010. Prior to joining the University, she holds a first class honours degree in English Language Teaching from Guizhou Normal University, China (1999), a PgDip in Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching in Fudan University, China (2003) and an MEd in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester (2005). She received her PhD in Education from the University of Manchester in 2012. She became a fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2015.Her major research interests include online communities of practice and student teachers learning, ELT methodology, e-pedagogy and teacher education, educational technologies in the language classroom, Chinese learners, and qualitative research methodology and design.