Wenchao Sara Tu

PhD candidate

Tutor in MEd (TESOL)

Student Representative on the Faculty Research Committee




Building.Room: A36.2a10


Discourse analysis, genre analysis, multimodal analysis, intercultural (contrastive) rhetoric, the language of evaluation, web-mediated discourse

Research project description

Professional biography


Wenchao Tu has taught undergraduate & postgraduate courses in the area of language and pragmatics, international business communication, and training for Cambridge Business English Certificates (BEC).

Her current research interests includes discourse studies and genre analysis, intercultural language use,  multimodal semiotic resources, especially web-mediated discourse analysis. She also holds a position as a research assistant in the area of web-mediated discourse analysis and educational policy.



Conference presentation:


  • Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarships 2011-2013

  • Alexander Mackie Research Fellowship 2012

  • Thomas T. Roberts Education Fellowship 2012

  • Dean's Award for an Outstanding Master of Education Dissertation 2010

Thesis work

Project title Degree Supervisor
The intercultural discourse of university introductions: a genre analysis of Chinese university web-pages. PhD Professor Brian Paltridge

Selected publications


  • Tu, W. . (2005). The education of migrant children and the economic development in Shanghai, SHFU Research Report.
  • Tu, W. (2004). The real situation of schools for children of migrant workers: A study of Nanhui Lupins school., Shanghai Floating Populations’ Education Research Report..
  • Tu, W. (2004). The investigation and study of Sanxia immigrant living condition, SHUSP Research Report.