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Staff Presentations

2015 – 2016

Eunice Tang and Andrew Northern, A discovery-based approach to teaching academic and professional communication to civil engineers. Centre for English Language Communication Symposium 2016, National University of Singapore, May 2016.

Anita Au and Derek Wong, Evaluating Engineering Students’ Acquisition and Accuracy of Using Course Specific Words in a Genre-based Technical Communication Writing Assessment. 3rd English Scholars Beyond Borders (ESBB) International Conference, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan, May 20, 2016.

Joyce Lee and Sarah Carmichael, Crossing the border from university to the workplace: The quest for authenticity. 3rd English Scholars Beyond Borders (ESBB) International Conference, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan, May 20, 2016.

Wu Kam Yin and Sarah Carmichael, Evaluating the impact of discipline-specific instruction on student academic writing in Civil Engineering. 3rd English Scholars Beyond Borders (ESBB) International Conference, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan, May 20, 2016.

Sarah Carmichael, Wu Kam Yin and Joyce Lee, Language curriculum design for engineering students: How specific can it be? International Conference on the Development of English across the Curriculum. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 2015.

 


2014 – 2015

Danyal Freeman gave a public lecture on “Laughing at the powerful: A pragmatics of debasement” on 2 June 2015.

Jim Chan gave a presentation entitled “Sounding like a native speaker of English in international communication – does it matter? The implications of accent variation for careers” on 29 April 2015.

 


2011 – 2012

Sarah Carmichael, Wu Kam Yin and Joyce Lee, Designing a technical communication course: From conceptualization to evaluation. Symposium: Research into Practice in the Four-year Curriculum. The University of Hong Kong, June 1, 2012.

Sarah Carmichael, and Wu Kam Yin, Issues in Course Design & Materials Development for a Technical Communication Course. 7th International Symposium on Teaching English at Tertiary Level, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Oct. 13 2011.

 


2010 – 2011

Arthur McNeill

  • Invited conference papers (refereed)

    1. “What can universities do to improve students’ English?” Invited plenary paper at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute’s 7th International Conference, 2010
  • Other conference papers

    1. “Reconciling teacher preferences and frequency data about words in language curriculum design”. 10th International Conference of the Association of Language Awareness, Kassel, Germany, July 2010
  • Selected Informal/Special Seminars (by invitation)

    1. “Focus groups in language research” and “Recent trends in L2 vocabulary research”. Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand, April 2011

Mark Hopkins

  • Conference papers
    1. “Organizing independent language learning for digital natives:preconceptions and reality”, 4th International Conference for Theory and Practice in Education, International Peto Andras Institute, Hungary, June 2011

Marshall Yin

  • Conference papers
    1. “Approaches to teaching reading and paraphrasing” . The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ELC Symposium, Developing Students as Readers & Writers, Hong Kong, June 2011
    2. “Catering for the Needs of International Students from 2010” . The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ELC Symposium, the Challenges of the 4-Year Curriculum for English Center for Language Education in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 2010, with Linda Mak
    3. “Paraphrasing through reading and responding”. Hong Kong Baptist University Language Centre English Seminar, Hong Kong 24 October 2011

Amy Chi presented a paper entitled ” When dictionaries support vocabulary learning, where to begin? ” at the 7th biennial meeting of the Asian Association for Lexicography, Kyoto Terrsa, Kyoto, Japan on 22nd August, 2011.

 


2009 September – 2010 January

Arthur McNeill

  • He presented a paper entitled, “Selecting vocabulary for an L2 curriculum: does the figurative use of words need to be anticipated?” at the Conference of the Center for Research on the Application of Language 2009 The International Conference Figurative Language Learning and Figurative Language Use, at the University of La Rioja, Spain on 29th October, 2009.

  • He was invited as honorable guest speaker at the Silver Jubilee Dinner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists Hong Kong Society on 14th November and delivered the keynote speech entitled, “Will a vocabulary curriculum improve English standards in Hong Kong?”

  • He was invited as a plenary speaker at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute’s National Seminar, “Empowering Teachers of English as an International Languages”, in Bangkok, on 24th November. The title of his paper was “Native and non-native speaker teachers: Language awareness same same?”. He also ran a workshop entitled “Working with words: Developing learners’ word associations”.

  • He also gave a talk entitled, “From corpus to curriculum – easier said than done” at the Current Trends in Applied Linguistics invitational seminar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 10th December.

Mark Hopkins presented a paper entitled, “Elite students’ independent learning experience: any lessons for the mainstream?” at TEFLIN 2009 hosted by the State Islamic University (UIN) at Malang, Indonesia, on 9th December.

John Milton gave a seminar and a talk entitled, “Tools that Support Independent Process Writing” to the University of Hong Kong on 30th September and the Hong Kong Institute of Education on 2nd November.

Keith Tong presented a paper entitled, “‘From English for the subject’ to ‘English in the subject’: Insights from two Content-based Instruction Experiments” at the 1st International Conference on Language and Culture organized by the United International College in Zhuhai, China on 18th December.

Polly Tse presented a paper entitled “A core vocabulary for all disciplines? Academic lexis and disciplinary practices.” at the 2009 International Symposium on ESP and its Teaching, in Wuhan, China on 25th October.

 


2009 February – August

Sue Chang and Mark Hopkins gave a talk entitled, “Group language practice activities at HKUST” to Hong Kong Association of Self-Access Learning and Development on 21st April.

Amy Chi presented a paper entitled “Using English dictionaries is not as easy as ABC” at the 17th biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America, organised by Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A. on 27th May.
She also presented a paper entitled “Relevance of EFL dictionaries in English teaching – “Will you still need me, when I’m sixty-four?” at the 6th biennial conference of the Asian Association for Lexicography organised by the Department of Languages and Social Sciences, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand on 21st August.

Doreen Chong presented a paper entitled, “Cultural influences on language learning styles” at the international conference on Multicultural Perspectives on the English Language, Literature and Culture at Tallinn University, in Estonia on 28th May 2009.

Lynne Flowerdew gave a presentation entitled “The application of corpus linguistics to pedagogy: the role of mediation” at the 5th International Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Liverpool, U.K. on 23rd July.

Susanna Ho, Eleanor Kwan and Martin Tang gave a paper entitled “The Writing and Speaking through the Curriculum Programme: How students and faculty members respond to it” at the 5th CamTESOL Conference – The globalization of ELT: Emerging directions, at National Institute of Education, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 21st February.

Gregory James gave an invited plenary presentation, entitled “Dictionaries in education – Education in dictionaries” at the 6th biennial conference of the Asian Association for Lexicography (ASIALEX), in Bangkok on 20th August.

Sean McMinn presented a paper entitled, “Knowing Culture in Second Life: Intercultural Literacy and the Technological Know – How in a Virtual World” at the international conference on Multimedia and ICT in Education (m-ICTE2009), in Lisbon, Portugal on 22nd April 2009.

Kathy Sin presented a paper entitled, “Masculinity in Contemporary Advertisements” at the international conference on Multicultural Perspectives on the English Language, Literature, and Culture at Tallinn University, in Estonia on 28th May.

Sarah Toogood and P. Voller gave a presentation entitled “Bamboo Scaffolding and Rigging: Approaches to support language learner autonomy” at the Independent Learning Association Conference Hong Kong 2009: Independent Learning: Building on experience, seeking new perspectives at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 3rd June.

Polly Tse and K. Hyland gave a presentation entitled “Words most worth studying? Examining the notion of academic vocabulary” at the International Conference on Languages 2009, in Penang, Malaysia on 28th May.

Polly Tse gave a presentation entitled “Academic vocabulary: corpus evidence for specificity” at the Language Studies Conference (Cutting Edges), in Canterbury, U.K. on 26th June.

Wan Hong
參加7月29日在中國山東煙台舉辦的”第十屆漢語詞彙語義學研討會”,並發表論文《非範疇化句子中詞彙語意特徵》

Grace Wong presented a paper entitled, “Teaching seminar skills in the Asian context” at the 5th CamTESOL Conference, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 22nd February.

 


2008 September – 2009 January

Lynne Flowerdew presented a paper entitled, “Using a case-study approach to transform research findings into practice” at the LSP and Professional Communication Conference, at the City University of Hong Kong on 10th December.

Susanna Ho presented a paper entitled, “How well can university students write for workplace situation?” at the LSP and Professional Communication Conference, at the City University of Hong Kong on 10th December.

Gregory James gave a lunchtime talk, entitled, “Harnessing technology for language learning: The development of e-portfolios”, to the Chartered Institute of Linguists Hong Kong Society, at the Royal Plaza Hotel on 29th November.

Venus Tsang presented a paper entitled, “The textual and cultural meanings of translation in Chinese American literature” at the 4th Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong, at the Open University of Hong Kong on 10th January.

Polly Tse presented a paper entitled, “Taking a stance in a second language: a comparative study of evaluative that-constructions’” at the LSP and Professional Communication Conference, at the City University of Hong Kong on 9th December.