The Centre encourages research and publishing to foster scholarly activity and professional development among its staff and to contribute to the world-wide dialogue on key issues in applied linguistics, academic literacy and language education. It also encourages research through regular seminar series, Special Interest Groups based around key areas of research, funded conference attendances and professional leave arrangements, and encouragement of funded research. Centrally, research informs curricular development. The Centre publishes the Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics. The Director of the Centre was the founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and is now co-editor of Applied Linguistics, a leading journal in our field. Researchers at the Centre also serve as editors or reviewers for international journals and publishers. Recent output includes articles in publications such as English for Specific Purposes, Journal of English for Specific Purposes, Language Teaching, Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research, Journal of Gender Studies, The Language Teacher, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Linguistics and Education. Centre teachers have also contributed to the organization of conferences and given plenary and keynote addresses. Such activities are supported by funding from a range of sources such as the Research Grants Council and Teaching Development Grants.