Research Projects (2014-2015)

In 2014-2015, the Centre conducted a wide range of projects, focused in the following areas:

Academic Genres

  • Academic publishing: Issues and challenges in the construction of knowledge (K. Hyland)
  • Disciplinary and seniority variations in research articles (P. Tse)
  • Enhancement of Core University English course through development of eLearning Moodle materials (M. Legg, K. Pat, K. Ho, L. Wakeland, C. Tait)
  • Genre, discipline and identity (K. Hyland)
  • Textual and rhetorical interaction in engineering undergraduate writing: An activity theory analysis (K. Ho)

Academic Literacy

  • Plagiarism: Awareness, avoidance and assurance (D. Gardner)


  • Assessing in-class participation for EFL: Considerations of effectiveness and fairness for different learning styles (P. Crosthwaite, D. Bailey, Cheongju University Language Education Center, A. Meeker, Texas Tech University)
  • Assessing reflection and independent learning (K. Lau)

Autonomy and Language Learning

  • Evaluating a self-access centre’s effectiveness and efficiency: A case study (D.D. Choy)
  • Principles for the effective integration of self-access language learning into taught English courses (E. Law)

Discourse Analysis

  • A study of L1 and L2 tutors’ and peer tutors’ advice in writing consultations (C. Lee)
  • A study of question and answer sessions in academic presentations (A. Chan, L.K. Tse, L. Wakeland)
  • Triad discourse in Hong Kong (P. Wong)


  • Evaluation of the implementation of an English-in-the-Discipline course for Speech and Hearing Sciences students (N. Fong, K. Yung)
  • Fostering sustainable learning through English-in-the-Discipline (K. Yung, N. Fong)

English as a Lingua Franca

  • English as a Lingua Franca in Taiwan and Hong Kong universities (K. Lau)

Language Acquisition

  • Definite article bridging relations in L2: A learner corpus study (P. Crosthwaite)
  • Definite discourse-new reference in L1 and L2: A study of bridging in Mandarin, Korean and English (P. Crosthwaite)
  • English as the medium of integration: Experiences of local and non-local undergraduates at a hall of residence in Hong Kong (K. Yung)
  • L2 article use by speakers of [-ART] languages (P. Crosthwaite, L. Choy)
  • The HKU-CAES learner corpus: Selecting error and rhetorical criteria for corpus annotation (P. Crosthwaite, L. Choy)

Language Education

  • An overview of EAP (K. Hyland, P. Shaw, University of Stockholm)
  • Curriculum innovation, teacher change and professional development (L.L.C. Wong)
  • Examining the language learning styles, motivation and autonomy of university students in Hong Kong (C. Lee, T. Ip and Professor A. Yeung, Australian Catholic University)
  • Learning English in the shadows: Conflicting or complementing ideologies with mainstream education (K. Yung)
  • Problematizing teacher questioning behavior in the first-year university EAP classroom (K. Pat, L.L.C. Wong, J. Castillo, A. Wong,)
  • Profiling the new generation of English learners: The case of HKU (K. Lau, D. Gardner)
  • Re-imagining literacy: English in Hong Kong’s new university curriculum (K. Hyland)
  • Remediating Chinese EFL speakers’ pronunciation difficulties (M. Yeldham)

Postgraduate Writing

  • Preparing PhD students to write literature reviews in their disciplines: A preliminary study (L.L.C. Wong, E. Martyn)

Technology in Language Teaching and Learning

  • Corpora and written academic English (K. Hyland)
  • Improving writing through corpora (P. Crosthwaite, L. Cheung)
  • Supporting learner autonomy and diversity using technologies (L.L.C. Wong)

Vocabulary Teaching and Learning

  • An investigation into the effectiveness of mental imaging in the acquisition of academic vocabulary (L. Chan, H. Wong, T. Ip, C. Ng)
  • Evaluation and revision of the academic vocabulary Moodle for the Core University English Course (CUE) (L. Chan, E. Kwan)


Funding for the projects came from various sources including the Internal Research Grants, Teaching Development Grants, the Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research and Small Project Fund from HKU and Korea TESOL Association.









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