International Scholars Talking at CAES

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Presentations

John Swales

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Michigan, and Co-director of the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English Project

Presentation title: 
Standardization and its Discontents (with Apologies to Sigmund Freud)

Date: 
3 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
John Swales offers thoughts about the trends and emerging themes in English for Academic Purposes

  • first, offers an entertaining series of vignettes illustrating the vagaries and oddities of the academic world
  • then, more seriously, assesses the opportunity cost of standardization in academic and scientific journals
  • in particular, this relates to its consequences for publishing internationally, and for those who assist others in attempting to do so

Vijay Bhatia

Retired Professor from City University of Hong Kong, and Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Presentation title: 
Genre as Interdiscursive Performance in Professional Practice

Date: 
2 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description: Vijay Bhatia discusses the use of genre in professional communication

  • highlights the key role of discourse and genre in analyzing professional discourse
  • points out the wide number of fields this analysis has encompassed
  • explains it has more recently been expanded to account for interdiscursive performance in specific contexts
  • argues its value for demystifying institutional, organizational and corporate practices

Anna Mauranen

Professor of English, University of Helsinki

Presentation title: 
Academically Speaking: English as the Lingua Franca

Date: 
2 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Anna Mauranen looks into the changing position and shape of English as a lingua Franca (ELF) in the academic world

  • points out how most scholars today need to move between different languages
  • there is a need for most non-native English speakers to use English in many of their academic dealings, highlighting the importance of ELF
  • examines the changing position and shape of ELF in the academic world, drawing on various relevant corpora
  • argues that academics make good use of their varying repertoires of English in co-constructing meanings and academic knowledge

Janet Holmes

Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Associate Director of the Language in the Workplace Project at Victoria University of Wellington

Presentation title: 
Researching the Impact of “The Culture Order” in Professional Workplace Contexts

Date: 
1 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Janet Holmes discusses “culture” in the professional workplace

  • draws on data collected by the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project
  • describes how culture order impacts on workplace interaction
  • the interaction discussed relates to workers of different ethnicities and social groupings
  • illustrates teaching and learning resources developed to assist new migrants in the workforce.

Ken Hyland

Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the CAES at the University of Hong Kong

Title: 
Academic Interaction: Where’s it all Going?

Date: 
1 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Ken Hyland discusses interaction in academic writing

  • highlights there is a perception of the growing realization of interaction – stance, in particular
  • uses corpus data from leading journals to explore changes over the past 50 years in the use of stance and engagement
  • somewhat surprisingly, finds a shift to more explicit interpersonal interactions in the sciences and to more detached practices in the soft fields

John Flowerdew

Retired Professor from City University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster

Presentation title: 
Corpus-based Language Description for English for Academic Purposes

Date: 
3 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
John Flowerdew discusses the use of corpora in English for academic purposes

  • introduces some basic concepts and principles in corpus research for language pedagogy
  • then focuses on various different types of corpora
  • argues that corpus-based language description can provide important insights to teachers and learners about discourse practices across the academic disciplines and genres.

Azirah Hashim

Professor in the English Language Department at the University of Malaya

Presentation title: 
Adversarial and Arbitrative Discourses

Date: 
2 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Azirah Hashim discusses adversarial and arbitrative discourses in Malaysian legal conflicts

  • In Malaysia, arbitration is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to the common law courts for civil disputants
  • current evidence, however, suggests there is considerable institutional and discursive overlap between the two different systems
  • this presentation compares discourse patterns and constraints on language- and code-choice across the different systems in multilingual and multicultural contexts

 

Gail Forey

Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Presentation title: 
The Value of Meaning-focused Metalanguage for Teaching and Learning

Date: 
2 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Gail Forey examines the value of meaning-focused metalanguage for teaching and learning

  • examines the benefits of introducing metalanguage for learning and teaching curriculum goals
  • to achieve this, the researcher draws on data from teachers and learners at schools in Hong Kong and the UK
  • the metalanguage in question is based on systemic functional linguistics
  • finds that the raised awareness and shared use of the metalanguage has positive implications for teachers and learners, and extends to improved understanding and literacy across the curriculum and beyond.

Jane Lockwood

Associate Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong

Presentation title: 
The Many Faces of Workplace English: Research and Development in the Teaching of Business English

Date: 
1 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Jane Lockwood discusses the teaching of business English

  • argues the need to deconstruct the term ‘business English’ and develop a nuanced understanding of the specific and different contexts for teaching it
  • discusses the shifts in doing business across the world enabled by technology and resulting in the rise of English as a lingua franca in global business
  • outlines an approach that is sensitive to the many different contexts and purposes for researching and teaching ‘business English’ in workplaces and educational contexts.

Ann Johns

Professor Emerita, Linguistics & Writing Studies, San Diego State University

Presentation title: 
Grappling with the Personal Statement: Case Studies of Multi-lingual Writers

Date: 
1 June 2017

Location:
CAES International Conference Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, 1-3 June 2017, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Ann Johns examines two young writers grappling with the personal statement

  • highlights that such writers commonly face difficulties with this genre when used to writing more ‘objective’ academic texts
  • points out some of the specific challenges these students faced in writing these personal statements
  • suggests pedagogical implications for improving such a writer’s reflective positioning and rhetorical flexibility.

Allan Bell

Professor of Language & Communication, and Director of the Institute of Culture & Discourse Communication, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Presentation title:
Media Talk: The Sociolinguistic Life of Accent Stereotypes

Date:
26 April 2017

Location:
Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Allan Bell explains how media play a role in propagating stock phrases that reflect English dialect stereotypes.

  • provides examples of stock phrases that represent English dialect stereotypes
  • discusses methods for classifying such phrases according to their linguistic characteristics

Susan Hunston

Professor of English Language, University of Birmingham, UK

Presentation title:
Phraseology, local grammars and evaluative meaning

Date:
15 February 2017

Location:
Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Susan Hunston describes a recent corpus analysis

  • provides a practical description of a corpus analysis of Collins Cobuild Grammar 2
  • offers a descriptive local grammar of evaluation based on adjectives and complementation patterns

David Carless

Professor and Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

Presentation title:
Implementing peer feedback: Potentials and challenges

Date:
23 November 2016

Location:
Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
David Carless outlines key issues related to peer feedback and its implementation

  • describes feedback as a design, pedagogic and relational issue
  • outlines the definition of and rationale for peer feedback
  • summarizes the results of recent studies that show the benefits and challenges of peer feedback

Stephen Evans

Associate Head and Professor, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Presentation title:
Language and decolonisation: The special case of Hong Kong

Date:
12 October 2016

Location:
Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description:
Stephen Evans describes his work on language trends in Hong Kong

  • outlines trends in language choice and use in Hong Kong’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government from the colonial era to the present
  • presents results from numerous primary sources regarding the changing roles of English, Cantonese, written Chinese, and Putonghua during the past 170 years
  • focuses on recent language changes that began during Hong Kong’s decolonisation process and continue through the present

Anne Burns

Professor of TESOL, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Australia

Presentation Title: Researching teacher cognition: Key concepts and ontological developments

Date: 27 May 2016

Location: Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description: Anne Burns examines some of the key issues and developments in researching language teacher cognition

  • discusses the complexities between what language teachers believe and think about their work and how these cognitions interact with classroom practice
  • outlines ontological shifts that have occurred in language teacher cognition studies
  • considers approaches currently used (or that could be used in future) to study teacher cognition

Rosa Manchón

Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Murcia, Spain

Presentation Title: Writing-to-learn-language: Implications for second language acquisition and L2 writing research

Date: 16 November 2015

Location: Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description: Rosa Manchón argues for more research on how second language writing influences second language acquisition

  • focuses on the “writing-to-learn” dimension of L2 writing
  • argues this is needed to complement traditional SLA focus on oral language acquisition
  • provides the theoretical positions for the language learning potential of L2 writing
  • also provides the empirical evidence on such potential

Icy Lee

Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Title:  Two decades of research on written corrective feedback:  Have Hong Kong teachers become any wiser?

Date:  28 October 2015

Location: Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description:  Icy Lee discusses research evidence for the effectiveness of error correction of L2 writing

  • provides the research evidence for error correction over the past two decades
  • examines this evidence in light of current practice by Hong Kong teachers
  • observes mismatches between the research evidence and classroom applications

David Coniam

Chair Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Title:  Half a century of English language assessment in Hong Kong

Date:  23 September 2015

Location: Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Description:  David Coniam outlines changes in language assessment in Hong Kong over the past 50 years.

  • presents a historical and theoretical picture of how English exams have evolved in Hong Kong
  • examines this change through the key concepts of validity, reliability and washback
  • argues that the changes have been substantial ones

Rod Ellis

Distinguished Professor of Applied Language Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Title:  Teaching as input

Date:  13 June 2015

Location: CAES International Conference Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy, 11-13 June 2015, The University of Hong Kong

Description: Rod Ellis discusses teaching as input

  • argues that a key question is what kinds of input under what conditions are most likely to foster learning
  • examines pedagogic approaches in current popular teaching guides
  • also examines what SLA has to say about the role of input in L2 learning
  • finally, evaluates pedagogic issues in the light of these SLA findings

 

Wen Qiufang

Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the National Research Center for Foreign Language Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

Title:  Production-oriented approach (POA) to teaching adult English learners in Mainland China

Date:  12 June 2015

Location:  CAES International Conference Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy, 11-13 June 2015, The University of Hong Kong

Description:  Wen Qiufang advocates a Production-Oriented Approach (POA) to teaching adult English learners in China

  • the approach challenges text-centered and input-based English teaching prevalent in China
  • it involves more teacher guidance than the student-centred learning prevalent in the west
  • it is based on research in the workplace foregrounding the importance of productive activities over receptive ones
  • also based on Swain’s output hypothesis and adult learning psychology

Ken Hyland

Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong

Title:  Anecdote, attitude and evidence. Does English disadvantage EAL authors in international publishing?

Date:  12 June 2015

Location: CAES International Conference Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy, 11-13 June 2015, The University of Hong Kong

Description: Ken Hyland examines whether English language ability is a major hurdle for non-native speaking authors in international publishing.

  • critically examines the evidence for linguistic disadvantage in academic publishing by L2 writers
  • acknowledges there is ample anecdotal evidence of such disadvantage
  • however concludes that language ability is less of a factor than resources and research writing expertise

David Nunan

Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong

Title:  Language learning beyond the classroom

Date:  11 June 2015

Location: CAES International Conference Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy, 11-13 June 2015, The University of Hong Kong

Description: David Nunan discusses language learning beyond the classroom

  • points out how technology has boosted chances for learning outside the classroom
  • the Internet provides learners with vast amounts of authentic input and output
  • argues that using language in authentic as well as pedagogically structured contexts outside the classroom can significantly enhance the language learning process
  • case studies are presented to demonstrate such learning

Bonny Norton

Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada

Title:  Digital ways, unequal worlds: Identity, investment, and English language learners in changing times

Date:  11 June 2015

Location: CAES International Conference Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy, 11-13 June 2015, The University of Hong Kong

Description:  Bonny Norton discusses identity, investment, and English language learners in a changing digital world

  • advancements in digital technology have changed power relations in regard to learner identity
  • consequently, has developed an expanded model of investment that integrates identity, ideology, and linguistic capital
  • included in the model is Bourdieu’s notion of sens pratique, or “feel for the game”
  • discusses ways the model can help inform theory, research, and practice in English internationally