Academic Staff

Picture of Forey, Gail (Dr)
Forey, Gail (Dr)
Associate Professor
Room No.AG405
Tel2766 7577

Research Interests

Literacy and education
English language teacher education
Action research
Systemic functional linguistics
Discourse analysis (specifically spoken discourse analysis)
Critical discourse analysis
English for academic purposes and language of the workplace

Awards

Merit Award in the Community Excellence Award category of the PolyU Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Awards 2017, PolyU Technology and Consultancy Co. Ltd. (PTeC) and Institute for Entrepreneurship (IfE)
Hong Kong University Grants Council (UGC) Teaching Award 2015, UGC, Hong Kong SAR
Faculty Award for Excellence in Service 2015, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2013-14, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching 2012-13, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Honorary Professorship Linguistic Society of the Philippines, 2013-14

Websites & Press Release

Language Across the Curriculum Professional Development (LACPD)
http://www.lacpd.net/

Call Centre Communication Research (CCCR)
http://www.engl.polyu.edu.hk/call_centre/CCCR.html

Virtual communication reveals complexity of cross-cultural interactions (press release)
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cpa/milestones/en/201603/research_innovation/social_sciences/
virtual_communication_reveals_complexity_of_cross/index.html

Linguistics educator receives prestigious UGC Teaching Award (press release)
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/web/en/media/campus_reports/index_id_6140.html

Research Projects: Research Role as Principal Investigator (2005-15)

  1. Continuing Professional Development in Language Across the Curriculum: Investigating Best Practices in Hong Kong & UK (1-ZVDZ)
    Funds awarded by Dean’s Reserve Research Grant
    Date: Jan 15 – Jan 17
  2. The PolySystemic Language and Education Conference on Multiliteracy and Multimodality (CRA28)
    Funds awarded by RGC Conference/Seminar Grant
    Date Feb 15-Mar 15
  3. Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Interpersonal Meaning in Academic Presentations (G-UA2S)
    Funds awarded by Departmental Research Grant
    Date: Feb 13- Feb 16
  4. Language Education: Teaching Through English (G-UA87)
    Funds awarded by Central Research Grant
    Date: April 14- May 16
  5. Doing, Talking & Teaching Science (4-ZZB-8)
    Funds awarded by Departmental Research Grant
    Date: June 12- Jul 14
  6. Pilot Study: Educational Genres in the Key Learning Areas of Maths, Science & Humanities (ZZ8E)
    Funds awarded by Departmental Research Grant
    Date: June 10 – May 12
  7. Assessing Quality in Call Centre Communication (1-ZV7B)
    Funds awarded by Dean’s Reserve Research Grant
    Date: April 10 – June 13
  8. Supporting Pedagogic Change in Learning through English in Hong Kong Secondary Schools (4-ZZ9K)
    Funds awarded by Departmental Research Grant
    Date: June 11- May 12
  9. A Pilot Study of SFL and Genre Pedagogy in Hong Kong Classrooms (GU-640)
    Funds awarded by Departmental Research Grant
    Date: April 09-April 11
  10. Understanding Literacy Practices: Informing the Teaching Profession (A-PA7Z)
    Funds awarded by Departmental Research Grant
    Date: April 07- March 09
  11. Researching and supporting the literacy learning of low proficiency students in a Hong Kong secondary school (GT800)
    Funds awarded by Quality Education Fund
    Date: Jul 05-Sep 06
  12. Assessing the interpersonal nature of student presentations
    Funds awarded by Learning and Teaching Research Committee
    Date: Sep 04-Dec 05
  13. Enhancing the teaching of English to students with learning disabilities
    Funds awarded by PolyU Internal Competitive Research Grant
    Date: May 02-Nov 04
  14. The Expression of "Care" in Call Centre Communication: Negotiation of Interpersonal Relationship in Trilingual Healthcare Contexts
    Funds awarded by Internal Competitive Research Grant
    Date: March 08-April 10
  15. Linguistic globalisation in Asia: Call centre discourse
    CERG - Fundable but not Funded
    Date: Jul 05-Sep 06
  16. Call centre discourse: Developing comparable Chinese and English corpora
    Funds awarded by Internal Competitive Research Grant project
    Date: May 06- Apr 08
    Co-Principal Investigators: Xu Xun-feng & Gail Forey
  17. Call centre discourse: A pilot study
    Funds awarded by Departmental Research Grant
    Date: Apr 05- Sep 05

Publications

  1. He, Q. & Forey, G. (forthcoming). Meaning-making in a secondary science classroom: A systemic functional multimodal discourse analysis. In K.S. Tang & K. Danielsson (Eds.) Global Developments in Literacy Research for Science Education. New York: Springer.
  2. Forey, G. & Sampson, N. (forthcoming). Theme: what’s it about? In Bartlett, T. & O’Grady, G. (Eds) The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Oxon: Routledge.
  3. Polias, J. &  Forey, G. (Forthcoming, 2016) Multi-Semiotic Resources Providing Maximal Input in Teaching Science through English Llinares, A & T. Morton (Eds) Applied Linguistics Perspectives on CLIL. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  4. Forey, G. & Feng, D. (2016) Interpersonal Meaning and Audience Engagement in Academic Presentations: A Multimodal Discourse Analysis Perspective. Hyland, K. & Shaw, P. (Eds) The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes Oxon: Routledge, 416-430.
  5. Lockwood, J. & Forey, G. (2016). Discursive Control and Power in Virtual meeting. Discourse and Communication. 10 (4), 323-340.
  6. Polias, J. &  Forey, G. (2016) Teaching through English: Maximal Input in Meaning Making. In Miller, D.R. & Bayley, P. (Eds). Permeable Contexts & Hybridity in Discourse. London: Continuum, 109-132.
  7. Forey, G., Besser, S. & Sampson. (2015) Parental Involvement in Foreign Language Learning: The Case of Hong Kong in The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 1-31.
  8. Forey, G. (2014). Offshore Outsourcing: The need for appliable linguistics. In Bhatia, V. & Bremner, S. (Eds). Professional Communication Handbook. Oxon: Routledge, 382-399.
  9. Forey, G. (2013). The impact of call centre employment on women in India. World Englishes. 32/4, 503-520.
  10. Forey, G. & Lam, M. (2012). Applying Systemic Functional Linguistics: Understanding the Choices of Quality in the Workplace. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 9/1, 61-80.
  11. Forey, G., Firkins, A & Sengupta, S. (2012). Full circle: Stakeholders’ evaluation of a collaborative enquiry action research literacy project. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 11: 4, 70-87.
  12. Forey, G & Lockwood, J. (eds) (2010). Globalisation, Communication and the Workplace. London: Continuum.
  13. Forey, G. (2010).Language, Globalization and the Workplace: Education and Social Implications. In Forey, G & Lockwood, J. (eds) Globalisation, Communication and the Workplace. London: Continuum, 251-170.
  14. Xu, X., Wang, Y., Forey, G & Lan, L. (2010). Analyzing the Genre Structure of Chinese Call-Center Communication. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 24/4, 445.
  15. Lockwood, J. Forey, G. & Elias, N. (2009). Call Centre Communication: Measurement Processes in Non-English Speaking Contexts. In D. Belcher (ed). English for Specific Purposes in Theory and Practice. Ann Arbor. Michigan: Michigan University Press, 143-164.
  16. Forey, G. & Thompson, G. (eds), (2009). Text type and Texture. London: Equinox.
  17. Forey, G., 2009. Marked Interpersonal Themes: Projecting Clauses in Workplace Texts. In Forey and Thompson (eds.) Text Type and Texture. London: Equinox, 151-174.
  18. Hood, S &. Forey, G. (2008). The interpersonal dynamics of call-centre interactions: Co-constructing the rise and fall of emotion. Discourse and Communication. 2/4, 389-409.
  19. Lockwood, J. Forey, G., and Price, H.  (2008). Englishes in the Philippine business processing outsourcing industry: Issues, opportunities and research. In M. L. S. Bautista and K. Bolton (eds.) Philippine English: Linguistic and Literary Perspectives. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 219 – 242.
  20. Forey, G. & Lockwood, J. (2007).  "I'd love to put someone in jail for this": An Initial Investigation of English in the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) Industry. English for Specific Purposes. 26/3, 308-326.
  21. Forey, G & Nunan, D. (2002). The role of language and culture in the workplace.  In Barron, C., Bruce, N. & Nunan, D (Eds.). Knowledge and Discourse: Language Ecology in Theory and Practice. Singapore: Longman. 204-220
  22. Firkins, A., Forey, G., & Sengupta, S., (2007). A Genre-Based Approach: Teaching Writing to Low Proficiency EFL Students. ELTJ .64(1), 341-352.
  23. Firkins, A  & Forey, G. (2006). Changing the literacy habitus of a Hong Kong Secondary School. In Bokhorst-Heng, W., Osborne, M. & Lee, K. (Eds.). Redesigning Pedagogies: Reflections on Theory and Praxis. Singapore: Peter Lang, 33-45.
  24. Hood, S &. Forey, G. (2005). Presenting a conference paper: Getting interpersonal with your audience. Journal of English for Academic Purposes.24. 291-306.
  25. Forey, G. (2004). Workplace texts: Do they mean the same for teachers and business people?  English for Specific Purposes. 23/4 447-469.
  26. Forey, G. (2002). Aspects of Theme and Their Role in Workplace Texts, Unpublished Ph.D., Department of English Language. University of Glasgow.
  27. Davies, F., Forey, G. & Hyatt, D. (1999). Exploring aspects of context: selected findings from the Effective Writing for Management project.  In F. Bargiela-Chippini & C. Nickerson (Eds.) Writing Business: Genres, Methods and Language. London: Addison Wesley Longman. 293-312.
  28. Sengupta, S., Forey, G. & Hamp-Lyons, L. (1999). Supporting effective English communication within the context of teaching and research in a tertiary institute: Developing a genre model for consciousness raising. English for Specific Purposes. Vol 18. S7-22.
  29. Glanville, R., Sengupta, S & Forey, G. (1998). A cybernetic musing: Language and science in the language of science. In Cybernetics and Human Knowing. Vol. 5 No. 4. 61-70.
  30. Nunan, D & Forey, G. (1996). Communication in the Professional Workplace Phase I: Research Report. Unpublished report, English Language Centre, University of Hong Kong.
  31. Davies, F & Forey, G. (1995). The Effective Writing for Management: Report to the Advisory Board. Unpublished report, School of Education, University of Bristol.

EDB Professional Development Workshops

  1. Establishing and Supporting a Learning Circle for Secondary Schools using English as the Medium of Instruction for the Key Learning Area of Technology Education (Quotation Reference: EDB(RP)3410/70/16(1), PTeC Ref.: P16-0073)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 30 Sept 2016 - 30 Apr 2018
  2. School-based Support Programme on Developing Curriculum Materials to Enhance Teaching the Mathematics Education Key Learning Area in the English Medium (Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/62/16(1), PTec Ref.: P16-0056)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 30 Sept 2016 - 31 Oct 2018
  3. School-based Support Programme on Developing Curriculum Materials to Enhance Teaching the Personal, Social & Humanities (PSHE) Education Key Learning Area in the English Medium (Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/63/16(1), PTeC Ref.: P16-0057)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 30 Sept 2016 - 31 Oct 2018
  4. School-based Support Programme on Developing Curriculum Materials to Enhance Teaching the Science Education Key Learning Area in the English Medium (Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/61/16(1), PTeC Ref.: P16-0055)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 30 Sept 2016 - 31 Oct 2018
  5. School-based Support Programme on Developing Curriculum Materials to Enhance Teaching the Key Learning Areas of Technology Education, Arts Education, and Physical Education in the English Medium (Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/64/16(1), PTeC Ref.: P16-0058)
    Date: 30 Sept 2016 - 31 Oct 2018
  6. School-based Support Programme for Secondary School Teachers on Conducting Extended Learning Activities in English (Quotation Reference: EDB(RP)3410/69/16(1), PTeC Ref.: P16-0074)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 30 Sept 2016 -  31 Aug 2018
  7. Course for Secondary School Teachers on Teaching Personal, Social & Humanities Education Key Learning Area in the English Medium – Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/35/3/15(1) (PTeC Ref No.: P15-0219) (PSHE)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 31 Oct 2015 – 31 Aug 2017
  8. Course for Secondary School Teachers on Teaching Science Education Key Learning Area in the English Medium– Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/25/2/15 (PTeC Ref No.: P15-0221) (Science)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 3 Nov 2015 – 31 Aug 2017
  9. Short Course for Secondary School Teachers on Teaching the Key Learning Areas of Technology Education, Arts Education and Physical Education in the English Medium– Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/38/3/15(1) (PTeC Ref No.:P15-0220) (TAPE)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 3 Nov 2015 – 31 Aug 2017
  10. Three-day Course for Non-language Teachers on Enhancing Classroom Communication by Using Subject-specific Language in English (ECUSE) – Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/59/15(1) (PTeC Ref No.: P15-0265) (ECUSE)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 4 Dec 2015 – 31 Jan 2017
  11. Two-day Course on Roles of English Language Teachers in the Whole-school Approach to Using the English Medium (ELTWA) Quotation Ref.: EDB(EP)3410/58/15(!) (PTeC Ref No.: P15-0264) (ELTWA)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 4 Dec 2015 – 31 Jan 2017
  12. Establishing and Supporting a Learning Circle for Secondary Schools Using English as the Medium of Instruction for the Key Learning Area of Mathematics Education Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/55/15(1) (PTeC Ref No.: P15-0274) (MLC)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 1 Nov 2015-  31 Aug 2017
  13. Establishing and Supporting a Learning Circle for Secondary Schools Using English as the Medium of Instruction for the Key Learning Area of Personal, Social and Humanities Education (PSHELC) – Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)3410/56/15(1) (PTec Ref No.: P15-0273)  (PSHELC)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 14 Dec 2015 – 31 Oct 2017
  14. Establishing and Supporting a Learning Circle for Secondary Schools Using English as the Medium of Instruction for the Key Learning Area of Science Education (SLC) – Quotation Ref.: EDB(RP)/3410/47/1/15(1) (PTeC Ref NO.: P15-0275) (SLC)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: 1 Jan 2016 – 31 Oct 2017
  15. Establishing and Supporting a Learning Circle for Secondary Schools Using English as the Medium of Instruction for the Key Learning Area of Science Education (Ref: EDB(RP)3410/47/13(1))
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: July 2013 – Feb 15  (SLC)
  16. Provision of Services for In-service Professional Development Programme: Short Course for Secondary School Teachers on Teaching the Key Learning Areas of Technology Education, Arts Education and Physical Education in the English Medium Quotation Ref: EDB(RP)3410/38/1/12(2) (TAPE 2)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: Sept 12 – Jan 15
  17. Professional development programme developing and offering courses for secondary school teachers on teaching Science Key Learning Area (KLA) in the English Medium Quotation Ref: EDB(RP)3410/25/1/12(1) (Science 2)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: Sept 12 – Jan 15
  18. In-service Professional Development Programme: Short Course on Raising Secondary School Teachers’ Competence in Academic English for Teaching Non-language Subjects in the English Medium (Ref. EDB (RP) 3410/44/11(1))  (CACE 2)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: March 12 – Aug 14
  19. In-service Professional Development Programme: Short Course for Secondary School Teachers on Teaching the Key Learning Areas of Technology Education, Arts Education and Physical Education in the English Medium (Ref. EDB (RP) 3410/38/11(1))  (TAPE 1)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: Sept 11 – Aug 13
  20. In-service Professional Development Programme: Short Course on Raising Secondary School Teachers’ Competence in Academic English for Teaching Non-language Subjects in the English Medium (Ref: EDB(RP)3410/44/1/13(1)) (CACE 1)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: July 2013 – Feb 15
  21. In-service Professional Development Programme: Course for Secondary School Teachers on Teaching Science Key Learning Area in the English Medium (Ref: EDB(RP)3410/25/2/13(1)) (Science 1)
    Funds awarded by Education Development Bureau, Government HKSAR
    Date: July 2013 – Feb 15

Consultancy

  • Teaching and researching in the EAP classroom
    Department of English, Karaganda State Technical University, Kazakhstan
    12-25 May, 2013
    10 days, 5 hours workshops each day, 20 participants
    Principal Organiser: Gail Forey
  • Intensive Workshop: Teaching Through English
    Department of Highways, Changan University, Xian, China
    12-16, December, 2011
    5 days, workshop, 30 Hours in total. 30 Academics from Department of Highways
    Follow-up in Hong Kong 3 months later – Mentoring & action research report from participants
    Principal Organiser: Gail Forey
  • Summer Intensive Workshop: Teaching through English across the Curriculum
    Department of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-Sen University
    4-15 July 2011, 9-11 am. 25-30 participants
    Principal Organiser: Gail Forey
  • Images, grammar and meaning in textbooks: Scaffolding student’s learning.
    Invited: Workshop Provider ESLConference: Best practice in teaching and testing English in primary and secondary schools and language centres in Hong Kong, Renaissance College, Ma On Shan, 17 May 2011
    Principal Organiser: Gail Forey
  • Foundations in Language and Literacy Teaching (Primary)
    English Schools Foundation – language across the curriculum for newly recruited teaching staff
    13, 27 October, 10, 24 Nov, 8 Dec 2009, 5 x 3hr workshops
    Principal Organisers: Gail Forey & Jane Lockwood
  • Action Research Project: English through Sports Communication
    Shau Kei Wan East Government School Mar 09- Nov 09
    Principal Organiser: Gail Forey
  • Communicative Competences in English for Accountancy Professionals: Giving Effective Oral Presentations (with Stephen Evans)
    The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
    28 June 2008, 10.00 – 12.30, 2 ½ hour seminar.
  • Language and Communicative Competences in English for Court Interpreters
    Hong Kong Government SAR
    4, 25 April & 2 May 2009, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (3 x 3hrs, 9hrs workshop total)
  • Vetting Workshop for Government Translators
    Official Language Agency, Hong Kong Government SAR
    1, 8, 15 & 22 June 2007, (4 x 3hrs, 12hrs workshop total)
    Principal Organiser: Gail Forey
  • Writing effective speeches for Government Translators
    Official Language Agency, Hong Kong Government SAR
    3, 10, 17 & 24 May 2007, (4 x 3 hr workshops) Principal Organiser: Gail Forey

Conference Chair and Organiser

  • 1st PolySystemic Language Education Symposium (April 27, 2009) - M.A.K. Halliday, Emeritus Professor, University of Macquaire, Frances Christie, Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne & University of Sydney, Christian Matthiessen, Xu Xunfeng, Gail Forey & Kazuhiro Teruya, PolyU, Mark Shum, HKU, Jane Lockwood, CityU, Bette Li King Chia-chin, EDB, Chen Yongguo, Lu Zhongshe & Zhang Wenxia Tsinghua University, Gavin Dudeney, The Consultant-E & John Polias, Lexis Education.
  • 2nd PolySystemic Language Education Symposium (January 21, 2011) - Caroline Coffin, The Open University UK, Bev Derwianka, University of Wollongong, Christian Matthiessen, Nick Sampson, Gail Forey, Stephen Evans, Graham Lock, Jack Pun & Tomoko Akashi, PolyU, Angel Lin, HKU, Li King Chia Chin Bette, EDB, John Polias, Lexis Education Pty Ltd., Jane Lockwood, CityU, Chang Chenguang, Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, Liu Yi, Professor, Shenzhen University
  • 3rd PolySystemic Language Education Symposium (Feb 20, 2012) - Christian Matthiessen, Kazuhiro Teruya, Ernest Pan & Nancy Guo, PolyU, Bette Li King Chia-chin, EDB, John Polias, Lexis Education Pty Ltd., Liz Hamp-Lyons, Professor, CityU, Liu Yi, Professor, Shenzhen University, Angel Lin & Luna Cai, PhD candidate, HKU, Jane Lockwood, CityU, Katrina Hall, Primary school teacher, Kellett School, Bev Derwianka, Professor, University of Wollongong
  • 4th PolySystemic Language Education Symposium (May 30, 2013) - Heidi Byrnes & Lourdes Ortega, Professor, Georgetown University, Gail Forey, Winfred Xuan, Christian Mattiessen, Jim Chan & Stephen Evans, Associate Professor, PolyU, John Polias, Lexis Education Pty Ltd., Corinne Maxwell-Reid, CUHK, Icy Lee, CUHK, Angel Lin, HKU, Jane Lockwood, CityU
  • 5th PolySystemic Language Education Symposium (Feb 2, 2015) - Kay O’Halloran, Curtin University, Len Unsworth, Australian Catholic University, Christian Matthiessen, Gail Forey, William Feng, Chair Professor, PolyU, Yuen Yi Lo, Angel Lin & Ken Hyland, University of Hong Kong, Chang Chenguang, Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, Bette Li, Project Director, Education Bureau, Corinne Maxwell-Reid, CUHK
  • 6th PolySystemic Language Education Symposium (Dec 5, 2015) - Bev Derwianka, University of Wollongong; Sue Hood, UTS, Sydney; Liz Hamp-Lyons, Professor, University of Bedfordshire; Gail Forey, Chrissie Simons, & Didem Aydin, PolyU; William Feng, PolyU; Angel Lin, HKU; Corinne Maxwell-Reid, CUHK, Teresa Manfei Xu, South China Normal University; Icy Lee, CUHK.
  • Inaugural Conference, “Talking Across the World”: English Communication Skills for the ITES Industry. 24 - 25 February 2006, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines.
    Keynote speakers: Prof Philip Taylor, Department of Human Resource Management, Strathclyde University; David Graddol, OU, UK; Mr Mitchell Locsin, President of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Prof Xu Xuan, School of Business, PolyU; Gail Forey, PolyU; Jane Lockwood, CityU.
  • The 2nd Talking Across the World Conference, 31 May – 2 June 2007, Edsa Shangrila Hotel, Manila, Philippines
    Keynote speakers: Prof Philip Taylor, Strathclyde University: David Graddol, OU, UK; Mr Mitchell Locsin, President of BPAP; Mr Robert Greenleaf, CEO Sykes Asia; Gail Forey, PolyU; Jane Lockwood, CityU.
  • The 3rd Talking Across the World Conference, 25-26 April 2008, Bangalore, India
    Keynote speakers: Prof. Kingsley Bolton, University of Stockholm, Prof Catherine Nickerson, GEAR Innovative International School, Bangalore; Prof Liz Hamp-Lyons, University of Hong Kong; Mr Barry Tomalin, Director of Cultural Training, International House, London (British Council Sponsored Speaker).
  • The 4th Talking Across the World Conference. De La Salle University, Manila, 26 & 27 November 2010.
    Keynote speakers: Dr Rachel Roxas, Computer Studies, Del La Salle University, Philippines; Prof Philip Taylor, Strathclyde University; Gail Forey, PolyU; Prof Christian Matthiessen, PolyU; Jane Lockwood, CityU.
  • The 5th Talking Across the World: The BPO Industry: Resetting the Research Agenda. Del La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, 21-23 June, 2012
    Keynote speakers: Prof Philip Taylor, Department of Human Resource Management, Strathclyde University; David Graddol, Director the English Company Ltd; Neil Elias, CEO Logica, Philippines; Gail Forey, PolyU; Jane Lockwood, CityU.

PhD Supervision

  • Thesis Title: Making Register Explicit in the Classroom.
    Didem Aydin (HK PhD Fellowship Scheme - admitted Sept 2015).
  • Thesis Title: Storytelling in hybrid visual narratives: an instantiation perspective
    Bryan Shi, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (admitted Sept 2015)
  • Thesis Title: Genre based pedagogy in teaching pharmaceutical students in Mainland China.
    Jennifer Zheng, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (admitted Sept 2014).
  • Thesis Title: Multi-semiotic resources for meaning making in the science classroom.
    Ares He, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (admitted Feb 2014).
  • Thesis Title: Multimodal meaning in Hong Kong mathematics textbooks
    Alvien Xia, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (admitted Nov 2013).
  • Thesis Title: The development of identity and voice in MA student’s writing
    Eric Cheung, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (admitted Sept 2013).
  • Thesis Title: The Representation of WWII in Japanese and Chinese History Texts
    Tomoko Akashi, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK PhD Fellowship Scheme - admitted Dec 2012).
  • Thesis Title: Call Centre Communication: An analysis of Interpersonal Meaning.
    Jenny Wan, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Approved 2012.
  • Thesis Title: Teaching Critical literacy in the Hong Kong classroom
    Jane Mok, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Approved May 2008.
  • Thesis Title: Postgraduate Students’ Reading of Disciplinary Academic Texts in a Second Language: Activity Theoretical Analysis of Textual Actions and Interactions
    Svetlana Tchigaeva, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Approved November 2004

Academic External Examiner

  • External Examiner Master of Arts in TESOL
    Department of English & Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK, Sept 2014-Dec 2015
  • Departmental Academic Examiner for BA in English Language and Applied Linguistics, Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. Sept 2010-2013
  • Departmental Academic Advisor for BA in Language and Education, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. Sept 2010-2013
  • External Course Assessor for The Structure of Modern English BA Hons in Language and Translation (BAHLT), School of Arts and Social Science, The Open University of Hong Kong, Sept 2009 – present