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New research article on the use of metadiscursive clarifying devices

In this new article published in Discourse & Communication under SAGE journals, our Research Assistant Professor, Dr Jamie McKeown, examines the use of metadiscursive clarifying devices in the abortion discourse of the U.S. Supreme Court. The results show that across 50 years of jurisprudence, separate opinion writers utilised the devices to challenge and subvert majority opinions (perhaps, contributing to the ultimate overruling of this area of Law). Amongst other things, the article observes the prescient nature of clarifying devices. The article concludes with a discussion of the potential insight, for scholars and practitioners alike, to be gained from further examination of clarifying devices in other areas of Law. More information of the article can be found on the website of the journal HERE.

15 Jul, 2022



New research article offers a new application of Bourdieu's notion of capital related to language education research

In this new article published in TESOL Quarterly, our Research Assistant Professor, Dr Sal Consoli draws on Bourdieu's notion of capital and offers a new application of this sociological concept to account more holistically for the complexities of TESOL research practices. Ultimately, life capital will act as a catalyst to promote a fresh perspective on our research—a lens which, in the long run, may yield empirical findings that fully acknowledge, value, and celebrate the humanness of our inquiries. The article is available for open access and can be downloaded HERE.  

27 Jun, 2022


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2022 Outstanding Young Alumni Award in Entrepreneurial Achievement of PolyU Department of English and Communication

We are pleased to announce that Mr Freddy Law Wai-hung has won the Department of English and Communication’s 2022 Outstanding Young Alumni Award in Entrepreneurial Achievement. In 2007, Freddy graduated from the Department’s Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Language Studies with Business. He is currently the Group CEO of Storius, an outdoor audio guide and mobile application that allows visitors to learn the history behind places worth exploring. Storius secured startup funding from Cyberport and, as of 2022, operates in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Spain. Prior to becoming CEO, Freddy was the Director of Education for the Good Community Interest Company, an innovation consultancy, and was the CEO of Inter Cultural Education, the first company he founded. Freddy is an honorable lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and is also a Non-Official Member of the Human Resource Planning Commission, chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government, which aims to enhance and optimize Hong Kong's human capital. Freddy is an Advisor at AIESEC, a global platform that allows young people in Hong Kong and mainland China to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are impressed by Freddy's decade-long dedication to making a positive impact on society via various educational initiatives. His innovation and entrepreneurial spirit will continue to make positive contributions here in Hong Kong and beyond. We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations again to Freddy!

7 Apr, 2022


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HK$3.71M granted for five research projects

The Department has been awarded HK$3.71M for five research projects as part of the 2021/22 General Research Fund (GRF) by the Research Grants Council (RGC).

25 Mar, 2022


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New research article on the use of reflexive metadiscourse

Research article examines the use of reflexive metadiscourse in majority and dissent opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court

17 Nov, 2021



PolyU Summer Programme 2021: English Around You

We are happy to see about 50 Secondary 4 to 5 students enjoyed our 3 hands-on workshops under the “English Around You” theme at the PolyU Summer Programme 2021 on 5 Aug!

17 Aug, 2021


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New book related to research in speech-language pathology

Our Professor Louise Cummings is publishing a new book by Taylor & Francis in end August related to research in speech-language pathology.

11 Aug, 2021


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BA Graduate Employment Facts 2019 & 2020

What do the career prospects of our English graduates look like under the seemingly bleak job market today? According to the 2019 and 2020 PolyU Graduate Employment Surveys, 94% of our graduates were employed full-time within their year of graduation or decided to pursue further studies. In fact, the average starting salary of our graduates is even higher than the average salary of Hong Kong tertiary graduates according to a recent survey by JobsDB. Our BA programme* helps prepare students to become exemplary English language professionals ready for the demands of the 21st century. This has helped increase their career opportunities as proficient and confident communicators and users of English! >>Download leaflet >>Watch our latest info seminar   * BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) has been retitled to BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) starting with September 2021 admissions  

16 Jul, 2021


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Virtual Prize Presentation of the ENGL New Logo Design Competition

14 Jul, 2021


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New joint article on the pop cosmopolitanism and online language learning

New joint article on the pop cosmopolitanism and online language learning

25 Jun, 2021


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