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Dr Andrew Morrall

Dr Andrew Morrall

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Overview

My main area of research is eLearning, especially designing web programs for English language learning, and corpus linguistics.

Education and Academic Qualifications


Academic and Professional Experience

  • 1995-present: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Early 1990s: Hong Kong University's School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • 1990-1995: The British Council, HK

Teaching Areas

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • General English
  • General education

Research Interests

  • E-learning
  • Blended learning
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Creative writing
  • English for academic purposes

Research Output

  1. Morrall, A. J. (2003). Improving the user-friendliness of an ELT web site. In B. Morrison, C. Green & G. Motteram (Eds.), Directions in CALL: Experience, experiments and evaluation (pp. 225-241). Hong Kong: The English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  2. Lomas, D. & Morrall, A.J. (2002) Construction internet based learning: Student perceptions of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Journal of Building Surveying 3, (1). 8 - 17.

  3. Morrall, A. J. (1999). Teaching English by the web: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In M. Sheldon, J. Rice, P. Lau The Hong Kong America Center Occasional Paper Series Number 13 (pp. 4-14). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong America Center.

  1. Fitzgerald, S.; Morrall, A.J. & Morrison, B. (1996) 'Catering for Individual Learning Styles: Experience of Orienting Students in an Asian Self-access Centre' in AUTONOMY 2000: The Development of Learning Independence in Language Learning, Bangkok, Thailand; King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Thonburi, 55 – 69
  1. Morrall, A. (2019). The typhoon child. In Al-Sofi, J. (Ed.), Coming to our senses (pp. 119-128). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Writers Circle.

  2. Morrall, A. J. (2008). Book review: e-Learning initiatives in China: Pedagogy, policy and culture. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching, 18 209-212

  3. Fitzgerald, S.; Bower, H. & Morrall, A.J. (1999) Software Review of New Dynamic English in The CALICO Review (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium).

  1. Morrall, Andrew John (2018). Computerised detection and remediation of plagiarism in academic writing on 30/05/2018 at Continuing Professional Development Symposium for Hong Kong University Language Centres, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

  2. Morrall, Andrew John (2018). A Corpus-based Comparison of the Academic Essay Writing of British and Hong Kong Students on 07/12/2017 at International Conference on ESP, new technologies and digital learning, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

  3. Morrall, Andrew John (2017). From Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter: Fantasy, reality and humanity: A case study in teaching creative writing on 19/05/2017 at The Writing Roundtable 2017: Writing for Readers, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

  4. Morrall, Andrew John (2017). A study of the applicability of Schneider's Dynamic Model of post-colonial Englishes to the development of the English language from the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066 by 07/04/2017 at Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition 2017, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

  5. Progress on the ICOSA Phase 2 project for developing and sharing online self-access English language learning materials by Andy Morrall and Marc LeBane (Lingnan University) on 22/05/2015 at the Independent Learning Centre Symposium 2015 , Chinese University, Hong Kong.

  6. Academic English Symposium 2012: Research into Practice in the 4-year Curriculum. Centre for Applied English Studies, Hong Kong University. (1 June 2012). 'Progress of the ICOSA project: Findings of the needs analysis'.

  7. Independent Learning Association Conference Hong Kong 2009
    A program for developing students' critical thinking skills online

  8. Lee, A. & Morrall, A. (2006) Manga: Edutainment Project on Profession-Related Language Training, in Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association International Conference (APERA’06). CDROM.

  9. ILEC 2004 Presentation

  10. CITERS03 Conference Presentation on 'A usability study of a language centre web site' at Hong Kong University, 5 July 2003.

  11. ITMELT 2001 Workshop
    Title: Tools to help students' writing: are they educational or do they replace education?

  12. British Council Conference - Interface 2000 Presentation

  13. Morrall, Andrew John (1999) 'Teaching English by the Web: Implications for Teacher Training in Hong Kong - Part 1: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats'. At the International Conference on Teacher Education, H.K. Institute of Education, 22-24 February 1999.

  14. Morrall, Andrew John (1998) 'Independent Language Learning on the Internet: Possible? Practical?' At: The Asian Distance Learner: 12th Annual Conference Asian Association of Open Universities, held at The Open University of Hong Kong, 4-6 November 1998. Paper in Conference Papers, Part III (Surnames M-Z) pp 299 - 305




  • Three multimedia English language training programs for the Hong Kong Hospital Authority:

    • Writing Course for the Hospital Authority - Level One

    • Writing Course for the Hospital Authority - Level Two

    • Business Writing Development for Professional Middle Managers

  • Demonstration of my computer programs 'Sounds', 'Pronunciation' and 'How to Improve Your English' at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Learning Carnival 1998.

  • Enhancement of the English Writing Requirement by Automated Feedback.
    LEG funded. Sept 2017 – Dec 2018

  • Integrating Centre for Independent Language Learning resources into LCR assessment feedback
    LEG funded. Sept 2017 – Dec 2018

  • Reinforcing the Importance of Academic Integrity and Ethics in Students with Blended Learning – A Deployment of Augmented Reality Applications. (Inter-institutional project based at Baptist University).
    UGC funded. April 2014 – March 2018.

  • Phase 2 of the Inter-institutional Collaborative Online Self-Access (ICOSA) project.
    UGC funded. February 2014 – January 2016.

  • Promoting Students’ Academic Integrity.
    TDG funded. June 2013 – June 2014

  • Development of online self access English language materials and repository for tertiary materials developers in Hong Kong (ICOSA Phase 1).
    UGC funded. January 2012 – December 2013.

  • Online Argument Mapping Project - deliverable site: Good Point!
    VP(AD) / ELSS funded. June 2006 – August 2009.

  • Stage 3 of the Profession Related Language Training IT Support Project.
    Dean’s Reserve funded. January 2007 – June 2009.

  • Development of online materials for new Profession-related Language Training courses.
    Dean’s reserve funded. January 2006 – December 2006.

  • Further development of the English Language Centre website to enable effective delivery of the English Language Enhancement Programme.
    LTG funded. June 2005 – April 2006.

  • Online Video Scenarios for Report Writing.
    LTC funded. December 2005 – June 2006.
    An online IELTS course for HKPU students.

  • PolyU Research Committee. May 2003 – December 2003.
    English in the Workplace (EIW) in PowerPoint Format.
    December 2001 – April 2002.

  • Improving the CILL Website by Student Testing and Feedback.
    February – August 2002.

  • Enhancing teachers’ and students’ Internet skills by the integration of ELC programmes and the Internet - sites developed: Advanced Dictionary Skills and the Diagnostic Grammar Test.
    LTDG funded. January 1999 – December 2001.

Esteem Measures



  • 2019 - UGC Teaching Award 2019 (Team award)

  • 2009 - Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement (Team award)

  • 2008/9 - Dean's Award for Research Excellence (Individual Award)

  • 2006/7 - Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance / Achievement in Teaching

  • 2005/6 - Faculty Award for Services

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