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Dr Linda Lin

Dr Linda Lin

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Overview

My main research interests are in academic writing, vocabulary learning, corpus analysis and applications of concordancing in teaching and learning. I developed the Corpus of Chinese Learners of English, which was accepted into the bank of ICLE (International Corpus of Learner English), the world-wide data bank of learner English coordinated by Prof. Sylviane Granger in Belgium. I have been the project leader (or co-project leader) of a number of large-scale projects including a joint project with Stanford University. I was also a co-investigator of a UGC funded inter-university project with City University of Hong Kong and University of Hong Kong.

Education and Academic Qualifications


Academic and Professional Experiences

  • Coordinator, 4YC Language & Communication Requirement English language subjects
  • Coordinator, subjects the ELC offers for RPg (Research Postgraduate) students
  • Subject leader, English for University Studies, a subject taken by around 3,000 students per academic year

Teaching Areas

I mainly teach subjects for RPg students (Thesis Writing, Presentation Skills for Research Students) and will also teach Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics, a subject in the Professional Doctorate programme, Doctor of Applied Language Sciences, offered by the Faculty of Humanities.

Research Interests

  • Academic writing
  • Vocabulary learning
  • Corpus analysis
  • Applications of concordancing in teaching and learning

Research Output

  1. Lin, L. H. F. (2019). The NMET impact on the English writing of mainland Chinese students. ERL Journal. 1, 122-131.

  2. Lin, L. H. F., & Morrison, B. (2010). The impact of the medium of instruction in Hong Kong secondary schools on tertiary students' vocabulary. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 9, 255-266.

  3. Lin, L. H. F. (2003). Corpus Evidence: Existential Constructions by Chinese Learners of English. The English Teacher - An International Journal, 6, (3), 279-280.

  1. Foung, D., Chen, J., & Lin, L. H. F. (2020). Unveiling the Inconvenient Truth: The Innovation Process in Implementing a University Dashboard. In S. Palahicky (Ed.), Enhancing Learning Design for Innovative Teaching in Higher Education (pp. 162-181). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

  2. Qian, D. D. & Lin, H. L. F. (2020). The relationship between vocabulary knowledge and language proficiency. In S. Webb (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of vocabulary studies. Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis.

  1. Morrison, M., Chen, J., Urmston, A., & Lin, L. H. F. (Eds.) (forthcoming). EAC Volume. Fort Collins, Colorado: WAC Clearinghouse.

  2. Lin, L. H. F. (2009). Status of English in Hong Kong. In S. Granger et al (eds.), International Corpus of Learner English Version 2. Louvain-la-Neuve: Universite de Louvain Press, 180-185.

  3. Lin, L. H. F. (2002). Overuse, underuse and misuse: using concordancing to analyze the use of it in the writing of Chinese Learners of English. In M. Tan (ed.), Corpus Studies in Language Education. Bangkok: IELS Press, 63-80.

  4. Lin, L. H. F. (1999). Applying Information Technology to a Corpus of Student Report Writing Help Students Write Better Reports. In B. Morrison et al (eds.), Information Technology & Multimedia in English Language Teaching, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 69-79.




  • Developing an Interactive Academic Vocabulary Learning Tool. TDG Institutional Fund, $20,000.

  • Developing a PolyU-Stanford adaptive learning online platform for English and exploratory adaptive assessment for Science subjects. Principle Investigator (together with Dr. Julia Chen). TDG Institutional Fund, $15,000,000.

  • Online Support for Academic Writing for the Engineering Curriculum. Co-investigator, UGC funded, $4,977,880.

  • Preparation for International Collaboration with Stanford University. Principal investigator. Dean’s Research Grant, $119,492.

  • Improving the vocabulary knowledge of PhD and MPhil Candidates in the PolyU. Principal investigator. Dean’s Research Grant.

  • An Investigation into Academic Vocabulary Input in the English LCR Courses in the Four-year Curriculum. Principal investigator. Dean’s Research Grant.

  • Identifying Major Challenges that Mainland Students Studying in Hong Kong Face in Academic Writing. Principal Investigator. PolyU Learning and Teaching Grant.

  • An investigation into the academic vocabulary knowledge of PolyU students. (PI: Dr Bruce Morrison). Faculty-Wide/Cross-Department Learning & Teaching Development Grants.

  • Build a PolyU Learner Corpus. Principal Investigator. PolyU Learning and Teaching Grant. Dean’s Research Grant, Faculty of Humanities.

  • Developing an Annotated PolyU Learner Corpus. Principal Investigator. Dean’s Research Grant, Faculty of Humanities.

  • Make Invisible Errors Visible. Principal Investigator. Dean’s Research Grant. Faculty of Humanities.

  • Developing Learning and Teaching Resources for the Writing Assistance Programme. (PI: Dr Julia Chen). PolyU Central Research Grants.

Esteem Measures



  • Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence – received in 2018

  • President Award for Teaching Excellence – nominated in 2018

  • Editorial board member, ERL Journal (an international journal published in Europe)

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