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Dr Neupane Bastola Madhu

Dr Neupane Bastola Madhu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Overview

My research focuses on supervisory feedback on English medium master theses in Hong Kong. The study employs mixed-methods research to examine supervisors’ and students’ perspectives and practices of supervisory feedback for negotiating understanding and enhancing students’ agency and engagement in learning for developing their research and academic writing skills.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Master of Education (TESOL), The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Arts in English Literature, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Master of Education in English, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, Department of English Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2011- Present)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of English Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2007-2011)
  • Part-time Faculty, Department of English Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2004-2007)

Teaching Areas

  • Academic Writing
  • Research Methodology
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Grammar for English Language Teachers
  • Teachers’ Professional Development
  • Readings in English
  • English Language Teaching Methods

Research Interests

  • Graduate research and supervision
  • Academic reading and writing
  • Corpus-based studies
  • Language planning and policy

Research Output

  1. Neupane Bastola, M & Hu, G. (2023). From the other side of the desk: Supervisors’ perceptions of supervisory feedback. Journal of Second Language Writing, 59, 100965.
  2. Neupane Bastola, M. & Ho, V. (2022). ‘Don’t become so much high sounding’: Power dynamics in master’s thesis viva. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 60, 101180.
  3. Neupane Bastola, M & Bhandari, B.M. (2021). (In)effective thesis writing and supervision: (Lost) opportunity for learning. Studies in ELT and Applied Linguistics, 1, 8-28,
  4. Neupane Bastola, M & Hu, G. (2021). “Chasing my supervisor all day long like a hungry child seeking her mother!”: Students’ perceptions of supervisory feedback. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 70, 1-11.
  5. Neupane Bastola, M & Hu, G. (2021). “Commenting on your work is a waste of time only!”: An appraisal-based study of evaluative language in supervisory feedback. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 68, 1-11.
  6. Neupane Bastola, M. & Hu, G. (2021). Supervisory feedback across disciplines: Does it meet students’ expectations? Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 46(3), 407-423.
  7. Neupane Bastola, M. (2020). Comprehension monitoring, appraisal confidence and self-efficacy in EFL Reading: A correlational study from Nepal. SCHOLARS: Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2, 14-26.
  8. Neupane Bastola, M. (2020).  Engagement and challenges in supervisory feedback: Supervisors’ and students’ perceptions. RELC Journal.
  9. Neupane Bastola, M. (2020). Formulation of feedback comments: Insights from supervisory feedback on master’s theses. Innovations in Education and Teaching International.
  10. Neupane Bastola, M. (2019). A systematic analysis of a two-word concgram in Nepalese policy documents: A corpus-driven approach. Journal of NELTA, 24, 33-51.
  11. Neupane Bastola, M. (2017). Should we bend towards blending? How?  Journal of NELTA, 22, 54-67.
  12. Neupane Bastola, M. (2016). Calibration in EFL reading: Examining the nature of the judgement of confidence. Tribhuvan University Journal, 29(1), 97-110.
  13. Neupane Bastola, M. (2016). Criticality, depth and voice in academic writing. Tribhuvan University Journal, 30(1), 95-104.
  14. Neupane Bastola, M. (2016). Do learners know ‘what they know’ in EFL reading? Journal of NELTA, 21, 61-73.
  15. Neupane, M. (2015, August). Selecting a researchable problem: Some research worthy issues in EFL reading. NELTA ELT Forum,
  16. Neupane, M. (2014). English as a medium of instruction: Imposition or demand? Solukhumbu Multiple Campus Research Journal, 1(1), 22-33.
  17. Neupane, M. (2012). Higher education in Nepal: Policy, procedures, and the way ahead. JMC Research Journal, 2, 1-21
  18. Neupane, M. (2010). Learner autonomy: Concept and consideration. Journal of NLTA, 15, 114-120.
  19. Neupane, M. (2010). Attitudes of students towards Janamaitri Multiple Campus. JMC Research Journal, 1, 52-70.
  20. Neupane, M. (2009). Processing instruction: An input-based approach for teaching grammar. Journal of NELTA, 14, 111-118.
  1. Neupane Bastola, M. & Hu, G. (2021). Influences on and impact of motives for supervising master’s theses: A Multiple case study. Z. Lu, Me. Liu & W. Zhang (Eds.), Teaching and researching Chinese EFL/ESL learners in higher education (pp. 19-38). London, UK: Routledge.
  2. Neupane Bastola, M & Acharya, S. (2020). Online education: Does gender matter? In E. Cram, B.C. Luitel, M. Johannesen, L. Øgrim, & P. Phyak (Eds.), Innovative technology and pedagogical shifts in Nepalese higher education (pp. 19-38). Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 
  1. Neupane Bastola, M. (2018). Review of Brown, P.C., Roediger III, H.L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014), ‘Is transmission of knowledge more important than child-centeredness in early grades?’. Journal of NELTA, 22, 185-188.
  2. Neupane Bastola, M. (2017). Review of Hirsch, E.D., Jr. (2016), ‘Myths and facts about successful learning’. Journal of NELTA, 22, 151-154. 
  1. Neupane Bastola, M. (2021, August). Supervisory feedback: Constructing and negotiating voice, identity, and agency in doctoral writing. Paper presented at World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  2. Neupane Bastola, M. (2021, January).  Commenting on your work is a waste of time! Paper presented at Continuing Professional Development International Conference 2020 for English teaching professionals worldwide, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  3. Neupane Bastola, M. (2020, March). Engagement with supervisory feedback: Do Nepalese Supervisors and students see eye to eye? Paper presented at American Association for Applied Linguistics 2020 Conference, Denver, USA. (The conference was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic)
  4. Neupane Bastola, M. (2019, September). Supervisory feedback across disciplines: Does it meet student expectations? Paper presented at 12th International Symposium at Teaching English at Tertiary Level, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
  5. Neupane Bastola, M. (2019, June). Give up your Master! Meanings expressed in supervisory feedback comments. Paper presented at the 16th International Pragmatics Conference, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  6. Neupane Bastola, M. (2018, April). Giving and receiving ends of supervisory feedback: Where is the missing link? Presented at Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture, and Cognition, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  7. Neupane Bastola, M. (2017, December). Open educational resources for professional learning in the workplace. Paper presented at International Conference on ESP, new technologies and digital learning, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  8. Neupane Bastola, M. (2012, February). Strengthening teacher association for professional development. A paper presented at 17th International Conference-Phase II of NELTA, Chitwan, Nepal. 
  9. Neupane Bastola, M. (2008, February). Joyful reading. A paper presented at 13th International Conference of NELTA, Kathmandu, Nepal.  

Esteem Measures


  • Central Committee Member, Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (2010-2014)
  • Life Member, Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA), Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Life Member, Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL), Hong Kong
  • Member, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), the UK
  • Member, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the USA 
  • Editor, Journal of NELTA, 2015-Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2021)
  • The Stephen Evans Best Paper Award 2019-2020, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2020)
  • PhD Research Studentship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2017)
  • Australia Awards Scholarship, The Government of Australia, Australia (2015)
  • E-teacher Scholarship, US Department of State, USA (2012) 
  • Study of the United States Institute (SUSI), US Department of State, USA (2012)
  • Hornby Regional School in Dhaka, British Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2011)
  • Mini Research Grants, Research Division, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2016)
  • Mini Research Grants, University Grants Commission, Nepal (2011)
  • Mini Research Grants, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2010)

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