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Chan, Mable (Dr)
Research Assistant Professor

Qualifications:
B.A. (Hons) in English and Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.Phil. in English (General/Applied Linguistics), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (English) with Distinction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
PhD in Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, UK

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SCOPUS ID: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=55423877300
ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0821-1692
ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mable_Chan/

Research Overview

My main research interests include second language acquisition, applied linguistics and professional/workplace communication. Over the years I have worked on studies examining the acquisition of nominal and functional categories by second language learners. The target structures examined include English middles and unaccusatives, copula and auxiliary be, tense and aspect, and articles. I argue that functional categories are present in the initial stage of language acquisition, which is different from the initial state hypotheses developed in the literature. As a generative grammarian, I am also concerned about the impact of my research and ways to bridge the gap between SLA research, theory and practice in language pedagogy.

My current research also covers workplace/professional communication examining the communicative needs and communicative competence of Chinese professionals in the local workplace. A book called English for Business Communication will be published in 2019 with Routledge to fill the niche for a research-oriented business communication book. With the recent grant from the Standing Committee of Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) for a study entitled Communicative Needs of Chinese professionals in Hong Kong, more exciting and significant findings will be obtained to better our understanding of workplace communicative needs.

I received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching twice (2004/2005; 2010/2011). I also secured key external grants from: University Grants Committee (GRF: $677,300), and Standing Committee of Language Education and Research ($882,286.9). I welcome PhD proposals that focus on one or more of my research areas, or others that help facilitate teaching and learning.

Teaching areas

Second language acquisition (SLA)
Applied Linguistics
Workplace communication
Academic communication

Research Interests

Second language acquisition (generative grammar framework)
Applied linguistics
Language education
Professional/workplace communication

Research Output

Books

Chan, M., Benati, A. (forthcoming in 2021). Challenges Encountered by Chinese ESL learners in L2 acquisition: Problems and Solutions from complementary perspectives. Springer.

Chan, M. (forthcoming 2019). English for business communication. London: Routledge.

Chan, M. (2015). 《知錯能改》[Common errors in workplace English]. 香港:世界出版社.

Chan, M. (2014). Acquisition of be by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong and its pedagogical implications. Bern: Peter Lang.

Cheng, W., Chan, M., Chiu, H., Kwok, A., Lam, K. H., Lam, K. M. K., Lim, G., & Wright, R. (2014). Enhancing students’ professional competence and generic qualities through writing in English across the curriculum. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Chan, M. (2013).《職場英語》[Workplace English]. 香港:世界出版社.

Chan, M. (2009). 《職時上位:名人英語全面睇》[Master your English in the workplace]. 香港:世界出版社.

Journal Articles

Chan, M. (2018a). The Role of Classroom Input: Processing Instruction, Traditional Instruction, and Implicit Instruction in the Acquisition of the English Simple Past by Cantonese ESL Learners in Hong Kong. System, doi: 10.1016/j.system.2018.12.003.

Chan, M. (2018b). Processing instruction in helping map forms and meaning in second language acquisition of English simple past. Journal of Educational Research, doi: 10.1080/00220671.2017.1411879.

Chan, M. (2016). Teachers’ cognition about teaching and learning of simple past tense: Can processing instruction help? Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 6(4), 329-371. doi.org/10.4236/ojml.2016.64033.

Chan, M. (2015). Language learner autonomy and learning contract: A case study of language majors of a university in Hong Kong. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 5, 147-180. doi:10.4236/ojml.2015. 52013

Chan, M. (2014). Communicative needs in the workplace and curriculum development of business English courses. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 77(4), 376-408.​

Chan, M. (2011). Review of communicating internationally in English by B. Dignen and I. McMaster, ELT Journal, 66(2), 271-273. doi: 10.1093/elt/ccs012

Book Chapters

Chan, M. (2021). Teaching and learning of English tense by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong. In Chan, M., Benati, A. (forthcoming in 2021). Challenges Encountered by Chinese ESL learners in L2 acquisition: Problems and Solutions from complementary perspectives. Springer.

Chan, M. (2021). Perception of local English teachers and Cantonese ESL students towards learning and pedagogy of English articles. In Chan, M., Benati, A. (forthcoming in 2021). Challenges Encountered by Chinese ESL learners in L2 acquisition: Problems and Solutions from complementary perspectives. Springer.

Conference Proceedings

Chan, M. (2012). Narrowing the gap between workplace needs and business English learning in the classroom. Proceedings of Canada International Conference on Education (CICE), Ontario, Canada, 18-21 June 2012.

Chan, M. (2010). The role of work-integrated education: Optimizing students’ learning outcomes in business English courses. Proceedings of Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, University of Hawai’i, Hawai’i, 13-16 January 2010.

Chan, M. (2009). Tertiary students’ perceptions on the importance and use of teacher feedback in Hong Kong. Proceedings of International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. ICERI, Madrid, Spain, 16-19 November 2009.

   

Research Projects (funded projects – both internal and external)

2018
- Communicative needs of Chinese Professionals in Hong Kong (funded $882,286.9 by Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR)) (PI)

2017
- Articles in Cantonese/English Interlanguage (a GRF proposal, obtained a rating of 3.5 (i.e. fundable but not funded) and internally funded $105,000) (PI)

2016
- Articles in Cantonese/English Interlangauge (a GRF proposal, obtained a rating of 3.5 and internally funded $105,000) (PI)
- Reflective writing as an active learning tool: A case study of year 1 English major students of a university in Hong Kong (a Dean’s Reserve project) (granted $49,087.5 from Dean’s Reserve) (PI)

2015
- Exploring structural moves and lexico-grammatical patterns of workplace texts: A corpus approach (granted $100,000 from Dean’s Reserve) (PI)

2013
- The role of pedagogical intervention: Acquisition of tense by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong (approved $677,300 from University Grants Committee (UGC), a General Research Fund (GRF) project) (PI)
- L2 acquisition of tense and aspect by Cantonese and Mandarin ESL learners of different proficiency levels (granted $80,000 from PolyU-Tsinghua U Centre for Language Sciences) (PI)

2012
- Grammar stories: Maximizing students’ learning outcomes in grammar courses (granted $80,000 Dean’s Reserve) (PI)

2011
- Enhancing students’ professional competence and generic qualities through reading, discussing and writing in English across the curriculum (granted $940,000 by Vice President) (CI)
- A diachronic analysis of temporal and modal constructions in Indo-European and Asian languages, with implications for L2 acquisition (granted $80,000 DRG funding (Departmental Research Grant) (CI)
- From empirical findings to pedagogical implications: Diachronic perspectives to grammar stories (granted $80,000 Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee (DLTC) funding) (PI)

2010
- Processing instruction and acquisition of tense by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong (a GRF proposal, obtained a rating of 3.5 and was internally funded $105,000) (PI)
- Doctor-patient communication in Hong Kong: Alignment, issues and implications (granted $83,000 ICRG funding (Internal Competitive Research Grant) (PI)
- Dialogue with the workplace: Optimizing students’ learning outcomes in business English courses (granted $80,000 Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) small-scale projects funding) (PI)
- What learning contract reveals about Cantonese ESL learners’ attitude towards English language learning and the pedagogical implications (granted $80,000 DLTC funding) (PI)

2007
- Tertiary students’ perceptions on the importance and use of teacher feedback in Hong Kong (granted $80,000 DLTC funding) (PI)

   

Plenary/Keynote Taks/Conferences

Chan, M. (June, 2018). Reflective level of English major undergraduate students in a local university in Hong Kong and pedagogical implications. Paper presented at The 16th Asia TEFL, 1st MAAL & 6th HAAL International Conference. University of Macau, 27-29 June 2018, Macau.

Chan, M. (May, 2018). Reflective level of English major undergraduate students in a local university in Hong Kong and pedagogical implications. Paper presented at The 3rd Global Educators Network (Teaching English Foreign Language) International Conference. 11-13 May 2018, Novotel City Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chan, M. (2017, December). Role of pedagogical intervention: Acquisition of English simple past by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong. Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies, 29 June 2017, Hong Kong.

Chan, M. (2016, June). Exploring structural moves and lexio-grammatical patterns of workplace texts: A corpus approach. Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, 22 – 25 June 2016, Thailand.

Chan, M. (2016, May). Processing instruction and acquisition of tense. Invited featured talk at Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA) 25th International Conference, 30 May – 1 June 2016, Malaysia.

Chan, M. (2016, May). Processing instruction and English simple past. Paper presented at 5th CELC (Centre for English Language Communication) Symposium, 25 - 27 May 2016, Singapore.

Chan, M. (2015, September). Persuasive writing at workplace: A corpus linguistic approach. Paper presented at 2015 ALAK International Conference, 19 September 2015, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.

Chan, M. (2015, June). L2 acquisition of tense and aspect by Cantonese and Mandarin ESL learners of different proficiency. Paper presented at Changing English: Integrating cognitive, social & typological perspectives, the University of Helsinki, 8-10 June 2015, Finland.

Chan, M. (2015, January). Processing instruction and learning of tense. Workshop at 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICAH), 9-13 January 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Chan, M. (2014, August). Processing instruction and teaching and learning of tense. Workshop at 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), 10-15 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

Chan, M. (2014, August). What Chinese professionals expect from a business English course: Quantitative and corpus data. Paper presented at 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), 10-15 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

Chan, M. (2013, October). Acquisition of tense: Findings concerning how English simple past tense is taught and learned in Hong Kong. Paper presented at The 9th International Symposium on Teaching English at Tertiary Level (ISTETL 9), 18-20 October 2013, Hangzhou, China.

Chan, M. (2013, July). Teaching and learning of English simple past tense in Hong Kong primary classrooms. Paper presented at International Conference on English Linguistics, 3-6 July 2013, Seoul, Korea.

Chan, M. (2013, May). What makes a business English course effective: Voices from Chinese professionals in Hong Kong. Paper presented at International Conference on Applied Foreign Languages, 23-24 May 2013, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Chan, M. (2012, December). Four constructs in health communication. Paper presented at Applied English and Professional Practice, ALAPP, 5-8 December 2012, Sydney, Australia.

Chan, M. (2012, September). Acquisition of be by Cantonese ESL learners: Implications for L2 acquisition of tense and aspect. Paper presented at EuroSLA 22-22nd Annual Conference of the European Second Language Association, Adam Mickiewicz University, 6-8 September 2012, Poznań, Poland.

Chan, M. (2012, August/September). Learning autonomy of tertiary students in Hong Kong. Paper presented at Independent Learning Association 2012 Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, 30 August to 2 September 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.

Chan, M. (2012, August). Tailoring business English courses to meet students’ communicative needs in the workplace. Paper presented at The 8th ISTE & 17th International Conference of PAAL, Tsinghua University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 20-24 August 2012, Beijing, China.

Chan, M. (2012, June). Narrowing the gap between workplace needs and business English learning in the classroom. Paper presented at Canada International Conference on Education (CICE), University of Guelph, 18-21 June 2012, Ontario, Canada.

Chan, M. (2012, March). Dialogue with the workplace: Optimizing students’ learning outcomes in business English courses. Paper presented at Crossing Boundaries: Working and Communicating in the Asia Pacific Region, 13-15 March 2012, Los Angeles, CA.

Chan, M., Matthiessen, C. M.I.M., & Yap, F. H. (2011, August). Acquisition of tense and aspect. Symposium conducted at The 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2011), 23-28 August 2011, Beijing.

Chan, M. (2011, July). Crucial moments of interaction of doctor-patient communication in Hong Kong. Paper presented at Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference: Communication, Medicine & Ethics (COMET), 30 June to 2 July 2011, Nottingham, UK.

Chan, M. (2011, June). Doctor-patient communication in Hong Kong: A case study of PolyU clinic. Paper presented at Applied English and Professional Practice, ALAPP, 23-24 June 2011, Cardiff, UK.

Chan, M. (2011, April). Acquisition of be by Cantonese ESL learners: Implications for L2 acquisition of tense and aspect. Paper presented at CHORNOS 10 International Conference on Tense, Aspect and Modality, 18-20 April 2011, Birmingham, UK.

Chan, M. (2010, June). Acquisition of be by Cantonese ESL learners: Missing surface inflection or impairment? Paper presented at Seoul International Conference on Linguistics, 23-25 June 2010, Korea.

Chan, M. (2010, June). Acquisition of be by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong and its pedagogical implications. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association, 12-13 June 2010, Japan.

Chan, M. (2010, January). The role of work-integrated education (WIE): Optimizing students’ learning outcomes in business English courses. Paper presented at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 13-16 January 2010, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Chan, M. (2009, December). What learning contract reveals about university students’ attitude towards English language learning. Paper presented at Annual Research Forum, Hong Kong Association of Applied Linguistics, 12 December 2009, Hong Kong.

Chan, M. (2009, November). Tertiary students’ perceptions on the importance and use of teacher feedback in Hong Kong. Paper presented at International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, 16-19 November 2009, Madrid, Spain.

Chan, M. (2009, July). What learning contract reveals about university students’ attitude towards English language learning. Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Learning, 1-4 July 2009, Barcelona, Spain.

Chan, M. (2008, December). Acquisition of be by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong and its pedagogical implications. Paper presented at Annual Research Forum, the Linguistics Society of Hong Kong, 11 December 2008, Hong Kong.

Chan, M. (2007, June). Acquisition of be by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong and its pedagogical implications. Paper presented at the 4th International Symposium of Teaching English at Tertiary Level, 9-10 June 2007, Hong Kong.

   

Esteem Measures

Journal editorship

Chief Editor, Asian Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies

Academic Editor, The Asian ESP Journal

Editorial Board of the International Arab Journal of English for Specific Purposes

Awards and honours

2013/14 
- Finalist for the 2013-14 HKAH First Book Prize (The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities) for the book Acquisition of ‘be’ by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong and its pedagogical implications

Comments from one of the reviewers:
“It offers a well-written and judicious survey of the relevant literature, with an incisive survey of the relevant frameworks and an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, and then moves on to a carefully plotted set of empirical investigations. The conclusion is carefully crafted, it avoids hyperbole and its theoretical claims are well grounded in the empirical work. The book is written in clear and precise language, and demonstrates an orderly and thoughtful mind at work. Particularly striking is the combination of linguistic theory and application in language pedagogy, and the final pages of the book include more general discussion of ideas (or “myths”) about language learning and instruction.”

2010/11 
- Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

2004/05
- Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching (The Hong Kong Polytechnic   University)

1996
- Merit Award in the Open Section of the Translation & Simultaneous Interpretation Competition, the 21st Hong Kong Youth Cultural and Arts Competitions (Organized by Peninsula Junior Chamber and sponsored by Home Affairs Department)

1990/91
- Outstanding Conduct and Academic Achievement

1989/90
- Excellent Attainment in Chinese History
- Prize for Excellent Performance in Public Services