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Chan, Clarice (Dr)
Research Assistant Professor

Qualifications:
BBA, MSc, MA, PhD, Cambridge/RSA CELTA, English UK/LCCI CertTEB

Room No.FG327
Tel3400 3498
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Research Overview

My main research interests are in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English language teaching (ELT). My primary academic aim is to promote research-informed approaches to ESP and ELT. Much of my research on key topics in these two fields (e.g. materials evaluation, materials development, syllabus design) applies insights from different areas of linguistics, such as discourse analysis, conversation analysis, genre analysis and corpus linguistics. My article entitled “Investigating a research-informed teaching idea: The use of transcripts of authentic workplace talk in the teaching of spoken business English”, published in English for Specific Purposes, was one of the journal’s “Top Social Media Articles” in 2017. I am Co-editor of New Ways in Teaching Business English, which is TESOL’s first book dedicated solely to business English. I am a member of the Department’s Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE) and the Programme Leader of the Department’s MA Programme in English Language Teaching.

Research Areas

English for Specific Purposes
Business English
Professional Communication
English for Academic Purposes
Sociocultural Theory

Teaching Areas

Designing Courses for TESOL
Syllabus Planning & Materials Design
Professional Communication 
Case Study Research
Effective English for Postgraduate Research Students

Selected Publications  

  1. Chan, C. S. C. (2018). Proposing and illustrating a research-informed approach to curriculum development for specific topics in business English. English for Specific Purposes, 52, 27-46. doi: 10.1016/j.esp.2018.07.001
  2. Chan, C. S. C. (2017). Investigating a research-informed teaching idea: The use of transcripts of authentic workplace talk in the teaching of spoken business English. English for Specific Purposes, 46, 72-89. doi: 10.1016/j.esp.2016.12.002. 
  3. Chan, C. S. C. (2015). How would an economist maximize effectiveness in language teaching subject to constraints? In C. Stillwell (Ed.), Language teaching insights from other fields: Psychology, business, brain science, and more (pp. 57-68). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  4. Chan, C. S. C., & Frendo, E. (Eds.) (2014). New ways in teaching business English. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press. [Finalist, 2015 ELTons Award, The British Council, Innovation in Teacher Resources Category]
  5. Chan, C. S. C. (2013). Investigating tasks in the context of business English: Sources of difficulty and motivation from the learner’s perspective. LSP Journal, 4(2), 38-63.
  6. Chan, C. S. C. (2012). Review of the book Workplace discourse. English for Specific Purposes, 31(4), 288-290. doi: 10.1016/j.esp.2012.03.002
  7. Chan, C. S. C. (2011). Telephone English vs. telephoning in English. Modern English Teacher, 20(3), 49-53.
  8. Chan, C. S. C. (2010). Helping teachers evaluate the authenticity of materials containing spoken English. The Teacher Trainer, 24(3), 20-23.
  9. Chan, C. S. C. (2010). Developing communicative competence: Reflections as a learner of Modern Greek. Modern English Teacher, 19(1), 19-22.
  10. Chan, C. S. C. (2009). Forging a link between research and pedagogy: A holistic framework for evaluating business English materials. English for Specific Purposes, 28(2), 125-136. doi: 10.1016/j.esp.2008.12.001 
  11. Chan, C. S. C. (2009). Thinking out of the textbook: Toward authenticity and politeness awareness. In L. Savova (Ed.), Using textbooks effectively (pp. 9-20). Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
  12. Chan, C. S. C. (2007). Review of the book Written communication across cultures: A sociocognitive perspective on business genres. Journal of Pragmatics, 39(7), 1329-1332. doi: 10.1016/j.pragma.2007.03.003

Teacher Training / Resources for Teachers

  1. Chan, C. S. C. (2015). Tapping into the knowledge and experience of trainees from different fields. The Teacher Trainer, 29(3), 25.
  2. Chan, C. S. C. (2014). Comparing business genres from different cultures. In C. S. C. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.) New ways in teaching business English (pp. 234-236). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  3. Chan, C. S. C. (2014). Helping pre-experience learners understand workplace English needs. In C. S. C. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.) New ways in teaching business English (pp. 5-7). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  4. Chan, C. S. C. (2014). “Hot” and “cold” reflections on role-plays. In C. S. C. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.) New ways in teaching business English (pp. 273-276). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  5. Chan, C. S. C. (2014). Peer teaching in the business English classroom. In C. S. C. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.) New ways in teaching business English (pp. 277-279). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  6. Chan, C. S. C. (2014). Using a business letter corpus to explore some ways of making requests. In C. S. C. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.) New ways in teaching business English (pp. 173-176). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  7. Chan, C. S. C., & Legg, M. (2014). Poster presentation at a simulated business expo. In C. S. C. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.) New ways in teaching business English (pp. 38-41). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
  8. Chan, C. S. C. (2013). Continuous reflection on business simulations. In J. D. Brown (Ed.), New ways of classroom assessment (Revised ed.) (pp. 55-57). Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.

Funded Projects (as PI)

  1. Analysis of business English teaching materials
  2. Language-related difficulties encountered by experienced professionals in Hong Kong
  3. Students’ learning through work-integrated education
  4. Developing research-informed teaching materials for spoken business communication (with Prof. Stephen Evans)

Selected Conference Presentations/Lectures

  1. Chan, C. S. C. (2017, July). Strategies for incorporating findings from corpus linguistics studies into the teaching of spoken English for business. The 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K.
  2. Chan, C. S. C. (2017, March). Conducting pedagogically-oriented research in the business English classroom: A case study. Department of English Seminar, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  3. Chan, C. S. C. (2016, May). Communication demands faced by experienced Hong Kong professionals: Implications for higher education. Paper presented at the CELC Symposium 2016, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  4. Chan, C. S. C. (2015, June). Using transcripts of authentic workplace talk in business English teaching. Paper presented at the IATEFL Business English Symposium, Budapest, Hungary.
  5. Chan, C. S. C. (2015, May). The art and economics of persuasion. Invited Lecture, Toastmasters International 2015 Conference, Hong Kong.
  6. Chan, C. S. C. (2014, June). What can we learn from learners’ interaction in role-plays? Paper presented at the IATEFL Business English Symposium, Graz, Austria.  
  7. Chan, C. S. C. (2013, September). The interface between research and pedagogy in English for health professionals in an Australian context. Paper presented at the Free Linguistics Conference 2013, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.  
  8. Chan, C. S. C. (2012, December). English for health professionals in multicultural contexts. The Joint International Conference “Mapping ESP Frontiers: Bridging Teaching, Research and Practice”, the 1st International Conference of the Chinese Association for ESP and the 4th International Conference on ESP in Asia, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.  
  9. Chan, C. S. C. (2011, November). Issues in the teaching and learning of English for health professionals in Australia. Public Lecture, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.  
  10. Chan, C. S. C. (2011, November). Cross-cultural communication skills training for migrant professionals in Australia. Paper presented at the International Conference on Multiculturalism, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.  
  11. Chan, C. S. C. (2011, August). Applying discourse analysis and pragmatics to materials evaluation and adaptation. Paper presented at the 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA, 2011), Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée, Beijing, China.  
  12. Chan, C. S. C. (2011, July). EAP pedagogy: Theory, practice and action research. Invited Presentation, Professional Development Workshop, University of New South Wales Institute of Languages, Sydney, Australia.
  13. Chan, C. S. C. (2011, July). EAP curriculum development in the context of Australia. Public Lecture, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.  
  14. Chan, C. S. C. (2011, April). Understanding learning in the context of English for Specific Purposes from the perspective of third generation activity theory. Public Lecture, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.  
  15. Chan, C. S. C. (2011, March). Teaching applications of spoken discourse analysis. Paper presented at the 45th Annual TESOL Convention, New Orleans, USA.  
  16. Chan, C. S. C. (2009, December). Sociocultural aspects of task-based language learning in ESP contexts. Paper presented at the 3rd Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics Research Forum, Hong Kong.  
  17. Chan, C. S. C. (2008, April). Teaching business meeting skills to advanced learners. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual TESOL Convention, New York, USA.
  18. Chan, C. S. C. (2008, April). Adapting and supplementing business English textbooks. Discussion Group. The 42nd Annual TESOL Convention, New York, USA.  
  19. Chan, C. S. C. (2007, March). A framework for evaluating business English materials. Paper presented at the 41st Annual TESOL Convention, Seattle, USA.  

Awards

  1. Finalist, 2015 ELTons Award (New Ways in Teaching Business English, Innovation in Teacher Resources Category), The British Council, UK
  2. Australia Endeavour Award, Australian Government, Australia
  3. Award for the Development of Business English Teaching Materials, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), UK 
  4. TESOL Professional Development Scholarship, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), USA
  5. Li Po Chun Postgraduate Scholarship, Hong Kong 
  6. The University of Birmingham Postgraduate Scholarship, UK
  7. Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong