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Ching, Tiffany
PhD Student (FT)

Qualifications:
BA (Hons) in Language and Translation, The Open University of Hong Kong (with First Class Honours) (2011)

MA in English Language Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (with Distinction) (2012)
Title of MA thesis: ‘Because’ in an intercultural corpus of spoken English

Room No.AG415
Tel2766 4916
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Personal webpage:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tiffany_Ching

Chief Supervisor:
Dr Victor Ho

Co-supervisor:
Dr Phoenix Lam

Former Chief Supervisor:
Prof. Winnie Cheng

RESEARCH:

Research areas:

Metadiscourse
Pragmatics
Professional communication
English for academic/specific purposes
Discourse analysis
Corpus linguistics

Title of thesis:

Metadiscourse in environmental, social and governance reports of listed companies in Hong Kong

Description of thesis research:

I am interested in the linguistic features of annual reports and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, two important documents in corporate communication. I have explored disclaimers in annual reports (Cheng & Ching, 2015, 2018). In my PhD research project, I focus on CSR reports, which are referred to as environmental, social and governance (ESG) reports by the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. Taking a broad approach to metadiscourse, I investigate the use of metadiscourse in the reports produced by selected companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. This study aims to identify, if any, patterns of metadiscourse use in rhetorical moves of the ESG report genre.

Academic & Professional Experience:

Research Associate (FT) (2013-2016)
Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE),
Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Research Assistant (PT) (2016)
Political discourses in Hong Kong: A systemic functional perspective, School of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University of Hong Kong

Research Assistant (PT) (2016)
Epistemic modulation and speaker attitude in Cantonese: A discourse-pragmatic perspective, School of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University of Hong Kong

Research Associate (FT) (2012-2013)
Enhancing students’ professional competence and generic qualities through writing in English across the curriculum, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PUBLICATIONS:

Journal articles and book chapters

Cheng, W., & Ching, T. (2018). ‘Not a guarantee of future performance’: The local grammar of disclaimers. Applied Linguistics, 39(3), 263-301. DOI: 10.1093/applin/amw006

Cheng, W., & Ching, T. N. H. (2015). Speech acts. In J. M. Bennett (ed.), The SAGE encyclopaedia of intercultural competence (pp. 766-769). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. DOI: 10.4135/9781483346267.n256

Conference presentations

Ching, T. (2019). The expression of doubt and certainty: Hedges and boosters in environmental, social and governance reports. Paper presented at Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition (JPSS2019), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 26 April 2019.

Ching, T. (2018). Rhetorical moves in chairpersons’ statements in environmental, social and governance reports. Paper presented at 2018 International Conference on Bilingual Learning and Teaching, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25-27 October 2018.

Ching, T. (2018). Interactional metadiscourse in chairmen’s statements in environmental, social and governance reports. Paper presented at International Conference on ‘English Language Education in the Chinese Context’, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 4-5 May 2018.

Ching, T. (2018). A preliminary study of rhetorical moves in environmental, social and governance reports. Paper presented at Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition (JPSS 2018), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 20 April 2018.

Ching, T. (2017). Creating a positive image: Interactional metadiscourse in environmental, social and governance reports. Paper presented at International Conference on ESP, New Technologies and Digital Learning, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 7-9 December 2017.

Ching, T. (2017). The use of metadiscourse in environmental, social and governance reports: A comparison of two industries. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Discourse, Communication and the Enterprise (DICOEN9), Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 22-24 June 2017.

Ching, T. (2017). Metadiscourse in corporate social responsibility reports. Paper presented at ‘Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English’: CAES International Conference, Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1-3 June 2017.

Li, E.S.H., Ching, T., Lui, P., Fung, A., & Li, J. (2017). Contrasting the uses of first personal plural pronoun in Cantonese and in English in political discourse. Paper presented at International Contrastive Linguistics Conference 8 (ICLC 8), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 25-28 May 2017.

Li, E.S.H., Li, J., Lui, P., Fung, A., & Ching, T. (2016). Who are ‘we’: A case study of the use of personal reference ‘we’ in Hong Kong political discourse. Paper presented at the 9th Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literature and Cultures, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 16-18 August 2016.

Cheng, W., & Ching, T. (2015). A local grammar of disclaimers in company interim and annual reports. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference of Asian Association of Lexicography (ASIALEX 2015), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 25-27 June 2015.

Ching, T. (2013). Effective and feasible activities for writing in English across the curriculum: Suggestions of four teachers of different disciplines. Paper presented at ‘Greeting the New Age of ESP: Practice, Innovation, and Vision’: International Conference on Applied Foreign Languages, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 23-24 May 2013.

Ching, N. H. T. (2012). Functions of ‘because’ in business meetings and public speeches. Paper presented at ‘Mapping ESP Frontiers: Bridging Teaching, Research and Practice’: The 1st International Conference of the Chinese Association for ESP & The 4th International Conference of ESP in Asia, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 13-16 December 2012.

Ng, A., Chan, C., Cheng, W., Ching, N. H. T., Choi, J., Jim, M., Kwok, A., Lai, P., Lam, L., McKercher, B., Ng, V., Sin, E., Taplin, M., & Tsang, P. (2012). Enhancing students’ professional competence and generic qualities through writing in English across the curriculum. Paper presented at ‘Mapping ESP Frontiers: Bridging Teaching, Research and Practice’: The 1st International Conference of the Chinese Association for ESP & The 4th International Conference of ESP in Asia, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 13-16 December 2012.

TEACHING:

Teaching Assistant (Semester 2, 2017-2018)
ENGL2B02 New Media: New Meanings
Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Teaching Assistant (Semester 1, 2017-2018)
ENGL2B03 Exploring Language in Social Life
Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

SERVICE:

Conference Organising Committee, Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium, Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (20 April 2018)

Conference Organising Committee, International Conference on ESP, New Technologies and Digital Learning, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (7-9 December 2017)

Conference Organising Committee, Second Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference (APCLC 2014), Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (7-9 March 2014)

Conference Organising Committee, Joint International Conference Mapping ESP Frontiers: Bridging Teaching, Research and Practice The 1st International Conference of the Chinese Association for ESP & The 4th International Conference on ESP in Asia, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (13-16 December 2012)

AWARD:

The Stephen Evans Best Paper Award 2016/2017, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2017)
Cheng, W., & Ching, T. (2018). ‘Not a guarantee of future performance’: The local grammar of disclaimers. Applied Linguistics, 39(3), 263-301. DOI: 10.1093/applin/amw006

Postgraduate Performance Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2012)

Council Medal, The Open University of Hong Kong (2011)