People


Director

Prof. Winnie Cheng, Professor
Research interests include ESP, intercultural pragmatics and communication, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and discourse intonation.

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Deputy Director

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Internal Members

Prof. Kathleen Ahrens, Professor
Research interests include conceptual and critical metaphor analysis, corpus linguistics, language and politics, language and creativity, and children’s and young adult literature.

Dr. Aditi Bhatia, Associate Professor
Research interests include discourse analysis, applied linguistics, language and power, media communication, persuasive communication, and professional communication.

Dr. Clarice Chan, Research Assistant Professor
Research interests include ESP, EAP, business English, English for health professionals, and second language acquisition.

Dr. Mable Chan, Research Assistant Professor
Research interests include second language acquisition, generative grammar, syntax and semantics, language education, curriculum development, and teaching and learning of business/academic English.

Prof. Stephen Evans, Professor
Research interests include language policy and planning, English as a global lingua franca, world Englishes, English for academic and professional purposes, language in education, ELT course and materials design, the history of English-language education, and classroom discourse.

Dr. William Feng, Assistant Professor
Research interests include multimodal discourse analysis, systemic functional theory, media and communication, and education and multimodal literacy.

Dr. Victor Ho, Assistant Professor
Research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis, professional communication, systemic functional linguistics, and English for academic/specific purposes.

Dr. Phoenix Lam, Assistant Professor
Research interests include corpus linguistics, (multimodal) discourse analysis, professional communication, computer-mediated communication, and linguistic landscape.

Dr. Li Lan, Visiting Lecturer
Research interests include lexicology and lexicography study, corpus study and EFL vocabulary learning, metaphor study, neologisms, technical and web writing, language in computer mediated communication, and workplace English.

Dr. Phoebe Lin, Research Assistant Professor
Research interests include phraseology/ formulaic language/ idioms, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, English intonation and rhythm, English language teaching (ELT), computer-assisted language learning, and research methods.

Dr. Renia Lopez, Assistant Professor
Research interests include cognitive pragmatics, second language acquisition, and gestures.

Prof. David Qian, Honorary Member
Research interests include language testing, assessment and evaluation in professional contexts, learner corpora and occupation-specific corpora, communication in professional workplaces, and educational measurement.

Prof. Martin Warren, Professor
Research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, lexical semantics, phraseology, and pragmatics.

Dr. Nicholas Sampson, Research Assistant Professor
Research interests include teacher autonomy, teacher education, continuing professional development, and textbooks and materials design.

Dr. John Polias, Adjunct Assistant Professor
John is now a consultant in teaching and learning with a focus on how meaning is made in various school disciplines. He is also the director of Lexis Education, Australia.

Dr. Amy Suen, Instructor
Research interests include critical genre analysis, multimodality, and professional communication.

Dr. Dennis Tay, Assistant Professor
Research interests include cognitive linguistics, healthcare communication, the language of psychotherapy, and statistical modeling of discourse.

Dr. Dora Wong, Instructor
Research interests include e-learning and teaching, language arts, and translation.

Dr. Xu Xunfeng, Visiting Lecturer
Research interests include corpus linguistics, systemic functional linguistics, grammatical analysis, call centre discourse, computer-mediated communication, and multimedia and computer-assisted language learning.

Dr. Yap Foong Ha, Associate Professor
Research interests include grammaticalization studies, language typology, discourse analysis, language processing, language acquisition, and language revitalization.

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PhD students

Ms Nervino, Esterina
Research interests include Corporate Communication, Branding and Advertising, Social Semiotics/Multimodality.

Miss Tiffany Ching
Research interests include ESP, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics.

Mr. William Lee
Research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural/cross-cultural communication and professional communication.

Miss Maggie Leung
Research interests include corpus linguistics, lexical studies, phraseology, English for specific purposes, genre analysis, and discourse analysis.

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External Members

Mr. Arthur Stuart Firkins
Manager, Disability Programme Central Australia, Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

Prof. Cheng Le
Professor of Legal Discourse and Translation, Professor of Law, Zhejiang University
Research interests include legal discourse, legal translation, language law and planning, semiotics, language for special purposes, corpus linguistics.

Mr. Francis Low
Research interests include multimodal discourse analysis, advertising images, the multisemiotic of children’s picture books, design intention and emotion, websites message layout, tri-modality of food, and multisemiotics.

Dr. Gail Forey, Associate Professor
Research interests include discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics, critical discourse analysis, language of the workplace, professional discourse, literacy and education, English language teacher education, and English for academic purposes.

Dr. Ho Nga Man Janet
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Lingnan University
Research interests include language studies in intercultural and professional contexts, metaphor studies, corpus linguistics and pragmatics.

Dr. Kathy Ling Lin
Lecturer, Research Centre for Corpora and Intercultural Studies, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Research interests include corpus linguistics, genre studies, English for academic and professional purposes, lexical semantics and pragmatics.

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External Associates

Future Perfect
Future Perfect is a communication advisory firm that optimizes performance and cross-cultural collaboration through expert understanding of English for Specific Purposes. Our unrivaled products are based on rigorous research and authentic data – ensuring our insights are relevant to real-world business needs. Our clients include major multinational companies across a variety of industries, such as finance, legal, oil & gas, insurance and telecommunications.

Centre for Professional and Business English (CPBE), PolyU
Provider of language and communication courses and consultancies to organisations in Hong Kong and mainland China. Practical expertise in developing writing skills, plain English, intercultural communication, language benchmarking and teacher development.

Dr. Lynne Jocelyn Flowerdew, Formerly of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, genre analysis, systemic functional linguistics, English for academic and professional communication, and syllabus design and methodology.

Dr. Kenneth C. C. Kong, Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University
Research interests include discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics, multimodal analysis, functional linguistics, and language education.

Dr. Jane Lockwood, Associate Professor, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong
Her research interest is in the English language communication needs of the Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) industry in the Philippines, India and China. The establishment of Future Perfect Business English specialists service serves the communication needs in this industry in the Philippines. She has published locally and internationally in the area of ESP in workplace contexts.

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Honorary Advisor

Prof. Gu Yueguo
Prof. Gu is Research Professor of Linguistics, Head of the Contemporary Linguistics Department, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. He is also Pro-Vice Chancellor of Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Dean of the Institute of Online Education and Special Professor of the University of Nottingham. His research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, rhetoric, the philosophy of language and online education.

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