MPhil & PhD Studies

Please note that, unfortunately, the CAES will not be accepting PhD or MPhil applications for the coming 2019-20 academic year. Hopefully the situation will be rectified for the following year. In the meantime, those interested in applying for PhD or MPhil courses with an applied linguistics focus are advised to contact the HKU English department or the Education faculty.

Current full-time PhD students

Chris Kwan, A discourse analytic study of student-tutor writing consultations

Vivian Kwan, Socialising into two academic discourse communities: A case study of undergraduates from double-degree teacher training programmes in Hong Kong

Amanda Ma, Learner agency in learning academic English: Case studies of Mainland Chinese postgraduates in an English-medium university

Peter Wingrove, How academic are TED talks?

Greg Wu, Empowering work-based learning to facilitate teacher professional development in the English-in-the-Disciplines courses: A case study

Olivia Zhang, Feedback on graduate writing


Some past graduates

Ivy Chan, A study of academic writing development over time: The case of Engineering undergraduates

Kim Chanhee, A corpus-based study on ‘evaluative that construction’ in academic and professional discourse

Aaron Doyle, The L2 motivation and academic decision making of local and international English majors in China

Andy Gao, From the Chinese Mainland to Hong Kong: Understanding shifts in Mainland Chinese students’ English learning strategy use

Dick Huang, A corpus study of Chinese EFL majors’ phraseological performance.

Nora Hussin, Interaction from an activity theoretical perspective: Comparing learning discourse of language face-to-face, in chat and in audio conferencing in second language learning

Kevin Jiang, Metadiscursive nouns in disciplinary writing

Ellie Law, Promoting learner autonomy through a self-access language learning (SALL) component of a taught English course

Tim Lee, The use and perception of second language motivational strategies at a Hong Kong community college

Laura Luo, Writing support for Chinese scientists seeking to publish research articles in English

Richard Zhang, Language choice, language ideologies, and identity: A sociolinguistic study of Mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong and Macao

Victor Zhang, Student engagement with feedback on their writing: Case studies of English majors in two Chinese universities