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Dr. Daya Datwani


  • Certificate in Literary Studies, HKU SPACE
  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, The University of Hong Kong
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) – British Council Hong Kong
  • Doctor of Education, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Daya worked 18 years in the business sector; in garments import/export & trading, then involved in OEM project in Electronics manufacturing. Being awarded an MBA in 1998 she started teaching College level English for Business while studying for a CELTA. She then taught in a CMI secondary school while pursuing PCEd at HKU (part-time). From 2003-5 she studied for MAAL (part-time) at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) while serving as an Advisory Teacher in the Education Bureau (formerly EMB), Native-speaking English Teachers (NET) Section. She served not only as a liaison between NETs and LETs but also organized teacher training workshops, had lesson observations and assisted collaborative lesson planning in 15 schools.

Tertiary teaching had been her part-time role in City University of Hong Kong since 1999 before she became full time in 2007. She organised out-of-class activities, managed the Self-Access Centre and was the EDB coordinator for New Senior Secondary Syllabus (NSS) teacher training workshops.

She has been involved in the planning and development of CAES9920 Academic Communication for Business and Economics course since joining CAES in 2012. This course particularly focuses on the “Flipped Classroom” and the use of IT for students’ engagement and innovation in pedagogy such as Google classroom for peer and teacher feedback.   After gaining her Doctorate she has been involved in Graduate School teaching and MAAL supervision since 2015.  She is currently the Coordinator for CAES9722 Academic English Biomedical Science students and successful projects include material development for Wikipedia Article and Students As Partners in the course as well as a core member of the Medics team.  She also developed materials for Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) – Impactful Presentations. Her research interests include policy and planning (teacher training and development), self-access language learning, learner autonomy, English literature & language arts.

Special Interest Groups:

Autonomy,IT,Language Education,Postgraduate Writing

In-House Committees:


Professional Affiliations:

  • Hong Kong Association for Self-Access Learning and Development (HASALD)
  • Alumni Member of The University of Hong Kong & HKU SPACE

Other Major Administrative Roles:

  • CAES representative on the Faculty of Arts Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity
  • CIC Reviewer

Selected Publications / Presentations:

  • Datwani-Choy, D. (2016). Evaluating a self-access centre’s effectiveness and efficiency: Acase study and reflection. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 7(4), 398-412.
  • HKCPD Hub (June 2019).  Workshop Wikipedia in Undergraduate teaching – Bio Medical Science Course
  • IATEFL April 2019 in Liverpoool – Poster Presentation for our Communication Support Services focusing on General Language Advising

Grants / Awards / Other Achievements:

Higher Education Fellow awarded September 2019

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