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Dr. Eleanor KWAN

Lecturer

  • BSc, Duke University, US
  • MA, The University of Hong Kong
  • MA, McGill University, Canada
  • PGDE, The University of Hong Kong
  • PhD, Lancaster University, UK

Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, majoring in Economics and minoring in both Mathematics and English. She received a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from the University of Hong Kong and Master of Arts degree in English from McGill University. Eleanor read a PhD programme in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, investigating the co-emerging in and out of class literacy practices of a group of undergraduate Business students in an English-medium university. Eleanor worked in the business sector and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology before joining the Centre for Applied English Studies in 2009. Since then, Eleanor has been teaching courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is involved in MA dissertation supervision. She was Deputy Coordinator of the English Programme for the Graduate School as well as the English-in-the-Discipline (ED) courses for the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is currently the Programme Coordinator of ED courses for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Eleanor has served as Co-Investigator for a TDG project Evaluation and Revision of the Academic Vocabulary Moodle for the Core University English Course (CUE) and as Project Coordinator and Co-Investigator for an inter-university UGC funded project Online Support for Academic Writing for Engineering Curriculum. Her research interests include academic literacies and English for Specific Purposes.

Professional Affiliations:

  • British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

Other Major Administrative Roles:

  • Programme Coordinator, English-in-the-Discipline courses for the Faculty of Social Sciences

Selected Publications / Presentations:

  • Kwan, E. K. P., Chai, K., & Hui, J. (2021, August 15-20). Transferability of literacy skills of ESP and discipline specific EAP courses: Learners’ perspectives. AILA 2021 World Congress, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Kwan, E. K. P., Chai, K., & Hui, J. (2021, January 8-10). Bridging the gap: Transferring literacy skills in an English for Specific Purposes course. Paper presented at HKCPD Hub Virtual International Conference 2021. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Kwan, E. K. P., & Chai, K. (2018, August 2-4). Redesigning an EAP course: From generic conventions to genre flexibility and negotiation. Paper presented at the 17th Symposium of Second Language Writing. Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Grants / Awards / Other Achievements:

  • University Grants Committee, Project Coordinator & Co-Investigator (June – August 2017): Online Support for Academic Writing for Engineering Curriculum. 2015-2017.
  • Teaching and Development Grant, Co-Investigator: Evaluation and Revision of the Academic Vocabulary Moodle for the Core University English Course (CUE). 2013-2014.

Office: Room 6.36

Telephone: 3917 4033

Email Address: ekwan@hku.hk