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Dr. Eleanor Kwan


  • 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. (2018). 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.
  • Kwan, E. K. P. (2016). Divergent evaluations of students’ writing needs: Challenges to an online facility for engineering postgraduate students. Paper presented at the Asian Conference on Language Learning. The International Academic Forum, Kobe, Japan.
  • Kwan, E. K. P. (2013) Writing at and beyond the University: Socialization into a disciplinary community or crossing boundaries. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Meeting and British Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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.

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