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Dr. Lillian Wong

Senior Lecturer

  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong
  • MA in English Studies, The University of Hong Kong
  • B Phil (Ed) in TEFL, University of Birmingham

Lillian is a highly experienced teacher, coordinator, materials
developer and teacher educator with a proven track record in programme
leadership, curriculum innovation, classroom and web-based materials
development, course implementation and evaluation, and teaching of EAP, ESP, ESL,
ELT and Applied Linguistics courses for students of diverse backgrounds at
undergraduate, postgraduate and teacher education levels.

At undergraduate level, Lillian has taught a wide range of courses on
English for Academic and Specific Purposes and coordinated the English for Arts
Students programme. At postgraduate level, she teaches Information Technology
in Language Teaching and Learning, Second Language Curricula and supervises
dissertations and projects on the MA in Applied Linguistics and MA TESOL programmes.
Lillian also teaches Ph.D. and M.Phil. students various English courses including
thesis writing and has been Coordinator of the English programme in the Graduate
School. She has also coordinated the Postgraduate Diploma in English Language
Teaching and a range of large-scale in-service English teacher development
programmes commissioned by the Hong Kong Education Bureau.

Lillian’s doctoral research investigated innovation and change in
English Language Education, teacher professional development, and teaching and
learning with information technology.  She
has completed 19 applied research projects, given over 150 presentations, including
50 conference plenary and invited speeches around the world, and published in the areas of her research interests which include: innovation and
change in language education, teacher professional development, IT in English
Language Teaching and Learning, e-portfolios for language learning and
assessment, postgraduate thesis writing, language education planning and policy,
autonomous learning, learning styles and strategies, EAP and ESP.  Lillian has been Principal or Co-Investigator of 13 funded projects, the most recent projects she has led include: Enhancing disciplinary postgraduate thesis
writing via a data-driven learning approach (Teaching Development Grant) and Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub for University English Teachers (University Grants Committee).


Lillian has been actively involved in the TESOL International Association since 2000. She was Member then Chair of the
TESOL Professional Development Committee (2003-2007) and elected to serve on the TESOL
Board of Directors (2012-2015), the central governance body composed of 12
members elected by 13,000 members worldwide. She is currently Chair of the TESOL Research Professional Council (2019-2020). She has been Chair of the
Research and Professional Development Committee (RPDC) and Coordinator of the
Language Education SIG at CAES. She has also served on the Editorial Team of the Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics.
She was Chair of the Academic English Symposium on “Research into Practice
in the Four-year Curriculum” (June 2012), International
Conference on “Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy” (June
2015) and “Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English” (June 2017).

Special Interest Groups:

Language Education

Professional Affiliations:

  • TESOL International Association
    Member (since 2000), Professional Development Committee member, Chair-Elect and Chair (2003-2007), Nominating Committee (2010-2011), Board of Directors (2012-2015), Research Agenda Task Force (2013-2014), Conferences of the Future Task Force (2015-2017), Research Professional Council Chair-Elect (2018-2019) and Chair (2019-2020)
  • Asian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Asia TEFL) Founding member

Selected Publications / Presentations:

  • Hyland, K. & Wong,
    L.L.C. (Eds.) (2019). Specialised English: New Directions in ESP and EAP Research
    and Practice
    . London: Routledge.
  • Crosthwaite, P., Wong,
    L.L.C. & Cheung, J. (2019). Characterising postgraduate students’
    corpus query and usage patterns for disciplinary data-driven learning. ReCALL, 31(3), 255-275.
  • Wong, L.L.C. & Hyland, K. (Eds.) (2017). Faces of English Education: Students, Teachers, and Pedagogy. London: Routledge.

Grants / Awards / Other Achievements:

  • University Grants Committee (HK$3,914,487), Principal Investigator: Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub (HKCPD Hub) for University English Teachers. 2017-2020.
  • Teaching Development Grant (HK$249,608), Principal Investigator:
    Enhancing disciplinary postgraduate thesis writing via a data-driven learning approach. 2016-2017.
  • Teaching Development Grant, Principal Investigator: English-in-the-Discipline for Arts students. 2007-2009.


Office: Room 6.46

Telephone: 3917 2016

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