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Dr. Lillian WONG

Senior Lecturer

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

Lillian is a highly experienced teacher, coordinator, materials developer and teacher educator with a proven track record in programme and project leadership, curriculum innovation, classroom and web-based materials development, course implementation and evaluation, and teaching of EAP, ESP, ESL, ELT, Applied Linguistics and TESOL 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 over the years and had coordinated the English for Arts Students programme for 5 years. At postgraduate level, she teaches Information Technology in Language Teaching and Learning, Second Language Curricula and has supervised 30 dissertations and 60 projects on the MA in Applied Linguistics and MA TESOL programmes to successful completion since 2005. Lillian has also taught Ph.D. and M.Phil. students various English courses including thesis writing since 2008 and had been Coordinator of the English programme in the Graduate School for 7 years. She has been involved in teacher education for over 20 years and had 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 has a sustained record of engagement in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her 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 155 presentations, including 55 conference plenary and invited speeches around the world, and published 4 co-edited books and a number of articles 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, discourse analysis, 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 (HKCPD Hub) for University English Teachers (University Grants Committee) ( She was founding Chair of the Research and Professional Development Committee (RPDC) and Coordinator of the Language Education SIG at CAES, both for 7 years. She also served on the Editorial Team of the Hong Kong/Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics from 2007-2018.

Lillian has been chair of various conferences, including the Academic English Symposium “Research into Practice in the Four-year Curriculum” (June 2012), International Conferences “Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy” (June 2015) and “Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English” (June 2017), and HKCPD Hub Virtual International Conference “Innovative teaching and research in English Language Education” (January 2021).

Lillian has been actively involved in the TESOL International Association since 2000, taking various key leadership roles to help advance the expertise of English teaching professionals in multilingual contexts worldwide. She was member then Chair of the TESOL Professional Development Committee (2003-2007), served on the TESOL Board of Directors (2012-2015), the central governance body composed of 12 members elected by 13,000 members worldwide and was member then Chair of the TESOL Research Professional Council (2017-2021) among others.

Lillian is driven, innovative, visionary and dedicated. She is committed to excellence and succeed in what she sets to achieve and makes strategic plans to accomplish targeted goals.  Lillian continually strives for her professional growth as an effective teacher, leader and teacher educator. She is passionate about supporting other teachers to make the most of their skills through research, professional development and collaboration.

Special Interest Groups:

Language Education

In-House Committees:

Engagement, Research and Impact Committee

Professional Affiliations:

  • TESOL International Association member (since 2000), Professional Development Committee member, Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-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 member, Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair (2017-2021)
  • Asian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Asia TEFL) founding member

Other Major Administrative Roles:

  • Deputy Programme Coordinator, MA in Applied Linguistics (MAAL)
  • Member, MA TESOL Board of Studies
  • Member, CAES Finance Committee

Selected Publications / Presentations:

3 selected publications:

  • 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:

3 selected funded projects:

  • Principal Investigator and Leader, Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub (HKCPD Hub) for University English Teachers. University Grants Committee (HK$3,914,487), September 2017- August 2021.
  • Principal Investigator, Enhancing disciplinary postgraduate thesis writing via a data-driven learning approach. Teaching Development Grant (HK$249,608), The University of Hong Kong, September 2016 – December 2017.
  • Principal Investigator, English-in-the-Discipline for Arts students. Teaching Development Grant, The University of Hong Kong, 2007-2009.

Office: Room 6.46

Telephone: 3917 2016

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