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Senior Lecturer

  • BA, The University of Hong Kong
  • MA in Applied Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong
  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, The University of Birmingham
  • Fellow, The Higher Education of Academy

Lisa has been actively involved in the teaching of a range of postgraduate and undergraduate English enhancement courses on academic and professional communication, and has extensive experience in developing corpus-based learning resources and their integration with classroom teaching. She is a recipient of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts (2018-2019).

As the Chair of the Publicity and Outreach Committee, she leads the team to pull together the CAES mission, strategic direction, and intended outcomes. Lisa also leads the Centre’s development project on Students as Partners, exploring unimagined possibilities of utilizing HKU students’ expertise and experience as a student to contribute equally to ‘teaching and learning process’ and ‘enhancement of teaching and learning policy or practices’.

Lisa had been the Programme Coordinator for the English courses for the Faculty of Dentistry for over 10 years. She serves on the Faculty Board of Arts.

Lisa’s main research interests include: corpus linguistics, reflective writing and English for Specific Purposes. She has a track record of success in both research publications and grant applications (a total of four completed and two on-going research funded projects). Her first co-authored book on understanding the language of dentistry is a proof of research-informed pedagogical practices in the Dentistry course that she had coordinated for over 10 years (e.g. additional course module on ‘hedging’ in response to research findings).

In-House Committees:

AJAL,Engagement, Research and Impact Committee,Publicity and Outreach

Other Major Administrative Roles:

  • Chair, Publicity and Outreach Committee, CAES.
  • Member, Board of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong.

Selected Publications / Presentations:

  • (forthcoming). (with Crosthwaite, P.). ESP in the community: A multidimensional comparison of learner and professional research reports from the dentistry discipline. In Aspects of specialised genres: Research and application: In memory of Stephen Evans. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • (2019). Learning the Language of dentistry: Disciplinary corpora in the teaching of English for Specific Academic Purposes. Studies in Corpus Linguistics. John Benjamins.
  • (2017). (with Crosthwaite, P. and Jiang, K.). “Expression of stance in learner and professional dentistry corpora”. English for Specific Purposes. 


Grants / Awards / Other Achievements:

  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts (2018-2019).
  • Principal Investigator. “Are you Ready for your Profession: Promoting Innovative Experiential Learning for Clinical Professionalism through Reflective Practice”, Teaching Development Grant (HK$99,505), The University of Hong Kong. (June 2020 – December 2021).
  • Principal Investigator. “A pilot English in the Major project with the Faculty of Dentistry”, Teaching Development Grant (HK$274,305), The University of Hong Kong. (November 2008 – April 2010).


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