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Dr. Natalie FONG

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Senior Lecturer

  • BA, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong (First Class Honors)
  • MPhil in Communication, School of Journalism & Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • PhD in Education, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Upon graduation, Natalie worked as a Senior Research Assistant for the Standing Committee on Language Education & Research (SCOLAR) in the Education Bureau of the Government of the HKSAR. She then started her teaching career at the Language Centre of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was the coordinator of CAES1000 Core University English, an English for Academic Purposes course for Year 1 students from Jan 2015 to Dec 2018. She was also involved in developing materials for English-in-the-Discipline (ED) courses for Faculty of Education in the new 4-year curriculum. From 2018 to 2021, she led an in-house project of Learning Transferability which was to explore the impact of students’ knowledge acquired through CAES1000 on Common Core courses and to evaluate learning transfer from ED courses to Faculty courses. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Specially-funded English Courses (SFEC). In line with CAES’s mission to support English enhancement needs of university staff, undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, SFEC offers a variety of workplace and academic English courses to cater to students’ diverse learning needs.

She has also contributed to teaching Second Language Curricula for the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include curriculum development in English for Academic and Specific Purposes, teaching English across curriculum, classroom interaction and second language education.

Special Interest Groups:

Genres,Language Education

In-House Committees:

CAES Management Committee,Masters Committee

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Other Major Administrative Roles:

Member, Faculty Board of Arts

Selected Publications / Presentations:

  • Law, L., & Fong, N. (2020). Applying partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) in an investigation of undergraduate students’ learning transfer of academic English. Journal of English for Academic Purposes46, 100884. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2020.100884
  • Yung, W. H. K. & Fong, N. (2019). Learning EAP at university: Perceptions of high-achieving first-year ESL undergraduates. English Language Teaching Journal, 73(3), 306-315.
  • An EAP Course for ALL Undergraduates: Diversity & Challenges. Paper presented at 54th RELC International Conference and 5th Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association Conference, Singapore, 11 – 13 Mar 2019 (with Dr. Parco Wong).

Grants / Awards / Other Achievements:

  • Knowledge Exchange Grant. (Completed in June 2019). Project Coordinator. “Grammar for Academic English: A Self-training Module“.
  • Research and Development Projects Grant. The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR), Education Bureau, HKSAR. (Completed in July 2017). Co-investigator. “Analysing English Learners’ Experiences in the Transition from Senior Secondary Mainstream and Shadow Education to University Studies“. (Principal Investigator: Yung, W. H. K.- HKEdU).
  • Teaching Development Grant (Completed in Aug 2016). Principal Investigator. “Development of E-learning and Peer Assessment Activities for an English-in-the-Discipline Course for Speech & Hearing Sciences Students”. 

Office: Room 6.24

Telephone: 3917 2033

Email Address: fongsn@hku.hk