One City One Book Hong Kong: A City-wide Community Reading Programme
我城我書/One City One Book Hong Kong began in January 2019, with an aim to build a sense of community and promote literacy by getting as many people as possible in Hong Kong to read and discuss one single book for a particular length of time. The book will remain the “one book” for one calendar year. This year, the “one book” is The Arrival, a wordless graphic novel by the Chinese Australian graphic novelist Shaun Tan. In the first half of 2019, more than 30 activities related to 我城我書/One City One Book Hong Kong were carried out: exhibition, academic seminars and workshops, storytelling sessions with marginalised group, elderly as well as parents. More than 3,000 people were involved in these events.
The Education University of Hong Kong Corpus Linguistics Team Won the Silver Award of the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
Dr Angel Ma Qing and her colleagues from the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies won the Silver Medal of the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva with their Knowledge Transfer project “Education Linguistics 2.0 - The Use of Corpora in Language Teaching”.
The Retreat of the Faculty of Humanities (FHM) was held on 18 March 2019 at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Shatin. The Retreat aimed to provide a platform for the Dean, Associate Deans, Heads and Associate Heads of the FHM’s constituent units, Programme Leaders (PL) of the Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate programmes, as well as PLs and the Faculty Coordinator of the Certificate in Professional Development Programmes, to share their views on the directions and the strategic development of the Faculty, in particular on the issues relevant to the University’s Strategic Plan 2016-2025 on three areas: 1) Academic Development; 2) Research and Knowledge Transfer; and 3) Management and Infrastructure with reference to the Key Performance Indicators of the University.
The Faculty Forum of the Faculty of Humanities was held on 18 June 2019 (Tuesday). The forum served as a valuable platform for all staff members of the Faculty to meet and share the latest development of the Faculty.
School of Cantonese Studies
The School of Cantonese Studies, co-organised by the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies and the Centre for Research on Linguistics and Language Studies, as well as sponsored by the Tin Ka Ping Foundation and The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong, was held from 27 to 31 May 2019. The School aimed to (a) introduce recent developments and knowledge on different domains in Cantonese Studies to the participants; (b) introduce systematic and rigorous methodologies for conducting research on Cantonese; and (c) provide a venue for scholarly exchange and interaction between scholars and participants of different backgrounds who are interested in Cantonese Studies.
Updates from Department of Chinese Language Studies
In 2018/19, the Department of Chinese Language Studies (CHL) has successfully launched the new EdD specialisation in Language Education (Chinese), and so far 14 students have been enroled in the specialisation.
Updates from Department of English Language Education
In the age of change and transformation, the Department of English Language Education (ELE) has been continuously building up its strength in teaching, research and community engagement and setting up a bridge between the past, present and future. ELE members have acquired research and teaching expertise in various areas, including language teacher education, e-learning, second language acquisition, language policy and sociolinguistics. ELE aspires to nurture graduates with a global outlook and multicultural awareness. The Department’s research outputs have appeared in the most respected international academic journals, such as Applied Linguistics and TESOL Quarterly. ELE’s multi-disciplinary research on language teaching and learning, as well as language practices and ideologies in schools and other social contexts set a solid foundation for classroom teaching in the Faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Updates from Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies
Thanks to the founding Head Professor Cheung Hin Tat, the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies (LML) has enjoyed continued development since its establishment in 2012. In her position as the new Head of the Department, Dr Jackie Lee Fung King has continued to work towards the advancement of the Department together with all LML colleagues. Over the past year, LML has achieved milestones in teaching, research and knowledge transfer, particularly in the area of Digital Humanities for Multilingual Matters. Dr Angel Ma Qing and her team (Drs Rebecca Chen Hsueh Chu, Jackie Lee Fung King and Wang Lixun) won the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva 2019 Silver Award for their Knowledge Transfer project “Educational Linguistics 2.0 – The Use of Corpora in Language Teaching”, which succeeded in promoting the innovative corpus-based pedagogy to school teachers in Hong Kong and in the Greater Bay Area. Further, LML hosted two international academic events in the pursuit of innovative scholarship and effective research. They were the School of Cantonese Studies and the International Conference on Multilingual Acquisition and Multilingual Education, where hundreds of eminent speakers from Hong Kong and different parts of the world shared and exchanged their research findings. Another important academic event, the XXth International CALL Research Conference, jointly organised by LML and University of Antwerp, Belgium, was held from 10 to 12 July 2019. Through the Department’s continuous engagement in knowledge transfer activities and scholarly work, LML aims to contribute to the academic world and the wider community, and raise its profile and impact in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Updates from Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
2018/19 has been another successful period of research, teaching, and community engagement for the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies (LCS). Among many highlights, the Department was delighted to learn that in September 2018, Dr David Kang Jong Hyuk, Assistant Professor and Associate Head of LCS, was the recipient of the University Grants Committee Teaching Award, a major accomplishment that LCS has been celebrating all year. Inspired by performances like that of Dr Kang, the Department has continued to focus on providing excellent instruction at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also continued the track record of securing external grant funding, as well as the good practice of using departmental resources to support projects in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. In addition, members have organised and participated in dozens of academic, literary, and cultural events both on and off campus. As the Department has continued to develop on the basis of past practices, it also prepared a self-evaluation and underwent the process of departmental review for the first time. The external review panel was chaired by Professor James Steintrager (University of California, Irvine, the United States) and members included Professor Brigitte Glaser (University of Göttingen, Germany) and Professor Fan Ming Ju (National Taiwan University, Taiwan). Local expertise and insight were provided by Mr To Kar Hing, principal of Buddhist Wing Yan School. The panel expressed appreciation of the Department’s many accomplishments in recent years and offered constructive feedback about how to move forward. LCS looks forward to 2019/20 and the new opportunities the year will bring.
Updates from Centre for Language in Education
The Centre for Language in Education (CLE) plays an integral part of the students’ language learning in the University by offering the regular Chinese, English and Putonghua enhancement programmes and supplementing the formal curriculum with non-formal language learning activities including various workshops for preparing students for the public language tests. To address the diverse language learning needs of different groups of students in 2018/19, CLE works closely with different units of the University, eg the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts (on the music busking activities to connect people through music and languages), the Department of Early Childhood Education (on the support for non-Chinese-speaking students), the Faculty of Education and Human Development (on the pilot scheme of International English Language Test System [IELTS] and Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi for higher diploma students), etc.
汉语作为第二语言教学课程四年级同学任怀超 - 转眼便到了即将毕业的时候。从汉语作为第二语言教学荣誉文学士课程中，我不但学到了相关的知识和技巧，更重要的是建立了二语教学者的心态，明白二语教学任重道远，又充满乐趣。难忘我们的教学实习，更难忘第一次对着一群外国人上课，当时心情既紧张又兴奋。课程提供真实的教学观摩和实习机会，让我从一个外行人，慢慢地了解这个行业的实际情况，亲身体会到教学的乐趣，也让我发现一个不一样的自己。在未来的工作中，我希望能运用课程中所学到的知识和经验，迎接更多的机遇挑战。
Student Ambassador Sharing for the One City One Book Hong Kong: The Arrival in Secondary School Classrooms
Sharing by Yan Tsoi Lam, Student Ambassador for One City One Book Programme and Year 4 Student of Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) - I am delighted to be working as a Student Ambassador for Hong Kong’s first ever One City One Book Programme (1C1B) organised by the Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities (CPCH). 1C1B is a community reading initiative that aims to get as many people as possible in the city to be reading the same book during a period of time. The chosen book for 2019 is Shaun Tan’s delightful wordless graphic novel, The Arrival. As part of our Student Ambassador duties, we have been doing reading workshops and storytelling sessions in many schools, in order to share The Arrival with primary and secondary school students.
Alumni Sharing of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language)
Heskey Tsang Chi Lai, Graduate of BEd(EL) (2016) - Thinking critically is all about transcending the boundaries between facts and truths. Travelling back in time to my first year at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), I would describe my past self as a freshman who was wildly excited by the sea of knowledge I was exposed to. I, however, took everything for granted and gave almost no thought to why such a body of knowledge was taught and, more importantly, how I could make good sense of it.
英语教学文学硕士课程2018年毕业生梁以政 - 我认为选择在香港教育大学进修是我专业生涯里面做过最好的决定之一。英语教学文学硕士课程有效将相关的专业知识灌输给每一个希望从事教育工作的人士。