Knowledge Transfer Project ‘Grammar Teaching in Language Education’ Made an Impact on Grammar Teaching from Local to Global
Traditional grammar teaching through habit formation is prevalent in many Hong Kong classrooms. A number of school teachers still present learners with drills and uncontextualised isolated words and sentences. Learners are asked to repeat and use forms in a ‘mechanical’ and ‘monotonous’ way. The Knowledge Transfer (KT) Project ‘Grammar Teaching in Language Education’ led by Dr Lee Fung King Jackie from the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies sought to provide useful grammar teaching resources for school teachers. The project was concerned with how to conduct grammar teaching in a more effective way. Apart from project leaders and project members composed by academic staff, six Year 4 Bachelor of Education (English Language) students also joined the team as student teachers.
K-pop vs HK-pop: Hongkonger's Cultural Identity
Since the turn of the century, Korean Popular Culture has been arguably the most impactful imported culture in Hong Kong not only in terms of its speed of dominance, but more importantly in depth and width of penetration — influencing Hong Kong’s pop culture, consumer culture, food culture, and beauty culture. By analysing the influence of Korean Popular Culture on post-colonial Hong Kong, this project was expected to help Hong Kong audiences to develop a better understanding of the uniqueness of Hong Kong popular culture, and to reflect on the cultural identity of this post-colonial society.
The Third International Conference on Popular Culture and Education
Popular culture is a cross-disciplinary area that offers considerable potential for research that bridges language, literature and culture as well as new media within the Faculty of Humanities. The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities (CPCH) adopts a broad view of popular culture that covers both the culture of everyday life and its mediation through print, multimodal, and new digital media of various kinds.
The public lecture series organised by the Department of English Language Education (ELE) provides a platform to expose local teachers and members of the public to aspects of language learning that are seldom taught in school. The lecture series held on consecutive Saturdays beginning from 4 March and ending on 1 April of 2017 was well received. It successfully drew over 670 participants to our campus, which was an increase of over 140 participants from the prior year. We would like to offer heartfelt thanks to Dr Jeffrey Clapp and Dr Regine Lai from the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, Dr Lixun Wang and Dr Gregoire Winterstein from the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies (LML) , and Dr Paul Stapleton, Ms Clairine Chan from ELE for making this Public Lecture Series a success.
It has been a tradition for the Department of English Language Education (ELE) to present a series of Saturday seminars for English teachers and subject teachers of both primary and secondary schools. This year the seminar series were held in both the spring and fall of 2017.
As e-learning and portfolios continue to gain traction and develop in importance in Hong Kong’s educational system, the Department of English Language Education (ELE) has responded by presenting seminars for colleagues and students at EdUHK. This year the seminar series began in the spring and continued into the fall of 2017.
Department of Literature and Cultural Studies – New Departmental Seminar Series
2017 saw the launch of a new departmental seminar series within the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies (LCS). Spearheaded by Dr Jeffrey Clapp, the series aims to incorporate approximately three lunchtime talks each semester, delivered both by internal and external speakers within the broader fields of literature, cultural studies and history. Five talks were conducted by the end of 2017:
Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies - RPg Student Research Forum
The Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies (LML) organised an RPg Student Research Forum on 4 October 2017. Five research postgraduate students from the department shared their research work on a wide range of topics with fellow students and faculty members.
Visit and Public Seminar by External Examiner
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies and Bachelor of Education (Honours)(English Language) (Co-terminal Double Degree) programme organised an External Examiner’s visit during 8 to 10 of November 2017. It was a great pleasure to have Professor Icy Lee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) giving a public seminar on the topic ‘Bridging the Idealism-Realism Gap in the Writing Classroom’ during her stay here at EdUHK.
2017 ‘Running Man’ Halloween Special
Marking the first major event of the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) in this academic year, the Halloween Gala took place on the 31 October 2017. Students from various disciplines participated in this annual festive celebration featuring games, dancing, riddles and a costume contest.
Addressing Students’ Development Needs - The Bachelor of Education (English Language) Reading Challenge
The Bachelor of Education (English Language) Reading Challenge organised by the Department of English Language Education (ELE) and supported by EdUHK Library was launched for the first time in October 2017. The intended aim of the reading challenge is to expose participants to a wider array of English texts and cultivate a life-long habit of reading for pleasure. While it is unlikely to fill every gap in each participant’s understanding, it is hoped that the future English language educators will be able to draw from a broad range of text types to inform their teaching.
A Faculty Retreat was successfully held on 16 October 2017 at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Shatin. Participated by the Acting Dean, Associate Deans, Heads and Associate Heads of Departments/CLE, as well as Programme Leaders of the undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, the Retreat aimed to provide a platform to share views on the direction and the strategic development of the Faculty of Humanities (FHM), in particular issues relevant to the University’s Strategic Plan 2016-2025.
人文學院文學及文化學系一級講師黃裕邦先生剛榮獲2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize，成為首位亞洲詩人奪得此項殊榮。他的獲獎詩作 ‘101, Taipei’ 從近千首詩中選出，並發表在三月號的Australian Book Review。
Students’ Participation in Knowledge Transfer Project
Apart from international impacts, students also benefitted from the Knowledge Transfer project ‘Grammar Teaching in Language Education’. Six Year 4 Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) students joined the project team. The team met regularly to discuss how grammar was taught in contemporary grammar practice books and how to design more effective lesson plans and materials to address the shortcomings identified in the books. The ongoing discussion with the Project Leader and other team members allowed the student teachers to have a deeper understanding of the pedagogical principles learnt in their formal curriculum. The final lesson plans and instructional materials produced, which had undergone a number of revisions through ongoing group discussions and reflections, were good evidence of the student teachers' gains in the process.
Knowledge Transfer Workshops Series – How to help Hong Kong Students Discover English
The Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies (LML) offered a series of Knowledge Transfer (KT) workshops entitled ‘How to Help Hong Kong Students Discover English’ from October to December 2017. In recent decades, how to help students learn and use real language patterns has posed a big challenge for English teachers. Traditional tools (e.g. textbooks, dictionaries, other published materials, etc.) and teachers’ intuition, are unable to fully address this issue. This is an area where corpus linguistics can fill the gap. Using corpus data allows students and teachers to study naturally occurring English language for grammatical patterns, word usage and textual discourse. In addition, corpus-based teaching allows teachers to develop their hands-on activities that cater for students at different levels. Students can also use corpora to explore authentic language data and answer their own queries about the English language, as well as to become more independent language learners.