Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL)

4th HAAL Conference

HK Polytechnic University

25 June 2011


Roundtable Panel Discussion


Theme: Technology and language learning and teaching


Time of the session: 4:45 to 6:00pm

Presentation 1: Dr. John Milton (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Title: Resource-based Language Learning
Abstract: The growing interest in social media has opened new possibilities for authentic language use by novice writers and speakers of English. However, it is important that learners not be entirely left to their own devices in dealing with their second or third language. I will demonstrate how one approach to integrating the discoveries of corpus-based research into our curricula can greatly enhance learners’ confidence and the quality of their written and spoken English.

Presentation 2: Dr. Wang Lixun (The Hong Kong Institute of Education)
Title: Wikibook Projects and Academic Reading and Writing
Abstract: In this talk, I will share my experience in the implementation of student-authored wikibook projects to promote academic reading and writing among English major students at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Wikibook technology allows students to freely create and edit a book online in a collaborative manner, which helps students to become more active and autonomous learners. It is also a powerful tool for promoting academic reading and writing, which is crucial for academic studies at tertiary level.

Presentation 3: Dr. Carmen Lee (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Title: Talking about English online: Meta-discourses about language learning on the photo-sharing site Flickr
Abstract: In this talk, I focus on self-directed language learning in new media, drawing upon examples from my on-going research on the photo-sharing site, Flickr. The study involves a group of active Flickr users who do not use English as their primary language outside Flickr. Through analyzing their self-generated English texts on Flickr, their meta-discourses about language learning, and their self-evaluation of their English knowledge, I discuss the significance of understanding learners' informal language learning online from a social practice perspective.




Brief Bios:


John Milton has taught English as a first, second and foreign language in Canada, Bahrain, Mainland China and Hong Kong. Currently, his research interests are the empirical analysis of learners' English and the development of language tools and web-based resources for Second Language Acquisition. He has developed a number of analytical and pedagogical tools, and incorporated these into a course delivery system and blended (online and f-2-f) EFL courses. These courses are based on the empirically identified needs of learners and are built around real world social, academic and professional tasks. Participants are encouraged in the mastery of language learning tools and strategies for lifelong learning.


Wang Lixun has been teaching and researching in the areas of General Linguistics, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Corpus Linguistics, Online Learning, and Multilingualism. He has taught a Masters course ‘Computer-Assisted Language Learning’ (CALL) in the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. In the past few years, he has been carrying out Wikibook projects in his courses to promote academic reading and writing, and recently he published a book with his colleagues titled ‘Academic Writing in Language and Education Programmes’. He has also published a textbook titled ‘Introduction to Language Studies’ and a number of journal articles and book chapters on corpus linguistics, CALL and other topics. He is currently engaged in various research projects on corpus linguistics, education technology, and multilingualism.


Carmen Lee received a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University in England. Her main research interests include social aspects of language and literacy, linguistic practices on the internet, and multilingual literacy practices. Over the past few years, she has published book chapters and journal articles on the language and literacy practices of various digital media, including electronic mail, instant messaging, mobile phone texting, and more recently, Facebook and Flickr. Her work is also concerned with the educational implications of new media and the nature of informal learning on the web. Currently, she is carrying out a project funded by the Hong Kong Research Grant Council which examines how university students construct identities through writing in Web 2.0 spaces such as weblogs and Facebook. (Web page: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/eng/staff/clee/index.html)