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)
Presentation 2: Dr. Wang Lixun (The Hong Kong Institute of Education)
Presentation 3: Dr. Carmen Lee (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
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)