HAAL Seminar (13 November, 2018)


Date:                    13 November 2018, Tuesday

Venue:                 AG434, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Time:                   seminar at 6:00pm

Researching writing in an MEd programme: Developing a research agenda

Academic writing researchers are a little lonely in Hong Kong, as there is not a big group of them who can work as colleagues and research collaborators. Nevertheless, the higher education sector in Hong Kong, with the ever-increasing diversity of the student population and the challenges this brings, calls for research into academic writing in a multitude of learning contexts. A Master of Education (MEd) programme, as a postgraduate professional development (PPD) programme, provides a unique locale for researching teaching and learning issues surrounding writing. This is because Education is a “mega” discipline that subsumes a great number of sub-disciplines, and a study programme in Education links academia and the professional world, which has implications for the kinds of knowledge warranted in its curriculum and for the forms of writing facilitating such knowledge. In this seminar I will discuss some issues surrounding student writing within the context of an MEd programme at a university in Hong Kong, and describe how a research agenda is shaped in response to both the challenges and some opportunities that arose during the research process. The talk will have implications for colleagues and students who conduct funded research projects with a qualitative focus.

Yong Yanli is an Associate Professor in the Division of English Language Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. Her research expertise areas include second language writing and English for Academic Purposes. Yong YanliHer recent research projects focus on writing in postgraduate professional development programmes, and English for Research Publication Purposes pedagogies. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and is on the editorial team of the Journal of Second Language Writing. She has published in these two journals and other journals such as English for Specific Purposes, Writing & Pedagogy, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, and Science & Engineering Ethics.


Refreshments Served. All are Welcome with Limited Seats Available.
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Following the seminar, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker. Thank you.

HAAL would like to thank the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for their generous support to HAAL events.