HAAL Seminar (December 12, 2017)


Date:                         Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Venue:                       AG434, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Time:                         6:00 – 7:00 pm

Language and identity in higher education:

The case of transnational university students in a multilingual university in Hong Kong

Matthew Sung

Department of English, City University of Hong Kong

Internationalisation is an irrevocable trend in higher education. Students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds study in international universities alongside local students. With such a diversified student body, multilingualism is the norm in international universities, and the use of English as a lingua franca is increasingly commonplace for intercultural communication. This presentation will report on some preliminary findings of an ongoing research project funded by RGC on transnational students’ experiences in a multilingual university setting. It will examine the role of language in mediating transnational students’ identity negotiation in a multilingual university in Hong Kong. In particular, it will investigate how transnational students’ access to participation and their identity construction may be shaped by the language norms, practices and ideologies in specific contexts. Four in-depth case studies of transnational university students will be presented to illustrate their differing lived experiences in the university. It is hoped that the presentation will offer some insights into the complexity surrounding the role of language in transnational students’ identity construction.


Matthew Sung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. He holds a PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University, Matthew SungUK, and taught previously at the University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University. His current research focuses on global Englishes, language ideology and identity, second language learning, and multilingualism. His recent work has appeared in ELT Journal, English Today, System, Applied Linguistics Review, Linguistics and Education, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language, Culture and Curriculum, and Journal of Gender Studies.

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.