Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce that this year, Mr Eric Yin Liu, a PhD candidate in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, will receive the Fawzia Braine Memorial Award for his paper ‘Corpus insights into the harmonization of commercial media in China: News coverage of migrant worker issues as a case study’ (published in Discourse, Context & Media, June 2021).

In addition, two postgraduate students will receive the HAAL Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Conference Presentation. They are Ms Qiuhua Feng (Alice) from the City University of Hong Kong (Department of English) and Miss Yi Lin (Elaine) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of English).

Congratulations to all of the awardees! Well Done!

The three award recipients will be delivering short presentations on their papers on 30 May (Monday) at 5 pm via zoom. You are all very welcome to attend. Please refer to the following link to join the webinar:

Topic: Webinar for HAAL awardees

Time: 30 May 2021 05:00 PM Beijing, Hong Kong

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 927 6815 2139

Here is the programme for the event:

5:05 pm-5:15 pm

  • Introductions and Prize Presentation

5:15 pm-5:40 pm

  • Eric Yin Liu: Corpus insights into the harmonization of commercial media in China: News coverage of migrant worker issues as a case study

5:40 pm-6:05 pm

  • Qiuhua Feng (Alice): Customizing Pedagogical Activities for Secondary ESL students from Translanguaging Lens

6:05 pm-6:30 pm

  • Yi Lin (Elaine): The media representation of fast fashion’s unsustainability: a multimodal critical discourse study of documentaries

Best wishes,

Gavin Bui

President of HAAL

Associate Professor & Associate Head

Director, MA in English Language Teaching and Assessment

Department of English

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

1) HAAL Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Conference Presentation

- This is a grant of about HK$3000 to support up to three postgraduate students to present their papers at overseas conferences.

2) Fawzia Braine Memorial Award for Best Journal Article Published by a Novice Scholar

This award, amounting to HK$2,500, is made in memory of Fawzia Briane to a novice scholar (postgraduate student or a recent graduate) of a university in Hong Kong for a journal article published in an international refereed journal in applied linguistics.

Details about these awards and how to apply can be found here:

For postgraduate travel grant:

For Fawzia Braine Memorial Award:

Updated: Jan 4


Application Period

Applications are accepted till March 31 of 2022. Applications should be made at least four weeks before the conference.

Application Procedure

Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Gavin Bui ( together with a copy for each of the following:

  • the conference pamphlet or announcement,

  • an abstract of the paper(s) accepted for presentation at the conference,

  • the formal notification (e-mail can be accepted) of such acceptance by the conference organiser(s),

Incomplete application will NOT be considered.


An applicant must

- be a current member of HAAL - has been a HAAL member for at least 12 months at the time of application, and - be a full- or part-time postgraduate student at a university in Hong Kong.


Applicants who have been awarded the grant before may not apply. Preference will be given to those applicants who do not receive other source of financial support.

Amount of Grant

HK$3,000 (three thousand) per year. HAAL reserves the right to split this grant so that more than one applicant may benefit. One of the grant holders will receive the Richard Pemberton Award for Postgraduate Student Travel.


The paper presented at the conference should acknowledge the support of this grant.

PG-Grant_2022 application form
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