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1) HAAL Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Conference Presentation

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


2) HAAL Award for Best Journal Article Published by a Novice Scholar

  • This award, amounting to HK$2,500, is made in recognition of a novice scholar (postgraduate student or a recent graduate) of a university in Hong Kong for a paper 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 the HAAL Award for Best Journal Article: 


*Awardees in 2024 will be invited to present their papers at HAAL Awardee Night in May 2024.


The deadline for the applications for both award categories is April 12 (Friday), 2024.

Dear Colleagues,


Upon careful deliberation by three HAAL Exco members who formed the judging panel, we are very pleased to announce that this year, Miss Yumin Wang, a 2022 PhD graduate in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong, will receive the HAAL Award for the Best Journal Article Published by a Novice Scholar for her paper, "Diagnosing EFL Undergraduates' Discourse Competence in Academic Writing" (published in Assessing Writing on 5 May 2022).


In addition, two postgraduate students will receive the HAAL Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Conference Presentation. They are Mr. Liu Guangxiang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of English) and Miss Ling Gan from Hong Kong Baptist University (Department of Education Studies).


Congratulations to all of the awardees! Well done!


The three award recipients will be invited to present their award-winning papers at the 8th HAAL Conference (www.haal2023.com) on July 15, 2023, as invited speakers and attend an award presentation ceremony at the conference.


Best wishes,

Gavin Bui

President of HAAL

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

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