LINGUIST List 27.4032

Mon Oct 10 2016

Support: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics / Hong Kong

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 08-Oct-2016
From: Michael Yeldham <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics, PhD, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Department: Centre for Applied English Studies
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: The University of Hong Kong

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics


The Centre for Applied English Studies encourages applications for Ph.D or M. Phil positions from candidates whose research interests match those of the Centre. A scholarship is available to an outstanding applicant (or applicants), while those with the equivalent of honours grades in their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are eligible for positions as self-funded students (currently costing HK$42,100 per year for full-time PhD students – roughly US$5,400).

The Centre has special expertise in a number of areas. It is particularly strong in linguistics as applied to English language education at university level.

Possible supervisors are: Professor Ken Hyland, Dr. Peter Crosthwaite, Dr. David Gardner, Dr. Ken Lau, Dr. Cynthia Lee and Dr. Michael Yeldham.

Our supervisors’ research interests can broadly be classified into five areas:

- Discourse Studies - academic and professional literacies; corpus linguistics; discourse analysis (including written and spoken); second language writing; writing across the curriculum.
- English Language Teaching - classroom interaction; curriculum development; ESP/EAP; L2 listening; pronunciation and phonology; task-based learning; teaching and learning pragmatics.
- Language Learning - autonomous learning; computer-assisted language learning; individual differences, learning styles and strategies; learner corpora and data-driven learning; psycholinguistics; second/third language acquisition; self-access learning, video processing.
- Methodological Approaches - research methods; systemic functional linguistics.
- Sociolinguistics - conversation analysis; cross-cultural communication; computer-mediated communication; English as a Lingua Franca (particularly in relation to language policies); interlanguage and intercultural pragmatics; politeness; speech acts.

Postgraduate Admissions Advisor: Dr. Michael Yeldham, Fax 25473409, e-mail

Application can be made at any time of the year, although we generally advise scholarship applicants to aim for the main round deadline in early December by submitting their application before the end of November (for admission in September of the following year).

Potential applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Advisor, Dr. Michael Yeldham, in the first instance, giving brief information about research interests, along with a CV which should include qualifications, university grades, and any recent English test scores if required (IELTS, TOEFL, etc). Under no circumstances should an applicant send identical enquiries to several supervisors. This will create confusion about who should be replying to you and thus cause a delay in our response.

For further details on formal application procedures, please see the Faculty of Arts page.

For general information regarding research postgraduate admission, please see the Graduate School page.

Proposal Requirements: To apply, you will need to identify a research topic and write a research proposal, which includes a review of the literature, and your research questions and research methodology, along with expected findings and significance of the study. Proposals are usually between 5 and 6 pages long, single spaced (not including references and appendices). The study should preferably have relevance to the Hong Kong/China context, or to the wider applied linguistics context.

It is a policy of the University of Hong Kong to check for plagiarism in all research proposals. Please contact the Secretary, Sanny Kwok ( for further instructions on this procedure when you are ready to submit; for scholarship applicants, preferably in early November before the official submission deadline.

Applications Deadline: 30-Nov-2016

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Michael Yeldham

Page Updated: 10-Oct-2016