College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Department of English

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The Department of English of City University of Hong Kong offers a wide range of courses and programmes in English studies, including English literature and linguistics, English for the business and corporate world, English for the creative professions, English in digital media, English language education, and English for Specific Purposes. Learning at one of the top English departments in the Greater China region* is a valuable study opportunity.

The Department of English has an international faculty with teachers from Australia, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, mainland China, New Zealand, Spain and the US. The Department has an outstanding research and publications record and is a leading centre for English studies in Asia*. Courses are designed to be challenging, interesting and intellectually stimulating. English studies at City University is an exciting field of study as it connects to many other academic fields. Undergraduate courses in English studies may be combined with business studies, cultural and media studies, linguistics, and many other programmes across the University.

*According to Quacquarelli Symonds world ranking by subject 2016, the Department is ranked top 100 in English language and literature.

Research areas

  • Applied Linguistics and Language Education

    • identity, intercultural communication, language policy and planning, pedagogical grammar, second language acquisition, second language writing, English-medium instruction.

  • Discourse Analysis

    • conversation analysis, corpus-assisted discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, genre analysis, mediated discourse analysis, multimodal discourse analysis, pragmatics, semiotics, and text analysis

  • Language, Technology, and Media

    • computer-assisted language learning, digital literacies, language and mobile communication, and online discourse.

  • Literary and Cultural Studies

    • aesthetics, Asian diaspora literature, Asian writing in English, children's literature, colonial and postcolonial literature, contemporary literature, creativity, creative writing, fashion studies, narrative studies, popular culture, and Victorian literature

  • Professional Communication

    • (International) business communication, English for specific purposes, health and risk communication, language and law, persuasive communication, and rhetoric of science

  1. Published
    Peirson-Smith, A. (ed.) & Hancock II , J. H. (ed.) Apr 2018 United Kingdom: Intellect Ltd.

    Research output: Scholarly Books, Monographs, Reports and Case Studies (RGC: 11, 13, 14, 48, 49)14_Edited book (Editor)

  2. Published
    Malmström, H., Pecorari, D. & Shaw, P. Apr 2018 In : English for Specific Purposes. 50, p. 28-39

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

  3. Published
    吴骏杰 & 黄晴 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Dongguan University of Technology. 25, 2, p. 78-82

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

  4. E-pub ahead of print
    Wu, G. J. J. 24 Mar 2018 In : TESOL Journal.

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

  5. Published
    Ng, C. J. W. Mar 2018 In : Consumption Markets and Culture. 21, 2, p. 147-170

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Most downloaded

  1. Downloads 93
    KING, B. W. (Chair)
    19 May 201621 May 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference / an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Downloads 78
    Chik, A. 15 Dec 2011 In : Digital Culture & Education. 3, 1, p. 30-44

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

  3. Downloads 43
    DU-BABCOCK, B. Jan 2017 In : Asian TEFL. 1, 2, p. 199-225

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

  4. Downloads 24
    Chan, A. Y. W. Oct 2017 In : Lexikos. 27, p. 183-213

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

  5. Downloads 15

Most Cited

  1. Bhatia, V. K. Feb 2010 In : Discourse and Communication. 4, 1, p. 32-50

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

    Scopus citations: 125
  2. Flowerdew, J. Sep 1999 In : Journal of Second Language Writing. 8, 3, p. 243-264

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

    Scopus citations: 115
  3. Zhu, J. J. & He, Z. Aug 2002 In : Communication Research. 29, 4, p. 466-495+496

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

    Scopus citations: 91
  4. Flowerdew, J. May 1999 In : Journal of Second Language Writing. 8, 2, p. 123-145

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

    Scopus citations: 85
  5. Flowerdew, J. Oct 1993 In : ELT Journal. 47, 4, p. 305-316

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

    Scopus citations: 65

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