College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Department of English

Organisational unit: Academic Departments

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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
    Hafner, C. A. & Miller, L., 2019, London: Routledge. 310 p. (Routledge Research in English for Specific Purposes)

    Research output: Scholarly Books, Monographs, Reports and Case Studies (RGC: 11, 13, 14, 48, 49)11_Research book or monograph (Author)Not applicablepeer-review

  2. Published
    Hafner, C., 8 Dec 2018

    Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paperNot applicablepeer-review

  3. Presented
    Mansbridge, J., 17 Nov 2018, (Presented)

    Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paperNot applicablepeer-review

  4. Published
    QIN, G., Nov 2018, In : Language in Society. 45, 5, p. 801-802

    Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)62_Review of books or of software (or similar publications/items)Not applicable

  5. Published
    PUN, J., 27 Oct 2018, 2018 International Conference on Bilingual Learning and Teaching - Conference Programme. p. 46

    Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review

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Most downloaded

  1. Downloads 225
    KING, B. W. (Chair)
    19 May 201621 May 2016

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

  2. Downloads 142
    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 journalNot applicablepeer-review

  3. Downloads 113
    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 journalNot applicablepeer-review

  4. Downloads 39
    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 journalNot applicablepeer-review

    Scopus citations: 1
  5. Downloads 36

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 journalNot applicablepeer-review

    Scopus citations: 133
  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 journalNot applicablepeer-review

    Scopus citations: 131
  3. 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 journalNot applicablepeer-review

    Scopus citations: 97
  4. Zhu, J. J. H. & 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 journalNot applicablepeer-review

    Scopus citations: 93
  5. Jones, R. H. & Hafner, C. A., 2012, Taylor and Francis. (Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction)

    Research output: Scholarly Books, Monographs, Reports and Case Studies (RGC: 11, 13, 14, 48, 49)11_Research book or monograph (Author)Not applicablepeer-review

    Scopus citations: 78

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