Dr. SUNG Chit Cheung Matthew (宋哲彰)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429873

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Matthew Sung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. He holds a PhD from Lancaster University, UK, and previously taught at the University of Hong Kong and later at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, as Assistant Professor.

He specialises in applied sociolinguistics. His current research interests include (1) language, identity, and ideology, (2) world Englishes and multilingualism, and (3) second language and international education. His recent publications have appeared in journals such as ELT Journal, English Today, System, Compare, Applied Linguistics Review, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Gender Studies, Language, Culture and Curriculum, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Language, Identity and Education.

He teaches sociolinguistics courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


PhD, Lancaster University, UK

MPhil, University of Hong Kong

BA with First Class Honours, University of Hong Kong

Research Interests/Areas

Sung, C. C. M. (2019). Investments and identities across contexts: A case study of a Hong Kong undergraduate student’s L2 learning experiences. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 18(3), 190-203.

Sung, C. C. M. (2019). English as a lingua franca in the international university: Language experiences and perceptions among international students in multilingual Hong Kong. Language, Culture and Curriculum

Sung, C. C. M. (2019). Identities and beliefs across time and space: A case study of a university student’s second language learning trajectory. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics.

Sung, C. C. M. (2019). International students’ negotiation of identities during transnational studies in Hong Kong: The role of language. Compare.

Sung, C. C. M. (2019). Negotiating participation and identity in a second language: Mainland Chinese students’ English learning experiences in a multilingual university in Hong Kong. Research Papers in Education.

Sung, C. C. M. (2018). Investigating perceptions of English as a lingua franca in Hong Kong: The case of university students. English Today, 34(1), 38-44.

Sung, C. C. M. (2018). Out-of-class communication and awareness of English as a lingua franca. ELT Journal, 72(1), 15–25.

Sung, C. C. M. (2017). Exploring language identities in English as a lingua franca communication: Experiences of bilingual university students in Hong Kong. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Sung, C. C. M. (2017). Understanding classroom participation and identity negotiation: An undergraduate student’s L2 learning experiences in an English-medium university in Hong Kong. Applied Linguistics Review, 8(4), 375–399.

Sung, C. C. M. (2017). Review of The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Lingua Franca Context by Mercedes Durham. World Englishes, 36(1), 148–150.

Sung, C. C. M. (2016). Does accent matter? Investigating the relationship between accent and identity in English as a lingua franca communication. System, 60, 55–65.

Sung, C. C. M. (2016). ESL university students’ perceptions of their global identities in English as a lingua franca communication: A case study at an international university in Hong Kong.  Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 25(2), 305–314.

Sung, C. C. M. (Ed.). (2016). Asian perspectives on English as a lingua franca and identity [Special issue]. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 26(2).

Sung, C. C. M. (2016). English as a lingua franca in the Asian context: Perspectives on identity in a multilingual world. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 26(2), 175–192. 

Sung, C. C. M. (2016). Experiences and identities in ELF communication: Insights from Hong Kong students’ written narratives. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 26(2), 301–320.

Sung, C. C. M. (2016). Exposure to multiple accents of English in the English Language Teaching classroom: From second language learners’ perspectives. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 10(3), 190–205.

Sung, C. C. M. (2015). Implementing a Global Englishes component in a university English course in Hong Kong. English Today, 31(4), 43–50.

Sung, C. C. M. (2015). Exposing learners to the diversity of English in ELT: Some suggestions. ELT Journal, 69(2), 198–201.

Sung, C. C. M. (2015). Hong Kong English: Linguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. Language and Linguistics Compass, 9(6), 256–270.

Sung, C. C. M. (2015). Exploring second language speakers’ linguistic identities in ELF communication: A Hong Kong study. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 4(2), 309–334.

Sung, C. C. M. (2014). Accent and identity: Exploring the perceptions among bilingual speakers of English as a lingua franca in Hong Kong. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 17(5), 544–557.

Sung, C. C. M. (2014). Global, local or glocal?: Identities of L2 learners in English as a lingua franca communication. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 27(1), 43–57.

Sung, C. C. M. (2014). English as a lingua franca and global identities: Perspectives from four second language learners of English in Hong Kong. Linguistics and Education, 26, 31–39.

Sung, C. C. M. (2014). Hong Kong university students’ perceptions of their identities in English as a lingua franca contexts: An exploratory study. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 24(1), 94–112.

Sung, C. C. M. (2014). An exploratory study of Hong Kong students’ perceptions of native and non-native English-speaking teachers in ELT. Asian Englishes, 16(1), 32–46. 

Sung, C. C. M. (2013). Learning English as an L2 in the global context: Changing English, changing motivation. Changing English, 20(4), 377–387.

Sung, C. C. M. (2013). ‘I would like to sound like Heidi Klum’: What do non-native speakers say about who they want to sound like? English Today, 29(2), 17–21.

Sung, C. C. M. (2013). English as a lingua franca and English language teaching: A way forward. ELT Journal, 67(3), 530–533.

Sung, C. C. M. (2012). Exploring the interplay of gender, discourse, and (im)politeness. Journal of Gender Studies, 21(3), 285–300.

Sung, C. C. M. (2011). Doing gender and leadership: A discursive analysis of media representations in a reality TV show. English Text Construction, 4(1), 85–112.

Sung, C. C. M. (2011). Race and native speakers in ELT: Parents’ perspectives in Hong Kong. English Today, 27(3), 24–28.

Sung, C. C. M. (2010). Being a ‘purist’ in Hong Kong: To use or not to use mixed code. Changing English, 17(4), 411–419.