Dr. SUNG Chit Cheung Matthew (宋哲彰)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429873

Author IDs


Matthew Sung is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. He holds a PhD from Lancaster University, and previously taught at the University of Hong Kong and later at Lingnan University as Assistant Professor. He specialises in applied sociolinguistics. His current research interests include language and identity, language ideology, world Englishes, multilingualism, and second language education. His recent publications have appeared in journals such as ELT Journal, English Today, System, LinguaCompare, Applied Linguistics Review, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Gender Studies, Language, Culture and CurriculumLinguistics and Education, and Journal of Language, Identity and Education.


PhD, Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK

MPhil, English, University of Hong Kong

BA with First Class Honours, University of Hong Kong

Research Interests/Areas

Sung, C. C. M. (2020). 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, 23(2), 184–197. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2017.1347138

Sung, C. C. M. (2020). Cantonese learning, investments, and identities: Mainland Chinese university students’ experiences during cross-border studies in Hong Kong. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction26, 100415. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2020.100415

Sung, C. C. M. (2020). Investing in English-mediated practices in the EMI university: The case of cross-border mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong. Lingua243, 102919. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2020.102919

Sung, C. C. M. (2020). Mainland Chinese students’ multilingual experiences during cross-border studies in a Hong Kong university: From a language ideological perspective. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2020.1767632

Sung, C. C. M. (2020). Identities and beliefs across time and space: A case study of a university student’s second language learning trajectory. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. https://doi.org/10.1075/aral.19004.sun

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.https://doi.org/10.1080/15348458.2018.1552149

Sung, C. C. M. (2019). International students’ negotiation of identities during transnational studies in Hong Kong: The role of language. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2019.1674635

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2019.1677760

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2019.1695814

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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078417000293

Sung, C. C. M. (2018). Out-of-class communication and awareness of English as a lingua franca. ELT Journal, 72(1), 15–25. https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccx024

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. https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2016-1026

Sung, C. C. M. (Ed.) (2016). Asian perspectives on English as a lingua franca and identity. Special issue of Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 26(2). https://doi.org/10.1075/japc.26.2

Sung, C. C. M. (2016). Does accent matter? Investigating the relationship between accent and identity in English as a lingua franca communication. System60, 55–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2016.06.002

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40299-015-0263-0

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 Communication26(2), 175–192.   https://doi.org/10.1075/japc.26.2.01sun

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. https://doi.org/10.1075/japc.26.2.07sun

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2014.936869

Sung, C. C. M. (2015). Implementing a global Englishes component in a university English course in Hong Kong. English Today, 31(4), 43–50. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078415000383

Sung, C. C. M. (2015). Exposing learners to the diversity of English in ELT: Some suggestions. ELT Journal, 69(2), 198–201. https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccu064

Sung, C. C. M. (2015). Hong Kong English: Linguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. Language and Linguistics Compass, 9(6), 256–270. https://doi.org/10.1111/lnc3.12142

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. https://doi.org/10.1515/jelf-2015-0022

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2013.837861

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2014.890210

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2014.01.010

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. https://doi.org/10.1075/japc.24.1.06sun

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13488678.2014.880252

Sung, C. C. M. (2013). Learning English as an L2 in the global context: Changing English, changing motivation. Changing English,20(4), 377–387. https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2013.855564

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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078413000102

Sung, C. C. M. (2013). English as a lingua franca and English language teaching: A way forward. ELT Journal, 67(3), 530–533. https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/cct015

Sung, C. C. M. (2012). Exploring the interplay of gender, discourse, and (im)politeness. Journal of Gender Studies, 21(3), 285–300. https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2012.681179

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. https://doi.org/10.1075/etc.4.1.05sun

Sung, C. C. M. (2011). Race and native speakers in ELT: Parents’ perspectives in Hong Kong. English Today, 27(3), 24–28. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078411000344

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2010.528875