Dr. Jenifer HO (何詠儀)

BA (City University of Hong Kong), MA (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), PhD (UCL Institute of Education)


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Jenifer Ho is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCL Institute of Education, UK. She also holds a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from International House London.

Jenifer's main research interest is informal/recreational language learning, especially language learning of adults in the digital wild. She explores out-of-class, digital teaching and learning environments using social semiotic multimodality and translanguaging as analytical tools. She also has great interests in developing innovative qualitative research methods in applied linguistics. Other research interests include multilingualism, digital multimodal composing, linguistic/semiotic landscape, digital literacies, and ethical issues related to digital research.




PhD in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

MA in English (Applied English Linguistics), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

BA in English for Professional Communication (with First Class Honours), City University of Hong Kong


Research Interests/Areas

Selected Publications

Ho, W. Y. J. & Feng, D. (2022). Orchestrating multimodal resources in English language teaching: A critical study of an online English teaching video. Pedagogies: An international journal, 17(4), 368-388.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2022). The construction of translanguaging space through digital multimodal composing: A case study of students' creation of instructional videos. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2022.101134

Ho, W. Y. J. (2022). 'Coming here you should speak Chinese': the multimodal construction of interculturality in YouTube videos. Language and Intercultural Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2022.2056610

Ho, W. Y. J., & Tai, K, W. H. (2021). Translanguaging in digital learning: the making of translanguaging spaces in online English teaching videos. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2021.2001427 

Lee, A. S., & Ho, W. Y. J. (2021). Case study 5, Macao: Using Google Docs for peer review. In L. Miller & G. J. Wu (Eds.), Language learning with technology: Perspectives from Asia (pp. 123-132). Springer.

Wang, Y., Feng, D., & Ho, W. Y. J. (2021). Identity, lifestyle, and face-mask branding: A social semiotic multimodal discourse analysis. Multimodality & Society, 1(2), 216-237. 

Ho, W. Y. J. (2021). Face masks and cultural identity on YouTube. In R.H. Jones (Ed.), Viral discourse (pp.19-25). Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Elements in Applied Linguistics series).

Ho, W. Y. J. & Tai, K. W. H. (2020). Doing expertise multilingually and multimodally in online English teaching videos. System, 94, 102340. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2020.102340 

Hafner, C. A., & Ho, W. Y. J. (2020). Assessing digital multimodal composing in second language writing: Towards a process-based model. Journal of Second Language Writing, 47, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jslw.2020.100710

Ho W. Y. J. (2019) Self-Directed Language Learning: A Semiotic Analysis of a Language Learning App. In S. Bagga-Gupta, G. Messina Dahlberg, Y. Lindberg (Eds.), Virtual Sites as Learning Spaces: Critical issues on Languaging Research in Changing Eduscapes. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ho, W. Y. J., & Li, W. (2019). Mobilizing learning: A translanguaging view. Chinese Semiotic Studies, 15(4), 533–559. https://doi.org/10.1515/css-2019-0029

Ho, W. Y. J. (2019). ‘I knew that you were there, so I was talking to you’: The use of screen-recording videos in online language learning research. Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794119885044

Ho, W. Y. J. (2019). Developing professional communication : The construction of a multimodal understanding of job interviews. Languages, 4(5), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4010005

Li, W., & Ho, W. Y. J. (2018). Language Learning Sans Frontiers: A Translanguaging View. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 38, 33–59. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0267190518000053

Ho, W. Y. J. (2018). Mobility and language learning : A case study on the use of an online platform to learn Chinese as a foreign language. London Review of Education16(2), 239–249.

Chik, A., & Ho, J. (2017). Learn a language for free: Recreational learning among adults. System, 69, 162–171.


Selected Conference Presentations

Ho, W. Y. J. (2022, December). Identity construction of YouTube English teachers. Paper presented at the International Congress on English Language Education and Applied Linguistics (ICELEAL 2022), 6-9 December, 2022, The Education University of Hong Kong.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2021, December). The multimodal construction of interculturality: The case of a YouTube video. Paper presented at the Value of Languages in a Multicultural World: Online International Conference 2021, 13-15 December, 2021, Macquarie University, Australia.

Ho, W. Y. J. & Feng, D. (2021, August). Emergent orchestration in English Language Teaching: A case study of an online English teaching channel. Paper presented at AILA World Congress 2021 (online conference), 15-20 August, 2021, Groningen, the Netherlands.

Ho, W. Y. J. & Lou, J. J. (2021, June). Performing authority: Exploring the nexus of language, culture, and facemasks in YouTube videos. Paper presented at 17th International Pragmatics Conference (online conference), 27 June - 2 July, 2021, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.

Ho, W. Y. J. & Dooly, M. (2021, June). The trans-turn in digital learning environments: What more can we learn about creativity in language teaching? Paper presented at Sociolinguistic Symposium 23 (e-SS23), 7-10 June 2021, University of Hong Kong.

Dooly, M. & Ho, W. Y. J. (2021, June). Unsettling language teaching: Case studies of disruptive plurilingual/plurimodal practices. Presentation at Sociolinguistic Symposium 23 (e-SS23), 7-10 June 2021, University of Hong Kong.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2021, June). Digital multimodal composing as a means of creating a translanguaging space. Paper presented at LSPPC6: 6th International Conference of Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association (Online Conference): Multimodality and Beyond: Addressing complexity and emerging needs in LSP. City University of Hong Kong.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2021, February). Face masks on YouTube: A multimodal approach. Paper presented at Digitalizing Social Practices: Changes and consequences (RESEMINA 2 online conference). University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

Ho, W. Y. J. & Lee, A. S. (2021, January). Developing student expertise in peer review with Google Docs. Paper presented at HKCPD Hub Virtual International Conference 2021 (online conference). HKCPD Hub.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2019, September). Translanguaging in online language learning: A case study. Paper presented at Languaging in Times of Change International Conference. University of Stirling, United Kingdom.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2019, July). Students' perceptions of English learning through online vlogs. Paper presented at Social CALL: The XXth International CALL Research Conference. The Education University of Hong Kong.

Hafner, C.A. & Ho, W. Y. J. (2019, May). Assessment for digital multimodal composing in second language writing. Paper presented at ELTU 2019 Conference: Alternative approaches to English Language Learning and Teaching. English Language Teaching Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2019, Feb). Developing professional communication : The construction of a multimodal understanding of job interviews. Paper presented at Mobile Language Learning Experience International Conference. Lycée Français de New York, United States.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2018, June). Multilingualism, Translanguaging and Multimodality in Language Learning: A case study of self-directed Chinese learning. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2017, June). The use of mnemonic devices for out-of-class vocabulary learning. Paper presented at Macao Association for the Advancement of English Language Teaching (MAELT) Conference, Macao.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2016, June). Translanguaging in online Chinese learning: A methodological approach. Paper presented at the International Conference on Bilingualism in Education – Pre-Conference Student Day, Bangor University, United Kingdom.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2016, April). Learning to write in online platforms: A case study of self-directed Chinese learning using multimodal methods. Paper presented at the BAAL Language and New Media SIG: Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments Workshop. Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2015, September). Researching online language learning platforms: A multimodal approach. Paper presented at the BAAL/Routledge Applied Linguistics Workshop 2015. University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2015, January). Language learning in online platforms: A multimodal study of English speakers learning Chinese. Paper presented at the Multimodality: Methodological Explorations International Conference. UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom.

Ho, W. Y. J. (2014, May). Multimodal design of online language learning platforms: Exploring communication, pedagogy and identity. Paper presented at the 6th AILA Europe Junior Researcher Meeting in Applied Linguistics. University of Jyväskylä, Finland.