1st Edition

Best Practices in English Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Lessons from Hong Kong for Global Practice

Edited By Lillian L. C. Wong Copyright 2024
    238 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Lillian Wong brings together evidence- informed studies which are at the forefront of higher education developments in English language teaching and learning, and shares expertise from prominent academics in Hong Kong.

    Written by experienced practitioners who are active in the evolving field of scholarship of teaching and learning, it provides accessible and engaging insights into best practices in new and innovative areas, such as communities of practice, scholarship, big data analytics, digital literacies, blended learning, small private online courses, dialogic use of exemplars, students as tutors and critical thinking. The book covers best practices in three interrelated key areas in university English language education, including curriculum design and pedagogy, use of technologies and the teaching and learning of English in the disciplines. Linking theory and practice, the chapters discuss the emphasis on EAP/ ESP in university English language education, how technological developments are impacting the field and the implications for further research and the teaching of English in higher education.

    This resourceful collection is essential reading for teachers in- service and intraining, or those working in language education at the tertiary level where English is being used as an academic lingua franca, a medium of instruction or where EAP/ ESP plays an important role. Researchers in TESOL and applied linguistics, curriculum designers and leaders, teacher educators and policymakers as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students will also find it valuable.


    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Best practices in English language education in higher education: Scholarship of teaching and learning from Hong Kong for global practice

    Lillian L. C. Wong

    2. Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub: Building communities of practice for English teacher development and scholarship across universities

    Lillian L. C. Wong

    Part II: Best practices in curriculum design and pedagogy 

    3. Embedding critical thinking instruction into English for Academic Purposes courses

    Issa Ying, Jay Bidal, Adam Barker and Visanna Lee

    4. Working towards dialogic use of genre exemplars in English for Academic Purposes

    Phil Smyth

    5. Student tutor writing consultation service as a credible alternative to teacher advising

    Cissy Li

    Part III: Best practices in technology and English teaching and learning

    6. Developing and promoting digital literacies for effective English communication

    Sean McMinn, Patrick Desloge and Jessica Chan

    7. Integrating blended learning into large-scale English for Academic Purposes courses

    Jane Stokes and Andrew Jarvis

    8. Blending learning hits the SPOC: The development and implementation of small private online courses

    Simon Scanlon, Aditi Jhaveri and Daya Datwani-Choy

    9. Informing English for Academic Purposes teaching and learning with big data analytics

    Julia Chen and Dennis Foung

    Part IV: Best practices in teaching and learning English in the disciplines

    10. Scientific writing with style: Exploring student understanding of scientific writing styles and reader engagement

    Rebecca Farmer

    11. Developing specific and transferable skills for professional communication in engineering

    Sarah Carmichael, Joyce Lee, Anita Au and Grace Wong

    12. The integrative approach to teaching writing to develop architectural thinking

    Sylwia Ejmont

    Part V: Conclusion

    13. The importance of scholarship by language practitioners in higher education

    Melinda Whong


    Lillian L. C. Wong is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Her research and professional interests include innovation and change in English language education, teacher professional development, technology in English teaching and learning, curriculum design and materials development, EAP and ESP.

    This collection of papers from universities in Hong Kong offers unique insights into the teaching of English and English Medium Instruction which are sure to be of relevance to educators around the world. It is written in a clear and accessible style, and connects theory and practice in an innovative and informative way. Covering best practice in areas such as curriculum design, integrating technology and teaching and learning, the book will be of enormous value to educators, students, researchers, policy makers and materials writers. For anyone concerned with promoting quality in English language education, this is a must-read.

    Professor Steve Walsh, Newcastle University, UK

    Best Practices in English Teaching and Learning in Higher Education expertly curates a wide range of voices, perspectives, experiences, reflections and scholarship. This volume is a must for teachers and researchers in ELT. Hong Kong continues to lead the way in EAP, ESP, higher education and best practices.

    Professor Averil Coxhead, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    This book is an essential read for teachers, researchers and policy makers in English-medium higher education who pursue high standards of English language instruction in their contexts.  

    Dr. Ursula Wingate, King's College London, UK