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Mable Chan

Dr. Mable Chan

Senior Lecturer, Language Centre

Phone number3411 5041
ORCID number0000-0002-0821-1692



B.A. (Hons) in English and Translation (CUHK), PgD in English Education (CUHK), MPhil in English (General/Applied Linguistics) (CUHK), PhD in Language and Linguistics (University of Essex, UK)

Research area(s):

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) at the interface with Language Education, and Professional/Workplace Communication.

Teaching area(s):

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) ; Generative Grammar; Linguistics and Applied Linguistics; English for Specific Purposes; English for Academic Purposes

Taught previously at:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Selected output(s):

  • Chan, M. (Ed.). (forthcoming in 2022). Perspectives on teaching workplace English in the 21st century. Routledge.
  • Chan, M. & Benati, A. (Eds.). (forthcoming in June 2021). Challenges encountered by Chinese ESL learners in L2 acquisition: Problems and solutions from complementary perspectives. Springer.
  • Chan, M. (2020). English for business communication. Routledge.
  • Chan, M. (2019). The role of classroom input: Processing instruction, traditional instruction,  and implicit instruction in the acquisition of the English simple past by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong. System, 80, 246-256. 
  • Chan, M. (2018). Processing instruction in helping map forms and meaning in second language acquisition of the English simple past. Journal of Educational Research, 111(6), 720-732.

Current project(s):

  • Communicative needs of Chinese professionals in Hong Kong ($882,286.9: Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR)) (PI) (2018)
  • Articles in Cantonese/English interlanguage ($105,000: Faculty of Humanities of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for GRF proposals with a rating of 3.5) (PI)  (2017)
  • The role of pedagogical intervention: Acquisition of tense by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong ($677,300: University Grants Committee (UGC), a General Research Fund (GRF) project) (PI) (2013)

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