Our People

Members and associates of the RCPCE are involved in solid and internationally acclaimed work in (critical) discourse analysis, discourse intonation, intercultural communication studies, language assessment, lexical studies, systemic functional grammar, and so on related to professional contexts.


Prof. Kathleen Ahrens, Professor

Research interests include conceptual and critical metaphor analysis, corpus linguistics, language and politics, language and creativity, and children’s and young adult literature.

Project Associate

Amos Yung 
Amos Yung, Liaison of the Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE)

Research interests include Computer Mediated Communication, Collaborative Writing, Corpus Linguistics, and English for Specific Purposes.


Dr Aditi Bhatia, Associate Professor

Research interests include discourse analysis, applied linguistics, language and power, media communication, persuasive communication, and professional communication.

Dr Clarice Chan, Research Assistant Professor

Research interests include ESP, EAP, business English, English for health professionals, and second language acquisition.

Dr Mable Chan, Research Assistant Professor

Research interests include second language acquisition, generative grammar, syntax and semantics, language education, curriculum development, and teaching and learning of business/academic English.

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Dr Angela Tse, Teaching Fellow

Research interests include Literature in the Long Nineteen Century (esp. British fiction), Silver-fork fiction and nineteenth-century popular culture, Dress and gender issues in literature and fashion periodicals, and Comparative literature.

Dr William Feng, Assistant Professor

Research interests include multimodal discourse analysis, systemic functional theory, media and communication, and education and multimodal literacy.

Dr. Rita Kelly
Dr. Rita Kelly, Instructor

Research interests include French language and francophone cultures, Colonial discourse analysis, Postcolonial fiction, Cross-cultural communication, Sino-Western and Sino-Indian relations, Cultural Studies.

Prof. Hans J Ladegaard
Prof. Hans J Ladegaard, Head and Professor, Department of English

Research interests include sociolinguistics, the social psychology of language, and intercultural communication.

Dr Phoenix Lam, Assistant Professor

Research interests include corpus linguistics, (multimodal) discourse analysis, professional communication, computer-mediated communication, and linguistic landscape.

Dr Phoebe Lin, Research Assistant Professor

Research interests include phraseology, formulaic language, idioms, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, English intonation and rhythm, English language teaching (ELT), computer-assisted language learning, and research methods.

Dr Renia Lopez, Assistant Professor

Research interests include cognitive pragmatics, second language acquisition, and gestures.

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Dr Schluter, Anne Ambler, Assistant Professor

Research interests include Language and power (especially as they relate to relationships in the blue-collar workplace), Language policy and planning, Political discourse, Linguistic landscape, Pragmatics, and Socio-phonetics.

Dr Amy Suen, Instructor

Research interests include critical genre analysis, multimodality, and professional communication.

Dr Dennis Tay, Associate Professor

Research interests include cognitive linguistics, healthcare communication, the language of psychotherapy, and statistical modeling of discourse.

Post-doctoral Fellows

Jamie McKeown 
Dr. Jamie McKeown

Research interests include Reflexivity in language, Socio-interactional linguistics, Digital communication, Civil discourse, Future discourse, Technological discourse, Legal discourse, and Research methods.

Marija Todorova 
Dr. Todorova, Marija

Research interests include children’s and young adults’ literature, intercultural communication, intersemiotic translation, translation and development, and interpreting for refugees.

PhD Students

Chen, Jieyu Jenny
Chen, Jieyu Jenny

Research interests include Conceptual and Critical Metaphor Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, and Language and Politics.

Ching, Tiffany

Research interests include ESP, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and corpus linguistics.

Mark Nartey
Nartey, Mark

Research interests include Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies, (Critical) Discourse Analysis, Discourse Mythologies, Language and Identity, Language and Politics, On Chinese and other Asian population groups in Ghana.

Wong, Steven
Wong, Steven

Research interests include public communications, discourse analysis, and corpus studies.

Pan, Xie Molly
Pan, Xie Molly

Research interests include Cognitive Linguistics, Multimodal Metaphor, Media Communication, Teacher Training, and Second Language Acquisition.

Zeng, Huiheng Winnie
Zeng, Huiheng Winnie

Research interests include Critical Metaphor Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Political Communication, Language and Gender, and Film Culture.

External Associates

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Centre for Professional and Business English (CPBE), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Provider of language and communication courses and consultancies to organisations in Hong Kong and mainland China. Practical expertise in developing writing skills, plain English, intercultural communication, language benchmarking and teacher development.

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Rayland Chan, Executive Director of Hong Kong Call Centre Association

Hong Kong Call Centre Association (HKCCA) is a non-profit organization representing the entire on-line customer service and interaction in Hong Kong.

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Dr Jane Lockwood
- Adjunct Associate Professor of Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Founder of Future Perfect

Research interests includes English communication in workplace, virtual and digital communication in business discourses, communications assessment practices and development in tertiary and workplace setting. She has published widely on workplace communication training and assessment.

Future Perfect is a communication advisory firm that optimizes performance and cross-cultural collaboration through expert understanding of English for Specific Purposes. Our unrivaled products are based on rigorous research and authentic data – ensuring our insights are relevant to real-world business needs. Our clients include major multinational companies across a variety of industries, such as finance, legal, oil & gas, insurance and telecommunications.

Dr. Cindy Ngai 
Dr Ngai, Cindy Sing-Bik, Assistant Professor of Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Research interests include Bilingual Corporate Communication, Classical Chinese Drama, and Drama Translation

Project-based Research Assistants

Joanna Chen 
Chen, Zhuoan Joanna

Research Interests include Corpus Linguistics, Metaphor and Gender, and Critical Discourse Analysis.

Serina Cheung 
Cheung, Yuk-Ching Serina

Research interests include children’s and young adults’ literature, English language teaching, language testing and assessment, English for specific purposes and corpus linguistics.

Dr. Jiang, Menghan

Research interests include Chinese semantics and syntax, corpus linguistics, language variation, and conceptual metaphor analysis.

Honorary Members

Prof. Winnie Cheng, Adjunct Professor

Research interests include ESP, intercultural pragmatics and communication, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and discourse intonation.

Prof. David Qian, Adjunct Professor

Research interests include language testing, assessment and evaluation in professional contexts, learner corpora and occupation-specific corpora, communication in professional workplaces, and educational measurement.

Prof. Martin Warren 

Research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, lexical semantics, phraseology, and pragmatics.