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Dr HARFITT, Gary

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Dr HARFITT, Gary

BA (Reading University), PCEd (Distinction) (HKU), MEd (English Language) (HKU), Ph.D (HKU)

Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)

Associate Professor

Division of English Language Education

Tel: (852) 3917 5729

Location: Room 656, Meng Wah Complex

Areas of Expertise:

English Language Teacher Education; Class Size Research; Student Voice.

Areas of Expertise
Areas of Expertise

The organisation of small class teaching

Student Voice

Classroom Interaction

Narrative Inquiry

Good Practices in the teaching of literature and language arts

Experiential learning

 

Areas of Teaching

Pedagogy on BABEd (English Language) courses

Teaching English through Literature and Language Arts (BABEd and PGDE)

Interaction in large and small classrooms (BABEd and PGDE)

Curriculum and Assessment (MEd)

Reflecting on Human Experiences through Literature (Common Core)

Awards
Individual Awards
  • Recipient of 2014 - 2015 Teacher Effectiveness Award (Postgraduate Courses) 2015 (Highest average SETL scores at postgraduate level over the last three academic years)
  • Recipient of the HKU Outstanding Teaching Award 2012
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, 2011 - 2012
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, 2006 - 2007

 

Collective Awards
  • Recipient of the Academic Staff Knowledge Exchange Award as part of The School-University Partnership Team, awarded by the Faculty of Education, 2009 - 2010
Projects
Ongoing Research Projects

International project on small class teaching: "Class size and effective teaching international network" funded by the Leverthulme Trust (UK).
Principal Investigator: Professor Peter Blatchford (University of London),
Network Partners: Professor Lee Chi Kin John, Dr Chan Kam Wing & Dr Lai Kwok Chan (The Hong Kong Institute of Education), Professor Maurice Galton (Cambridge University), Professor Jeremy Finn (State University of Buffalo), Professeur Pascal Bressoux (Université Pierre-Mendès-France), Dr Dong Beifei (East China Normal University), Dr Gary Harfitt (The University of Hong Kong)

Principal Investigator (PI)

Early Career Scheme (ECS)

  • Early Career Scheme (ECS) funded research by Research Grants Council ("Co-constructing appropriate pedagogy for small classes: brokering dialogues between secondary school students and teachers") (Sept 2013 - June 2016 $543,496)

Faculty Teaching Devlopment Fund (FTDF)

  • 'Developing better Classroom Management skills in HK Secondary Schools: Voices from the Staffroom': ($35,918)

 

SCOLAR Project

Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) Research and Development Projects 2015 - 16 L2 Classroom Talk and Subject Content Learning: Investigating the relationship between L2 learning and content learning in EMI Mathematics and Science classrooms (April 2016 - March 2018). Total funding amounts to HK$ $6,916,338. The research team is Gary Harfitt and Valerie Yip (Co-PIs), Alice Wong, Cheri Chan, Arthur Lee, Kennedy Chan, Ida Mok, Dennis Fung and Amy Tsui.

 

Completed Research Projects
  • Evaluation Study of Wah Yan College Small Class Policy (Jan - July 2015). PIs were Prof Cheng Kai-ming and Gary Harfitt working through the HKU Education Policy Unit.
    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1553482/wah-yan-college-shows-small-classes-yield-better-pupils
  • EMB Consultancy Service for the Study of Good Practices in Secondary Schools: Enhancing Students English Language Proficiency (March 2003 - September 2004, funding of HK$3.1m). Project leaders were Prof Amy BM Tsui and Dr KK Tong.
  • EDB Consultancy Service on the Evaluation of the Implementation of the Revised English Language Curriculum (RELC) at Primary level (2010 - 2011, funding of HK$1.2m). Project leader was Dr KK Tong.
Publications
Books

Book Cover - Class Size Reduction: Key Insights from Secondary School Classrooms

 

Refereed Journal Articles

 

Book chapters
  • Harfitt, G.J. (2018, forthcoming). Learning to Teach English in Hong Kong: Transformation and tensions over two decades of teacher education policy. In Tsui, A.B.M & Y. Liu., (Eds.) English Language Teacher Education in Asian Contexts: Global Challenges and Local Responses. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Harfitt, G.J. & Chow, J.M.L., (2018, forthcoming.) Re-thinking teacher education: Lessons learnt from a mandatory community-based service-learning programme. In T. York, B. Tinkler, A. Tinkler, (Eds.) Service-Learning to Advance Access & Success: Bridging Institutional and Community Capacity.
  • Harfitt, G.J. & Chan, C. (2017). Constructivist learning theories in teacher education programmes: a pedagogical perspective. In Clandinin, D.J & Husu, J., (Eds.) International Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, Ch.31, 545-561, SAGE publishers. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-handbook-of-research-on-teacher-education/book245642.
  • Harfitt, G.J. (2016). Interaction in Reduced-Size Classes: a Hong Kong Perspective, In Class Size: Eastern and Western perspectives on its effects, p.163-178 (Eds.) P. Blatchford, K.W. Chan, M. Galton, KC Lai, & J Lee. Singapore: Routledge.
  • Carless, D., & Harfitt, G.J., (2013) Innovation in secondary education: a case of curriculum reform in Hong Kong, In K.Hyland & L. Wong, (Eds.) (2013). Innovation and Change in English Language Education. London: Routledge.

 

Textbook Publications
  • Harfitt, G, Potter, J., Rigby, S., & Wong, K. (2012) Longman Elect Junior Secondary (LEJS) 1A & 1B (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
  • Harfitt, G, Potter, J., Rigby, S., & Wong, K. (2012) Longman Elect Junior Secondary (LEJS) 2A & 2B (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
  • Harfitt, G, Potter, J., Rigby, S., & Wong, K. (2012) Longman Elect Junior Secondary (LEJS) 3A & 3B (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
  • Harfitt, G, Potter, J., Rigby, S., & Wong, K. (2012) Longman Activate Junior Secondary (LAJS) 1A & 1B (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
  • Harfitt, G, Potter, J., Rigby, S., & Wong, K. (2012) Longman Activate Junior Secondary (LAJS) 2A & 2B (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
  • Harfitt, G, Potter, J., Rigby, S., & Wong, K. (2012) Longman Activate Junior Secondary (LAJS) 3A & 3B (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
  • Harfitt, G. (2009) Longman Elect (New Senior Secondary) Learning English Through Poems and Songs. (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
  • Harfitt, G. (2009) Longman Activate (New Senior Secondary) Learning English Through Poems and Songs. (Longman Pearson, Hong Kong)
Professional Community Services
Professional Community Service in Hong Kong
  • Setter, marker, chief examiner and moderator for the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKCEE, UE, LPATE).
  • Adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (HKSMSA) since 2002.
  • Member of Curriculum Development Council Committee on English Language Education since Sept 2007.
  • Member of Subject Committee for English Literature (Cert, 'A' level and DSE) at the HKEAA.
  • Member of the Expert Panel for English Enhancement Schemes for CMI and EMI Schools for the education and Manpower Bureau (2008) and Refined English Enhancement Scheme (2011).
  • Participated in two Education Department projects that focused on 'Good Practices in Speech Activities' and 'Choral Speaking.'
  • Assessor (speaking, listening and classroom language) for the Hong Kong Institute of Education's (HKIEd) Professional Language Upgrading Course for Teachers (from 2001 - 2005).
  • External marker for PGDE and BEd mock LPATE papers for Centre of Languages in Education, Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd from 2002 - 2004).
  • Adjudicator for drama, debate and speech competitions at Ying Wa Primary, St Paul's (Lam Tin), Victoria Shanghai Academy (primary section), St Paul's Convent School, Good Hope School, Fanling Lutheran School, United Christian College and United Christian College (Kowloon East).

 

Work covered in Newspaper articles’

 

Professional Community Service overseas
  • Member of Editorial Board for The Journal of Asia TEFL
  • Programme Co-Chair for Narrative Research SIG American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Reviewer for American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Reviewer for the following journals: Teaching and Teacher Education, Comparative Education Review, Asia
  • Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, The Journal of Asia TEFL, Asia Pacific Journal of Education.
Others
Paper Presentations on Class Size
  1. Invited speaker with Dr Dennis Fung, HKU, at the International Network of Research on Class Size (Leverhulme Trust), on "Promoting Good Practice in Small Classes: Untangling the influence of Professional Development on Teacher Learning". Presented at University College London (UCL), 9th December 2016.
  2. Paper presentation on "Class Size Reduction: Debunking a ‘myth’ and refocusing the class size debate" presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Notre Dame University, Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, 2nd December 2015.
  3. Presentation at AARE-NZARE Conference at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on, “Examining professional development models to foster pedagogical change in reduced-size classes: what works best?” Brisbane, Australia, 1st - 5th December 2014.
  4. Paper presentation on "Brokering dialogue between teachers and secondary students to co-construct appropriate pedagogy in small classes” at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference in Adelaide, 1st - 5th December 2013.
  5. Paper presentation on "Why small is beautiful: a theoretical perspective of the class size issue" at The Annual General Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco, USA, 27th April - 1st May 2013.
  6. Paper presentation on "Why small classes can be better: a theoretical perspective of the class size issue" at The Joint Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (APERA) and World Education Research Association Focal Meeting (WERA) held at the University of Sydney, Australia, on 5th December 2012.
  7. Invited speaker on 'Class size reduction in Hong Kong secondary schools: Using the pupils' voice to promote better teaching and learning', Hong Kong Association of Applied Linguistics (HAAL), 21st November 2011.
  8. Invited speaker on 'Teaching English in Small Classes: Is there a 'best' practice?' at the Greater China Region Conference on Small Class Teaching, HKIEd, 20th May 2011.
  9. Invited speaker at a Public Seminar on Does Small Class Teaching Make a Difference in Secondary Schools? Sharing of Research Evidence, 'Small class size in secondary schools: some perspectives on teaching and learning' with Professor Peter Blatchford and Dr KC Lai held on 2nd December, 2010 at HKIEd.
  10. Presentation on “Class size and its impact on what happens in the classroom” at a symposium on English Language Teaching and Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 24th May 2010.
  11. Presentation of research report on “Does class size make a difference?” at the Postgraduate Research Conference, HKU, 5th December 2009.
  12. Invited speaker at a seminar on class size hosted by the Centre for Development and Research in Small Class Teaching, HKIEd: Class Size Differences and the Selective Development of Participative Identities in the local secondary context: examining the link. 22nd April 2009.
  13. Presentation of research report on "Class size differences and the selective development of participative identities: is there a link?" at the Postgraduate Research Conference, HKU, 31st May 2008.
  14. Paper presentation on "Taking a Sociocultural Perspective to the issue of Small Class Teaching: findings from a Hong Kong case study" at a conference organized by the University of Auckland on 'Social and Cognitive aspects of Language Learning and Teaching' conference in Auckland, New Zealand, 13th April 2007.
  15. Presentation of research reports on 'Examining the teaching-and-learning differences in whole class and reduced class size English language classrooms in Hong Kong: a Sociocultural Perspective' presented at the Postgraduate Research Conference, HKU, 27th January, 2007 and 2nd June 2007.

 

Paper Presentations on ELT
  1. Poon, S., Chan, C., Chan, K.H., Fung, D.C.L., Harfitt, G.J., Lee, A.M.S., Mok, I.A.C., Tsui, A.B.M., V.W.Y. Yip, Speaking metaphorically? Language and Conceptual Awareness in L2 Mathematics and Science Junior High Classroom Talk, Paper presentation at the Annual International Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland, Oregon, USA. 18th - 21st March 2017.
  2. Xu, D., Chan, C., Chan, K.H., Fung, D.C.L., Harfitt, G.J., Lee, A.M.S., Mok, I.A.C., Tsui, A.B.M., V.W.Y. Yip, A critical examination of Teachers’ Analysis of Language Use and Scaffolded Interaction in CLIL Science Classrooms, Poster presentation at the Annual International Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland, Oregon, USA. 18st - 21st March 2017.
  3. Paper presentation on "From leavers to ‘in-betweeners’: How cultural factors shape beginning teachers’ ‘stories to leave by" at The Annual General Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Washington DC, USA, 8th - 12th April 2016.
  4. Paper presentation on "No More Mr Nice Guy": How metaphors reflect identity in teachers’ first-year experiences abroad” with Ms Nicola Gram at The Annual General Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Washington DC, USA, 8th - 12th April 2016.
  5. Paper presentation on "Why beginning and experienced teachers leave the profession: a narrative inquiry of “stories to leave by”, presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Notre Dame University, Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, 30th November 2015.
  6. Presentation on "A small eddy in a large river": the first year experiences of Native English-speaking Teachers abroad, with Ms Nicola Gram at The Annual General Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Chicago, 16th - 20th April 2015.
  7. Presentation on “The Participatory Relationship among Teachers, Learners, and Curriculum Materials: A Case Study of Four Tertiary---Level Chinese EFL Teachers in Mainland China” with Ms Li Zhan at The Annual General Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Chicago, 16th - 20th April 2015.
  8. Presentation at AARE-NZARE Conference at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on, ‘Turning ‘leavers' into ‘stayers’: a narrative inquiry of why teachers leave and re-join the profession”, Brisbane, Australia, 1st - 5th December 2014.
  9. Paper presentation on “Returning to the Fold: A Narrative Inquiry of Why Beginning Teachers Return to the Profession after Leaving It” at The Annual General Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Philadelphia, USA, 3rd - 7th April 2014.
  10. Paper presentation on ‘Curriculum reform in Hong Kong secondary schools: using literary texts to promote reader-response and creativity in the ELT classroom’ at the ASIA-TEFL 10th Conference, in New Delhi (NCR), India, on 4th - 6th October 2012.
  11. Paper presentation on Language Awareness and Language Use of Pre- and In-service Teachers of English at the 9th International Conference for the Association for Language Awareness, Hong Kong, 26th - 29th June 2008, co-presented with Dr Julia Chen and Ms Debbie Liu (HKPolyU).
  12. Paper presentation on "Overcoming learner anxiety in English speaking lessons and assessments: a case study from a Hong Kong Secondary School" at the 2nd Cam-TESOL Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 25th - 26th February 2006.
  13. Paper presentation on "Promoting a collaborative culture in an English Department: case studies of two secondary schools in Hong Kong" at the third ASIA-TEFL Conference in Beijing, 4th - 6th November 2005, Co-presented with Ms Margaret Lo.
  14. Paper presentation on "Outliving the Constraints and Overcoming the Barriers in the Way of Teaching Excellence" at The 18th International Language in Education Conference in Hong Kong. Co-presented with Ms Nicole Tavares (16th December 2004).
  15. Paper presentation on "Obstacles as Opportunities for the Pursuit of Teaching Excellence: Learning to become Teacher Educators" at ICET Conference, Hong Kong University (13th - 17th July 2004) Co-presented with Ms Nicole Tavares.
  16. Paper presentation on "Looking in the Mirror and Seeing Double: Raising Classroom Language Awareness" at THAI-TESOL conference in Khon Kaen, Thailand, 28th - 31st January 2004.
  17. Paper presentation on "Raising Classroom Language Awareness: A Reflective Practitioner" at the first ASIA-TEFL conference in Busan, South Korea, 6th - 9th November 2003.

 

Paper Presentations on Experiential Learning
  1. Video link to experiential learning in Faculty of Education at HKU (PGDE FT) https://youtu.be/zHdnoxgu5CI.
  2. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on How Experiential Learning projects can transform traditional models of field experience in Teacher Education, San Antonio, Texas, USA, May 2nd 2017.
  3. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on Stories of Personal and Professional Growth: understanding the impact of Experiential Learning through narrative inquiry, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2nd May 2017.
  4. Paper presentation at ISATT conference, Salamanca, Spain, July 2017, on “Becoming” a Teacher: The impact of Experiential Learning on Initial Teacher Education, with Ms Jessie Chow and Ms Candace Mok, HKU.
  5. Paper Presentation at ISATT conference, Salamanca, Spain, July 2017, on Nurturing student educators for the 21st century: Lessons learnt from a mandatory community-based experiential learning programme with Ms Jessie Chow and Ms Candace Mok, HKU.

 

Other Presentations and Knowledge Exchange Activities
  1. Invited speaker on Experiential Learning in the Faculty of Education at a CETL one-day conference on Influencing Teaching and Learning Practice: Achieving the Ripple Effect, 8th March 2017.
  2. Guest of honour at Stewards Ma Kam Ming Charitable Foundation Ma Ko Pan Memorial College Prize Ceremony (S.1-3), 14th July 2017.
  3. Invited speaker on Transforming Teacher Education through Experiential Learning talk at Big Education Platform Symposium, 5th November 2016 at the University of Hong Kong, HK.
  4. Invited speaker at a whole-school professional development session on Small Class Teaching – What it is and what it can be at Cumberland Presbyterian Church Yao Dao Secondary School, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, 7th October 2016.
  5. Invited Speaker on ‘Reading Aloud and Promoting Interaction in Class’ for a Read the World workshop organised by Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hong Kong, 8th October 2016.
  6. Presentation on Promoting Appreciation of Poems for English teachers of St Paul’s Co-Educational Primary School, 24th June 2016.
  7. Invited Speaker on the importance of English Language to junior and senior secondary students at ELCHK Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary School, 30th October 2015. http://www.yll.edu.hk/school_events/151030/index.html.
  8. Invited speaker at two workshops for teachers on Preparing for the Speech Festival (Solo Verse and Prose Speaking / Reading) for the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association Office, 12th and 19th September 2015.
  9. Invited speaker on Class Size Reduction at Wah Yan College, 27th March 2015.
  10. Invited speaker on Good Practices in Small Class Teaching at ECF St Too Canaan College, 12th January 2015.
  11. Guest adjudicator at Ying Wa Primary School's Speech Festival Day, 16th February 2015.
  12. Invited speaker at a workshop for teachers on Preparing students for the Speech Festival (Solo Verse and Prose Speaking / Reading) for the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association Office, September 2014.
  13. Invited speaker at staff development workshop on Language across the Curriculum (LAC) at TWGH Sun Hoi Directors' College, 24th February 2014.
  14. Invited speaker at English Department professional development workshop on The Teaching of Short Stories at TWGH Sun Hoi Directors' College, June 2014.
  15. Guest adjudicator at Ying Wa Primary School's Speech Festival Day, March 2013.
  16. Invited speaker at a workshop for primary teachers on 'Effective Use of English Learning and Teaching Materials to Cater for Learner Diversity', by the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI) on 21st - 22nd September 2012.
  17. Invited speaker at a workshop for teachers on Preparing students for the Speech Festival (Solo Verse and Prose Speaking / Reading) for the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association Office, 15th September (Primary) and 29th September (Secondary) 2012.
  18. Guest of Honour at the F.7 Graduation Ceremony, St Paul's School Lam Tim, 11th November 2011.
  19. Invited speaker at a workshop for teachers on Preparing students for the Speech Festival (Solo Verse and Prose Speaking / Reading) for the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association Office, 11th September 2010.
  20. Guest adjudicator at Catholic Diocese English Talent Show held at Lai King Catholic Secondary School, 20th March 2010.
  21. Guest adjudicator at Poem Recital Competition, at Victoria Shanghai Academy (Primary), 29th January 2010.
  22. Invited speaker on 'Incorporating Poems and Songs into the English Language Curriculum,' by Hong Kong Teachers' Centre for a workshop to secondary school English teachers, (26th September 2009).
  23. Invited speaker at a 'Workshop for School English Teachers on Preparing Students for Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival 2009 (English Speech)" organized by the HK Schools Music and Speech Association, (12th and 19th September 2009).
  24. Invited guest lecturer on The Teaching of Debate at Open University of Hong Kong (7th and 21st March 2009)
  25. Invited speaker at a teacher development seminar on The Teaching of Poetry for the Hong Kong Teachers' Centre (HKTC) at the EDB, Kowloon Tong (21st March 2009).
  26. Invited speaker at the 10th Anniversary Conference for the Enhanced NET Scheme on Exploring and Exploiting Fairy tales and Fractured Fairy tales in ELT at Queens College, Causeway Bay. (1st November 2008).
  27. Invited speaker at a workshop for Primary English teachers on Nurturing Creativity in the Language Classroom hosted by the Education Bureau (EDB), Kowloon Tong. (27th September 2008).
  28. Invited speaker at a whole school staff workshop on Classroom Interaction and Questioning at ECF Saint Too Canaan College, Kowloon East (1st February 2008).
  29. Invited speaker at a workshop for teachers on Strategies for Teaching Film in Class organized by the British Council for local secondary teachers as part of the British Council's UK Film Festival programme (20th October 2007).
  30. Adjudicator for the Internal Speech Festival (choral and public speaking) at St Paul's Secondary School Lam Tin, (2nd November 2007).
  31. Guest Lecturer at The Open University of Hong Kong for English Studies for Language Teaching (Literature and Language Arts in English) since 2007.
  32. Facilitator and materials writer for Longman Pearson Education on 'The Teaching of Movie Commentary' and 'the teaching of debate and social issues' (courses organized and run by the Longman Curriculum Development Team).
  33. Invited guest lecturer at a 'Movie Morning for SBA' for local teachers on the film "Alexander" for Longman Pearson Education, Hong Kong, at the Ocean Theatre Cinema, Tsim Sha Tsui (18th November 2006).
  34. Invited speaker for an EMB professional development workshop on "Taking a book to film approach in the ELT classroom." (2nd November 2006).
  35. Invited speaker at a Symposium for Faculty Partnership Consultative Group and Professional Development Course on 'Normalisation of the SBA in Secondary schools' at HKU (22nd April 2006).
  36. Invited speaker at a training seminar for Bachelor of Language Studies (English) and Bachelor of Education (Hons) (English) on "Debate: organization and skills" at the Open University of Hong Kong (10th October 2006).
  37. Invited speaker at a teacher training workshop for Guangzhou English teachers on 23rd and 24th August 2006. 'The Importance of classroom interaction in the ELT classroom' and 'Perspectives on teaching the Chinese learner in ELT'. (23rd and 24th August, at Guangzhou University).
  38. Invited Speaker at a sharing session for English teachers in the New Territories on the Exemplar highlighting the Whole School Approach to the Promotion of English at Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary School, organized by the Education and Manpower Bureau. (14th May 2005).
  39. Speaker at the Sharing Session on the Exemplars of Good Practices in the Teaching and Learning of English - Sharing of the Exemplar on a Whole School Approach to the Promotion of English at Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary School, organized by the Education and Manpower Bureau for Secondary School Principals and English Teachers (14th March 2005).
  40. Invited speaker at a teacher training session 'The story so far: Issues and concerns arising in the HKCE English SBA in S4-S5' organized by HKU (9th March 2006).
  41. Presentation at Faculty Research Seminar, Faculty of Education, HKU on 'Does medium of instruction matter?' Jointly presented with Dr KK Tong. (25th January 2006).
  42. Invited speaker at the JET (Joint English Teachers' Circle) Opening Ceremony. What Makes an Effective Teacher? (15th May 2004).
  43. Invited speaker at a workshop for English panel members on The Teaching of Poems and Songs at Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School, Tuen Mun, June 2010.
  44. Invited speaker on a professional development course for English panel members on The Teaching of Short Stories at PLK, Tang Yuk Tien School, Tuen Mun, March - May 2010.
  45. Invited speaker at a workshop for English panel members on The Teaching of Film at St Paul's Convent, May 2010.
  46. Invited speaker on 'Incorporating Popular Culture and Film into the English Language Curriculum,' by The Hong Kong Teachers' Centre for a workshop to secondary school English teachers, (7th November 2009).
  47. Invited speaker on a professional development course for English panel members on The Teaching of English Through Social Issues at St Paul's Lam Tin (January 2009).
  48. Invited speaker on a professional development course for English panel members on The Teaching of Short Stories at LST Leung Chik Wai Memorial School (December 2008).
  49. Invited speaker on a professional development course for English panel members on The Teaching of Poetry and Song at Methodist Lee Wai Lee College (6th and 12th December 2008).
  50. Invited speaker on a professional development course for English panel members on The Teaching of Debate and Social Issues at United Christian College (August 2008).
  51. Invited speaker on a professional development course for English panel members on The Teaching of Short Stories at Tang King Po Secondary School, (June 2008).
  52. Invited speaker at a workshop for English panel members on The Teaching of Short Stories at Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School, Tuen Mun, (1st March 2008).
  53. Invited speaker for a professional development course on 'Teaching Poetry in the ELT classroom' at Tang King Po Secondary School, Kowloon, (June 2007).
  54. Invited speaker at a talk on analyzing films for S6 students and English teachers at SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School, Chai Wan (1st March 2007).
  55. Facilitator for Longman Pearson Education (HK) on 'The Teaching of Poetry' (courses organized and run by the Longman Curriculum Development Team).
  56. Invited speaker at a training seminar for Bachelor of Language Studies (English) and Bachelor of Education (Hons) (English) on "Debate: organization and skills" at the Open University of Hong Kong (10th October 2006).
  57. Invited speaker at a professional development session for the English teachers of United Christian College, Kowloon on Drama and Debate (13th December 2005).
  58. Invited speaker on The Pen and Sword of Debating at the Open Day of United Christian College, Kowloon East (7th January 2005).
  59. Invited speaker for a workshop on Why is Classroom Language so important? to English (and EMI subject) teachers of Fukien Secondary School, Kwun Tong, August 2004.
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