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Professor ANDREWS, Stephen J.

Personal Particulars

Professor ANDREWS, Stephen J.


M.A. (Cantab), PGCE (York), M.A. (Essex), PhD (Southampton)




Tel: (852) 3917 2414

Location: Room 421, Meng Wah Complex

Areas of Expertise:

English Language Teacher Education; Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Areas of Expertise

Teaching Areas:
ELT Methodology; Applied Linguistics; Curriculum and Assessment; Pedagogic Grammar; Teacher Language Awareness

Research Interests:
Teacher Language Awareness; Pedagogical Content Knowledge; Teacher Beliefs; Curriculum Innovation; Washback

  • HKSAR Government Medal of Honour. Awarded in October 2014 for services to teacher education and English language education
  • Faculty Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award 2008
  1. An impact study of a high-stakes ESL assessment innovation in Hong Kong secondary schools'. Principal Investigator, RGC-funded project (Sept. 2006 - December 2009).
  2. Aligning assessment with curriculum reform in Junior Secondary English Language Teaching'. QEF-funded project (PI Dr Chris Davison). Co-Investigator. (Aug. 2006 - July 2008).
  3. Study of 'Summative oral school-based assessment in secondary ESL in Hong Kong' RGC-funded project (PI Dr Chris Davison). Co-Investigator. (2004 - 2006).
  4. Study of 'Effective school-based assessment in English Language Teaching in Hong Kong secondary schools' QEF-funded project (PI Dr Chris Davison). (2004 - 2006).
  5. Member of EMB Consultancy Project Team for the Study of Good Practices in Secondary Schools: Enhancing Students English Language Proficiency (March 2003 - September 2004).
  6. Study of the spoken English performance of Hong Kong Form 7 students before and after the introduction of the Use of English exam (principal researcher) - project completed 2001.
  7. Study of the metalinguistic awareness of Hong Kong secondary school teachers of English - project completed 1999.
  1. Song, Y. and Andrews, S. (2009) The L1 in L2 learning - teacher beliefs and practices. Munich: LINCOM.
  2. Andrews, S. (2007) Teacher language awareness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Journal articles and book chapters
  1. Andrews, S., and Lin, A. (Forthcoming) ‘Language awareness and teacher development’ In Garrett, P and Cots, J-M (eds) Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness. London:Routledge.
  2. Andrews, S. (Forthcoming) ‘Language awareness and syllabus design’ In Faravani, A., Kargozari, H.R., Zeraatpishe, M., and Azarnoosh, M (eds) Issues in SLA research: syllabus designing and curriculum development Rotterdam:Sense Publishers.
  3. Andrews, S., and Svalberg, A. (Published online 2016) ‘Teacher language awareness’ In Cenoz, J and Gorter, D (eds) Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Volume 6 Knowledge about Language (2nd edition)  New York:Springer.
  4. Zhan, Y., and Andrews, S. (2014) 'Washback effects from a high-stakes examination on out-of-class English learning: insights from possible self theories'. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice
  5. Qin, X., and Andrews, S. (2013) 'Do test design and uses influence test preparation? Testing a model of washback with Structural Equation Modeling'. Language Testing 30,1: 49-70.
  6. Leung, C.Y., and Andrews, S. (2012) 'The mediating role of textbooks in high stakes assessment reform'. ELT Journal 66,3: 356-365.
  7. Niu, R., and Andrews, S. (2012) 'Commonalities and discrepancies in L2 teachers' beliefs and practices about vocabulary pedagogy: A small culture approach'. TESOL Journal 6: 128-146.
  8. Cheng, L., Andrews, S., and Yu, Y. (2011) 'Impact and consequences of school-based assessment (SBA): Students' and parents' views of SBA in Hong Kong'. Language Testing 28: 221-249.
  9. Huang, J. and Andrews, S. (2010) 'Situated development and use of language learner strategies: voices from EFL students' Language Learning Journal 38,1:19-35.
  10. Xie, Q. and Andrews, S. (2010) 'Research in progress: Language and Literature Division, Faculty of Education, Hong Kong University' Language Teaching 43,1:108-112.
  11. Berry, R. and Andrews, S. (2009) Guest Editors of Special Double Issue of Language Awareness – Vol. 18, No. 3-4 'Engaging with language': Selected papers from the 9th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness. 192pp.
  12. Andrews. S. (2008) 'Teacher language awareness' In Cenoz, J (ed) Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Volume 6 Knowledge about Language New York: Springer.
  13. Andrews, S. (2007) 'Researching and developing teacher language awareness: developments and future directions' In Davison, C and Cummins, J (eds) The Handbook of English Language Teaching New York: Springer.
  14. Andrews, S. (2006) 'The evolution of teachers' language awareness' Language Awareness 15,1:1-19.
  15. Andrews, S., and McNeill, A. (2005) 'Knowledge About Language and "Good" language teachers'. In Bartels, N (ed) Applied linguistics and language teacher education (pages 159-178) New York: Springer.
  16. Andrews, S. (2005) 'Professional standards in TEFL - a challenge for Asia' Journal of Asia TEFL 2,1:1-22.
  17. Andrews, S. (2004) 'Washback and curriculum innovation' In Cheng, L., and Watanabe, Y (eds) Context and method in washback research : the influence of language testing on teaching and learning (pages 37-50) Mahwah, NJ:Lawrence Erlbaum.
  18. Andrews, S. (2003) Special Issue of Language Awareness - Vol. 12, No.2 Teacher Language Awareness (Guest Editor).
  19. Andrews, S. (2003) 'Teacher language awareness and the pedagogical content knowledge of the L2 teacher'. Language Awareness 12, 2:81-95.
  20. Andrews, S. (2003) 'Just like instant noodles - L2 teachers and their beliefs about grammar pedagogy' Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice 9, 4:351-376.
  21. Tsui, A.B.M., and Andrews, S. (2002) Special Issue of Journal of Asian Pacific Communication - 'Setting Standards and Language Variation : a Dilemma for Language Education'
  22. Andrews, S. (2002) 'Teacher language awareness and language standards'. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 12,1:39-62.
  23. Tsui, A.B.M., and Andrews, S. (2002) 'Setting Standards and Language Variation : a Dilemma for Language Education'. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 12,1:1-11.
  24. Andrews, S., Fullilove, J., and Wong, Y. (2002) 'Targeting washback - a case-study'. System 30, 207-223.
  25. Andrews, S. (2001) 'The language awareness of the L2 teacher : its impact upon pedagogical practice' Language Awareness 10, 2&3:75-90.
  26. Andrews, S. (1999) 'Metalinguistic awareness and ELT textbooks'. Curriculum Forum 9, 1:45-61.
  27. Andrews, S. (1999) '"All these like little name things" - a comparative study of language teachers' explicit knowledge of grammar and grammatical terminology'. Language Awareness 8, 3&4:143-159.
  28. Andrews, S. (1999) 'Why do L2 teachers need to 'Know About Language'? Teacher metalinguistic awareness and input for learning'. Language and Education 13,3:161-177.
  29. Andrews, S. (1997) 'Metalinguistic awareness and teacher explanation'. Language Awareness 6, 3&4:147-161.
  30. Andrews, S. (1996) 'Metalinguistic awareness and lesson planning'. In Storey,P, Berry,V, Bunton,D and Hoare,P (Eds) Issues in Language in Education Proceedings of ILEC 1995 (pages191-210). Hong Kong:HKIEd.
  31. Andrews, S. (1995) 'Washback or washout ? - the relationship between examination reform and curriculum innovation'. In Nunan, D et al (Eds) Bringing about change in language education Vol.1 of Proceedings of ILEC 1994 (pages 67-82). Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Hong Kong.
  32. Andrews, S. (1994) 'The grammatical knowledge and awareness of Hong Kong teachers of English'. In Bird, N. et al (Eds) Language and learning Proceedings of ILEC 1993 (pages 508-520). Hong Kong : Institute of Language in Education, Education Department.
  33. Andrews, S. (1994) 'The grammatical knowledge/awareness of native-speaker EFL teachers - what the trainers say' In Bygate, M, Tonkyn, A and Williams, E (Eds) Grammar and the language teacher (pages 69-89). Hemel Hempstead : Prentice Hall.
  34. Andrews, S. (1994) 'The washback effect of examinations : its impact upon curriculum innovation in English language teaching' Curriculum Forum 4,1:44-58.
  35. Falvey, P., and Andrews, S. (1994) 'The Cambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers (CEELT) - innovative ways of testing the language skills of language teachers : reflections after a decade'. In Boyle, J and Falvey, P (Eds) English language testing in Hong Kong (pages 267-282). Hong Kong : Chinese University Press.
  36. Andrews, S., and Fullilove, J. (1994) 'Assessing spoken English in public examinations - why and how?'. In Boyle,J and Falvey, P (Eds) English language testing in Hong Kong (pages 57-86). Hong Kong : Chinese University Press.
Professional Community Services
  1. (2009 - present) Member of Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR)
  2. (2008 - 2010) External examiner for HKIEd/CUHK inter-institutional B.A. (English Studies) and B.Ed. (English Language Education) programme
  3. (2006 - 2010) External Examiner for Lancaster University's MA in TESOL programme in Hong Kong.
  4. (2006 - present) Member of Vocational Training Council (VTC) Languages Advisory  Committees
  5. (2005 - present) Member of Editorial Board of 'Language Awareness'
  6. (2005 - 2008) Co-convenor (with Dr Chris Davison) University of Hong Kong Strategic Research Theme 'Languages, Media and Communication', sub-theme 'Language Education and Assessment Research'
  7. (2001 - 2006) External Examiner for Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) In-service programmes for Teachers Using English as the Medium of Instruction in Secondary Schools (EMI) and for Teachers of English in Secondary Schools
  8. (2001 - 2005) Member of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) Foundation Studies and Languages Discipline Board
  9. (2000 - 2002) Curriculum and Self-accreditation Advisor to the National University of Laos (Asian Development Bank project).
  10. (2000 - present) Reviewer for journals including TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Language Awareness, Language Teaching Research, System, Language, Culture and Curriculum, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Development, and Asia TEFL Journal
  11. (2000 - 2008) Committee member of the Association for Language Awareness
  12. (2000 - 2006) Member of Language Benchmark Assessment for Teachers Main Committee
  13. (2000) Member of Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation panel validating the Hong Kong Institute of Education Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
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