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Programme Director, Postgraduate Diploma of Education

Senior Lecturer

Academic Unit of Language and Literacy Education


M.A (with Distinction) Drama and Theatre Education, University of Warwick, UK
PGDE English and Drama, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK
BA Hons (2.i) English Language and Literature, Queens University of Belfast, UK


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(852) 3917 5425


Room 651, Meng Wah Complex

Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications

Not applicable.

Teaching Areas:

ELT Methodology; Drama in Language Learning; Literature in Language Learning; Children’s Literature; Child Development


Research Interests:

Drama in Language Learning; Process Drama and Education; Play and Child Development. 



Cooley, S, Kempston, T, and Wu, D. (eds.) NETworking: Using Social Issues in the English Classroom. (Hong Kong: Native-speaking English Teacher Section, Education Bureau: Hong Kong Government printer, 2009).


Kempston, T and Wu, D. (eds.) NETworking: Using Drama in the English Classroom. (Hong Kong: Native-speaking English Teacher Section, Education Bureau, Hong Kong Government Printer, 2008).



Journal articles and book chapters


Kempston, T and Thomas, N. (2014) (forthcoming: revised and re-submitted) ‘The Drama of the South China Sea: an International Studies simulation’. International Studies Perspectives. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


Kempston, T (2011) ‘Using Drama to enrich School Based Assessment in the Hong Kong secondary school English classroom.’ In J. Winston (Ed): Second Language Learning through Drama: Practical Techniques and Applications. London: David Fulton. 

  • Co-taught professional development workshops on Promoting Reading Across the Curriculum commissioned by the Education Bureau with Dr Cheri Chan (January, November and December 2012).
  • Adjudicated Open Verse (Primary and Secondary) sections of the  annual Hong Kong Speech and Music Festival (November 2010 - 2012)
  • Chaired the Hong Kong Examination Authority Basic Competency Assessment review committee for Key Stage 2 (March 2011 - July 2012)
  • Adjudicated the semi-finals and final of the Native English-speaking Teacher Association territory-wide debating contest (March 2009).