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Dr TAI, Kevin W. H.

Dr TAI, Kevin W. H.

戴維軒

Professor Kevin W. H. Tai
BA (Hons 1) (Newcastle, UK), MSc (Oxon), PhD (UCL), AFHEA, FRSA

Assistant Professor of English Language Education

Co-Director, Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE) (From July 2023)
Honorary Research Fellow, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, University College London
Associate Editor, The Language Learning Journal (Routledge)
Assistant Editor, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Routledge)
Managing Guest Editor (Special Issue), Learning and Instruction (Elsevier)

Assistant Professor

Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership


Qualification

BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature (First Class Honours and Top of the Cohort), Newcastle University, UK
MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, University of Oxford
PhD in Applied Linguistics (Pass without Corrections), Institute of Education, University College London (UCL)
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Cambridge Assessment English
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), UK
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), Advanced HE, UK

Email

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Phone

(852) 3917 6107

Location

Room 653, Meng Wah Complex

Areas
  • Translanguaging Practices
  • Conversation Analysis for Second Language Acquisition
  • Classroom Discourse
  • Multilingual Education
  • Language Policy and Medium of Instruction Policy
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • English Medium Instruction
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Educational and Applied Linguistics

Research Expertise

  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • English Language Education
  • Research Methods and Methodologies
  • Literacies and Languages
  • Educational Policy

Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications

I am available to supervise PhD/MPhil students and would welcome enquiries for supervision.

Professor Kevin W. H. Tai is Assistant Professor of English Language Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE) at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. Additionally, he is Honorary Research Fellow at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society in University College London (UCL). In relation to his editorial positions, Professor Kevin Tai is Associate Editor of The Language Learning Journal (ESCI-listed Journal; Routledge), Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (SSCI-listed Journal; Routledge) and Managing Guest Editor of Learning and Instruction (SSCI-listed Journal; Elsevier). Professor Kevin Tai has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCL and his doctoral research was fully funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He completed his doctoral coursework in Educational Research at the University of Cambridge, where he was Hughes Hall Hong Kong Alumni Scholar. He holds an MSc degree in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature with First Class Honours (top of the cohort) from Newcastle University, UK. Professor Tai is CELTA-qualified and his research interests include: language education policy, classroom discourse, translanguaging in multilingual contexts and qualitative research methods (particularly Multimodal Conversation Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Linguistic Ethnography). His research has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, including Classroom Discourse, Language and Education, Linguistics and Education, System, Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Science Education, Language Teaching Research, Applied Linguistics Review, Research in Science Education, and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Professor Tai is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). 

 

Academic Background 

  • BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature (First Class Honours and ranked 1st in the cohort), School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, UK 
  • MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Distinction in Dissertation), Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK
  • PhD (Coursework) in Second Language Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK
  • PhD in Applied Linguistics (Pass without Corrections), IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, University College London (UCL), UK [Principal Supervisor: Professor Li Wei; Internal and External Examiners: Professor Steve Walsh and Professor John Gray].
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Cambridge Assessment English
  • Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) Module One, Cambridge Assessment English

 

Editorial Positions

 

Teaching Summary

To this point in his career, Professor Kevin Tai has had the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students in a wide range of educational contexts: adult English to Speakers of Other Languages students (a community centre in the United Kingdom), junior and senior secondary students (a Hong Kong English Medium Instruction school), primary students (a Hong Kong international school), undergraduates (English Language Education and Linguistics majors) and postgraduates (MA in English Language Studies, MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MEd in Content and Language Integrated Learning and PhD/EdD in Education). Professor Tai was awarded the status of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in 2021 for recognising his teaching and learning support activity in higher education. 

 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching
Undergraduate Course

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences, Hong Kong Metropolitan University
  1. Teaching Assistant for LANGA339F Pragmatics (Undergraduate course for students pursuing BEd (Hons) in English Language Teaching, Bachelor of English Language Studies (with Honours) and BA (Hons) in Language Studies and Translation)

Postgraduate Courses

  • Department of English and Communication, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  1. MA Subject Coordinator and Lecturer for ENGL542 Language Development and Use (Postgraduate taught course for students pursuing an MA in English Language Studies or an MA in English Language Arts)
  • IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, University College London
  1. Course Tutor forIOE MPhil/PhD Core Course 
  2. Course Tutor for Qualitative Data Analysis: An Overview (Qualitative Research Methods Course for PhD/EdD students)
  • Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
  1. Course Coordinator, MAES7109 Intercultural Communication (Postgraduate taught course for students pursuing an MA in TESOL) [2022-Present]
  2. Course Coordinator, MEDD8845 Principles and Practice: Bridging Pedagogy in Content and Language Integrated Learning (Postgraduate taught course for students pursuing an MEd in Content and Language Integrated Learning, CLIL) [2022-Present]
  3. Course Coordinator, EDURXXXX Understanding Language and Social Interaction: An Introduction to Multimodal Conversation Analysis (Specialised Courses in Research Methods to MPhil/PhD/EdD Students) [2023-Present] *Conceived and developed a new course*
  4. Course Coordinator, EDURXXXX Advanced Multimodal Conversation Analysis (Specialised Courses in Research Methods to MPhil/PhD/EdD Students) [2023-Present] *Conceived and developed a new course*
  5. Specialism Teacher, MEDD8001 Educational Issues and Research (Tutorials for MEd CLIL students) [2022]
  6. Supervisor, MAES7200MA TESOL Project by Independent Study [2023]
  7. Supervisor, MEDD8008 MEd Research Project [2023-Present]

 

Postgraduate Supervision
At present, Professor Kevin Tai is supervising five postgraduate research students:

  • Principal Supervisor
  1. Karen Choi, PhD Student (as Principal Supervisor, with Associate Professor Hamid Mirhosseini as Co-Supervisor), "A translanguaging perspective on using digital technology to deliver synchronous online multimodal feedback in Hong Kong higher education setting" [Awardee of Postgraduate Scholarship]
  • Co-Supervisor
  1. Suiling Zuo, PhD Student (as Co-Supervisor, with Associate Professor Hamid Mirhosseini), "Who am I as a language user here?: Language identity trajectories of Mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong Universities" [Awardee of Postgraduate Scholarship]
  2. Renxiang Tian, PhD Student (as Co-Supervisor, with Assistant Professor Nutsa Kobakhidze), “Reshaping the ecosystem of education: An ethnographic study of teachers’, students’ and parents’ experience after China’s Double Reduction Policy”
  3. Rachel Zuhui Chen, PhD Candidate (as Co-Supervisor, with Professor Steve Walsh), “Chinese high school teachers’ classroom interactional competence in synchronous online lessons—A CL/CA approach”
  4. Xiaochen Yu, EdD Student (as Co-Supervisor, with Assistant Professor George Lianjiang Jiang), “Effectiveness of digital multimodal composing on Chinese EFL learners’ collaborative learning and academic writing: A quasi-experimental study”

Additionally, he is supervising five MEd CLIL dissertation projects and four MA TESOL dissertation projects.

 

Internal Examiner in PhD Thesis Examinations
1.    Tang, Darren Wai Pong. 2023. Consonant Cluster Variations in Hong Kong English: An Attitudinal Study. PhD Thesis, The University of Hong Kong
 

Professor Tai welcomes informal enquiries from prospective doctoral students interested in any of the primary research areas outlined above and is typically able to take on one (or occasionally two) new doctoral student(s) each year. Prospective students should aim to contact Prof. Kevin W. H. Tai with a CV and draft proposal in the autumn term (September-November) before the intended start date. Additional information for applicants (including deadlines for funding) can be found here. Due to the high number of applications received, prospective students are strongly advised to apply in advance of the funding deadline (typically early December).

 

Awards, Honours and Funding

  • Honorary Research Fellow, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, University College London
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, United Kingdom 
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), Advanced HE, United Kingdom
  • Alumni Mentor, St Cross College, University of Oxford
  • Visiting Colleague (Virtual), Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Finalist of the Old Cranbrookian (OC) of the Year Award, Cranbrook School, Australia
  • Seed Fund for Basic Research for New Staff, University Research Committee, The University of Hong Kong (HKD $150,000)
  • Faculty Start-Up Fund, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKD $ 275,000)
  • Faculty Research Fund, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKD $ 60,000)
  • Conference Support for Teaching Staff, University Research Committee, The University of Hong Kong (HKD $16,500)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) +3 Doctoral Award, ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (Grant Reference: ES/P000592/1) (Approximately GBP £72,860; tuition fees and living stipends)
  • ESRC Research Training Support Grant, ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (GBP £2250)
  • ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Grant, ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (GBP £2810)
  • ESRC Overseas Fieldwork Grant, ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (GBP £2560)
  • Full Conference Scholarship for Attending the 55th RELC International Conference, University College London (SGD $107)
  • Learning Opportunity Fund, University College London (GBP £250)
  • Edwin Leong Travel Grant, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge (GBP £250)
  • Hong Kong Alumni Scholarship, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge (GBP £2500)
  • Travel Bursary, Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, The University of Warwick (GBP £40.90)
  • MSc Student Research Grant, Department of Education, University of Oxford (GBP £100)
  • Travel and Research Fund, St Cross College, University of Oxford (GBP £150)
  • Barbara Strang Best Performance in Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University (GBP £150)
  • Barbara Strang Runner-up Best Dissertation in Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University (GBP £100)
  • University Research Scholarship, Newcastle University (GBP £1200)
     

Professor Kevin Tai has been a Principal Investigator of several funded projects amounting to a total of nearly HKD $1,301,800 (equivalent to £130,180), leading a team of research assistants.

 

Principal Investiagtor

  • "Mediating English Language Learning in Synchronous Online Lessons: A Virtual Ethnography", Principal Investigator, Seed Fund for Basic Research for New Staff (HKD 150,000), University Research Committee, The University of Hong Kong (January 2023 - January 2025) [Co-Investigator: Dr. David W. Dai, Lecturer in Clinical Communication, Monash University]

  • “Constructing a Translanguaging Space for Supporting Hong Kong Ethnic Minority Students in Managing Second Language Classroom Anxiety: A Pilot Study of English as a Second Language Classrooms”, Principal Investigator, Faculty Research Fund (HKD $60,000), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (September 2022 - Present) [Co-Investigator: Dr. Yi Wang, Lecturer in Linguistics, Cardiff University]

  • Faculty Start-Up Fund, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKD $ 275,000)

  • "Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Classrooms: A Linguistic Ethnographic Study of Classroom Interaction and Teachers' Reflection", Principal Investigator, +3 ESRC Doctoral Award, ESRC Overseas Fieldwork Grant, ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Grant and ESRC Research Training Support Grant (approx. £80,480), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (September 2019 - July 2021)
  • "Literacy Education for Immigrant Adults: Materials and Teacher Training", Principal Investigator, University Research Scholarship (£1,200), Newcastle University (2016)

Supervision of Research Assistants
At present, Professor Kevin Tai is supervising six Research Assistants:

  • Katie Wing Yan Lor, BSc (Hons) Graduate in Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL
  • Karen Chung Ki Choi, PhD Student in English Language Education, HKU Faculty of Education 
  • Jingxuan Wu, PhD Candidate in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, The University of Melbourne 
  • Suiling Zuo, PhD Student in English Language Education, HKU Faculty of Education
  • Ling Wang, PhD Student in Higher Education, HKU Faculty of Education
  • Caroline Li Yong, MSEd Graduate in TESOL, University of Pennsylvania
     

Publications (* indicates Corresponding Author)

 

Book
Tai, K. W. H. 2023. Multimodal Conversation Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: A Methodological Framework for Researching Translanguaging in Multilingual Classrooms. London: Routledge. 
 

International Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Tai, K. W. H. Accepted, Forthcoming. ‘Shaping Student Responses into Academic Expressions: Analysing an English Medium Instruction History Classroom from a Translanguaging Perspective’. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  2. Mendoza, A., Hamman-Ortiz, L., Rajendram, S., Tian, Z., Tai, K. W. H., Ho, W. Y. J., and Sah, P. Accepted, Forthcoming. ‘Sustaining Critical Approaches to Translanguaging in Bilingual and English-medium Education’. TESOL Quarterly. (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  3. Wong, C. Y. and Tai, K. W. H. Accepted, Forthcoming. “I made many discoveries for myself”: The Development of a Teacher Candidate’s Pedagogical Knowledge of Translanguaging”. System. (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  4. Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2023. ‘Embodied Enactment of a Hypothetical Scenario in an English Medium Instruction Secondary Mathematics Classroom: A Translanguaging Approach’. Language Teaching Research. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1177/13621688231152858 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  5. Tai, K. W. H. 2023. ‘Cross-Curricular Connection in an English Medium Instruction Western History Classroom: A Translanguaging View’. Language and Education. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2023.2174379 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  6. Tai, K. W. H.* and Dai, D. 2023. ‘Observing a Teacher’s Interactional Competence in an ESOL Classroom: A Translanguaging Perspective’. Applied Linguistics Review. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1515/applirev-2022-0173 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  7. Tai, K. W. H. 2023. ‘Managing Classroom Misbehaviours in the Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms: A Translanguaging Perspective’. System 113: 1-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.system.2022.102959 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  8. Tai, K. W. H.* and Wong, C. Y. 2022. ‘Empowering Students Through the Construction of a Translanguaging Space in an English as a First Language Classroom’. Applied Linguistics. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1093/applin/amac069 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  9. Tai, K. W. H. 2022. ‘A Translanguaging Perspective on Teacher Contingency in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction History Classrooms’. Applied Linguistics. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1093/applin/amac039 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  10. Tai, K. W. H.* and Zhao, V. Y. 2022. ‘Success Factors for English as a Second Language University Students’ Attainment in Academic English Language Proficiency: Exploring the Roles of Secondary School Medium-of-Instruction, Motivation and Language Learning Strategies’. Applied Linguistics Review. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1515/applirev-2022-0049 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  11. Bui, G. and Tai, K. W. H. 2022. ‘Revisiting Functional Adequacy and Task-based Language Teaching in the GBA: Insights from Translanguaging’. Asian Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education 7 (40): 1-14. DOI: 10.1186/s40862-022-00160-7 (Invitation to Special Issue – ‘Rethinking Language Policy and Planning in the Greater Bay Area of China: Insights from Translanguaging theory’). (ESCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  12. Tai, K. W. H. 2022. ‘Translanguaging as Inclusive Pedagogical Practices in English Medium Instruction Science and Mathematics Classrooms for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students’. Research in Science Education 52 (3): 975 - 1012. DOI: 10.1007/s11165-021-10018-6 (Invitation to Special Issue – ‘Multiple Representations and Social Semiotics’) (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  13. Ho, W. Y. J. and Tai, K. W. H. 2021. ‘Translanguaging in Digital Learning: The Making of Translanguaging Spaces in Online English Teaching Videos’. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2021.2001427 (Invitation to Special Issue – ‘Trans(language)ing in Language Education: Meaning-Making past the Traditional Boundaries of Language(s)’) (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  14. Cheung, K. K. C. and Tai, K. W. H. 2021. ‘The Use of Intercoder Reliability in Qualitative Interview Data Analysis in Science Education’. Research in Science and Technological Education. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1080/02635143.2021.1993179 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  15. Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2021. ‘The Affordances of iPad for Constructing a Technology-Mediated Space in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms: A Translanguaging View’. Language Teaching Research. Epub ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1177/13621688211027851 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  16. Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2021. ‘Constructing Playful Talk through Translanguaging in the English Medium Instruction Mathematics Classrooms’. Applied Linguistics 42 (4): 607-640. DOI: 10.1093/applin/amaa043 (SSCI-indexed Journal) [Open Access]
  17. Pun, J. and Tai, K. W. H.* 2021. ‘Doing Science through Translanguaging: A Study of Translanguaging Practices in Secondary English as a Medium of Instruction Science Laboratory Sessions’. International Journal of Science Education 43 (7): 1112-1139. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2021.1902015 (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  18. Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2021. ‘Co-Learning in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Mathematics Secondary Classrooms: A Translanguaging Perspective’. Language and Education 35 (3): 241-267. DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2020.1837860 (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  19. Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2020. ‘Bringing the Outside In: Connecting Students’ Out-of-School Knowledge and Experience through Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Mathematics Classes’. System 95: 1-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.system.2020.102364 (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  20. Ho, W. Y. J. and Tai, K. W. H. 2020. ‘Doing Expertise Multilingually and Multimodally in Online English Teaching Videos’. System 94: 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.system.2020.102340 (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  21. Tai, K. W. H.* and Khabbazbashi, N. 2019. ‘Vocabulary Explanations in Beginning-level Adult ESOL Classroom Interactions: A Conversation Analysis Perspective’. Linguistics and Education 52: 61-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2019.06.006 (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  22. Tai, K. W. H.* and Khabbazbashi, N. 2019. ‘The Mediation and Organisation of Gestures in Vocabulary Instructions: A Microgenetic Analysis of Interactions in a Beginning-level Adult ESOL Classroom’. Language and Education 33 (5): 445-468. DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2019.1596122 (SSCI-indexed Journal)
  23. Tai, K. W. H.* and Brandt, A. 2018. ‘Creating an Imaginary Context: Teacher’s Use of Embodied Enactments in Addressing a Learner’s Initiatives in a Beginner-Level Adult ESOL Classroom’. Classroom Discourse 9 (3): 244-266. DOI: 10.1080/19463014.2018.1496345. (ESCI-indexed Journal)

 

Invited Working Papers and Book Chapters

  1. Tai, K. W. H. Accepted, Forthcoming. ‘Translanguaging in Multilingual Education’. The Encyclopaedia of Applied Linguistics. (Invitation to contribute an Article by the Editors).
  2. Tai, K. W. H. 2021. ‘Researching Translanguaging in EMI Classrooms’. In J. Pun and S. Curle (eds.) Research Methods for English Medium Instruction. London: Routledge. 119-132. DOI: 10.4324/9781003025115-9 
  3. Tai, K. W. H.* and Poon, B. L. M. 2016. ‘A Conversation Analysis of Teacher's Feedback and Students' Uptake in an Intermediate English as a Second Language Classroom at INTO Newcastle University’. Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ARECLS) 13: 15-43. (EBSCO-indexed Journal) [Open Access]

 

Newsletter
Tai, K. W. H. 2021. ‘Publishing During Your Doctoral Studies’. The AAAL Graduate Student Council Newsletter 6 (1): 16-18. https://www.aaal-gsc.org/newsletter-fall-2021 

 

 

Theses

  1. Tai, K. W. H. 2021. Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Classrooms: An Ethnomethodologically Informed Study of Classroom Interaction and Teachers’ Reflection. PhD Thesis, University College London, U.K. 
  2. Tai, K. W. H. 2018. Vocabulary Explanations and Second Language Development in Adult Beginner-Level ESOL Classroom Interaction: A Conversation Analysis Perspective. MSc Dissertation. University of Oxford, U.K. 
  3. Tai, K. W. H. 2017. A Conversation Analysis of Learner-Initiated Responses in a Beginning-Level English as a Second Language Classroom for Adults. BA Honours Dissertation. Newcastle University, U.K. 

 

Conference Presentations and Posters

  1. Tai, K. W. H. 2023, July. Transforming Students' Learning Through the Creation of a Translanguaging Space in an English as a First Language Classroom. Paper will be presented at the 2023 Hong Kong Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, Invited Symposium: “Translanguaging as theory and method: Implications for language planning and classroom practice”. 
  2. Tai, K. W. H. 2023, March. A Translanguaging Perspective on Teacher Contingency in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction History Classrooms. Paper presented at the 2023 American Association of Applied Linguistics in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  3. Tai, K. W. H. and Wong, C. 2023, March. Developing students’ appreciation of linguistic diversity through creating a translanguaging space in a monolingual classroom. Paper presented at the 2023 American Association of Applied Linguistics in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  4. Wong, C. and Tai, K. W. H. 2023, March. The Development of an ESOL Teacher Candidate’s Knowledge of Translanguaging. Paper presented at the TESOL 2023 International Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  5. Tai, K. W. H. 2021, May. Playful Talk through Translanguaging in the English Medium Instruction Classrooms in Hong Kong: A Sociolinguistic Ethnography. Paper presented at the e-Sociolinguistics Symposium 23 in Hong Kong.
  6. Tai, K. W. H. 2021, February. Connecting Students’ Out-of-School Knowledge and Experience through Translanguaging in Hong Kong EMI Classes. Paper presented at the 2021 Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Invited Colloquium: “Translanguaging as multisensory and multimodal: Transcending linguistic and non-linguistic divide for complex knowledge-construction”.
  7. Tai, K. W. H. 2020, November. Translanguaging Practices in a Linguistically Diverse English Medium Instruction Mathematics Secondary Classroom in Hong Kong. Data presented at Multimodal-Analysis Research Group (MARG). Data Session, Newcastle University, U.K. 
  8. Tai, K. W. H. 2020, October. Translanguaging in a Hong Kong EMI Mathematics Secondary Classroom. Conversation Analysis Data Session, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. 
  9. Tai, K. W. H. 2020, February. Translanguaging Practices in EMI classes in Hong Kong. EMI Doctorial Webinar, Teaching English & Teaching in English in Global Contexts. Available at here.
  10. Chan, D., Tai, K. W. H., and Naroden, A. 2019, June. Do Cantonese-English bilinguals construe motion events differently from monolingual controls? Language production data from an eye-tracking study. Poster presented at The 12th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB12) in Canada. 
  11. Tai, K. W. H. 2019, June. Embodied Enactment as a Form of Translanguaging: A Conversation Analysis of Beginning-level Adult ESOL Classroom Interactions. Paper presented at the 16th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA) in Hong Kong. 
  12. Tai, K. W. H. 2018, May. Vocabulary Explanations in Adult Beginner-Level ESOL Classroom Interaction: A Conversation Analysis Perspective. Paper presented at Kaleidoscope Conference 2018, The Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
  13. Tai, K. W. H. 2018, May. Explaining Vocabulary in an Adult ESOL Classroom in the United States. Data presented at Multimodal-Analysis Research Group (MARG). Data Session, Newcastle University, U.K.
  14. Tai, K. W. H. 2018, February. Vocabulary Explanations in Adults’ Beginner-Level ESOL Classrooms. Data presented at Multimodal-Analysis Research Group (MARG). Data Session, Newcastle University, U.K. 
  15. Tai, K. W. H. 2018, January. Creating an Imaginary Context: Teacher’s Use of Embodied Enactments in Addressing Learner Initiatives in a Beginner-Level Adult ESOL Classroom. Paper presented at Oxford University Hong Kong Scholars Association: Research Symposium 2018, University of Oxford. Available at here.
  16. Tai, K. W. H. 2017, October. Teacher's Feedback and Students' Uptake in an Intermediate English as a Second Language Classroom at a British University: A Conversation-Analytic Study. Paper presented at Oxford Educational Cloud Conference, University of Oxford. Available at here
  17. Tai, K. W. H. 2017, February. Beginner-level ESOL Classroom Interaction in USA. Data presented at Multimodal-Analysis Research Group (MARG). Data Session, Newcastle University, U.K. 
  18. Tai, K. W. H. 2016, November. Literacy Education for Immigrant Adults: Materials and Teacher Training. Poster presented at Newcastle University Research Scholarships 2016 Presentation Evening, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
  19. Naroden, A., Tai, K. W. H.*, Chan, H. L. 2016, August. Linguistic Relativity Effects on Eye Gaze and Tense and Aspect Production in Cantonese and American English L1 and L2 Speakers. Poster presented at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer Undergraduate Research End-of-Programme Poster Presentation, Hong Kong.

Editorial Positions 

  • Associate EditorThe Language Learning Journal (Routledge, ESCI-listed Journal)
  • Assistant EditorInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Routledge, SSCI-listed Journal) 
  • Managing Guest Editor, Learning and Instruction (Elsevier, SSCI-listed Journal) [Special Issue: “The Role of Multilingualism in Content and Language Integrated Learning Classroom Context”]
  • Review Panel Member, Journal of Education, Language, and Ideology
  • Early Career Research Advisor, Cambridge Educational Research E-Journal 

 

Peer Reviewer for Conference Proposals

  • Strand Coordinator of the Analysis of Discourse and Interaction Strand, 2023 and 2024 Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

 

Grant Assessor

  • External Reviewer of Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) (RGC Competitive Research Funding Scheme for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong

 

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, UK (2021-Present)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advanced HE, UK (2021-Present)
  • Co-Director, Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (July 2023-Present)
  • Ordinary Member, Senior Common Room, The University of Hong Kong (2022-Present)
  • Academic and Career Tutor, St John's College, The University of Hong Kong
  • Member, Comparative Education Research Centre, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (2023-Present)
  • Alumni Mentor, St Cross College, University of Oxford (2017-Present)
  • Member, EMI Oxford Research Network, Department of Education, University of Oxford (2021-Present)
  • Member, American Association of Applied Linguistics (2022-Present)
  • Member, East-West Center Association, Hawaii (2021-Present)
  • Member, The Oxford and Cambridge Hong Kong Society (2018-Present)
  • Life Member, The Oxford Union (2017-Present)
  • Alumni Member, St Cross College, University of Oxford (2017-Present)
  • Alumni Member, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge (2018-Present)
  • Alumni Member, Goodenough College (2019-Present)

 

Invited Peer Reviewer
Professor Kevin Tai has acted as a reviewer for submissions to the following publisher and international journals:

 

  • Routledge (Publisher for Linguistics)
  • Applied Linguistics (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • The Modern Language Journal (SSCI-listed Journal) 
  • International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • TESOL Quarterly (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • System (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Language and Education (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Linguistics and Education (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Applied Linguistics Review (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Text and Talk (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Journal of English for Academic Purposes (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • RELC Journal (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Classroom Discourse (ESCI-listed Journal)
  • The Language Learning Journal (ESCI-listed Journal)
  • Asian Englishes (ESCI-listed Journal)
  • European Journal of Applied Linguistics (ESCI-listed Journal)
  • TESOL Journal (ESCI-listed Journal)
  • Asian Journal of English Language Teaching
  • Journal of Multilingual Theories and Practices
  • ZDM – Mathematics Education (SSCI-listed Journal) 
  • Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication (SSCI-listed Journal)
  • Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (SSCI-listed Journal) 
  • Language, Culture and Curriculum (SSCI-listed Journal)

 

Knowledge Exchange: Invited Keynotes / Talks

Distinguished Guest Speaker, Port Talk, Goodenough College, London (1st of June 2023)
  • Being invited to deliver a port talk on the following topic: “Academic Writing for International Publication: Preparing Manuscripts and Responding to Decisions”
  • Port Talk is a distinguished speaker series at Goodenough College, which features business leaders, current and former Government officials and best-in-field cultural practitioners. Previous Port Talk speakers include the Chief Justice of the UK Supreme Court, the Ambassador of Japan to the Court of St James, and Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse.
Author and Speaker, Book Launch, “Multimodal Conversation Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: A Methodological Framework for Researching Translanguaging in Multilingual Classrooms” by Kevin W. H. Tai (19th of May 2023)
  • Organised a book launch at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong to critically reflect on the methodological implications of translanguaging research. 
  • Invited Professor Li Wei and Professor James Simpson as Guest Speakers at the book launch.

Plenary Speaker, Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE) East Asia Symposium 2023 (22nd of April 2023)

  • Being invited to deliver a plenary talk on the following topic: “Cross-curricular connection in an English Medium Instruction Western History classroom: A translanguaging view”

News Coverage, published by St Cross College, University of Oxford (14th of April 2023)

Invited Speaker, Faculty Knowledge Exchange Video Series, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (March 2023)
  • Being invited to film a short video on the following topic: “雙語教育如何幫助中學生提升英語水平? How does Bilingual Education enhance English Proficiency of Secondary School Students?” 
  • YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVFjL18ymJI

Mentor, American Association of Applied Linguistics 2023 Conference Connections Programme (17th of March to 21st of March, 2023)

  • Being invited to mentor two PhD candidates in Applied Linguistics (Woongsik Choi and Disi Ai) who are interested in having more focused mentorship aimed at advanced professional development.

Invited Speaker, Faculty of Education Research Students' Association (FERSA), Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (7th of March 2023)

  • Being invited to deliver an academic writing and publishing workshop to graduate students at the University of Cambridge
Invited Speaker, Oxford University Hong Kong Scholars Association (18th of February 2023)
  • Being invited to deliver an academic writing workshop to graduate students at the University of Oxford
  • YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/uViDYcBjYG4
    Guest Speaker, Webinar, Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics, Hong Kong (19th of Jan 2023)
    • Being invited to deliver a webinar on the following topic: “A Translanguaging Perspective on Teacher Contingency in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction History Classrooms”
    Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Language Education 2022, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (21st of Oct 2022)
    • Being invited to deliver a keynote speech on the following topic: “Translanguaging: Transforming Language, Multilingualism and English Medium Instruction Education”
    Guest Speaker, Edvantage Institute Australia (EIA), Australia (31st of May 2022)
    • Being invited to deliver a workshop to English Medium Instruction teachers in the Chinese context: “Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction (EMI) Secondary Classrooms”
    Guest Speaker, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (31st of March 2022)
    • Being invited to deliver a seminar to MPhil and PhD students at Cambridge on the following topic: “Abstract Writing and Peer Review Process”
    Guest Speaker, Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, UK (28th of March 2022)
    • Being invited to deliver a research seminar to the faculty members on the following topic: “Constructing Playful Talk through Translanguaging in the English Medium Instruction Mathematics Classrooms”
    Guest Speaker, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (7th of March 2022)
    • Being invited to deliver a research seminar to the faculty members on the following topic: “Multimodal Conversation Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Analysing Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms”
    Guest Speaker, IOE Doctoral Community, UCL Centre for Doctoral Education, University College London, UK (28th of Feb 2022)
    • Being invited to deliver a seminar to PhD/EdD students on the following topic: “Publishing in international peer-reviewed Journals during PhD Studies” 

    Guest Speaker, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (24th of Feb 2022)

    • Being invited to deliver a research seminar to the faculty members on the following topic: “Multimodal Conversation Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Analysing Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms”

    Guest Speaker, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (21st of Feb 2022)

    • Being invited to deliver a research seminar to the faculty members on the following topic: “Multimodal Conversation Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Analysing Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms

    Guest Speaker, EduKeeners Society, University College London, UK (20th of Feb 2022)

    • Being invited to deliver a seminar to undergraduate students on the following topic: “Translanguaging: Transforming Language, Multilingualism and Second Language Education”.

    Guest Speaker, UCL CA Research Seminar, UCL Conversation Analysis PhD Network, University College London, UK (15th of Feb 2022)

    • Being invited to deliver a seminar to faculty members and PhD students on the following topic: “Researching Translanguaging in English Medium Instruction Classrooms: Combining Multimodal Conversation Analysis with Inoperative Phenomenological Analysis 

    Guest Lecturer, Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    MILE5107 Introduction to Research Methods in Language Education (Course Coordinator: Dr. James Simpson) (1st of Nov 2021)

    • Master’s level Course (Guest Lecture on “Multimodal Conversation Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Qualitative Research Methods for Analysing Translanguaging”)

    Guest Speaker, Department of Culture, Communication and Media, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, University College London, UK (19th of Oct 2021)

    • Being invited to deliver a seminar at the Discourse, Society and Culture CCM Seminar on the following topic: “Classroom Interactions in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms: A Translanguaging View”. 

    Guest Speaker, School of Education, University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus) (18th of June 2021)

    • Being invited to deliver a lecture at the Alternative Research Lounge session on the following topic: “Researching Translanguaging in English Medium Instruction Classrooms: Insights from a Linguistic Ethnography”.

    Guest Speaker, Dr Xu Gazing at Academia (17th of June 2021)

    • Being interviewed by Dr. Cora Xu (Assistant Professor of Education, Durham University) to discuss tips for publishing research papers in top-tier international peer-reviewed journals. 

    Guest Lecturer, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia
    LING90003 Research in Applied Linguistics (Course Coordinator: Dr. Helen Zhao) (22nd of April 2021)

    • Master’s level Course (Guest Lecture on “Researching Translanguaging: Insights from Linguistic Ethnography in English Medium Instruction Classrooms”)

    Guest Speaker, Department of English, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (22nd of March 2021)

    • Being invited to deliver a departmental online seminar on the following topic: “What is Translanguaging? A Case Study from Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms”.

    Guest Lecturer, UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, University College London, UK (5th of Feb 2021)
    IOEF0021: Researching Second Language Learning (Module Leader: Dr. Jim McKinley)

    • MA-level TESOL Pre-Service Module (Guest Lecture on “Researching English Language Teaching: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis”)

    Guest Speaker, School of Foreign Languages, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (8th of Nov 2020)

    • Invited guest speaker on the following topic: “Translanguaging as a Theory of Language: Implications for English Medium Instruction Classrooms”.

    Guest Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong (9th of April 2020)
    LING2040 Languages in Contact (Course Coordinator: Professor Stephen Matthews)

    • Undergraduate Advanced Linguistics Course (Guest Lecture on “Translanguaging as a Theory of Language”)

     

    University Services
    Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
    • Co-Director, Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE) (July 2023 - June 2025)
    • Internal Examiner of PhD Thesis Committee (June 2023)
    • Convenor of the Supervisory Panel for Confirmation of PhD Candidature (Jan 2023 - Present)
    • Internal Examiner and Member of the Master of Arts (MA) in TESOL Programme Committee (2022-Present)
    • Internal Examiner and Member of the Master of Education (MEd) Content and Language Integrated Learning Programme Committee (2022-Present)
    • Member of the Board of the Faculty of Education (2022-Present)
     
    Scholarships Office, The Registry, The University of Hong Kong
    • Member of the HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship Interview Panel (2023)
     
    St John's College, The University of Hong Kong
    • Academic and Career Tutor (December 2022 - Present)
     
    Department of English and Communication, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 
    • Member of the Postgraduate Programme Committee (2020-2021)
    • Member of the Board of Examiners for MA English Studies for the Professions (2020-2021)
     
    Department of Education, University of Oxford
    • Course Representative (MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition) (2017-2018)
    • Member of the Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition Course Committee (2017-2018)
     
    Newcastle University, United Kingdom
    • School Representative (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Degrees), School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL) (2015-2017)
    • Member of the Undergraduate Board of Studies, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (2015-2017)
    • Member of the Undergraduate Student-Staff Committee, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (2014-2017)
    • Member of the Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2015-2017)
    • Member of the Postgraduate Board of Studies, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (2015-2016)
    • Chair of the Undergraduate Student-Staff Committee (UGSSC), School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (2015-2016)  
    • Member of the Learning and Teaching Review Committees (Education, Marketing, Marine Science), Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) (2015-2016)
    •  Member of the Module and Stage Evaluation Steering Group, Learning and Teaching Development Service (2014-2015)
    •  Course Representative (BA Honours in English Language and Literature), School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (2014-2015)