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Research Output Prize 2022-23

Updated on January 19, 2024 (Fri)

Research Output Prize 2022-23

We are delighted to announce that Professor Kevin W. H. Tai of the Faculty’s  Academic Unit of Language and Literacy Education, has been awarded the Research Output Prize 2022-23 by The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in recognition of his paper entitled "Empowering Students Through the Construction of a Translanguaging Space in an English as a First Language Classroom", which was co-authored with Professor Cathy Wong. The paper appeared in Applied Linguistics, a prestigious academic journal published by Oxford University Press.


The Research Output Prize aims to identify and acknowledge the best research output in each participating faculty at HKU. It accords recognition to and honours the author (or team of authors) of a single research output item published or created in the preceding calendar year. 


Professor Tai’s study argues that establishing translanguaging spaces for all students, including native English speakers, can enhance their communicative repertoire, socio-emotional well-being, and identities as citizens in this multilingual world. The Selection Committee recognised this innovative application of translanguaging in first-language learning contexts as a ground-breaking concept, which is important for both language learning and intercultural education.


We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Kevin Tai for this achievement and contributions to the fields of Applied Linguistics and Language Education.