Professor Cynthia Lee is Head of Education and Deputy Director of Research Institute for Bilingual Learning and Teaching (RIBiLT). Prior to joining the Open University of Hong Kong, Professor Lee was Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied English Studies of the University of Hong Kong (2013-2018), Associate Professor and Assistant Professor at the Language Centre of Hong Kong Baptist University (1998-2013). Professor Lee has been Chairperson of Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL), Visiting Colleague in the Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, and Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Institute of Education, University College London.
Professor Lee is an active researcher. She has been leader of two inter-disciplinary research projects, two multi-million teaching and learning projects and one strategic development project. She has also been Principal Investigator of one knowledge exchange project and three RGC-funded projects. She has authored and edited five books (as single or co-author with local and international scholars), published numerous journal papers in SSCI-indexed journals, SCOPUS-indexed journals, refereed book chapters, refereed proceedings and book reviews. Her latest book titled Researching and Teaching Second Language Speech Acts to Chinese Learners of English was published by Springer in June 2018.
Professor Lee's research areas focus on pragmatics in the educational context, automated content feedback and English writing, and English language teaching and learning particularly in English writing support services. Her expertise is recognized as evidenced in her contribution as manuscript reviewers of SSCI and AHCI journals, and invitations by the Government and educational bodies to develop large-scale English language teaching and learning projects.
Professor Lee has accumulated substantial administrative experience, and has developed strong leadership, management and interpersonal communication skills. She has been Head of the English Section, Director and Coordinator of MA programmes. She is also is a committed and experienced teacher. She has taught a wide range of English for Academic/Specific (EAP/ESP) courses, undergraduate and postgraduate academic courses, and has supervised MA and three PhD students (as Principal Supervisor) to completion.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
- Pragmatics in the educational context
- Automated content feedback and English writing
- English writing support services and consultations
- English language teaching and learning
Academic & Professional Experience
Externally-funded Research Projects
2016-2017 Language Fund, SCOLAR
Case studies on how Chinese English learners in Hong Kong secondary schools mediate automated content feedback and related contextual learning elements for essay writing: Implications for pedagogy (Principal Investigator, Funding: HK$667,800)
2008-2010 Public Policy Research Grants, Research Grants Council
Specifying English core competency of Hong Kong university students: Language planning and education (Principal Investigator, Funding: $707,220)
2007-2009 General Research Fund, Research Grants Council
A study of Cantonese English learners' interlanguage pragmatic development (Principal Investigator, Funding: $441,680)
2006-2008 Quality Education Fund, Hong Kong Education Bureau
A critiquing System for enhancing writing competency using automatic text analysis (Co-Investigator, Funding: $450,000)
2003-2005 General Research Fund, Research Grants Council
Interlanguage and cross-cultural pragmatics: Requests and apologies made by Chinese learners of English and native English speakers (Principal Investigator, Funding: HK$175,520)
Externally-funded Teaching and Learning Project
2017-2018 Teaching and Learning Related Fund, University Grants Council
A student-tutor writing consultation programme and inter-institutuional writing consultation support system (Principal Investigator, Funding: HK$3,467,930)
- Lee, C. (2018) Researching and Teaching Second Language Speech Acts in the Chinese Context. Singapore: Springer.
- Yeung, A., Brown, E. & Lee, C. (2012) (Eds.), Communication and Language: Crossing Barriers of Intercultural Communication. North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.
- Lee, C., Jor, G. & Lai, E. (2005) Web-based Teaching and English Language Teaching: A Hong Kong Experience. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
- Lee, C. (2005) Language Output, Communication Strategy and Communicative Tasks. Latham: University Press of America.
- Lee, C. and Shum W. (2017) Politeness and disagreement in Hong Kong Internet Discussion Forums: Role of Culture. In Chen X. R. (Ed.), Politeness Phenomena Across Chinese Genres. Sheffield: Equinox, 211-225.
- Lee, C. (2014) The Use of Information Computer Technology for Writing Consultations: Tutors’ Opinions and Implications. In S. Li & P. Swanson (Eds.), Engaging Language Learners Through Technology: Theory, Applications and Outcomes. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 257-275.
- Lee, C. (2012) The pragmatics of non-compliance by Cantonese learners of English in writing tutorials. In A. Yeung, E. Brown and C. Lee (Eds) Communication and Language: Surmounting Barriers to Cross-cultural Communication, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, 319-341.
- Lee, C., Yeung, A., and Cheung, W. K.W. (2019) Learner Perceptions Versus Technology Usage: A Study of Adolescent English Learners in Hong Kong Secondary School. Computers and Education, 133, 13-26. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C. (2019) A Study of Adolescent English Learners’ Cognitive Engagement in Writing while Using an Automated Content Feedback Program. Computer Assisted Language Learning, DOI: 10.1080/09588221.2018.1544152. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C. (2018) Review of Current Issues in Intercultural Pragmatics. Corpus Pragmatics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41701-018-00047-4 (SCOPUS-indexed journal)
- Cheng, A., and Lee, C. (2018) Factors affecting tertiary English learners’ persistence in the self-access Language Learning Journey. System, 76, 170-182. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C., Yeung, A., and Ip, T. (2017) Adult university learners’ readiness to use computer technology for self-directed learning. System, 67, 99-110. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C. (2016) Second Language Learners’ Self-perceived Roles and Participation in face-to-face English writing consultations. System, 63, 51-64. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C., Yeung, A. and Ip, T. (2016) Computer technology and language learning: Do language style, gender and age matter? Computer Assisted Language Learning, 29(5), 1033-1049. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C. (2016) Understanding Refusal Style and Pragmatic Competence of Teenage Cantonese English Learners in Refusals: An Exploratory Study. Intercultural Pragmatics, 13(2), 257-282. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C. (2015) More than language advising: Rapport in writing consultations. Language and Education, 29, 430-452. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Shum, W. and Lee, C. (2013) (Im)politeness and disagreement in two Hong Kong Internet discussion forums Journal of Pragmatics, 50, 52-83. (SSCI-indexed Journal)
- Lee, C., Cheung, W. K.W., Wong, K. C.K. and Lee, F. S.L. (2013) Immediate web-based essay critiquing system feedback and teacher follow up feedback on young second language learners' writings: An experimental study in a Hong Kong secondary school. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 26 (1), 39-60. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C. (2012) Tertiary students’ perceptions and use of information computer technology for language consultations. Teaching in Higher Education, 17(3), 323-339. (SSCI-indexed journal)
- Lee, C. (2011) Strategy and linguistic preference of requests by Cantonese learners of English: An interlanguage and cross-cultural comparison. Multilingua, 30, 99-129. (SSCI-indexed journal)
Selected Professional & Community Services
- 2001-2003 Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics, Hong Kong.
- 2017-2019 Member, Hong Kong Committee, 16th International Pragmatics Conference 2019, Hong Kong
- 2017-present Reviewer of Computers and Education (SSCI-indexed journal), and System (SSCI-indexed journal)
- 2019 Honorary Professor, Centre for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong
- 2009-present Reviewer of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (SSCI-indexed journal)
- 2019-2021 Member, International Advisory Board, Malaysian Journal of Students Advancement
Modified Date: Feb 25, 2019