Describing himself as a language lover, Jonathan is always fascinated by language matters ranging from pidgin English and prose style to learner strategies and lexicogrpahy. He graduated with distinction from Hong Kong Baptist College (now HKBU), where he majored in English Language and Literature while studying French and German. In addition to an MA in TESOL/TEFL from the University of Birmingham (UK), he holds an MA in Linguistics, an MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong. His doctoral thesis is a corpus-based study of evaluative language in newspaper discourse.
Formerly an English panel head, Jonathan has more than ten years of English teaching experience at the secondary level. Currently an assistant professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, he teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at School of Arts and Social Sciences, the Open University of Hong Kong. His research interests now include emotion language in journalistic writing, and the notion of "classic novels" in a specialized corpus.
His only sport these days is cycling. A great admirer of Goethe, Jonathan strives to live by the German writer's maxim "Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast", but not always with great success.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
- Discourse Analysis (esp. academic discourse and journalistic discourse)
- Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
- Ngai, Jonathan. (2018). “It is imperative to …”: Importance markers and the
construction of newspaper discourse. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics,
- Ngai, Jonathan, & Li, Cissy. (2018). Challenges and issues in academic writing:
Perspectives from peer tutors. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics,