April is an Assistant Professor in School of Education and Languages, The Open University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Open University of Hong Kong, she has taught postgraduate courses about discourse analysis and LAC/CLIL, supervised Master of Education and Master of Arts (TESOL) dissertations and projects at Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. She completed a Ph.D. in English language education at the University of Hong Kong.
Her main research interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics, language and gender, and content and language integrated learning (CLIL). Her recent publications have appeared/will appear in Discourse and Communication, Linguistics Research, Language and Education, Chinese Journal of Communication, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, and Encyclopedia of Language and Education (Springer). Over the last five years, she has also been working with frontline secondary school teachers on LAC/English curriculum design in a number of national contexts.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
- (Critical) Discourse Analysis
- Language and Gender
- Language-across-the-Curriculum (LAC)/Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
Academic & Professional Experience
2016-2019 Honorary Assistant Professor, Technology-Enrinched Learning Initiative (TELI), The University of Hong Kong
2014 Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre Professional Awards
- Liu, Y., He, E., Lai, H. Y.V. (2014). Reading and Writing Skills for HKDSE Liberal Studies Exam. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Educational Publishing Co.
- Liu, Y. & Lin, A. M. Y. (2017). Popular culture and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). In S. L.Thorne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Education (Ed. S. May) Vol. 9: Language, Education and Technology. Springer. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-02328-1_38-1)
- Liu, Y. (under review). Exploring bilingual learners’ desires in English-medium studies: Evidence from a Thai private bilingual school.
- To, J. & Liu, Y. (2017). Using peer and teacher-student exemplar dialogues to unpack assessment standards: Challenges and possibilities, 43(3), 449-460 Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. [SSCI]
- Chui, H. L., Liu, Y., Mak, B. (2016). Code-switching for newcomers and veterans: A mutually-constructed discourse strategy for workplace socialization and identification. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 26(1), 25-51.
- Liu, Y. (2015). Yellow or blue ribbons: analysing discourses in conflict in the televized government-student meeting during the Occupy Movement in Hong Kong. Chinese Journal of Communication, 8 (4), 456-467.[SSCI]
- Liu, Y. (2015). Critical Perspectives on Language Teaching Materials, edited by J. Gray. Language and Education, 29(1), 90-92. [SSCI]
- Liu, Y. (2012). Re/Production of Gender Ideologies in Everyday Language Practices: Analysing interactions in beauty spas in Hong Kong. Linguistic Research (《语言学研究》), 12, 154-172. [CSSCI]
- Mak, B., Liu, Y. Deneen, C. C. (2012). Humor in the workplace: A regulating and coping mechanism in socialization. Discourse and Communication, 6(2), 163-179. [SSCI]
Selected Professional & Community Services
- Reviewer of the 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
- Reviewer for Cogent Education (Taylor & Francis Group)
- Guest speaker at “Gender Stereotyping and Equal Opportunities”, a webinar organized by Liberal Studies Section, Curriculum Development Institute (CDI), Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
- Invited speaker, sharing at “EMI LS Learning Community Activity (2015-16)”, Education Bureau, HKSAR, "Adapting Genre-based Pedagogy for EMI Liberal Studies"
- Invited seminar, "Critical Discourse Analysis and Multimodal Texts", Department of English, Sun Yat-Sen University
- Invited seminar, "Adapting SFL Genre Pedagogy for Content and Language Integrated Learning: Case Studies in HK, Thailand and Sweden", Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
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Modified Date: Mar 17, 2019