Coordinating Committee


Adam Forrester is a Senior Teaching Fellow at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the leader of the ELC MOOC project, English@Work in Asia and is also in teams that are creating numerous SPOCs on CUHK KEEP. Other recent projects he is involved in include the PolyU IELTS materials and the Sounds pronunciation project. Besides materials and curriculum development, Adam is in charge of the HK PolyU ELC’s Staff Development Committee.

Dr Jane Robbins is Senior Teaching Fellow in the English Language Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has been working ELC since 2007, and before that she worked for PolyU’s Centre of Professional and Business English. Her experience has been as an English language teacher, teacher-trainer, and university lecturer. Currently, she is the Coordinator for English Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) courses. She is also the Chair of the Centre’s Learning & Teaching Committee & oversees the Centre’s projects.


Jay Bidal, with 20+ years of ELT experience, has been involved in curriculum development, materials writing, and e-authoring in a number of capacities over his career, including as Curriculum Supervisor in an ELC, a writer for 5 in-house textbooks, and the project manager for an e-textbook initiative.

Chrissy Burns is an Instructor at the PolyU English Language Centre and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Inscribe, the University’s journal of undergraduate writing. She is a project coordinator developing WAC support materials for open access. Her areas of interest include genre theory and pedagogy, writing, and materials development.

Lucas Kohnke is a Teaching Fellow at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Lucas has designed, taught and coordinated EAP courses in Asia and Middle East. His research interests include technology-supported teaching and learning, professional development using ICT and integrating higher-order thinking and creativity into EAP course design.

Dr Issa Ying currently works at the English Language Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests include pedagogical strategies for language teaching and learning, using social media for language teaching and learning, teacher development and professional learning communities, narrative inquiry and discourse analysis.

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