Coordinating Committee


Dr Nigel Huckstep is Associate Director of the Center for Language Education (CLE) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He holds a PhD in applied linguistics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Language Teaching) from the University of East Anglia, UK. He teaches EAP and ESP to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as teaching on the HKUST MA in International Language Education. He is chair of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) committee at the CLE and has presented papers on curriculum development at local and regional conferences. Nigel has been active in promoting Technology Enhanced Language Learning in the CLE and has written a large scale writing course in a blended environment for first year undergraduates at HKUST.


Anthony Siu has a Ph.D. in English from SUNY, Buffalo. He is interested in psycholinguistics, particularly the work of Jacques Lacan. His reading interests lie in metaphor and metonymy in language use and discourse analysis and how language reflects our cognitive and non-cognitive thoughts in communications. His research interest covers film language and semiotics in film narratives, notably traditions developed from Saussurean tradition.

Delian Gaskell is a Lecturer in the Center for Language Education at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She helped to design, write and produce two of the first sets of MOOCCs for English Language Teaching in Hong Kong: English for Doing Business in Asia (for edX) and Business English for Non-Native Speakers (for Coursera). Delian has been intrigued by technology in language learning since specializing in Computer-Aided Language Learning for her MA in 2004. Delian’s professional interests included e-learning, computer-aided language learning, the use of ‘flipped’ classrooms, corpus linguistics and discourse analysis.

Liza Yew has taught ESL/EFL in Malaysia, Australia and Hong Kong for more than 30 years with the last 22 years at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her areas of interest are in curriculum design (Science and Technology), rhythms in teaching and learning, and exploring ways to integrate technology into classroom practices. She obtained her BSc in Biology from McGill University, Canada and her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Pui Lee is a witness of the evolution of technology in learning in the past two decades — From the early-days of CALL self-access, to the inception of blended-learning and bloom of MOOCs in recent years. Pui would like to explore further into its potentials from both learner’s and teacher’s perspectives.

Rebecca Farmer is an Instructor at HKUST and works mostly in the undergraduate science team. She is also involved in projects developing TELL-related resources to support science-specific disciplines. Rebecca has previously worked as a Teacher Development Consultant, delivering professional development programmes and workshops for teachers around HK. Her professional interests include teacher development and understanding how technology can impact learning.

Sean McMinn is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Language Education at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has designed and delivered English MOOCs on two major platforms, Coursera and edX, and teaches Information Technology in Language Teaching, which is part of a Master of Arts in International Language Education (MA-ILE) program. He is currently working on a UGC-funded project that aims to create opportunities and resources for both teachers and learners of English to develop digital literacy skills. Projects in the past include embedding social networks, wikis, blogs and podcasts into various language courses. He was nominated for the 2016 UGC Teaching Award and the 201 Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He won the 2016 SHSS Teaching Excellence Award and the Teaching Innovation Award for his work with podcasts and education at HKUST in 2007.

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