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Dr Alex Ho-Cheong Leung

BA (Lingnan, Hong Kong), CELTA (UK), PhD (Newcastle, UK)
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL 

Chris Hart

Contact details:
School of Arts & Social Sciences
Northumbria University
Lipman Building, room 401a
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST  
phone: 0191 243 7976
email: alex.ho-cheong.leung@northumbria.ac.uk
                                                                                   

Biography


I grew up in Hong Kong where I obtained my BA (Hons) in Contemporary English studies. During my undergraduate studies I went to Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania (US) for an exchange programme, and I also spent some time at the University of York (UK) through a study abroad programme. Upon the completion of my BA in 2007, I came to the UK to pursue my (Integrated) PhD studies at Newcastle University in English Language and Linguistics. I successfully defended my thesis on second language phonology acquisition under the influence of multiple varieties in 2012. I first joined Northumbria as a part time lecturer in TESOL at the beginning of 2012 and have been employed as a full time lecturer since the academic year of 2012-2013. 


Teaching Interests 


I have previously taught at both an undergraduate and a postgraduate level.  Modules that I have been involved in include phonetics and phonology, English historical linguistics, second language acquisition, second language phonology, and TESOL. I am currently responsible for two first year modules – Intro to TESOL Classrooms, Classroom Skills for TESOL, and two MA modules – The Professional Practice of TESOL, Investigating Second Language Acquisition. I am also  assisting other tutors on various first year core modules.   


Research Interests


My research interests revolve around second language acquisition (SLA) and applied linguistics. I am particularly interested in the study of second language (L2) speech acquisition. I am currently working on projects that investigate the influence of foreign domestic helpers on children’s (S)LA. Apart from SLA and L2 speech, I am also interested in other areas including bilingualism, and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). I have also collaborated with various colleagues on projects looking into aspects of English historical linguistics and applying SLA findings in classrooms.  


Postgraduate Supervision


I am happy to supervise projects in second language acquisition, second language speech, TESOL (especially ones that attempt to bridge theoretical SLA and classroom practice) and other facets of bi-/multi- lingualism. 


Affiliations and Memberships


• The British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) - Executive Committee (Meeting Secretary)
• The Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS) - Ordinary Member
• The Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) - Ordinary Member


Funding Awards


UK Student Scholarship
British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
June 2012

Research Support Fund
Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS), Newcastle University, UK.
Feb 2012

UTLSEC Innovation Fund 2012
University Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Committee, Newcastle University, UK.
Feb 2012 (joint bid with Prof. Martha Young-Scholten)

LAGB Conference Bursary
Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB)
May 2011

Writing Up Fund
School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics, Newcastle University, U.K.
May 2011

Research Support Fund
School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics, Newcastle University, U.K.
July 2009; May 2010; May 2011, Dec 2011, April 2012

New Route PhD Conference Support Fund
New Route PhD Consortium, UK
June 2009


Selected publications


Leung, A. H.-C. and van der Wurff, W. (eds.) (2014). NPs in English: past and present: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

van der Wurff, W., and Leung, A. H.-C. (in prep.) Anaphoric reference in Early Modern English: the case of said and same.  In A.H.-C. Leung, and W. van der Wuff (eds.).

Leung, A. H.-C. (accepted). Input multiplicity and the robustness of phonological categories in child L2 phonology acquisition. Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech Concordia Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, 5.

Leung, A. H.-C. and Young-Scholten, M. (2013). Reaching out to the other side: Formal-linguistics-based SLA and Socio-SLA. In D. Block (ed.), Applied Linguistics Review - Special issue on Critiquing Applied Linguistics,  vol 4 (2). 259-290. DOI: 10.1515/applirev-2013-0012

Leung, A.H.-C. (2013). Children’s attitude towards different English varieties. In Y. Terao (ed.), JSLS Conference Handbook. The Japanese Society for Language Sciences: Kwassui Women’s University. 111-114. 

Leung, A. H.-C. (2012). Bad influence? – an investigation into the purported negative influence of foreign domestic helpers on children’s second language English acquisition. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 33 (2), pp.133-148. DOI:10.1080/01434632.2011.649038

Leung, A. H.-C. (2012). Child L2 phonology acquisition and its interaction with sociolinguistic factors in the context of multiple varieties. In K. Sawasaki, and Y. Terao (eds.), JSLS Conference Handbook. The Japanese Society for Language Sciences: Nagoya University. 81-84.

Leung, A., H.-C. (2011). I know [pɪlɪpɪno] but I say [fɪlɪpɪno]: an investigation into Filipino foreign domestic helpers’ influence on Hong Kong Chinese’s L2 English phonology acquisition. Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics - Special issue on the acquisition of second language speech. 47 (1). pp. 81-95. DOI: 10.2478/psicl-2011-0007

Leung, A., H.-C. (2011). [fɪlɪpɪno] or [pɪlɪpɪno]? Children’s L2 English acquisition under the influence of multiple varieties. In Terao, Y., and Sawasaki, K. (eds.). JSLS Conference Handbook. The Japanese Society for Language Sciences: Kansai University. 89-92.

Leung, A., H.-C. (2010). An apparent dissociation between input and outcome in child L2 acquisition: L2 English-accent acquisition in Hong Kong. In Clackson, K., Absi, Z., Ogawa, M., Ono, M., Patterson, C., Villafaña, V. (eds.). Language at the University of Essex (LangUE) 2009 Proceedings, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex. 58-69

Leung, A., H.-C. (2010). [pɪlɪpɪno], I know, but [fɪlɪpɪno] is what I say. In Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, K, Wrembel, M and Kul, M, (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech, New Sounds 2010. pp. 293-298.