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Dr Alex Leung

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

I grew up in Hong Kong where I obtained my BA (Hons) in Contemporary English studies. During my undergraduate years I've spent some time in the States at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania and also in the UK at the University of York. Upon the completion of my BA, 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. In addition to my Northumbria duties, I currently work as an external examiner for the MA programmes of Leeds and UCLAN. I’ve served on the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) as the Meetings Secretary (2013-2019). I am a section editor for Open Linguistics (De Gruyter) and an editorial board member of the English Language Teaching Journal (ELTJ - Oxford) and also a regular reviewer for various journals.

Alex Leung


  • Linguistics DPhil November 23 2012
  • English BA (Hons) September 01 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Reality check: Identity struggle and experiences of NESTs living and teaching abroad, Leung, A., Yip, T. 22 Apr 2020, Language teacher identity in TESOL: Teacher education and practice as identity work, New York, Routledge
  • Anaphoric reference in Early Modern English, Leung, A., Van Der Wurff, W. 14 May 2018, The Noun Phrase in English: Past and present, John Benjamins
  • The Noun Phrase in English, Leung, A., van der Wurff, W. 2018
  • Chinese but not Chinese? A case study of identity in post-colonial Hong Kong, Leung, A., Lee, P. 2016, Language, Identity and Migration: Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities, Oxford, Peter Lang
  • Deteriorating standard? A brief look into the English standard in Hong Kong, Leung, A. 27 Aug 2015, In: Asian Englishes
  • Input multiplicity and the robustness of phonological categories in child L2 phonology acquisition, Leung, A. Mar 2014, In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech (New Sounds 2013)
  • What do adult L2 learners know about phonology after minimal exposure?, Pavlovskaya, N., Jarad, S., Leung, A., Young-Scholten, M. Sep 2014
  • Reaching out to the other side: Formal-linguistics-based SLA and Socio-SLA, Leung, A., Young-Scholten, M. 2013, In: Applied Linguistics Review
  • Bad influence? – an investigation into the purported negative influence of foreign domestic helpers on children's second language English acquisition, Leung, A. 22 Feb 2012, In: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
  • I know [pɪlɪpɪno] but i say [fɪlɪpɪno]: An investigation into Filipino foregin domestic helpers’ influence on Hong Kong Chinese’s L2 English phonology acquisition, Leung, A. Mar 2011, In: Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics

PGR Supervision

  • Andrea Canavosio Start: 01/01/2020
  • Fatuma Abdulkader Exploring Saudi EFL Teachers' and Learners' Perceptions regarding the Application of Communicative language Teaching (CLT) in the English Language Classroom Start: 09/06/2014
  • Qianwen Cheng Family of Chinese BA-construction - A Cognitive Approach Start: 29/09/2017

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Second Language Acquisition
Second Language Speech & Phonology
Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Teacher Identity and Experience
Language Attitudes and Variations
English Historical Linguistics 

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