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Dr Alex Ho-Cheong Leung

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Department: Humanities

Alex Ho-Cheong 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.

ADSS Alexleung Facultystaff 255I 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.

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BA (Lingnan, Hong Kong), CELTA (UK), PhD (Newcastle, UK), PgCert (Northumbria, UK); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Research Themes and Scholarly 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.

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 level four modules – Intro to TESOL Classrooms, Classroom Skills for TESOL, and two level seven modules – The Professional Practice of TESOL, Investigating Second Language Acquisition. I am also assisting other tutors on various level four core modules.

Robustness of L2 phonological acquisition under limited exposure to talker variability

The intelligibility, accentedness, and comprehensibility of Global Englishes

Minimal exposure and L2 phonological acquisition

Fillers in languages and its relationship with perceived accentedness in a first/second language (L1/L2)

Current/Recent Projects

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

Key Publications

Leung, A. H.-C. and Young-Scholten, M. (2013). Reaching out to the other side: Formal-linguistics-based SLA and Socio-SLA. Applied Linguistics Review, 4 (2). pp. 259-290. ISSN 1868-6311 (Special Issue on Critiquing Applied Linguistics edited by David Block)

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. (2011). I know [pɪlɪpɪno] but i say [fɪlɪpɪno]: An investigation into Filipino foregin 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). 81-95. DOI: 10.2478/psicl-2011-0007

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. and van der Wurff, W. (eds.) (to appear 2017). NPs in English: past and present: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

van der Wurff, W., and Leung, A. H.-C. (in press) 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. & Lee, P.C.-W. (2016). Chinese but not Chinese? A case study of identity in post-colonial Hong Kong. In C. Diskin, J. Martyn & V. Regan (eds.), Language, identity, and Migration: Voices from transnational speakers and communities. Bern, Switzerland: Peterlang. 249-286.

Leung, A.H.-C. (2015).Deteriorating standard?: A brief look into the English standard in Hong Kong. Asian Englishes, 17 (3), 209-221. DOI:10.1080/13488678.2015.1069964

 Leung, A. H.-C. (2014). 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. 401-415.

Pavlovskaya, N., Jarad, S., Leung, A.H.-C., and Young-Scholten, M. (2014).What do adult L2 learners know about phonology after minimal exposure? British Association for Applied Linguistics  (BAAL) Conference Proceedings, 393-408.

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