Our Staff - Dr Julia Chen


Dr Julia Chen

Director of Educational Development


Room: TU626a

Tel: 3400 3173

E-mail: julia.chen@polyu.edu.hk

Fax: 2334-1569

  Areas of Responsibility    
  • Institution support
  Curriculum Vitae    
  Academic qualifications    
  Work Experience    

I am Director of the Educational Development Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before that, I was Associate Director of the English Language Centre, coordinating 4YC Language & Communication Requirement subjects, materials development and QA; and was the Chair of the Faculty of Humanities' Learning and Teaching Committee. I mainly teach PhD and MPhil students from across the disciplines a subject that I developed entitled "Thesis Writing for Research Students". I also co-teach the subject "Curriculum and Assessment" in the Professional Doctorate programme Doctor of Applied Language Sciences offered by the Faculty of Humanities. I have had extensive subject leading and development experience, including EAP, EIW and English in Literature and Film subjects. I am the Project Leader of two projects on English Across the Curriculum (one institution LEG and the other a 5-university joint TLRP). I led the organisation of the 1st International Conference on English Across the Curriculum held in December 2015 (http://eacconference.elc.polyu.edu.hk/), and am Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2nd EAC conference to be held in December 2018 (https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/conference/EAC2018/).

  Major Publications and Conference Presentations  

Chen, J. (2018). Comprehensive review of university English subjects: Results and reflections. JACET Journal, 62, 1-14.

Cheng, G., Chen, J., Foung, D., Lam, V., & Tom, M. (2018). Towards automatic classification of teacher feedback on student writing. International Journal of Information and Education Technology, 8(5), 342-346.

Cheng, G., Chwo, S.-M. G., Chen, J., Foung, D., Lam, V., & Tom, M. (2017). Automatic classification of teacher feedback and its potential applications for EFL writing. Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2017) (pp. 884-889). New Zealand.

Armatas, C., Tse, A., Chow, J., Foung, D., Chen, J., & Chan, C.S. (2017). Exploring the relationship between the time of completing online quizzes and students' performance in academic writing. EduLearn17 Proceedings, 5306-5311.

Lughmani, S., Gardner, S., Chen, J., Wong, H., & Chan, L. (2016). English across the curriculum: Fostering collaboration.  ELTWO:Special Issue on 5th CELC Symposium Proceedings.

Chen, J., Chau, J., Lim, G. & Li, V. (2016). Online language learning to develop English reading and listening skills in university students: A pilot study in Hong Kong. International Journal for 21st Century Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.35-54.

Chen, J. (2013). New direction in university English language training: Blended delivery. In Ji, P.Y. & Fan, Y. (Eds.), New Directions in TESOL (pp. 86-103). Shanghai: Fudan University Press.

Chan, F. & Chen, J. (2012). Impacts of alignment between ESP and content subjects on biomedical engineering students. Asian ESP Journal, 8(2), 27-54.

Chau, J., Wu, W., Chen, J., & Lughmani, S. (2012). ESL readers' comprehension performance: the Chinese secondary context. ELT Journal; doi: 10.1093/elt/ccr088.

Chen, J. (2011). From reactive to proactive: Handling student plagiarism in higher education. Higher Education Quality Assurance.(pp.240-251).

Chan, F., Chen, J., Fung, F., Cheung, A. and Wong, M.S. (2010). Does inter-departmental curricular partnership help achieve biomedical engineering-specific language learning? RELC Anthology Series 52, pp. 190-217.

Chen, J. (2002). Commander and serviceman: The story of Kim.  In P. Benson & D. Nunan (Eds.), Special Edition of the Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 7(2), 73-90.

Hamp-Lyons, L. and Chen, J. (2001). An investigation into the effectiveness of teacher feedback on student writing. In Kember, D., Candlin, S. & Yan, L. (Eds.), Further case studies of improving teaching and learning from the Action Learning Project. Hong Kong: Action Learning Project.

Hamp-Lyons, L., Chen, J. & Mok, J. (2001). Introducing innovation incrementally: Teacher feedback on writing. Thai TESOL Bulletin, 14(2), 59-66.

Chen, J. (1997). Issues in the Teaching of Writing in Hong Kong. HKPU Working Papers in ELT & Applied Linguistics, 2(1), 29-38.

  Conference Presentation  

How Rasch analysis enriches academic analytics: a case study of a university English course by Dennis Foung, Julia Chen on 13/07/2017 at International Conference on Open and Innovative Education (ICOIE) 2017, Open University Hong Kong

New approaches towards educational development by Julia Chen, L. Zhou on 07/07/2017 at China Higher Education Development Network (CHED) 2017, Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC

Does streaming work? A quantitative study of university EAP subjects by Dennis Foung, Julia Chen on 02/06/2017 at Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, University of Hong Kong

The relational nature of WAC: a boundary object to bridge across disciplines and differences by Julia Chen on 23/06/2016 at IWAC 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA Show abstract

English across the curriculum: Fostering collaboration by Julia Chen, Lucy Chan, Shari Dureshahwar Lughmani, , Sheena Gardner, Hebe Wong on 26/05/2016 at CELC Symposium, National University of Singapore, Singapore Show abstract

Developing academic literacy in context: Strategies, limitations and preliminary results by , Julia Chen on 15/12/2015 at International Conference on the Development of English Across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

  Funded Research/Teaching Development Projects  
  Ongoing Projects  

Interactive online English activities and game-mediated app for independent language learning Show details

Towards automatic tracking of student responses to teacher feedback in draft revision Show details

Development of an Institutional-wide e-Learning Platform with Diagnostic e-Assessment and e-Learning Packages using Learn@PolyU to Enhance Entry Students’ Underpinning Skills and Knowledge Show details

English Across the Curriculum Show details

Language enhancement for Capstone Projects Using Interactive Apps Show details

  Completed Projects  

Academic support for senior year students Show details

Community of Practice (CoP) Project: Enhancing Students’ English Abilities Show details

Professional Development in Enhancing English across the Curriculum Show details

Overseas Scholarship Scheme Implementation Project Show details

Evaluation of GUR in 4 Year Curriculum

  Professional Interests  

English Across the Curriculum

Learning analytics




Teacher training


Reimagine Education Awards 2017 - Shortlisted for the Learning Assessment Award (Team Leader)

University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award Shortlisted Finalist 2013

President's Award for Excellent Performance/Achievement in Services 2011-12 (Team Leader)

Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance/Achievement in Services 2010-11 (Team Leader)

President's Award for Excellent Performance/Achievement in Teaching 2002-03

Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance/Achievement in Teaching 2002-03

  Invited Talks  

Event: Research Design and Scientific Article Writing Workshop, Sun Yet-Sen University, 21-23 April 2017
Title of my talk: Research writing for rehabilitation

Event: Teaching and Learning: Building Academic Discipline in Higher Education Forum (Co-organised by Sichuan University Pittsburgh Institute & BlackBoard China), 12 November 2016, Chengdu, Sichuan
Title of my talk: Enhancement of students’ learning in higher education: Sharing Hong Kong PolyU’s experiences

Event: Japan Association for College English Teaching 43rd Summer Seminar, Kyoto University, 18-19 August 2016
Title of my talk 1: EAP curriculum development and innovation
Title of my talk 2: EAP curriculum evaluation & English across the curriculum

Event: International Symposium on English for Academic Purposes, Kyoto University, 17 August 2016
Title of my talk: Teaching academic writing in Hong Kong: The case of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  Membership on International Publication Boards  

- WAC Clearinghouse Publications Review Board

- Editorial Review Board of the book series International Exchanges on the Study of Writing

  Membership on Professional Associations  

- China Higher Education Development Network, Executive Council Member

- The Japan Association of College English, Honorary Member