Dr. POON, Y K Anita

B.A. (Hons), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dip. French Studies, University of Paris
Dip.Ed., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A., The University of Hong Kong
Ph.D., Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies

Academic & Professional Experience

Prior to joining HKBU, I had served the following universities:

  • School of Education and Languages, The Open University of Hong Kong, as Assistant Professor
  • English Department and Language Institute, City University of Hong Kong, as Lecturer
  • Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as Instructor
  • School of Languages and Literacy Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, as P/T lecturer

Research Interests

  • English language education
  • Language policy and planning
  • Education policy
  • Bilingualism and bilingual education

Consultancy/Professional/Community Services

  1. Led a research team of the Department to conduct a large-scale research project commissioned by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong, and the title was “Research project of building online assessment resources to empower both frontline professionals and students: Connecting reading and writing across Key Stages 1 to 2 (ELE)” (completed in January 2017)
  2. Led a research team of the Department to conduct a large-scale research project commissioned by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong, and the title was “An evaluation study on the implementation of the English Language curriculum at secondary level (2001-2010)” (completed in August 2012)
  3. Member of the Education Bureau’s Vetting Committee on Exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) (English) (2016-2018)
  4. Member of the Editorial Board of The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher (2007-present)
  5. External Examiner of the BEd. (Honours) (Language Teaching) Programme offered by the English Department of HKIEd (2007-2011)
  6.  External Examiner of the BATESL programme offered by the United International College of HKBU in Zhuhai, China (2010-2011)
  7. International research correspondent of Reading Research Quarterly (2002-2007)
  8. Member of the Public Affairs Forum set up on 10 March 2005 to canvass the views of business, professional and middle class people on political affairs and public issues in Hong Kong (2005-present)
  9. Member of the ‘Advisory Committee for Registration under the Continuing Education Fund’ (May 2007-June 2008)
  10. Member of the Focus Group in the domain of Language in Continuing Education Fund (CEF) (November 2005-July 2006)
  11. Programme External Examiner of Certificate Course in the Management of English Teaching in Secondary Schools offered by the Division of Continuing Professional Education of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2002-2005)
  12. Member of the Basic Competency Assessment Main Committee, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (2003-2006)
  13. Member of the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers Main Committee, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (2003-2004)
  14. Member of the Steering Committee on ‘Study on Enrichment of Language Learning Environment’ operated within the Planning and Research Division of the Education and Manpower Bureau of Hong Kong (2000 – 2004)
  15. Write newspaper articles and attend radio and TV forums on education policies and English language education
  16. Provided expert views on Education Reform, the promotion of biliteracy and trilingualism, and medium of instruction in discussion sessions with the Chairperson of the Education Commission, Hon. Rosanna Wong, on 12 December, 2001, with the Chief Secretary for Administration, Donald Tsang, on 30 October 2003, with the Deputy Secretary for Education, Bernadette Linn, on 20 May 2008, and with the Secretary for Education, Michael Suen, on 11 July 2008 respectively.
  17. Review journal articles for both international and local refereed journals

Selected Publications

Books

  1. Poon, A.Y.K. (2000). Medium of instruction in Hong Kong: Policy and Practice. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. (U.S.A.)
  2. Poon, A.Y.K. (2001). English for effective communication: Listening and speaking. Hong Kong: The Open Learning University of Hong Kong.
  3. Wong, Y.C. & Poon, A.Y.K. (1993). Democratic Education and Reflections on Our Times. Hong Kong: Wide Angle Press. (In Chinese).
  4. Poon, A.Y.K. & Wong, Y.C. (1993). A Duet about Education and Life. Hong Kong: Wide Angle Press. (In Chinese).
  5. Poon, A.Y.K. & Wong, Y.C. (1992). Travel, reflection, life. Hong Kong: Sharplife Ltd. (In Chinese).
  6. Poon, A.Y.K., Choi, P.L. & Tang, H.Y. (1989). Listening Skills (Book 1). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Educational Publishing Co.
  7. Poon, A.Y.K., Choi, P.L. & Tang, H.Y. (1989). Listening Skills (Book 2). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Educational Publishing Co.
  8. Poon, A.Y.K., Choi, P.L. & Tang, H.Y. (1989). Listening Skills (Book 3). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Educational Publishing Co.

Journal articles

  1. Poon, A.Y.K. & Lau, C.M.Y. (2016). Fine-tuning medium-of-instruction policy in Hong Kong: Acquisition of language and content-based subject knowledge. Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 20(1), 135-155.
  2. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013). Will the new fine-tuning medium-of-instruction policy alleviate the threats of dominance of English-medium instruction in Hong Kong? Current Issues in Language Planning, 14(1), 34-51.(U.K.)
  3. Poon, A.Y.K., Lau, C.M.Y. & Chu, D.H.W. (2013). Impact of the fine-tuning medium-of-instruction policy on learning: Some preliminary findings. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ), 4(1), 946-954. (U.K.)
  4. Poon, A.Y.K. (2011). Integrative-narrative method: The role of narratives, integrated skills and cognitive strategies in the teaching of English listening in Hong Kong. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 20(3), 477-488. (Springer)
  5. Poon, A.Y.K. (2010). Language use, language policy and planning in Hong Kong. Polity Studies Series of Current Issues in Language Planning,11(1),  1-66. (U.K.)
  6. Poon, A.Y.K. (2009). A review of research in English language education in Hong Kong in the past 25 years: reflections and the way forward. Special issue: Twenty-five years of educational research in Hong Kong, Educational Research Journal, 24 (1), 7-40.
  7. Poon, A.Y.K. & Wong, Y.C. (2008). Education reform in Hong Kong: Through-road model and its societal consequences. International Review of Education, 54 (1), 33-55 (a journal of UNESCO). Dordrecht: Springer. (The Netherlands)
  8. Poon, A.Y.K. (2008). How action research can complement formal language teacher education. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 17 (1), 43-62. (The Philippines)
  9. Poon, A.Y.K. & Wong, Y.C. (2008). Policy changes and impact of the education reform in Hong Kong. Journal of Taiwan Normal University: Education, 53 (3), 47-65. (Taiwan)
  10. Poon, A.Y.K. (2007). International report on literacy research: Reading and writing connections. Reading Research Quarterly, 42 (1), 162-163. (U.S.A.)
  11. Poon, A.Y.K. (2006). International report on literacy research: Emergent readers. Reading Research Quarterly, 41 (3), 395-396. (U.S.A.)
  12. Poon, A.Y.K. (2006). International report on literacy research: teacher preparation. Reading Research Quarterly, 41 (1), 135. (U.S.A.)
  13. Poon, A.Y.K. (2005). International reports on middle school literacy: Regional responses from Pacific Asia. Reading Research Quarterly, 40 (1), 114-115. (U.S.A.)
  14. Poon, A.Y.K. (2004). Language policy of Hong Kong: Its impact on language education and language use in post-handover Hong Kong. Journal of Taiwan Normal University: Humanities & Sciences, 49 (1), 53-74. (Taiwan)
  15. Poon, A.Y.K. (2004). International reports on literacy research – literacy education in Guizhou province in China. Reading Research Quarterly, 39(1), 115 – 116. (U.S.A.)
  16. Poon, A.Y.K. (2003). A challenge for the developer: Issues of interactivity and linguistic-cognitive appropriateness in English language learning.Open Learning, 18 (2), 135-153. (U.K.)
  17. Poon, A.Y.K. (2003). A review of Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Education (PGDE/PGCE) course syllabuses (English subject) in Hong Kong.HKBU Papers in Applied Language Studies 7, 86-103.
  18. Poon, A.Y.K. (1999). Chinese medium teaching policy and its impact on English language learning in post-1997. Hong Kong. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2 (2), 131-146. (U.K)

Chapters

  1. Poon, A.Y.K. ( Forthcoming). Language education policy in Hong Kong. In A. Kirkpatrick & T. Liddicoat (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Language Education Policy in Asia. Oxon, U.K.: Routledge. (U.K.)
  2. Poon, A.Y.K. (2017). Unlocking the dilemma of language policy in the post-1997 era. In T.K.C. Tse & M. Lee (Eds.), Making Sense of Education in Post-Handover Hong Kong: Achievements and Challengers (pp. 54-72). Oxon, U.K.: Routledge. (U.K.)
  3. Poon, A.Y.K. (2016). A global challenge: Immersion as an effective means to enhancing English proficiency? In C. Ng, B. Fox & M. Nakamo (Eds.), Reforming Learning and Teaching in Asia-Pacific Universities: Influence of Globalized Processes (pp. 249-273). Dordrecht: Springer. (The Netherlands)
  4. Poon, A.Y.K. (2014). Will the new fine-tuning medium of instruction policy alleviate the threats of dominance of English-medium instruction in Hong Kong? In M.O. Hamid, H.T.M. Nguyen & R.B. Baldauf Jr. (Eds.), Language Planning for Medium of Instruction in Asia (pp. 34-51). Oxon, U.K.: Routledge. (UK)
  5. Poon, A.Y.K. (2011). Language use, language policy and planning in Hong Kong. In Kaplan, R.B. and Baldalf, R.B.(Eds.), Language planning in the Asia Pacific: Hong Kong, Timor Leste and Sri Lanka (pp. 26-91). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. (U.K.)
  6. Poon, A.Y.K. (2009).Reforming medium of instruction in Hong Kong: Its impact on learning. In C.H. Ng and P.D. Renshaw (Vol. Eds.), Reforming Learning: Issues, Concepts and Practice in the Asian-Pacific Region (pp. 199-232). Dordrecht: Springer. (The Netherlands)
  7. Poon, A.Y.K. (2004). Action research: A study on using narratives to teach L2 writing in a Hong Kong primary school. In G. Rijlaarsdam, G., Van den Bergh, H. and Couzijn, M. (Eds.), Studies in Writing, 14, Effective learning and teaching of writing (pp. 305-332), 2nd edition. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. (The Netherlands)
  8. Poon, A.Y.K. and Wong, Y.C. (2004). Governance in education in Hong Kong: A decentralizing or a centralizing path? In Y.C. Wong (Ed.), One country two systems in crisis: Hong Kong’s transformation since the handover (pp. 137 – 166). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. (U.S.A.)
  9. Poon, A.Y.K. (2000). Implementing the medium of instruction policy in Hong Kong schools. In D. Li, W.K. Tsang and A. Lin (Eds.), Language education in post-1997 Hong Kong (pp.148-178). Hong Kong: Linguistic Society of Hong Kong.
  10. Poon, A.Y.K., Tang, K.C. & Tang, T. (1999). CALL for oral skills in English: The development, implementation and operation of the Computer Assisted Voice Mail Oral Practice System at the Open University of Hong Kong. In B. Morrison, D. Cruikshank, D. Gardner, J. James and K. Keobke (Eds.), Information Technology & Multimedia in English Language Teaching (pp. 117-134). Hong Kong: The English Language Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  11. Poon, A.Y.K. (1998). Bilingualism and monolingualism: A shift in Hong Kong government’s language-in-education policy In V. Berry and A. McNeill (Eds.), Policy and practice in language education (pp. 89-104). Hong Kong: Department of Curriculum Studies, the University of Hong Kong.
  12. Poon, A.Y.K. (1992). Action research: A study on using TV news to improve listening proficiency’. Hong Kong: English Department, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong. ERIC Database, Document Reproduction Service No. ED 375607.

Newspaper articles (in Chinese)

  1. Poon, A.Y.K. (2016, 24 June). Will associate degree students stand a chance of upward mobility? Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  2. Poon, A.Y.K. (2016, 11 March). Will the younger generation forsake their mother tongue so easily? Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  3. Poon, A.Y.K. (2015, 11 December). A review of the biliterate/trilingual policy. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  4. Poon, A.Y.K. (2015, 5 September). Recentralisation of education governance. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C3.
  5. Poon, A.Y.K. (2015, 22 August). ‘Promoting Putonghua while eliminating Cantonese’ — So far away and yet so near! Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C3.
  6. Poon, A.Y.K. (2015, 18 July). What is the purpose for ‘Promoting Putonghua while eliminating Cantonese’? Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C3.
  7. Poon, A.Y.K. (2015, 30 May). Is it appropriate for teacher training to adopt the ‘Clinical Model’? Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C3.
  8. Poon, A.Y.K. (2015, 24 April). Problems concerning how infants learn English. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  9. Poon, A.Y.K. (2015, 31 January). LAC and CLIL within the framework of fine-tuning medium of instruction policy. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  10. Poon, A.Y.K. (2014, 30 August). Teaching and learning strategies of EMI. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  11. Poon, A.Y.K. (2014, 25 July). A study on the fine-tuning medium-of-instruction policy. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  12. Poon, A.Y.K. (2014, 17 May). Can the fine-tuning medium-of-instruction policy solve the problems? Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  13. Poon, A.Y.K. (2014, 14 March). A study on compulsory Chinese medium of instruction policy. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  14. Poon, A.Y.K. (2014, 18 January). Compulsory Chinese medium of instruction policy did more harm than good. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  15. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 6 December). Education reform: Why did the government implement compulsory Chinese medium of instruction policy? Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  16. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 23 November). Changing medium of instruction policies in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  17. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 14 September). Education reform: Multiple pathways and sub-degree. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C3.
  18. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 2 August). Curriculum reform: Key Learning Areas and generic skills. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  19. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 31 May). Education reform intensifies inequality in Hong Kong society. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C8.
  20. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 11 May). Review of education reform: Is “Through-Road” a thoroughfare? Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C3.
  21. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 8 February). DSS schools, social capital, wealth gap. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, p. C4.
  22. Poon, A.Y.K. (2013, 5 January). From ‘old elitism’ to ‘new elitism’. Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, C3.
  23. Poon, A.Y.K. (2010, August 11). Should Hong Kong people also safeguard Cantonese? Ming Pao, B14.
  24. Poon, A.Y.K. (2010, August 5). Linguistic hegemony. Ming Pao, A29.
  25. Poon, A.Y.K. (2009, June 24). It’s time to conclude the debate on medium of instruction. Ming Pao, B16.
  26. Poon, A.Y.K. (2009, January 20). Fine-tuning MoI policy is the first step to bilingual education. Ming Pao, B13.
  27. Poon, A.Y.K. (2008, June 17). Chinese medium instruction policy: What course to follow? Ming Pao. Poon, A.Y.K. (2007, April 24). Academic freedom and institutional autonomy. Ming Pao.
  28. Poon, A.Y.K. (2006, March 11). Inspiration drawn from Hong Kong and Taiwan’s education reform. Ming Pao.
  29. Poon, A.Y.K. (2005, May 5). “Bilingual education replacing ‘Changing Trains’”, Ming Pao.
  30. Poon, A.Y.K. (2005, May 4). “Who says ‘Within-school Streaming’ is not as good as ‘Changing Trains’”, Ming Pao.
  31. Poon, A.Y.K. (2004, April 20). “School-Based Management Ordinance” not equivalent to democratization in school management, Ming Pao.
  32. Poon, A.Y.K. (2002, May 29). Higher education reform being lashed by marketization, Economic Journal.
  33. Poon, A.Y.K. (2001, June 15). Don’t learn English in the Chinese way, Ming Pao.
  34. Poon, A.Y.K. (2001, June 18). A re-engineering project on enhancing English proficiency, Ming Pao.
  35. Poon, A.Y.K. (2000, September 13). Is Education Reform on the right track? Economic Journal.
  36. Poon, A.Y.K. (1998, January 14). A lesson from European Union’s plurilingual policy, Economic Journal.
  37. Poon, A.Y.K. (1997, October 15). Hong Kong should adopt the bilingual education model, Economic Journal.
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