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Dr. Chen Hsueh Chu Rebecca has been investigating a wide range of issues in interlanguage phonetics and phonology, third language phonology, foreign accent and intelligibility, and computer-assisted/ corpus-based pronunciation teaching and learning.

Dr. Chen and her team have recently completed aTDG project: Using Self-Developed Learners' Corpora for Pronunciation Learning and Teaching​​​​, which provides a spoken corpus of the English of Chinese ( with different dialectal backgrounds) and non-Chinese learners, a wide range of resources and exercises for pronunciation learning and teaching, and a Praat beginners' manual for acoustic phonetics research. Dr. Chen is also active in knowledge transfer activities. Her team has endeavored to create and promote an innovative corpus-based language pedagogy at EdUHK and beyond. They have recently received recognitions from the international communities - the Silver Medal at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva for the excellence of the project “Educational Linguistics 2.0 – the use of corpora in language teaching.” In 2020, she and her colleagues won 2020 Esperanto "Access to Language Education” Award organized by CALICO, the Esperantic Studies Foundation, and in the USA.

Dr. Chen served as Head of Centre for Language in Education in 2019-2022. She served as Associate Head of Department of Linguistics and Modern Language studies (LML) in 2018-19 and Doctor of Education (EdD) Coordinator (English Language) in 2017-19. She won the Faculty Teaching Award in the Faculty of Humanities in 2015.

On-going Projects:

External grants

1. GRF (PI) No: 18600218 Effects of phonological rule-based and acoustic perceptual-based instructions on the prosodic acquisition of English Word Stress by Chinese ESL learners 459,320 HKD (01/01/2019-30/06/2021)

2. GRF (PI) No: 18601420 Third language (L3) phonological development for multilingual learners in the Chinese context 747,960 HKD (01/06/2021-31/05/2023)

3. Technology Fund for Better Living (ITF) (Co-I) No: 5021/19/P A multi-modal Speaking App that introduces primary school pupils to the world of English poetry and intonation 2,699,280 HKD (01/12/2019-30/11/2022)

Internal grants

1. CRAC (PI) No: 03AAO Capacity building and curriculum reform in English language enhancement 1,620,327 HKD (01/07/2020-31/12/2022)

2. CoP (Co-PI) No: T0233 Language enhancement at EdUHK and beyond: Fostering a Community of Practice on technology-enhanced language learning and teaching 1,000,000 HKD (1/03/2020-31/12/2021)

3. CRAC (Co-I) No: 03AAB The development and evaluation of an innovative corpus-based language teaching approach among school in-service teachers in the Greater Bay Area or beyond 1,200,000 HKD (01/09/2020 -31/08/2022)

4. TDG (PI) No: T0246 Development of a flipped corpus-aided spoken English training platform for Chinese learners of English 330,000 HKD ( 01/12/2020 - 31/05/2022)

Research interests

Experimental Phonetics, Inter-language Phonology, Intelligibility and Accent Studies, Perception and Production, Computer Assisted Pronunciation Learning

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