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Dr. Ma received her Ph.D in applied linguistics at the University of Louvain, Belgium. She joined the Education University of Hong Kong in 2008. Now she an associate professor at the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. Her main research interests include second language vocabulary acquisition, corpus linguistics, corpus-based language pedagogy (CBLP), computer assisted language learning (CALL) and mobile assisted language learning (MALL).

She has developed the Parallel EAP Corpora ( for research purposes and the Corpus-Aided Platform for Language Teachers (CAP) ( for teacher training. She is an experimenter of corpus technology in teaching, and passionate English teacher trainer. Recently, she has established a new corpus-based language pedagogy by theorising and empirically testing it that has positively impacted many pre-service and in-service English teachers. She is the associate editor for two journals: International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT); The Journal of China Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ChinaCALL).

Research interests

  • Second language vocabulary acquisition
  • Corpus linguistics, corpus-based language pedagogy (CBLP)
  • Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Mobile assisted language learning (MALL)

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External Appointments

Journal editor

  • Associate Editor of The Journal of China Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ChinaCALL)
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)

Editorial Board 

  • Educational Psychology
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Multimedia-Assisted Language Learning

Professional Membership

  • Member of the Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL), Hong Kong
  • Member of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), USA
  • Member of Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education (BAAHE), Belgium 



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