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  • BA in English Studies and Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
  • MA in Applied Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong
  • PGDE (Secondary), The Open University of Hong Kong
  • PhD in Education, The University of Hong Kong
Kevin Yung is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He mainly teaches the University's Master of Teaching and PGDE programmes. Kevin received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Hong Kong with a focus on senior secondary students’ second language selves in shadow education, i.e. private supplementary tutoring. Prior to joining the Education University of Hong Kong, he was a Lecturer at the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong, where he was awarded an M.A. in Applied Linguistics with overall Distinction and taught English for academic and specific purposes.

Actively serving the community, Kevin has been involved in assessment work for various units of the HKSAR Government. He is a trainer for English language teachers in Hong Kong and Mainland China. He had also hosted a radio programme English in News at RTHK for almost six years. In research, Kevin is interested in the washback of shadow education and high-stakes assessment in the senior secondary curriculum. His paper in TESOL Quarterly about learners’ experiences in English private tutoring won the Fawzia Braine Memorial Award for the best journal article published by a novice scholar by the Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics. He has recently completed a research project funded by SCOLAR in the Education Bureau exploring secondary school students' transition to university. He is currently leading an ECS project funded by the Reseach Grant Council investigating senior secondary students' narratives in English private tutoring.

Research interests

  • Shadow education (i.e. Private supplementary tutoring)
  • Language assessment (e.g. High-stakes testing and Assessment for learning)
  • Comparative education (Mainstream schooling vs Private tutoring)
  • Learner autonomy and language learning motivation
  • English for academic and specific purposes
  • Transition between secondary and tertiary education

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