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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

Dr Kevin Yung is an Associate Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently the Department's Associate Head in International and Local Engagement. 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 six years. In research, Kevin is interested in the washback of shadow education and high-stakes assessment in the secondary school curriculum. He has recently completed an ECS project funded by the Research Grants Council exploring senior secondary school students’ agency in learning English in shadow education. He is currently leading a GRF project investigating underprivileged secondary students’ English learning motivation in fee-free supplementary tutoring, and a GRF project about multilingual ethnic minority students' experiences in shadow education.

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)
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Learner autonomy and language learning motivation
  • English for academic and specific purposes

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