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Chinese Name: 容煒灝

Variants: Yung, K. W. H.

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 English Language Education, The University of Hong Kong

Kevin Yung is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He received his Ph.D. degree in Education 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 hosts a radio programme English in News at RTHK. He is involved in assessment work in the HKEAA and the Civil Service Examinations Unit of the HKSAR Government. He is also a trainer for English teachers in Hong Kong and Mainland China. 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 led a research project funded by SCOLAR in the Education Bureau investigating learners’ transition from secondary school to university studies.

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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