The topics that will be covered in the first part of the colloquium include: transactional activities: problem solving and decision-making; relational activities: face work and politeness; team work and team talk; responsible research practices in professional and workplace settings; practice-oriented and reflective research; process vs. outcome-oriented discourse studies.




The course is aimed at consolidating the knowledge that the students have acquired in their previous linguistic courses on sociolinguistics and discourse analysis that are relevant to professional discourse studies; and honing that knowledge by actively applying it to researching specific social contexts. The students will learn about the latest theoretical developments in the field of professional discourse studies, and will apply that theoretical knowledge to observing and researching specific workplaces that they will be placed with (individually or in small groups). By the end of the course the students will produce google sites on selected topics on workplace and professional communication.




The class will meet for two-hours every week. There will be no formal lectures. At the beginning of the course, a set of readings will be distributed by the course instructor.  Students (in small groups) will take turns in leading the discussion of the texts relevant to the overall theme of the colloquium. The students will also be placed within a number of workplaces in Hong Kong to conduct their ethnographic observations and research on a selected topic. In the final weeks of the semester, the class will produce a web-based resource consolidating and showcasing their readings and research on selected topics.




Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. This is made up of

Presentation and leading a discussion : 50%
Contribution to a web-based resource (on google sites): 50%







Texts will be selected by the course instructor representing the latest research in the field of professional and workplace communication. Additional readings will also be suggested based on the topics covered in the course.



Last updated: 4 August 2015