Winnie Siu-yee Ho holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University in the U.K. Her research interests include linguistic ethnography, literacy studies, sociolinguistics, qualitative research methods and academic English. Involved in two literacy projects as a co-investigator, she is the co-author of a book titled Academic Writing for Arts and Humanities Students (McGraw-Hill, 2016). Prior to joining the School, Winnie taught Linguistics and Academic English in various local universities and tertiary institutions.


Courses offered in 2018-2019

LCOM2004       Language, communication and the media



Selected Publications

W. S. Y. Ho (2019). Adult Learners’ Digital Literacies on an Online Social Networking Site: Facebook. In W. B. Tso (Ed.), Digital Humanities and New Ways of Teaching. Vol 1. Singapore: Springer.

W. S. Y. Ho (2019). Facebook Literacies – an Ethnographic Study in Hong Kong. Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies. Vol. 5, Issue 1.

Gillen, J., & Ho, W. S. Y. (2019). Literacy Studies. In K. Tusting (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Ethnography. Manuscript accepted for publication.

W. B. Tso & S. Y. Ho (2018). Chances and Challenges: Teaching Academic Writing to University Students in Hong Kong. Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching. 9(1), 67-82.

W. B. Tso & S. Y. Ho (2017). Teaching English Academic Writing in the Second Language Classroom and Beyond. The Canadian Journal for Teacher Research, 5(1).

W. B. Tso, S. Y. Ho & S. K. Chung (2016). Academic Writing for Arts and Humanities Students. Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education.


Selected Presentations

S. Y. Ho (2017, 31 Mar). Research Methodology on Online Literacies and LinguisticEthnography. Invited seminar, Department of English, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong

W. B. Tso & S. Y. Ho (2017, 22 Jan). Academic Writing Workshop. Invited lecture cum workshop, Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps Vocational Qualifications Unit, Hong Kong Aviation Club.
W. B. Tso & S. Y. Ho (2016, 25 April). Chances and Challenges: Teaching AcademicWriting to University Students. Invited seminar, Language Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

S. Y. Ho (2015, 17-18 Dec).“Online Literacy” Panel Session. Paper Presented at the IRDCH Conferences 2015 Conference on Digital Humanities 2015: Digitisation of the Humanities: Technologizing Interconnections in Art, History and Literature Conference, Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

W. B. Tso & S. Y. Ho (2015, 14-15 Dec). Hong Kong students' perceptions andexperiences of English academic writing: A case study at The Open University ofHong Kong. Paper Presented at International Conference on English Across the Curriculum 2015, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

S. Y. Ho (2014, 2-4Oct). An Auto-ethnographic Approach for the Study of LiteracyPractices of An Adult Volunteer from a Vocational Qualification Programme in HongKong. Paper Presented at the Autobiography Conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

S. Y. Ho (2014, 26 Sept). “It is not difficult to write about something which is ofinterest to me or something I love!”: A Preliminary Study of Adult VolunteersNewLiteracy Practices in a Uniformed Group. Poster Presented at the Worlds of Literacy 2.0 Event, Morecambe, UK

S. Y. Ho (2013, 15 July). Childrens Literacies: a Case Study in a Hong KongFamily. Paper Presented at the 8th Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching, Lancaster University, UK

S. Y. Ho & W. B. Tso (2013, 13 July). Construction or destruction of identitythrough subtitle translation in colonial Hong Kong films. Poster Presented at the Lancaster University Postgraduate Research Conference 2013, Lancaster University, UK

S. Y. Ho (2013, 1-2 July). A Primary Childs Literacy Activities with his ForeignDomestic Helper and Parents in Hong Kong. Paper Presented at the Lancaster University Sociology Department’s Summer Conference, Lancaster University, UK

S. Y. Ho (2012, 6 Dec). Trends in Applied Linguistics Research. Invited lecture, Master of Arts in Applied English Linguistics Programme, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Open University of Hong Kong

W. B. Tso & S. Y. Ho (2012, 1-3 Dec). Exploring Language Ideology: OnTranslation and Interpretation of Death and its related words from English toChinese. Poster Presented at the AUSIT Biennial Conference 2012: Jubilation 25, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

S. Y. Ho & W. B. Tso (2012, 16-18 Nov). Teaching Subtitle Translation in HongKong Classrooms. Paper Presented at the International Conference on Research and Applications of Intercultural Communication 2012, Foreign Languages School of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China



Co-Investigator of the Research Grants Council (RGC)’s Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) project, “An investigation of Hong Kong students’ perceptions and experiences of English academic writing: A case at The Open University of Hong Kong” (with the Principal Investigator - Dr TSO Wing Bo) Reference No.: UGC/FDS16/H01/15), 2015 – 2017 (HKD$523,825)
Co-Investigator, “Exploring the Digital Literacy Practices of University Students beyond Classroom: Writing through Facebook and Whatsapp” (S/V/EL in U002(1/2017)), Sunrise Charitable and Education Fund, 2017 – 2018 (HKD$10,000) 



Last updated: 17 January 2019