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Dr CHEN Meilin
Lecturer II


PhD in English studies, City University of Hong Kong
CertTESOL, Trinity College London
MA in English Language and Literature, China Three Gorges University
BA in English Education, China Three Gorges University

Telephone: 3411 7266
Office: OEE1013


Meilin received her PhD in English from City University of Hong Kong. Before joining HKBU, she taught English academic writing to students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in two other Hong Kong universities. She is interested in corpus linguistics, learner corpus research, English for Academic Purposes, data-driven learning, and computer-assisted discourse analysis.

  • Corpus linguistics
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Learner corpus research
  • Computer-assisted discourse analysis


Journal Articles

  • Chen, M. & Flowerdew, J. (forthcoming). Data-driven learning in the L2 EAP writing classroom in the 21st century. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. [SSCI]
  • Chen, M. & Flowerdew, J. (forthcoming). Introducing data-driven learning to PhD students for research writing purposes: A territory-wide project. English for Specific Purposes. [SSCI]
  • Chen, M. (2013). Overuse or underuse: A corpus study on English phrasal-verb use by Chinese, British and American students. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 18(3), 418-442. [SSCI]

Book Chapters

  • Chen, M. (2017). Beyond frequencies: Investigating the semantic and the stylistic features of phrasal verbs in a three-year longitudinal corpus by Chinese university students. In V. Brezina, & L. Flowerdew (Eds.), Learner Corpus Research: New perspectives and applications. Bloomsbury.
  • Chen, M. (2016). A corpus-based comparative study on the use of prepositional verbs in writing by Chinese, American and British students. In F. S. Topor (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Individualism and Identity in the Globalized Digital Age (pp. 478-499). IGI Global.
  • Chen, M. (2013). Phrasal verbs in a longitudinal learner corpus: Quantitative findings. In S. Granger, G. Gilquin & F. Meunier (Eds.) Twenty Years of Learner Corpus Research: Looking back, Moving ahead (pp. 89-101). Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain.


Credit-Bearing Courses Taught:

  • University English I

Non-Credit Bearing Courses Taught:

  • Writing Enhancement Course
  • IELTS Preparation Course: Reading and Writing