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Senior Lecturer


M.A in English Language Teaching (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
B.A in Modern Languages (Westminster University, London)
RSA CTEFLA (Francis King School of English Teacher Training, London)

Telephone: 3411 7607
Office: OEM902(B)


Holding language lessons for large groups of elementary, secondary and tertiary students; small groups of nuns, and one-to-one with entrepreneurs and professors, taught me to be eclectic in my teaching approach. It was the catalyst for my interest in a student-centred pedagogy, which led to a passion for scaffolding Self-Access Language Learning (SALL) opportunities in order to promote and support learner autonomy at all levels of education.

Since 1994 I have taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at 3 UGC funded universities in Hong Kong. I spent 21 years at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where I was very much involved in the development of SALL initiatives. I was president of the Hong Kong Association for Self-Access Learning and Development (HASALD) for 4 years and conducted research which fed into the design of online open-access materials for SALL; the training of staff for SALL advising, and the creation of mainstream courses where SALL was fully integrated.

I returned to Hong Kong in 2019 after 4 years in Australia and Europe and am extremely happy to be part of the team at HKBU.

  • Learner Autonomy
  • Self-Access Language Learning
  • Self-Determination Theory
  • Pronunciation Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Materials Development

  • Language Centre, HKBU, Hong Kong
  • Office of the Provost, City U, Hong Kong
  • RMIT Online, Melbourne, Australia
  • Centre for Language Education, HKUST, Hong Kong
  • Language Centre, City U, Hong Kong
  • Department of English, HKPU, Hong Kong
  • Sheng Kung Girls’ High School, Taiwan
  • Department of East Asian Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • Teaching and Development Grant Ref: HKUST-6: (2002-2005) Co-Supervisor, (2005-2011) Principal Supervisor, Virtual English Language Adviser (VELA)
  • InterAya: An Internationally Coordinated Action Research Project: Co-Coordinator (2004-2006) for 3 of 11 learner autonomy projects conducted by teams in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, UK and Finland
  • Teaching and Development Grant: Co-Researcher (1997-1999) Action Learning Project for Enhancing the Quality of Adviser Support for Self- Directed Learning


Conferences / Seminars Convened:

  1. Convener: Autonomy and Language Learning: Maintaining Control, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Zhejiang University (June 14-18, 2004)
  2. Co-Convener: Learner Autonomy Colloquium at the LT 2000 Quality Teaching Through Innovation and Reflection, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (June 20-24, 2000)

Conference/Seminar/Workshop Presentations:

  1. Toogood, S. (June 12- 14, 2014). Designing ‘iLang’ opportunities to complement the mainstream curriculum through an informal curriculum. Doing Research in Applied Linguistics 2/ Independent Learning Association Conference, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Toogood, S. (June 11, 2007). Is VELA the next best thing since sliced bread? The Hong Kong Association for Self-Access Learning and Development, English Language Centre, City University of Hong Kong
  3. Toogood, S. (Oct 5-8, 2007). Virtual English Language Adviser (VELA): How can it be used? 3rd Independent Learning Association Conference, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan
  4. Toogood, S. (Sep 9-12, 2005). Keynote Speaker, Taking Control or Jumping through Hoops: Issues with SALL in mainstream courses. 2nd Independent Learning Association Oceania Conference, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  5. Toogood, S. (Dec 2, 2005). VELA for Self-Access Learners. Staff Development Session, English Language Teaching Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  6. Toogood, S., Pemberton, R., Ho, S. & Jones, P. (Feb 19, 2004). 3 Provisions for Supporting Self-Access Language Learning. Staff Development Session, English Language Centre, City University of Hong Kong
  7. Toogood, S., Pemberton, R. & Ho, S. (Sept 20-22, 2004). The Theory and Practice of Self-Access Language Learning. Workshop Series for Visiting Thai Scholars. The Language Centre, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  8. Toogood, S. & Tong, K. (Nov 3, 2003). English Pronunciation: What’s it all about and how d’ay do it? MBA Workshop, Institute for Education and Research, Shenzhen, China
  9. Toogood, S., Pemberton, R., Tsang, E. & Ho, S. (Dec 16-21, 2002). Assessing SALL – how we do it at HKUST. 13th AILA World Congress, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
  10. Toogood, S., Tsang, E., Pemberton, R. & Ho, S. (Nov 21 2002). SALL in Courses: How We Integrate at HKUST. Professional Development Day on Independent Learning. English Language Centre, City University of Hong Kong
  11. Toogood, S. & Pemberton, R. (June 18, Sept 13, 27, Oct 11, 18, 2001). Developing Self-Access Learning for English Schools Foundation Staff. Workshop Series. SALLy’s Place (SALL Centre) KGV School, Hong Kong
  12. Pemberton, R., Toogood, S., Ho, S., & Megan, M. (Dec 18-22, 2000). Self-Access Language Learning Materials Workshop Series for Thai Secondary and Tertiary Teachers. Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand


  1. Pemberton, R., Toogood, S. & Barfield, A. (eds.) (2009). Maintaining Control: Autonomy and Language Learning. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  2. Toogood, S. & Pemberton R. (2007). 'Support structures for self-access learning.' In A. Barfield & S. Brown (Eds.) Reconstructing Autonomy in Language Education: Inquiry and Innovation. (180-195) Hampshire: Palgrave McMillan.
  3. Toogood, S. & Pemberton, R. (2006). ‘Scaffolding for Self-Access Language Learning and the FTG Model.’ In T. Lamb & H. Reinders (eds.) Supporting Independent Language Learning: Issues and Interventions. (169-187) Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
  4. Toogood, S. & Pemberton, R. (2002). ‘Integrating Self-Directed Learning into the Curriculum: a Case Study.’ In P. Benson & S. Toogood (eds.) Learner Autonomy 7: Challenges to Research and Practice (86-110) Dublin: Authentik.
  5. Benson, P. & Toogood, S. (2002). Learner Autonomy 7: Challenges to Research and Practice. Dublin: Authentik.
  6. Pemberton, R. & Toogood, S. (2001). ‘Expectations and Assumptions in a Self-Directed Language Learning Programme.’ In M. Mozzon-McPherson & R. Vismans (Eds.) Beyond Language Teaching towards Language Advising (66-83). London: CILT.
  7. Pemberton, R., Toogood, S., Ho, S. & Lam, J. (2001). ‘Approaches to advising for self-directed language learning.’ In Dam, L (eds.) AILA Review 15, (16-25)
  8. Pemberton, R., Toogood, S., Ho, S., & Lam, J. (2001). ‘Enhancing the Quality of Adviser Support for Self-Directed Language Learning.’ In D. Kember & S. Candlin (Eds.) Case Studies of Improving Teaching and Learning from the Action Learning Project Volume 2. (143-160) Action Learning Project, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  9. Toogood, S. (1997). ‘Learning Pronunciation in a Self-Access Context.’ Speak Out 20, (56-61)

  • University English 1 (UCLC/GCLA 1008)
  • Writing Enhancement Course (LANG 0036)
  • Culture Exchange – A Hybrid Course for Cultural Awareness
  • Listen and Chat – Science Interviews
  • English Pronunciation Consultations