Staff Profile

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Dr. Ngai Bo Wan Jonathan 魏寶雲博士
PhD HKU, MA HKU, MA HKU, MA Birmingham, Hon. Dip HKBU, PGDE CUHK
Assistant Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences


Describing himself as a language lover, Jonathan has a deep fascination with language matters ranging from pidgin English and prose style to learner strategies and lexicography. 

He graduated with distinction from Hong Kong Baptist College (now HKBU), where he majored in English Language and Literature while studying French and German. In addition to an MA in TESOL/TEFL from the University of Birmingham (UK), he holds an MA in Linguistics, an MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong.

Formerly an English panel head, Jonathan has more than ten years of English teaching experience at the secondary level. He joined the OUHK in 2017 and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in linguistics and applied linguistics. 

He has a particular interest in the expression of attitudes, opinions and feelings in genres and has published a book on this topic. 

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Discourse Analysis (esp. academic discourse and journalistic discourse)
  • Semantics
  • Stylistics
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

Selected Publications


  • Ngai, Jonathan. (2022). Evaluation across newspaper genres: Hard news stories, editorials and feature articles. New York/London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Ngai, Jonathan. (2018). “It is imperative to …”: Importance markers and the construction of newspaper discourse. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5(1), 156-169.
  • Li, Cissy, & Ngai, Jonathan. (2018). Challenges and issues in academic writing: Perspectives from peer tutors. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5(1), 104-116.

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • He serves as a reviewer for The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Modified Date: 22 Oct, 2022
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