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Bruce Morrison

Director

Contact Details:
Phone Number
E-mail: ecbruce@polyu.edu.hk

Address:
Room A610a
English Language Centre
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom
Kowloon
Hong Kong

Academic Details:

Self-introduction:
I am Director of the English Language Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

I have been working in Hong Kong at the PolyU for twenty-one years and have been living in Asia for over nearly thirty years - in China, South Korea and Malaysia. Before that I worked in Egypt, Spain, Italy and England.

My experience has been as an English language teacher, teacher-trainer, university lecturer, self-access centre director and language centre director.

Qualifications:
BA (Hons) in English History and Literature R.S.A. Certificate (TEFL) R.S.A. Diploma (TEFL) M.A. in Applied Linguistics PhD

Publications:

Morrison, B. & Evans, S. (2018). Supporting non-native speaker student writers making the transition from school to an English-medium university. Language Learning in Higher Education, 8, 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2018-0001.
Evans, S. & Morrison, B. (2016). English-medium instruction in Hong Kong: illuminating a grey area in school policies and classroom practices. Current Issues in Language Planning, 1-20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2016.1270106.
Morrison, B. & Evans, S. (2016). University students' conceptions of the good teacher: A Hong Kong perspective.  Journal of Further and Higher Education, 42:3, 352-365, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2016.1261096.
Evans, S. & Morrison, B. (2016). Adjusting to higher education in Hong Kong: the influence of school medium of instruction. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2016.1228600. 
Morrison, B. and Evans, S. (2014). Challenges faced by non-native undergraduate student writers in an English-medium university. The Asian ESP Journal, July 2014, 136-174.    
Morrison, B. (2014). The case studies: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In Gardner, D. & Miller, L. Managing Self-Access Language Learning  (pp. 91-100). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong.
Lai, C. & Morrison B. (2013). Towards an Agenda for Learner Preparation in Technology-enhanced Language Learning Environments. CALICO Journal, 30, 2, 154-162.
Lai, C. & Morrison, B. (Eds). (2013). Learner Preparation in Technology-enhanced Language Learning Environments, CALICO Journal, 30, 2.
Evans, S. & Morrison, B. (2012). Learning and using English at university: Lessons from a longitudinal study in Hong Kong. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 9, 2, 21-47. Open webpage
Evans, S. & Morrison, B. (2011) The student experience of English-medium higher education in Hong Kong. Language and Education, 25: 2, 147-162  
Evans, S. & Morrison B. (2011). Meeting the challenges of English-medium higher education: The first-year experience in Hong Kong. English for Specific Purposes.
Morrison, B. (Ed.) (2011). Independent Learning: Building on experience, seeking new perspectives. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Morrison, B. (2011). A Framework for the Evaluation of a Self-Access Language Learning Centre. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 2, 4, 241-256.
Morrison, B. (Ed.) (2011). Independent Learning: Building on experience, seeking new perspectives. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Morrison, B. (2011). From the thrill of drilling to the dangers of scaffolding. In Everhard, C.J., Mynard, J. & Smith, R. (Eds.) Autonomy in language learning: Opening a can of worms (pp. 145-7). Canterbury: IATEFL.
Lin, L. H. F. & Morrison, B. (2010). The impact of the medium of instruction in Hong Kong secondary schools on tertiary students' vocabulary. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 9, 255-266.
Evans, S. & Morrison B. (2010). The first term at university: implications for EAP. English Language Teaching Journal 2010; doi: 10.1093/elt/ccq072.
Morrison, B. (2009). From the thrill of drilling to the dangers of scaffolding.  IATEFL Independence Newsletter Spring 2009, 25-27.
Morrison, B. (2008). The role of the self-access centre in the tertiary language learning process. System, 36, 2.
Morrison, B. (2007). Grounded Theory Research: increasing accountability through the use of the 'worked example'. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2, 3, 413-424.
Morrison, B. (2006). Mapping a Self-Access Language Learning Centre. In Lamb, T. & Reinders, H. (Eds.) Supporting Independent Learning: Issues and Interventions. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
Morrison, B. (2005). Evaluating learning gain in a self-access language learning centre. Language Teaching Research, 9, 3, 267-293
Morrison, B. (2005). A Framework for the Evaluation of a Self-Access Language Learning Centre. In Reinders, H. , Anderson, H. , Hobbs, M., and Jones- Parry, J. (Eds.) Supporting Independent English Language Learning in the 21st Century: Proceedings of the Independent Learning Association Conference - 2005  (pp. 1-17). Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. 
Morrison, B., Green, C. & Motteram, G. (Eds.) (2003). Directions in CALL: Experience, Experiments & Evaluation. Hong Kong: English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Morrison, B. (2002). The troubling process of mapping and evaluating a self-access language learning centre. In Benson, P. & Toogood, S. (Eds.) Learner Autonomy 7: Challenges to Research and Practice (pp.71-85). Dublin: Authentik.
Morrison, B., Gardner, D., Keobke, K. & Spratt, M. (Eds.) (2001). ELT Perspectives on IT & Multimedia. Hong Kong: English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Morrison, B. (Ed.) (1999). Experiments & Evaluation in Self-Access Language Learning. Hong Kong: HASALD.
Morrison, B. (1999). Evaluating a self-access language learning centre: why, what and by whom? In Bruce Morrison (Ed.). Experiments & Evaluation in Self-Access (pp.123-135). Hong Kong: HASALD.
Morrison, B., Cruikshank, D., Gardner, D., James, J. & Keobke, K. (Eds.) (1999). IT and Multimedia in English Language Teaching. Hong Kong: English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Morrison, B. & Heuring, C. (1998). Getting them in and keeping them in! In Dimmitt, N.J. & Stroupe, R.R. (eds.) The 18th Annual Thai TESOL International Conference (Selected Proceedings) (pp. 21-24). Hat Yai, Thailand.
Morrison, B. & Lee, W. (1998). A Role for newspaper articles in developing autonomous language learning skills. RELC Journal, 29, 2, 90-121.
Morrison, B. & Cheung, R., (1998). The development of a system for the management of computer-based educational resources in a self-access language learning environment. In Chow, V.W.S. (Ed.) Multimedia Information Systems in Practice (pp. 233-244). Singapore: Springer-Verlag.
Morrison, B. (1997). Bringing it all together: the development of an integrated computer language learning network. In Chow, V.W. S. (Ed.), Multimedia Technology & Applications (pp. 200-210). Singapore: Springer Verlag.
Morrison, B. (1997). How do you use it? In Boswood, T. (Ed.), New ways of using computers in Language Teaching (pp. 7-11). Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
Morrison, B., Fitzgerald, S., and Morrall, A. (1996). Catering for Individual Learning Styles: Experiences of Orienting Students in an Asian Self-access Centre. In Autonomy 2000: the Development of Learning Independence in Language Learning (pp. 55-69). Bangkok, Thailand.
Morrison, B. (1996). Using radio news. In Gardner, G. & Miller, L. (Eds.) Tasks for Independent Language Learning (pp. 85-87). Alexandria VA: TESOL.
Morrison, B. (1995). Working in groups in Beijing & Hong Kong: experience of a group-access approach to language learning. Working Papers in ELT & Applied Linguistics 1, 1, 105-118. Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Hong Kong.
Morrison, B. (1993). Setting up a self-learning unit in China. English Studies, 1993, 27-32. British Council: London.
Morrison, B. (1989). A teacher training course in China. The Teacher Trainer, 3, 2, 26-29.
Morrison, B. (1989). Using news broadcasts for listening comprehension. ELT Journal, 14-19.
Morrison, B. (1988). Using Auntie: BBC World Service broadcasts as a source of authentic material for listening practice. Modern English Teacher, 15, 2, 36-39.
Morrison, B. (1988). Teacher training & the role of teaching practice. Hong Kong University Working Papers in Linguistics & Language Teaching, 11, 16-25. Hong Kong University: Hong Kong.
Morrison, B. (1987). Listening skills & their place in EFL pedagogy. College English Teaching & Research, . 63-68. Qing Hua University: Beijing, China.

Conference Presentations:

University students’ conceptions of the “good” teacher: What do Hong Kong tertiary students think? by Bruce Morrison on 10/06/2016 at Fourteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Chicago, USA

Free, easy and web-based: Blending everyday digital media into tertiary English Teaching by Bruce Morrison on 16/07/2015 at The Third IAFOR European Conference on Language Learning, Brighton, UK

Free, easy and web-based: Blending everyday digital media into tertiary English Teaching by Bruce Morrison on 02/07/2015 at The Third IAFOR European Conference on Language Learning, Brighton, UK Show abstract

My digital classroom (or not) by Bruce Morrison on 05/06/2014 at at ELTU Conference 2014: Curriculum Development, Implementation, and Review , The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Changes in the use of IT and multimedia in the tertiary language classroom by Bruce Morrison on 17/04/2014 at 2014 International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan Show abstract

Conference Presentations:
Invited speaker

Closing panel discussant at English Language Centre Symposium 2013, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 3 June 2013.

Learning and using English in the Hong Kong tertiary context: Some issues and implications at Language Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, 11 March, 2013.

Panel discussant as English Language Leadership Symposium, University of Macau, Macau, 15-16 June, 2012.

Closing panel discussant at English Language Centre Symposium 2012, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, 1 June 2012.

What is a self-access centre in 2012? at Hong Kong Association for Self-Access Learning and Development Seminar, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 9 March, 2012.

Closing panel discussant at English Language Centre Symposium 2011, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 3 June 2011.

Language education with regard to the impact of the 3-3-4 academic structure on self-financed sub-degree programme Units at Joint Quality review Committee seminar, City University Telford Campus, Hong Kong, 21 January, 2011.

Plugged in? A case study of how IT is really used in a tertiary language centre in Hong Kong at 12th KAMALL-APAMALL Joint International Conference 2009, Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea, October 24, 2009.


Others

Information technology and multimedia in tertiary language teaching at 11th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Eötvös Lorànd University, Budapest, Hungary, 19-21 June, 2013.

Style and substance? Language centre leadership and management in times of change at English Language Centre Symposium 2013, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 3 June 2013.

Teacher or advisor? The role of the teacher in an independent learning context at Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2012, Osaka, Japan, 5-8 April, 2012.‏

Portraits of the students as a young academic writer: Challenges faced by non-native writers in an English-medium university at English Language Centre Symposium 2011, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 3 June 2011.

Some effects of the medium of instruction on Hong Kong tertiary students at CELC Symposium, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 26 - 28 May, 2010

Teaching in English, Learning in a Foreign Language at 5th Cam TESOL Conference, National Institute of Education, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 21 - 22, 2009

Writing up Grounded Theory Research: Increasing credibility through the use of the “Worked Example” at Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, July 10 - 13, 2007

The challenges of studying at an English-medium university in Hong Kong at 2nd CELC Symposium, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 30 May - 1 June, 2007

How was it for you: Reflections on peer observation at 41st RELC International Seminar, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore, April 24 - 26, 2006.

Evaluating learning gain in a self-access language learning centre at the English Language Education and Assessment Centre Seminar. Lingnan University, Hong Kong, October 24, 2005. 

A Framework for the Evaluation of a Self-Access Language Learning Centre
at Independent Learning Association Conference. Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. September 10 & 11, 2005

Role of the teacher in a self-access language learning centre at ¬Thai TESOL 2005. Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. January 20 - 22, 2005.

Role of the learner in a self-access language learning centre at 38th International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Conference. Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool,UK. April 13 - 17. 2004

Evaluating learning gain in an independent language learning context at Independent Language Learning: New Research Directions, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, December 4 & 5, 2003.

What is a self-access language learning centre? at The Independent Learning Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, September 13 & 14, 2003.

The troubling process of mapping a self-access language learning centre at LT2000 – Quality Language Teaching through Innovation & Reflection, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, June 19 - 23, 2000.

(with Andrew Morrall) The place of computer-mediated learning in a Self-access Centre at Hong Kong Association for Self-Access Language & Development workshop, Jan 25, 2000.

(with Raymond Cheung) The development of a system for the management of computer-based educational resources in a self-access language learning environment at International Conference on Multimedia Technology & Management, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, December 17-19, 1998.

Learning English outside the classroom: self-access in China at International Symposium on Teaching English at Tertiary Level in the Chinese Context, Qing Hua University, Beijing, China, October 3 & 4, 1998.

Evaluating a self-access language learning centre: why, what and by whom? at ¬2nd. Hong Kong Association for Self-Access Learning & Development Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, September, 5, 1998.

The World Wide Web as a Research Tool at 32nd Annual IATEFL International Conference, Manchester, England, April, 14-18, 1998.

Getting them in and keeping them in at 18th Annual Thai TESOL International Conference, Hat Yai, Thailand, January, 22-24, 1998.

(with Sue Fitzgerald) Developing pedagogical support materials for multimedia at TESOL ’97, Orlando, USA, March 11-15, 1997.

Bringing it all together: the development of an integrated computer language learning network at International Conference on Multimedia Technology & Management, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, December 11-14, 1996.

Catering for individual learning styles: experiences of orienting students in an Asian self-access centre at Autonomy 2000, Bangkok, Thailand, November 20-22, 1996.

(with Sue Fitzgerald) Integrating CD-ROM programs into a language learning environment at 2nd. Malaysian International Conference on English Language Teaching, Penang, Malaysia, 20-22 May, 1996.

(with Richard Farmer) Independent learning: reconciling expectations with the ideal at International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language - 1st. Learner Independence Interest Group Conference , Brno, The Czech Republic, 10-12 May, 1996.

(with Winnie Lee) The role of newspaper articles in promoting the development of autonomous learning skills in English language learning at Malaysian English Language Teaching Association International Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 1995.

Projects:

Completed Projects

Meeting the challenges of English-medium higher education: The undergraduate experience of the new Hong Kong curriculum Show details

Supporting and developing students’ English literacy practices in the disciplines Show details

Ongoing projects

Dr Stephen Evans (Principal Investigator) and Bruce Morrison (co- investigator) Meeting the challenges of English-medium higher education: The undergraduate experience of the new Hong Kong curriculum - GRF funding HK$675,000.

Dr Alan Urmston (project leader), Bruce Morrison, Dr Jane Lockwood, Dr Christine Shirley and inter-institutional (PolyU, CityU and Lingnan U) team. The Further Development and Implementation of the DELTA: A Web-based English Language Diagnostic Assessment and Tracking System for University Students in Hong Kong UGC funding (HK$3.4m).


Completed projects

Developing measures and support for English language related Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme outcomes, and evaluating achievement of these outcomes by individual students and the BBA Programme as a whole – PolyU funding from Learning and Teaching Committee (HK$97,310) and Dean of Faculty of Business (HK$180,000). (Joint project leader)

Web-based English language learning and exit portfolio system - Elearning Development & Support project, internally funded by VP(Academic Development) (HK$319,000). (Project leader)

Design, development, trialling, and implementation of an inter-institutional learning/exit e-portfolio - UGC funded, inter-institutional initiative (HK$10m allocated to project, HK$1.1m to ELC, PolyU). Project terminated by UGC in 2009. (Project Management Group member)

Meeting the challenges of studying at an English-medium university in Hong Kong - internal funding from Learning & Teaching Committee (HK$73,000) & Dean(COM) Reserve Fund (HK$160,000). (Project leader)

An investigation into the academic vocabulary knowledge of PolyU students - PolyU Teaching Development Grant (HK$110,100). (Project leader)

Video showcasing of good ELC learning & teaching practices - internal funding from Learning & Teaching Committee (HK$20,000) & FCOM Dean’s Fund (HK$51,000). (Project leader)

Integrating the administrative systems of the CILL, SEP, GILLS & WAP on-line - internal funding from FCOM Dean’s Fund (HK$25,000). (Project leader)

A study of the implementation of the World Wide Web as a research facility in the English Department - HKPU Departmental Research Grant (HK$50,000). (Project leader)

An examination of the use of a range of multimedia computer applications within a self-access language learning environment - HKPU Departmental Research Grant (HK$12,500). (Project leader)

An on-line writing assistance service: developing independent and critical revision ability in student writers - UGC Learning & Teaching Development Grant (approx. HK$90,000). (Team member)

A preliminary examination of the study styles and strategies of users of the Centre for Independent Language Learning as reflected in their learning journals - HKPU Departmental Research Grant (HK$11,000). (Project leader)

English language learning for study and professional purposes: using CD-ROM multimedia with World Wide Web support - UGC Learning & Teaching Development Grant (approx. HK$150,000). (Team member)

English Language Learning and teaching on the Internet: establishing a Hong Kong-wide “Virtual” Language Centre in a World Wide web environment - UGC Language and Teaching Development Grant (approx. HK$3m). (Team member)

Integrating multimedia into language learning in the English Department - Departmental Learning & Teaching Development Grant (HK$34,600). (Project leader)

Development of a website to assist all third-year students with the writing of their Final Year Project. – FCOM Dean’s Fund (HK91,000). (Team member)

Professional Interests:
Independent learning
Independent language learning
Non-native speaker tertiary learning experience Programme evaluation
Teacher development
Curriculum
Educational management