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Mr Kevin Tai
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
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Appointment
  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • IOE - Centre for Doctoral Education
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

Dr. Kevin W. H. Tai, PhD (UCL), AFHEA, FRSA, is Honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics at University College London (UCL). Additionally, Kevin is also the Editorial Board Member and Editorial Assistant of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (SSCI-listed Journal; Routledge) and The Language Learning Journal (ECIS-listed Journal; Routledge). Kevin has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCL Institute of Education, University College London and his doctoral research was fully funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He completed his doctoral coursework in Educational Research at the University of Cambridge, where he was Hughes Hall Hong Kong Alumni Scholar. He holds an MSc degree in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition with Distinction in Dissertation from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature with First Class Honours (top of the cohort) from Newcastle University, UK. Kevin is CELTA-qualified and his research interests include: language education policy, classroom discourse, translanguaging in multilingual contexts and qualitative research methods (particularly Multimodal Conversation Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Linguistic Ethnography). His research has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, including Classroom Discourse (2018), Language and Education (2019; 2021), Linguistics and Education (2019), System (2020a; 2020b), Applied Linguistics (2021), International Journal of Science Education (2021), Language Teaching Research (2021), Research in Science Education (2021) and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (2021). Kevin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


Academic Background

BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature (First Class Honours and ranked 1st in the cohort), Newcastle University, UK

MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Distinction in Dissertation), University of Oxford

PhD (Coursework) in Second Language Education, University of Cambridge

PhD in Applied Linguistics (Pass without Corrections), University College London

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Cambridge Assessment English


Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member and Editorial Assistant, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (published by Routledge, SSCI-listed Journal)

Editorial Board Member and Editorial Assistant, The Language Learning Journal (published by Routledge, ESCI-listed Journal)


Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Principal Publications (* indicates Corresponding Author)

Tai, K. W. H. 2021. ‘Translanguaging as Inclusive Pedagogical Practices in English Medium Instruction Science and Mathematics Classrooms for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students’. Research in Science Education. Epub ahead of Print.

Ho, W. Y. J. and Tai, K. W. H. 2021. ‘Translanguaging in Digital Learning: An Analysis of Online Video Lessons as Translanguaging Spaces’. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Epub ahead of Print.

Tai, K. W. H. 2021. ‘Researching Translanguaging in EMI Classrooms’. In J. Pun and S. Curle (eds.) Research Methods for English Medium Instruction in Action. London: Routledge. 119-132. 

Cheung, K. K. C. and Tai, K. W. H. 2021. 'The Use of Intercoder Reliability in Qualitative Interview Data Analysis in Science Education'. Research in Science and Technological Education. Epub ahead of Print.

Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2021. ‘Constructing Playful Talk through Translanguaging in the English Medium Instruction Mathematics Classrooms’. Applied Linguistics 42 (4): 607-640.

Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2021. ‘The Affordances of iPad for Constructing a Technology-Mediated Space in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Secondary Classrooms: A Translanguaging View’. Language Teaching Research. Epub ahead of Print.

Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2021. ‘Co-Learning in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Mathematics Secondary Classrooms: A Translanguaging Perspective’. Language and Education 35 (3): 241-267. 

Pun, J. and Tai, K. W. H.* 2021. ‘Doing Science through Translanguaging: A Study of Translanguaging Practices in Secondary English as a Medium of Instruction Science Laboratory Sessions’. International Journal of Science Education 43 (7): 1112-1139. 

Tai, K. W. H.* and Li, Wei. 2020. ‘Bringing the Outside In: Connecting Students’ Out-of-School Knowledge and Experience through Translanguaging in Hong Kong English Medium Instruction Mathematics Classes’. System 95: 1-32. 

Ho, W. Y. J. and Tai, K. W. H. 2020. ‘Doing Expertise Multilingually and Multimodally in Online English Teaching Videos’. System 94: 1-12.  

Tai, K. W. H.* and Khabbazbashi, N. 2019. ‘Vocabulary Explanations in Beginning-level Adult ESOL Classroom Interactions: A Conversation Analysis Perspective’. Linguistics and Education 52: 61-77.

Tai, K. W. H.* and Khabbazbashi, N. 2019. ‘The Mediation and Organisation of Gestures in Vocabulary Instructions: A Microgenetic Analysis of Interactions in a Beginning-level Adult ESOL Classroom’. Language and Education 33 (5): 445-468.

Tai, K. W. H.* and Brandt, A. 2018. ‘Creating an Imaginary Context: Teacher’s Use of Embodied Enactments in Addressing a Learner’s Initiatives in a Beginner-Level Adult ESOL Classroom’. Classroom Discourse 9 (3): 244-266.

Teaching Summary

To this point in his career, Kevin has had theopportunity to teach a diverse group of students in a wide range of educationalcontexts: adult English to Speakers of Other Languages students (acommunity centre in the United Kingdom), junior and senior secondary students (aHong Kong English Medium Instruction school), primary students (a Hong Konginternational school), undergraduates (English Language Education and Linguistics majors) and postgraduates (MA in English Language Studies andPhD/EdD in Education). Recently, he was awarded the status of Associate Fellow of theHigher Education Academy (AFHEA) in 2021 for recognising his teaching and learning support activity in higher education. 


Professional Memberships

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, UK (2021-Present)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advanced HE, UK (2021-Present)

Member, East-West Center Association (EWCA), Hawaii (2021-Present) 

Member, The Oxford and Cambridge Hong Kong Society (2018-Present)

Life Member, The Oxford Union (2017-Present)

Alumni Member, St Cross College, University of Oxford (2017-Present)

Alumni Member, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge (2018-Present)

Alumni Member, Goodenough College (2019-Present)



Appointments
JAN-2022 Research Associate Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
DEC-2021 Honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics UCL Institute of Education University College London, United Kingdom
JAN-2021 – JUL-2021 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in Doctoral Education UCL Centre for Doctoral Education, UCL Institute of Educatio University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-2020 – JAN-2021 Visiting Lecturer in English Department of English The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
JAN-2020 – JUN-2020 Teaching Assistant in Language Studies School of Arts and Social Sciences The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
OCT-2019 – MAR-2020 Senior Research Assistant in English Department of English City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
DEC-2018 – SEP-2019 Research Assistant in English Department of English City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
JUL-2017 – NOV-2017 Research Assistant I in English Language Education Faculty of Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
JUL-2016 – SEP-2016 Undergraduate Research Scholar School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics Newcastle University, United Kingdom
JUN-2016 – AUG-2016 Visiting Undergraduate Researcher Department of English The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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