Ms Hua has a deep understanding of teaching academic writing as well as of her students who are digital natives enjoying learning through technology. To cater to the new generation’s interests and learning habits, she adopts various digital materials and a technology-enriched method to teaching academic writing, focusing on the purpose, process and product in writing. She incorporates input, collaboration and feedback in her lectures and tutorials. Students start from collaborating for simple tasks to working both individually and collaboratively on more complex ones, which offers them diverse opportunities to learn and explore the academic style and develop their academic writing skills.
Apart from individual online exercises, Ms Hua uses videos, concordancers, and social media to help her students learn about features of academic writing, avoidance of plagiarism and proper referencing. These various digital tools and sources enable the sustainability of learning by students themselves beyond the course and CityU.
Ms Hua’s teaching proves to be effective, which is manifested by students’ progress in each round of drafts. Their positive feedbacks are also evidence to the rewarding and beneficial experience that they have gained from Ms Hua’s classes.