Ms Hua has a deep understanding of teaching academic writing as well as of her students who are digital natives enjoying learning through technology. Adhering to the framework of the course developed by current and previous course coordinators, she effectively guides students of the new generation to utilize various technology-enriched academic writing materials matching their interests and learning habits, focusing on the purpose, process and product in writing as defined by the course learning objectives. As one of the tutors of GE1401 University English course, 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.
Drawing from the resource pool of the course, Ms Hua uses not only individual online exercises, but also 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.
As a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, Ms Hua offered practical advice to her students within and beyond lecture hours. 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.
Ms Hua is thankful to Dr Carolin Fuchs, the current course coordinator, for the course framework and materials.