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Edsoulla is an assistant professor in the School of Education and Languages at Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU; formerly the Open University of Hong Kong, OUHK). Prior to completing her doctorate in second language education at the University of Cambridge as a Cambridge Trust scholar, Edsoulla taught English courses for academic and specific purposes in the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where she received a Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013 and an ELTU Exemplary Teaching Award for three consecutive years.

At HKMU, Edsoulla is engaged in English language education, teacher education, and educational research. With her commitment to quality teaching, she has been appointed as one of the six Learning and Teaching Evangelists, responsible for promulgating good practices for effective teaching among colleagues and working with the Office for Advancement of Learning and Teaching (ALTO) to facilitate teachers’ professional development. She was also a recipient of the President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence at the university in 2021. With her research interests in second language acquisition, professional development for teachers, and vocabulary input and treatment, Edsoulla has published in international journals, including International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language TeachingLearning, Culture and Social InteractionSystem and the Asia-Pacific Education Researcher.

Selected Awards 

Selected Teaching Awards

  • President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, HKMU (2021)
  • Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award, CUHK (2013)
  • Exemplary Teaching Award, ELTU, CUHK (2013; 2014; 2015)

Selected Research Awards

  • Emerald Literati Outstanding Reviewer Award (2022)
  • HKMU Research Achievement Award (2020−21)

Selected Academic Awards and Scholarships

  • Dean's Honours List, Faculty of Education, CUHK (3 years) 
  • St. Anne's College Prize, University of Oxford 
  • Cambridge Trust Scholarship
  • HKSAR Government Scholarship
  • Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence
  • Sir S K Tang Chevening Postgraduate Scholarship 


Research interests

  • English Language Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Vocabulary Input and Treatment


BA, BEd (CUHK, First Hons); MSc (Oxon, Distinction); PhD (Cantab)


        Funded Research Projects

  • A multivariate longitudinal study on the listening problems and listening strategies of first-year tertiary EMI students.
    Co-investigator, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, 2023-25. Project number: 18606223. [HKD639,350]

  • A corpus-driven analysis of academic vocabulary use in essays written by English language learners at a Hong Kong university
    Principal Investigator, University Research Committee, HKMU, 11/2022-04/2024, RD/2022/1.19. [HKD200,000]
  • Towards a reflective approach to developing academic vocabulary: An intervention case study in the higher education context.
    Principal Investigator, Faculty Development Scheme, Research Grants Council, 01/2022-12/2023, UGC/FDS16/H19/21. [HKD768,300] 
  • Vocabulary learning and teaching in the English language classroom: Issues, challenges and implications
    Principal Investigator, Research and Development Funding for School of Education and Languages, HKMU, 2021-22, R4097. [HKD40,000] 
  • Investigating the role of critical reflection in teachers' professional development. 
    Principal Investigator, Research and Development Funding for School of Education and Languages, OUHK, 2019-20, R4089. [HKD40,000] 
  • A pilot study on analysing HKEAA English essays for learning and teaching in Hong Kong secondary schools
    Co-investigator, Research and Development Funding for School of Education and Languages, OUHK, 2019-20, R4086/7. [HKD60,000]
  • Developing beliefs and practices regarding vocabulary teaching through a dialogic approach for professional development: A case study of English language teachers in Hong Kong
    Principal investigator, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 2015-18. [Approx. HKD960,000]
  • Expanding the academic vocabulary of university students: An eLearning initiative.
    Co-investigator, Courseware Development Grant, Academic IT Steering Committee (AITSC), CUHK, 2013-14. [HKD85,000]
  • Strategies to improve vocabulary size of university students
    Co-investigator, Teaching Development Grants for 2012-15 Triennium, CUHK, 2012-13. [HKD149,666]



  • Member (2020-22) and Chairperson (2022-23) - LPATE Subject Committee
  • Mentor - CoP for the BA (English Studies) and BEd (English Language Education) Co-terminal Double Degree Programme (EDUC4040 Teaching Practice II), Faculty of Education, CUHK (2018-19)
  • Editorial Board Member and Reviewer - English as Foreign Language International Journal [Scopus; Formerly Asian EFL Journal] (2016-present) and TESOL International Journal [Scopus] (2015-present)
  • Review Committee Member - The Asian Conference on Language Learning (2019); The Southeast Asian Conference on Education (2020); The Asian Conference on Education (2021); The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii (2022 & 2023)
  • Reviewer - British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference (2017)
  • Reviewer - Asian Association of Open Universities Journal [Scopus]; Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education [ESCI]; Cambridge Journal of Education [SSCI]; Education Sciences [ESCI]; Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching [SSCI]; Journal of Decision Systems [ESCI]; Journal of Education for Teaching [SSCI]; Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development [SSCI]; Language and Education [SSCI]; Language, Culture and Curriculum [SSCI]; Pedagogies: An International Journal [ESCI]; PLOS One [SCIE]; SAGE Open [SSCI]; Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching [SSCI]; Sustainability [SSCI]; Teacher Education Quarterly; TESOL Journal [ESCI]; The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher [SSCI]; The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language (TESL-EJ) [Scopus]; The Language Learning Journal [ESCI]; The International Journal of Learning
  • Adjudicator - Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition (2013-present); The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups English Public Speaking Contest (2022)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • PE English


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