Ninth Sharing Session (17 September 2021)

CoP Project Sharing Session Series

Ninth Sharing Session

Date: 17 September 2021 (Friday)

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Mode: Online by ZOOM

First Speaker: Dr Jung Jookyoung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Title: The impact of reading purposes on second language learners’ reading and recall processes


The present study explored how different reading purposes would affect L2 learners’ eye-movements during reading, keystrokes during summary writing, and text memory as shown in the written summaries. Seventy-two Korean speakers read an English text for two different purposes, i.e., reading to skim vs reading to learn, and wrote an unannounced summary of the text. The results showed that skimming led participants to engage in uninterrupted global text processing. Those who read the text for complete understanding, in contrast, demonstrated significantly shorter eye-movements accompanied with frequent pauses for local processing. Reading to learn further resulted in a greater number of pauses and revisions in summary writing process, recalling more idea units from the text.


Jookyoung Jung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include task-based language teaching, second language reading and writing, and technology-mediated language learning. Her recent work has appeared in journals such as System, Language Teaching Research, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Second Speaker: Dr Ron Darvin (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Title: Developing critical digital literacy through genre-based pedagogy


Recognizing how online genres are tied to communicative purposes and conventionalized expectations, this presentation discusses how a dialogical approach to genre analysis can be useful for pedagogical purposes. By sharing the design of two university communications courses, it demonstrates how bridging activities, authentic text production and analysis of platform design can enable students to develop a critical awareness of genres as forms of discourse constructed for particular audiences and specific purposes. By engaging a material and sociotechnical lens to examine online genres, learners can build metalinguistic and metacommunicative skills that outlive the lifecycles of online genres themselves.


Ron Darvin is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the English Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received the 2020 Dissertation Award of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) for his research on digital literacies, language learning and identity.