Invited Presentations


  • The centrality of writing: Making a difference in the academy. Staff seminar series. University of Bath, UK. 30 January 2019.


  • Interaction in academic writing. Staff seminar series. Jilin University, China. 22nd April 2020.
  • Methods and methodologies in language research. Staff seminar series. Jilin University, China. 20th October 2018.
  • Working with Writing. Faculty of Education Seminar Series. University of Sheffield. 12th September 2018.
  • Re-imagining Instruction: Specificity and EAP writing. Staff seminar series. Jilin University, China. 26th April 2018.


  • Academic interaction: where’s it all going? Faculty of Education Seminar Series. University of East Anglia. 15th November 2017.


  • Disciplinary specificity and academic writing: reimagining tertiary EAP.   Hong Kong Assn of Applied Linguistics AGM. PolyU, Hong Kong.  29 Sept, 2016.
  • Academic publishing and the myth of linguistic disadvantage.   Watz Memorial Lecture Pennsylvania State University.  Sept 19-22, 2016
  • “Teaching writing at university”. University of Technology, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia  28 July, 2016
  • “Writing for publication”. University of Technology, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia  25 July, 2016
  • “Genre: theory, analysis and pedagogy”.   Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. March 14, 2016
  • “Feedback on writing: Advice from research”.  Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. March 14, 2016
  • “Writing for publication in Applied linguistics journals”.  Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. March 16, 2016


  • Writing for International Publication in Applied Linguistics and EFL Journals.  Faces of English Conference. University of Hong Kong. June 11-13, 2015
  • Peer review: Objective screening or wishful thinking?   Writing for scholarly publication symposium. City University of Hong Kong. 22-23 May, 2015
  • PhDs in EAP: Panel Session. British Assn of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) conference. University of Leicester.  17 &19 April 2015
  • A critical reflection on research methods in writing.  American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. Toronto, Canada. March 21-24, 2015
  • Specificity and EAP: Writing in the disciplines.  American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • Feedback to L2 writers: What, how and why bother?  TESOL Arabia Conference. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 12-14 March, 2015
  • Teaching and researching genre.  TESOL Arabia Conference. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 12-14 March, 2015
  • Re-imagining the curriculum : English in the discipline.  Contextual Diversity in Language Teaching and Learning conference. National University of Malaysia, 5-6 February, 2015
  • Faculty feedback:  Writing to learn? 5th Language Education Symposium. Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. 2nd February, 2015
  • Feedback on writing: Faculty and student perceptions. CAES Seminar series. Hong Long University. January 21, 2015


  • Feedback to L2 writers: What, how and why bother?  ETA International Symposium. Chien Tan Conference Centre, Taipei; November 14-16, 2014
  • Advice from the editors: publishing in humanities journals (with Brian Paltridge) Sydney Seminar Series. University of Sydney, Australia.  21st-23rd August, 2014
  • Publishing in English literature and linguistics journals. Seminar on Publishing.  University of Stockholm, Sweden. June 9th -10th , 2014
  • Advice from the editors: publishing in humanities journals. (with Brian Paltridge) CAES Seminar Series, Hong Kong University. Jan 24, 2014


  • Genre and writing: core principles of teaching and research. Thammasat University, Bangkok,  Thailand, 17th March, 2013. 


  • What do students make of feedback? (workshop) The Second International Conference on ELT in the Islamic World. Iran Language Institute, Tehran, Iran.
  • Performing  identity in applied linguistics. A corpus approach. Seminar Series. Lingnan University, Hong Kong. 5 Nov, 2012.
  • Genre: research into practice in language education (workshop) International Communication Studies and Applied Linguistics Conference. University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.  8-13 July 2012 2012
  • What have we learnt so far? Reflections on curriculum reform.  Research into Practice: 3rd Conference on Language Education in HK. Hong Kong University. 1 June, 2012.


  • Genre analysis and writing instruction: some connections. LCC Roundtable on Academic Writing. Nanyang Technological University, 1-3rd Dec,  2011.
  • Messages in feedback Workshop.  Pan Asian Conference, English Teachers Assn, Taipei, Taiwan. 13-15th November.
  • Disciplinary specificity in EAP writing. AILA Conference, Beijing, China. 23-28 August, 2011.
  • Talking to readers: interactions in professional and popular science writing. University of Malaya, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia. 9th May, 2011.

  • Formative feedback: instruction through commentary. University of Malaya, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia. 13th May, 2011.

  • Productive feedback practices. ESP International Conference. Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan. April 23-24, 2011.


  • Community and creativity: a corpus approach to identity in academic writing. Pearling Appliable Linguistics seminar, City University of Hong Kong, 26 November, 2010.
  • Genre analysis: theory, analysis and pedagogy.  University of Modena, Italy, 9 June, 2010.
  • “Dinosaur teens were keen on sex”: proximity in professional and popular science. CAES Seminar Series. Hong Kong University. 14 April, 2010.
  • Identity construction in applied linguistics. Hong Kong Association of Applied Linguistics Seminar Series. Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. 20 January, 2010.


  • Getting published in Applied Linguistics. University of Malaya, 18-22 May, 2009.
  • Academic writing – language variation and interactive practices. Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Denver, CO, USA.  24-28 March, 2009.


  • Negotiating with readers: popular and professional proximity. UniversidadPolitécnica de Madrid. 16 December, 2008.
  • Teaching and researching genre:  academic writing in the disciplines. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. 16 December, 2008.
  • Disciplinarity and identity in applied linguistics. UniversidadPolitécnica de Madrid. 15 December, 2008.
  • Being Swales and Cameron: constructing identity in applied linguistics. University of Leeds Seminar Series. 21 October, 2008.
  • We are what we write: the role of writing in the academy.  ESADE University seminar series, Barcelona, 14 October, 2008.
  • Genre analysis and student writers. University of Malaya Seminar. 8 May, 2008.
  • What is writing and how can we research it?  University of Malaya Seminar.6 May, 2008.
  • Discourses and the disciplines. Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain 30 April, 2008.
  • Writing in the academy – role, purpose and value.  Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. 29 April, 2008.
  • Different strokes for different folks: specificity in EAP.  American Assn for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference. Washington, DC, USA.  29 March-1 April, 2008.


  • Effective responses: the theory and practice of feedback on writing.  Second International Symposium for English Language TeachersCentre for English Language Communication (CELC), National University of Singapore. 30 May-1 June, 2007.


  • Understanding writing: texts, writers and readers. Roehampton University. 2 November, 2005.
  • Interaction in academic discourse. LANSPAN Colloquium. University of Groningen, The Netherlands.  24 May, 2005.


  • What is interactive about academic discourse? University of Leeds Research Seminar Series. 25 November, 2004.
  • Investigating academic literacies.  Academic Literacies research Group, Institute of Education, University of London.  16 March, 2004.
  • Stance and Engagement: towards a model of academic literacy. Cross-London Seminar in Language and Literacy, King’s College, London University. 2 March, 2004.
  • Interaction in academic discourse. Reading University Applied Linguistics Circle. 26 February, 2004.


  • Framing feedback in EAP writing. 9th International TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai, UAE 12-14 March, 2003.


  • Discourse analysis in second language writing research. American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference.  Salt Lake City, USA. 5-8 April, 2002.


  • Writing portfolios in ESP. LSP 2000 Conference. Johor Bahru, Malaysia 12-15 November, 2000.