Dr. Amy CHI

Associate Professor


Amy Chi joined the Center in 1992 and has been teaching, writing materials and co-ordinating a range of English courses for academic purposes to both undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines of the university.

The core of her research work is in the area of pedagogical lexicography, underpinning teaching and learning English as a second language. The scope of her research includes EFL learners’ dictionaries, dictionary use training methodology and materials, second language vocabulary acquisition and phraseology. Her other research interests include lexicology, language and culture, history of English and phonetics.

She was invited as Advisor for the compilation of the Macmillan English Dictionary (First edition, 2002), and an external reviewer for Lexikos Journal, Journal of Translation Studies of Chinese University Press and Commercial Press (HK Ltd.). Chi was the founding secretary (1997-1999) and Executive Board member (1999-2011; 2021) of ASIALEX– Asia Association for Lexicography. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of  ‘Lexicography’ (Journal of ASIALEX) published by Equinox.

She is a dedicated hiker.

Professional Interests

Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Pedagogical Lexicography

Dictionary use training for ESL/EFL teachers

Second language vocabulary acquisition



Language and Culture



2022 Chapter in Edited Volume

(Second edition) "Researching Pedagogical Lexicography" in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Lexicography

Amy Chi

Bloomsbury Publishing

This is the latest (second) edition of the book. The published date is 24th March, 2022.

2021 A.S. Hornby Research Awards

Dictionary Literacy Training for EFL Teachers

Amy Chi

A.S. Hornby Educational Trust

When A. S. Hornby first conceived and compiled the Idiomatic and Syntactic English Dictionary (1942), the dictionary was supposed to be an integral part of EFL teaching and learning and students were to learn how to use the dictionary to support their learning from the English teacher. However, since the development of ESL lexicography and ESL/EFL teaching methodologies have evolved on separate paths in the past few decades, the relationship between the two has become less dynamic and supportive. Such a fractured relationship has seriously impacted EFL students who mostly depend on teachers to impart knowledge and instil the practice of using dictionaries to support their learning. Dictionary use researchers have long advocated a need to bridge the gap between the English language teacher and the pedagogical dictionary. However, if English teachers want to understand and keep abreast of the development of EFL learners’ dictionaries with respect to how these dictionaries can support their students’ learning of English, they need to be informed and/or trained since these dictionaries have grown in number and include new features to support English language learning. This project suggests producing online training material for autonomous learning on ‘Dictionary literacy for dictionary use teaching’. The aim is to empower English language teachers with apt pedagogical lexicographical knowledge and teaching methodology to design dictionary use teaching and learning activities suitable for their students who are at various language proficiency levels, and subject to different learning environments.

2020 Journal Publication

Reconstructing the lexicographical triangle through teaching dictionary literacy to teachers of English

CHI, Amy

2019 Conference Presentation

A keynote speech: Dictionary use training in the EFL classroom: Are English teachers prepared for the task?

CHI, Amy

Hosted by Istanbul University, ASIALEX conference 2019.
2016 Journal Publication

A review of Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (6th edition)

CHI, Amy

2013 Journal Publication

Cultural distinction impacts on comprehension of known words at phrase level.

CHI, Amy

Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Bialymstoku.
2013 Chapter in Edited Volume

Researching pedagogical lexicography. In H. Jackson (Ed.), Bloomsbury Companion to Lexicography.

CHI, Amy

London & New York: Bloomsbury.
2011 Conference Presentation

“When dictionaries support vocabulary learning, where to begin?”

CHI, Amy

the 7th biennial conference of the Asian Association for Lexicography, organised by the Kyoto Organizing Committee, Kyoto Terrsa, Kyoto, Japan. August 22-24
2011 Conference Proceedings

When dictionaries support vocabulary learning, where to begin?

CHI, Amy

Kyoto Terrsa, Kyoto, Japan.
2010 Scholarship Talk

“Is it Time to Discard our Print Dictionaries?”

CHI, Amy

(Invited by Oxford University Press) the Learning & Teaching Expo 2010’, Hong Kong
2010 Journal Publication

Applying formal vocabulary to academic writing: Is the task achievable?

CHI, Amy

Special Issue on Teacher as Researcher, 9(2), 171–190.
2009 Conference Presentation

“Relevance of EFL dictionaries in English teaching – “Will you still need me, when I'm sixty-four?”

CHI, Amy

the 6th biennial conference of the Asian Association for Lexicography, organised by the Department of Languages and Social Sciences, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand, August 20-22
2009 Conference Presentation

“Using English dictionaries is not as easy as ABC”

CHI, Amy

the 17th biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America, organised by Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, May 27-30
2009 Conference Proceedings

Relevance of EFL dictionaries in English teaching – “Will you still need me, when I'm sixty-four?”

CHI, Amy

King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand.
2008 Scholarship Talk

“Traditional English Dictionaries Strengthen Learners’ English competence”

CHI, Amy

Interviewed and an article was published in Hong Kong Economic Times
2008 Scholarship Talk

“How to learn English well?”

CHI, Amy

An educational radio programme of Radio Television Hong Kong on Mar 22
2008 Scholarship Talk

“Hong Kong students fail to exploit 90% of information offered by English learners’ dictionaries”

CHI, Amy

Interviewed and an article was published in Ming Pao Daily News
2008 Scholarship Talk

“Using English learners’ dictionaries: ways to entice and train students to acquire the habit”

CHI, Amy

Invited by Commercial Press (H.K.) Ltd. to give a talk to secondary school English teachers of Hong Kong
2007 Conference Presentation

“Teaching dictionary use – A case study at the Language Centre of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology”

CHI, Amy

the 5th biennial conference of the Asian Association for Lexicography organised by the University of Madras, Chennai, India, December 6-8
2005 Journal Publication

Dictionary, teaching and student – the English Language Triangle.

CHI, Amy

In Journal of the Institute of Linguists, Jubilee Edition 25, 65–71.