Ms. Melissa MEGAN

Senior Lecturer


Melissa has worked in the Center for Language Education since January 1999. She has taught many of the courses offered by the Center. She has also taught the Business School’s, MBA course, Managerial Communication. She loves teaching and feels this is why she consistently gets positive feedback from her students. She was the co-Editor of a book called Reflecting Teaching: Reflection and innovation in language teaching and learning, and adopts reflective practices in order to continue to develop as a teacher. Melissa has written materials for a number of the Center’s courses, including the English Common Core. She has coordinated courses for UG Business students as well as PG Engineers.

Melissa has been involved in the development of self-access learning materials and activities and has trained others in this area. She has also written and conducted training courses for primary and secondary teachers in Hong Kong on use of a task-based approach, and use of portfolios for learning and assessment. She is interested in taking up further teacher-training opportunities.

Beyond the CLE, Melissa has been very involved in the development of a new Common Core Course, HMAW 1905, Habits, Mindsets, and Wellness. Since Fall 2022, all Year 1 students take this course. Melissa believes that this course will have a positive impact on the well-being of HKUST students. Melissa is currently also the Principal Coordinator of a Community of Practice to enhance students’ intercultural learning experiences. This fits with her interest in ‘Internationalisation at Home’, as well as her commitment to being a champion of diversity and promoting inclusiveness.

Melissa is the Chairperson of BFT Friends of Hong Kong. This society supports the work of the Build Your Future Today Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Melissa and her family visit Cambodia every year and this enables Melissa to oversee the education development programs in the villages that BFT supports.

Melissa is a qualified yoga instructor.

Professional Interests

Curriculum development

Assessment and evaluation

Sustainable feedback practices

Positive Psychology

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Teacher well-being and development

Student well-being


2002 Book

Reflecting Teaching: Reflection and innovation in Language Teaching and Learning

Jyu, Ai Li, Alice; Megan, Melissa

ISBN: 9627607185
2002 Book

Reflecting Teaching: Reflection and innovation in language teaching and learning

Megan, Melissa; Jyu, Alice; Furness, Alban; Lam, Jacqueline Kam-mei; Tsang, Elza

ISBN: 9789627607182
2002 Conference Paper / Presentation

Helping students take responsibility for their learning: Reflections on a first-year English course for Engineering students

Megan, Melissa; Pemberton, Richard; Pople, Jan

Source: Proceedings of the First Teaching and Learning Symposium. Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 46-51

LANG 106 is an English communication course for all first-year engineering students at HKUST. The approach adopted in this course is new for HKUST and, as far as we know, for similar courses elsewhere. Now in its third semester, feedback from teachers and students on the course so far indicates that it develops in students a sense of responsibility for their own learning, and fosters confidence and thereby the motivation to actively improve their learning. The course: - requires students to reflect on their previous learning experiences and needs - introduces a range of language-learning strategies for students to try out and consider - requires students to set learning objectives for the semester, and to plan, carry out, and evaluate out-of-class learning designed to meet these objectives - requires students to submit a ‘Learning Portfolio’ - is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis In this paper we will first discuss the rationale for the course, the syllabus and sample materials, and the assessment/evaluation system. We will then share comments from teachers and students on the course. Finally, we will suggest how we hope this course (and other language courses for engineering students) will continue to evolve.