Mr. Nick WONG



Educational qualifications and professional accreditation

BA in Linguistics (HK), MA in Linguistics (HK), PhD in Applied Linguistics (Lancaster), CertTESOL (Columbia), Sententia Gamification Surveyor Certification (Level I), Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HK), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE, UK)

Teaching Awards

  • Nominee – Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching, HKUST
  • Honorable Mention – School of Humanities and Social Science Teaching Award, HKUST
  • Award Recipient – CLE Teaching Award, HKUST

Nick Wong is an applied linguistics researcher and an experienced English for Specific Purposes (ESP) practitioner. He is specialized in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Business English, and English for medical professionals. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Nick Wong's academic career began in 2008 when he started working as a demonstrator at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong, where he taught undergraduate courses in General Linguistics, including Cantonese Linguistics, Phonetics, and Languages of the World. After that, he joined Tung Wah College in 2010, where he served as the English curriculum leader of the associate degree programme and led courses in Developing English Language Skills (QF Level 4: common core English course for all year-one students, with over 1000 students enrolling every academic year), Business Communication in English (QF Level 5), and Critical Thinking in English (QF Level 5). Currently, he is the course lead for RMBI4980, and RMBI4990, where he specializes in teaching academic research writing and project planning.

Nick has held various internal and external appointments throughout his academic career. From 2018 to 2020, he was the Residential Fellow at the Dean of Students' Office at HKUST. Additionally, Nick served as an External Examiner at Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers in 2019-2020. Nick has also served on various committees at Tung Wah College, including as a member of the Programme Committee for BHS in Nursing from 2013-2016, and as a member of the Programme Planning Committee for BSSc in Management and Operations of Non-profit Organisation in 2013. He was also the Project Coordinator of Tung Wah College's "English Smart" Project in collaboration with the British Council in 2013 and an Internal Panel Member of Internal Validation Panel for Bachelor of Professional Accountancy at Tung Wah College. Furthermore, Nick served as the Teaching Representative of all external accreditation and validation exercises at Tung Wah College from 2011-2016.

As the principal investigator, he is currently working on a large-scale research and development project to develop an AI-assisted VR English-speaking programme for secondary and tertiary students ($30,365,700). Over the past decade, he has also secured different grants for research and teaching innovation projects. In particular, as the principal investigator, his funded research project on Kongish has developed a new trend of Kongish research in Hong Kong. He and his team have also been interviewed for the Kongish project in various local and international media:

粵拼專家笑談「港女拼音」. Singtao Daily, 22 August 2019.

“「What 7 you say」你識唔識?實測港人Kongish程度” Apple Daily, 23 July 2017.

“茶餐廳菜單神級英譯 想知瀨尿牛丸點樣譯?”. HK01, 14 January 2017.

“港式英文未必錯 科大研究助教學”. Wenweipo (Education), 26 February 2016.

‘Hongkongers mix English and Cantonese into new language, Kongish’. South China Morning Post (Lifestyle feature), 21 January 2016.

“Laugh L Die Me! Kongish Daily”. 100Most (100毛), 21 January 2016.

“Do you speak Kongish ar?”. Varsity (Lifestyle), 14 December, 2015.

“80後搞專頁教講Kongish 2個月3萬likes”. Next Magazine, 2 November, 2015.

“港式英語-Kongish, who say no good? 聽聽講師怎樣說”. Metro Pop, 2 October, 2015.

“有話說﹕借港式英語學英文?”. Mingpao (lifestyle), 18 August 2015.

“萬六like港語日報 撐Goodest本土英文”. Apple Daily (lifestyle), 9 August, 2015.


Professional Interests




Technology Enhanced Education



2023 Scholarship Talk

Kongish of adolescence

Nick Wong

English Society, A.A.H.K.U., The University of Hong Kong
2022 Conference Presentation

How Kongish was creatively and subversively used in the Anti-Extradition Bill movement

NIck Wong

Sociolinguistics Symposium 24
2022 Scholarship Talk

The creativity beyond Cantonese and English – Kongish as a translanguaging practice

Nick Wong

Department of English Language Education, Education University of Hong Kong
2021 Scholarship Talk

Hi Ching: Do you speak Chinglish or Kongish?

Nick Wong

Department of English Language Education, Education University of Hong Kong

Seminar 3: Hi Ching: Do you speak Chinglish or Kongish?

Speaker: Nick WONG, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

“Even ah Ma dou know”, English has been an important second language in Hong Kong for over two centuries and influenced the way Hongkongers express their thoughts through different language practices. Foreigners may be very surprised to know that it is almost impossible and challenging for many Hongkongers not to speak any English word in their daily conversation, and this indicates that how English has played an important part in Hongkongers’ life. From Chinese Pidgin English to Kongish, English has been integrating cleverly to suit different economical and social functions in Hong Kong. The lecture will first introduce these hybrid practices of Chinese and English in Hong Kong from a chronological perspective, followed by a discussion on some creative usages of Kongish, other than the famous line “What 7 he say”.

2021 Scholarship Talk

Keynote Panel: Cantonese and the world (Oxford Hong Kong Forum 2021)

Nick Wong

Oxford University Hong Kong Scholars Association

Due to the socio-political turmoil in recent years, more attention has been paid to the notion of local Hong Kong culture. With nearly 90% of the people considering it as their native language, Cantonese is the dominant language spoken in Hong Kong, though it has long been regarded as merely a spoken language. Whether or not to designate Cantonese as a Chinese variant also attracts controversies from different perspectives, including the examination of linguistic and political definitions.

The panel will discuss the following: speakers’ perspective on  Cantonese as a written language, difficulties and methods on promoting Cantonese to foreigners, Cantonese's preservation amid the growing Mandarin use in Hong Kong schools, the position of Cantonese under the bigger context of Chinese language, as well as insights and advice for current Cantonese enthusiasts within and beyond academia.

2021 Conference Presentation

Reflection on the variety approaches to Kongish

Pedro Lok, Nick Wong

Sociolinguistics Symposium 23, HKSAR
2020 Working Paper - Peer Reviewed

Kongish Daily: researching translanguaging creativity and subversiveness

Li Wei, Alfred Tsang, Nick Wong, Pedro Lok

International Journal of Multilingualism, Volume 17, Issue 3: Multilingual literacy practices - global perspectives on visuality, materiality and creativity
2018 Scholarship Talk

讀書座談會:《Kongish 港式英文︰Old News is Still Exciting!》

WONG, Nick

HKUST Library Book Talk
2018 Conference Presentation

Reconceptualising Kongish as a digital translanguaging practice: An examination of the practical use of Kongish

WONG, Nick

Sociolinguistics Symposium 22. Auckland, New Zealand
2018 Conference Presentation

From practice to convention: how Kongish is creatively written by Hong Kong Cantonese-English bilinguals

WONG, Nick

Sociolinguistics Symposium 22. Auckland, New Zealand
2017 Conference Presentation

“Hong Kong is China, so Kongish is Chinglish?” Repositioning Kongish as a hybridised variety of Hong Kong English

WONG, Nick

The 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB11). Ireland
2017 Conference Presentation

"Like our page, you have say.” Documentation of Hong Kong English through an online news page

WONG, Nick

2nd International Conference on Documentary Linguistics – Asian Perspectives: Transformations and sustainability
2017 Seminar

Kongish and Kongish Daily: Past, Present and Future

WONG, Nick

Invited Research Seminar Series in the Chinese University of Hong Kong
2017 Working Paper - Peer Reviewed

Kongish Daily: Laugh L Die. Old News is Still Exciting, and Perhaps Educational

Nick Wong, Alfred Tsang, Pedro Lok

Xiao Ming Wen Chuang
2017 Conference Presentation

Hi Facebook user, are you speaking Kongish, Chinglish or Hong Kong English? The use of social-media sites as a data collection strategy for any specific variety

WONG, Nick

The 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB11). Ireland
2016 Scholarship Talk

Kongish Daily and Hong Kong English: A Preliminary Study of an Emerging Variety of English.

WONG, Nick

Public Lecture in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR
2016 Conference Presentation

The emergence of an overnight success of the "Kongish" identity: how the basilectal Hong Kong English becomes prominently preferred as a discernible trend on Facebook

WONG, Nick

Sociolinguistics Symposium 21. Murcia, Spain
2016 Scholarship Talk

Positioning Kongish in Hong Kong English: A case study of Kongish Daily

WONG, Nick

Invited Presentation inthe 6th Conference of the Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics, Hong Kong SAR
2016 Scholarship Talk

“Laugh L Die Me, Ho Laugh than Laughing Gor”: Kongish as a Communication Medium in Hong Kong

WONG, Nick

Public Lecture in the University of Macau, Macao SAR
2015 Conference Presentation

"Repeating the same mistake" - A corpus study on learner's English in Hong Kong

WONG, Nick

The International Conference on Corpus Linguistics and Technology Advancement (CoLTA), HKIED, Hong Kong SAR
2015 Working Paper - Peer Reviewed

Learning experience of Chinese nursing students in an online clinical English course: Qualitative study

Anson C.Y. Tang, Nick Wong, Thomas K.S. Wong

Nurse Education Today, Volume 35, Issue 2
2014 Conference Presentation

How written Cantonese is written in the multilingual Hong Kong

WONG, Nick

Sociolinguistics Symposium 20. Jyväskylä, Finland.
2014 Conference Presentation

A corpus-based qualitative analysis on the effectiveness for Hong Kong nursing students learning nursing English online - A case study on an online nursing English course

WONG, Nick

2014 Hwa Kang International Conference on English Language & Literature. Taipei, Taiwan
2014 Scholarship Talk

How written Cantonese in Hong Kong is written with high creativity

WONG, Nick

Guest Lecture in the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
2013 Conference Presentation

Pidgin or English? From Pidgin thinking to English writing: Teaching and learning Chinese Pidgin English in Shanghai

WONG, Nick

Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics Summer Conference 2013. Lisbon, Portugal
2013 Conference Presentation

A contrastive study of orthographic variations in Cantonese and English - A case study of Hong Kong Golden Forum

WONG, Nick

8th International Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching. Lancaster, United Kingdom
2013 Conference Presentation

“Pidgin thinking, English writing” Language contact between Chinese Pidgin English and Late Modern English: A case study of a Chinese Pidgin English booklet published in Shanghai: Notes for English.

WONG, Nick

The 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB9). Singapore