Dr Helena Sit

Dr Helena Sit

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography


I received my Bachelor's degree in English (First Class Honours) at Yunnan Normal University which is conceived in the National Southwest Associated University in China. I got an MEd in TESOL and a PhD degree in Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2011, I won the university annual award of best PhD thesis in Faculty of Education and Arts and my PhD thesis was also nominated by the University of Newcastle for the 2011 AARE (Australian Association of Research in Education) Doctoral Award.

Currently I am a Senior Lecturer in School of Education, the University of Newcastle. Prior to joining the University of Newcastle in 2016, I worked as a Lecturer in Academic Development (Higher Education) at Macquarie University and an academic at the University of Newcastle and the University of Hong Kong. My tertiary working experience started in the University of Hong Kong where all the Hong Kong government funded research projects that I was involved in were related to school-based projects on genre-based pedagogy and innovation of bilingual education (English and Chinese). I then extended both of my teaching and research experience at the University of Newcastle as a PhD candidate and a casual academic/research associate and later at Macquarie University as a lecturer.

I lecture EDUC6025 TESOL Curriculum and Methodology and EDUC6124 English for Special Purpose as part of the units in the Master of Educational Studies (TESOL) and am currently involved in teaching educational sociology at undergraduate level in 2016. My research expertise includes Second Language Education, International Education, Cross-cultural Studies, and Teaching Strategies for Advanced English Learners. Being as a co-supervisor, I have about 4 current PhD students (from Vietnam, China, Indonesia and Australia) who are working in the areas of ESL/EFL teacher education. I have also been involving in projects on second language education (English and Chinese), cross-cultural learning and teaching, internationalisation, cultural diversity and inclusivity. Previous projects include language education (English and Chinese), discourse analysis and international education.

Research Profile


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity
  • International Education
  • Second Language Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of other Language
  • Teaching Strategies for Advanced English Learners

Languages

  • Cantonese (Fluent)
  • Mandarin (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies 20
130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) 50
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
6/09/2011 - 31/12/2015 Lecturer

Macquarie University
Learning and Teaching Centre
Australia
1/02/2011 - 31/07/2011 Post-doctoral Fellow The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Education
Hong Kong
28/02/2008 - 30/06/2011 Casual Academic/Research Associate/Assistant The University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2007 - 31/12/2007 Research/Teaching (Genre-based Pedagogies, Teaching and Learning) The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Sit HWH, Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Discipline-based English Studies: Enhancing Language Attainment and Classroom Interaction in a Multicultural Learning Environment., Springer, Springer Singapore, 146 (2017)

Journal article (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Sit HW, Meshram K, 'A Study on International Students¿ Perceptions of Quality Learning in Australia', The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 23 1-11 (2016) [C1]
2014 Chen S, Sit HW, 'It is more than a theoretical perspective: An innovative teaching mode', Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, 3 1-7 (2014)
2013 Sit HW, 'Characteristics of Chinese Students¿ Learning Styles', IPEDR- Language, Media and Culture II, 62 36-39 (2013)
2013 Sit HW, 'An Investigation of How Lecturers¿ Teaching Strategies Promote Classroom Interaction', US-China Education Review B, 3 162-171 (2013)
2013 Sit HHW, 'A case study: The teaching strategies used for discipline-based study in english', International Journal of Literacies, 19 1-12 (2013)

The rapid growth of economic globalization has resulted in a fastening pace of internationalisation of higher education in Hong Kong. Since the hand-over in 1997, Hong Kong's... [more]

The rapid growth of economic globalization has resulted in a fastening pace of internationalisation of higher education in Hong Kong. Since the hand-over in 1997, Hong Kong's universities have been attracting an increasing number of Mainland students to undertake English studies. In spite of a remarkable social change and close connections to the Chinese education system, Hong Kong has still more or less maintained a British-style higher education system which is reflected in the fact that English-medium education and Western-oriented pedagogy are widely accepted. Research has been conducted on both local Hong Kong and Mainland students' strategies of learning English, but limited research is concerned with lecturers' pedagogical practices in teaching disciplinary studies of English, although language teaching methods for Special Purposes in Hong Kong have long been discussed. This study attempted to identify teaching strategies used in the English Department at a university in Hong Kong. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were used. The findings revealed various teaching strategies and elicited responses from the two sub-cultural groups of students. The study focused on the students' views on higher education in Hong Kong and therefore it should make a potential contribution to the enhancement of teaching and learning at most institutions in Hong Kong. It is also of significance to quality learning and teaching in universities other than those in Hong Kong in the context of internationalization. © Common Ground, Herli Salim.

2012 Sit HHW, 'Teaching Strategies for Enhancing Peer Interaction among Diverse Learners', Higher Education Studies, 2 31-39 (2012)
DOI 10.5539/hes.v2n4p31
2010 Chen S, Sit HW, 'Perceptions on Language Teachers Training', Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies, (2010)
Co-authors Shen Chen
2010 Sit HW, Chen S, 'Deconstructing the theoretical concepts for training teachers of chinese as a second language', Language Teaching and Linguistics Studies, 28-33 (2010) [C1]
2010 Sit HW, Chen S, 'The teaching strategies used for advanced english studies in english language teacher education', International Journal of Learning, 17 485-500 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Shen Chen
2009 Chen S, Wa Sit H, 'A comparative study of the responses by international students towards the teaching strategies used in an Australian university', The International Journal of Learning, 16 495-504 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Shen Chen
2008 Sit HW, Chen S, 'Cultural environment for on-line teaching', Chinese Teaching in the World, 2 23-26 (2008)
2007 Sit HW, 'Problems and reflection impacts of world academic rankings', Higher Education Research and Exploration, 3 48-52 (2007)
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Sit HW, 'An Exploration of Design Principles to Enhance Students' L2 Acquisition in a Flipped Class. Invited keynote speech at RIDCH Symposium 2017 "Culture and the Humanities in the Digital Age", The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong', Invited keynote speech at RIDCH Symposium 2017 "Culture and the Humanities in the Digital Age" (2017)
2017 Sit HW, 'A Vision for the Future on ESL/EFL Teacher Education. Invited research seminar at Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, 10 Jan 2017.' (2017)
2017 Sit HW, 'Students' Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences in TESOL Courses. 2017 The European Conference on Education. 30 Jun - 2 Jul 2017, Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom.' (2017)
2016 Sit HW, Chen S, 'A comparative study on understanding assessment tasks by diverse students in an Australian university' (2016)
Co-authors Shen Chen
2016 Chen S, Sit H, 'A "3-I Model" of Supervising International Students in Research' (2016)
Co-authors Shen Chen
2012 Sit HW, 'An investigation of international students¿ perceptions of quality learning in an Australian university. the 4th Asian Conference on Education & International Academic Forum, Oct 24-28 2012, Osaka, Japan.' (2012)
2011 Sit HW, 'The teaching strategies used for promoting classroom interaction between ESL teacher trainees in Hong Kong.' (2011)
2010 Sit HW, Chen S, 'Teaching strategies for promoting classroom interaction of local and mainland students in higher education in Hong Kong', Enhancing Learning Experiences in Higher Education: International Conference. Programme & Abstracts (2010) [E3]
2010 Chen S, Sit HW, 'Chinese postgraduate students' adjustment to the learning environment in an Australian university', Enhancing Learning Experiences in Higher Education: International Conference. Programme & Abstracts (2010) [E3]
2008 Sit HW, 'Learning English language through interaction between non-native speakers.' (2008)
2007 Sit HW, 'Learning method of teaching through classroom interaction' (2007)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $27,000

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20181 grants / $7,200

2018 International Visitor from Peking University, Beijing, China$7,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Helena Sit, Professor Yang Zhao
Scheme International Research Visiting Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1700942
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20173 grants / $11,800

developing strategies for motivating secondary students to learn Chinese$9,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Shen Chen, Doctor Helena Sit
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701101
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Conference Travel-External Sponsorship$2,100

Funding body: Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH), The Open University of Hong Kong

Funding body Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH), The Open University of Hong Kong
Scheme Symposium grant from the Research Grants Coucil of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China & OUHK Tin Ka Ping Centre of Chinese Culture
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Research Seminar Travel-External Sponsorship$500

Funding body: Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Funding body Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Scheme The University of Hong Kong
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20163 grants / $8,000

Diversity and Inclusivity: A Pilot Study on Students’ Cross Cultural Learning Experience in TESOL courses$5,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Helena Sit

Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

International Conference Funding$2,000

Funding body: School of Education, The University of Newcastle

Funding body School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Scheme International conference funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Conference Travel Grant$1,000

Funding body: FEDUA

Funding body FEDUA
Scheme University of Newcastle
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.65

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Effectiveness of Blended Learning on Development of Learners' Communicative Competence PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Evaluating the Role of L1 in Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar in Promoting Class Interaction in Indonesian EFL Classrooms PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD The Implementation of Cooperative Learning Techniques in English Language Teaching in Secondary Schools in Banjarmasin, Indonesia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Willingness to Communicate in English - A Case Study of Chinese University Students in Australia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Examining the efficacy of Chinese as A Foreign Language Programs in Australian Universities: Case Study in NSW PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD An Investigation on Place of Culture in ELICOS Program in Australia Education, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD An Investigation on Place of Culture in ELICOS Program in Australia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Exploring Students' Experiences of English Medium Instruction in Vietnamese Universities Education, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Exploring Students' Experiences of English Medium Instruction in Vietnamese Universities PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Investigating University Lecturers' Attitudes Towards Learner Autonomy in the EFL Context in Vietnam PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Helena Sit

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email helena.sit@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49217172

Office

Room HA69
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