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Dr CHIGAEVA HEDDAD Svetlana

Assistant Professor

Email svetchi@thei.edu.hk

Dr CHIGAEVA HEDDAD Svetlana

Svetlana joined the School of General Education and Languages of THEi as the English Team Leader in December 2020. Prior to that, she worked at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she contributed to the development and coordination of advanced academic language courses and literacy initiatives. She is an experienced teacher, materials writer and curriculum developer.

 

A native of Russia, Svetlana came to Hong Kong in 2001 to conduct her doctoral research on postgraduate students’ disciplinary reading practices. Literacy development has been her main research interest ever since. In addition, she is passionate about exploring teacher feedback and its impact on student learning, the role of language programmes in applied degree education and teacher professional development.

 

In her free time, she enjoys exploring Hong Kong and its amazing diversity, reading, dancing, and playing board games. 

QUALIFICATIONS

2005

PhD in Applied Linguistics

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

2001

MA in English (Applied Linguistics / Teaching English as a Second Language)

Iowa State University of Science and Technology, USA

1999

BA in English

Truman State University, USA

EMPLOYMENT

2020-now

Assistant Professor

School of General Education and Languages, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong

2017-2020

Freelance Research Writing Consultant

Department of Design, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong

2017-2020

Freelance Materials Writer

Centre for Complimentary Studies, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

2019

Guest Lecturer

Faculty of Education, University of Macau

2014-2017

Teaching Fellow

English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2009-2014

Language Instructor

English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2007-2009

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

2004-2007

Language Instructor

English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

 

AWARDS

2015-2016

Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance / Achievement in Services (Team award), Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2013-2014

Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance / Achievement in Services (Team award), Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2011-2012

The President’s Award for Excellent Performance / Achievement in Services (Team award), Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2010-2011

Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance / Achievement in Services (Team award), Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2001-2004

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2001

Aubrey Galyon Award, Iowa State University of Science and Technology

1997-1998

Freedom Support Act Undergraduate Program Fellowship, Department of State, USA

1995-1997

President’s Scholarship, Chuvash Republic, Russia

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Academic Literacy Development
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Teacher Feedback
  • Classroom-based Research

ACADEMIC SERVICE (last 10 years)

2014-2017

English Writing Requirement Consultant, College of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2005-2017

Reviewer, Journal of English for Academic Purposes

2005-2014

Editorial Board member, Journal of English for Academic Purposes

2014-2017

Member of the Organizing Committee, Writing Roundtable, English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2014-2016

Elected member of the Faculty Board, Faculty of Humanities, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2013-2017

Member of the Writing Requirement Team, English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2014

Member of the staff exchange team, Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore

2014

Consultant, Po Leung Kuk Language Programmes

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • The Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub (HKCPD Hub) for University English Teachers

RESEARCH GRANTS (last 10 years)

2016-2018

Dean’s Reserve, Faculty of Humanities, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$105,575, Improving English Writing Requirement feedback through genre approach (with C. Burns as Co-PI)

2015-2016

Dean’s Reserve, Faculty of Humanities, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$79,275, Empowering learning: Introducing continuous feedback practices in English language courses (with K. Troshina, Z. Abenoja, K. Chan, E. Ho, E. Tindall, D. Zou)

2014-2016

Collaborative Grant for Language Enhancement, University Grants Commission, HK SAR, HK$3,280,000, Supporting and developing students’ English literacy practices in the disciplines (D. Lughmani as PI, with B. Morrison, F. Williams, H. Wong, A. Northern, E. Bankowski)

2014-2015

Funding from Deputy President, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$200,000, Developing innovative online language learning support activities for the implementation of English Writing Requirement (D. Lughmani as PI, with B. Dy, J. Lo, A. Northern, M. Raquel, G. Au Yeung, C.W.Y Chau, W.S. Chan)

2008-2010

Quality Education Fund, Education Bureau, HK SAR, HK$4,373,700, Promoting New Literacies in Hong Kong schools (Dr. M. Clark as PI, with Dr J. Luk, M. Lo)

 

PUBLICATIONS (last 10 years)

  • Chigaeva-Heddad, S. 2021. English language teaching in a vocational institute of higher education in Hong Kong. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference: Current Trends in Teaching Foreign Languages (pp. 340-345). Voronezh, Russia.
  • Chigaeva-Heddad, S.I. 2020. Supporting research and publication needs of early career teaching staff in a vocationally-oriented higher education institute. In Linguistics, linguodidactics, translation studies: Topical issues and research perspectives. Cheboksary: Chuvash State University Press.
  • Burns, C., Chigaeva-Heddad, S., and Leung, M. 2019. "Otherwise good luck...": Patterns of use associated with good in teacher feedback. Asian EFL Journal, 3(4), 293-315. Available at https://www.elejournals.com/1963/asian-efl-journal/asian-efl-journal-volume-23-issue-3-4-may-2019/
  • Wong, K.Y.E., and Chigaeva-Heddad, S. 2018. Academic research in vocationally-oriented higher education: Perspectives from teaching staff. In Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Education. Tokyo, Japan: IAFOR. Available at http://papers.iafor.org/wp-content/uploads/papers/ace2018/ACE2018_43087.pdf

  • Lo, M.M., Clarke, M., Luk, J., Chigaeva, S., and Lam, J. 2012. Promoting new literacies in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Quality Education Fund. Available at http://qcrc.qef.org.hk/Publish/project_information/201206/20120620120647_8210bMjAwN.pdf

  • Hong Kong New Literacies Project Team. 2011. Promoting new literacies in Hong Kong schools (DVD). Hong Kong: Quality Education Fund.
  • Chigaeva, S. and Kulmakova, N. 2010. Writing research paper titles in dairy sciences. In The role of higher education in the development of Chuvashia. Cheboksary, Russia: Chuvash Agricultural Academy Press.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND GUEST LECTURES (last 10 years)

  • English language teaching in a vocational institute of higher education in Hong Kong (plenary talk). The Fifth International Conference: Current Trends in Teaching Foreign Languages, Voronezh State Pedagogical University, Russia, 22 April 2021.
  • From code-switching to protest graffiti: An overview of language-related research in Hong Kong. Guest Lecture, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Chuvash State University, Russia, 5 March 2020.
  • Academic research in vocationally-oriented higher education: Perspectives from teaching staff (with K.Y.E. Wong). The Asian Conference on Education, IAFOR, Tokyo, Japan, 13-15 Oct 2018.
  • “Otherwise, good luck…”: Various uses of good in teachers’ response to writing (with C. Burns and M. Leung). International Conference on Research and Publication, TESOL Asia, Philippines, 24-26 Aug 2018.
  • Best practices in giving feedback across curriculum: Implications for General Education practitioners (with C. Burns and M. Leung). General Education Conference 2017: Evolution and Transformation, the Federation of Self-financing Tertiary Education, 15-16 June 2017.
  • A genre analysis of feedback across curriculum (with C. Burns and M. Leung). Faces of English 2, the University of Hong Kong, 1-3 June 2017.
  • Feedback across curriculum: Genre analysis of language teachers’ feedback (with C. Burns). International Conference on English across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 14-15 December 2015.
  • Feedback in graphic design: A case study of one subject teacher’s practices (with B. Chan). International Conference on English across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 14-15 December 2015.
  • Taking stock: Impact of supporting writing across the curriculum –views from students, language teachers and subject teachers (with D. Lughmani). International Conference on English Across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 14-15 December 2015.
  • Feedback across curriculum: Unpacking language teachers' comments on students' writing (with C. Burns). Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy, the University of Hong Kong, 11-13 June 2015.
  • Exploring new territory: Genre-specific feedback (with C. Burns). Eyes of Discovering Creativity across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 15 May 2015.
  • “More death than life”: Helping English teachers cope with writing across the curriculum (with D. Lughmani). Departing from Tradition: Innovations in English Language Teaching and Learning, the University of Macau, 31 January-1 February 2015.
  • Supporting tertiary students’ literacy in General Education subjects: The PolyU experience (with Lughmani, D. and Lo, J.). ELTU Conference 2014: Curriculum Development, Implementation and Review, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 5 June 2014.
  • Students as language researchers. Writing Roundtable 2014: Innovations in Developing Writers Beyond the Language Classroom, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 26 May 2014.
  • Interpreting writing assignments in content subjects (with Lughmani, D., Dy, B., Lo, J., and Northern, A.). Writing Roundtable 2014: Innovations in Developing Writers Beyond the Language Classroom, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 26 May 2014.
  • Genre-based academic writing instruction: Theoretical underpinnings and pedagogical decisions. ELC Writing Roundtable: Exploring Multiple Perspectives in Creative and Academic Writing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 24 May 2013.
  • Beyond language: Digital storytelling in a language classroom. Research into Practice in the Four-year Curriculum, The University of Hong Kong, 1 June 2012.
  • The secondary-tertiary interface: Language training for the new cohort (with Chen, J., Chau, J., Robbins, J., Ching, J., Lughmani, S., and Wu, W.). Research into Practice in the Four-Year Curriculum, The University of Hong Kong, 1 June 2012.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Writing grant proposals. Department of Design, THEi, 17 July 2018.

Writing a conclusion and an abstract. Proofreading and editing. Department of Design, THEi, 16 July 2018.

Writing up results and discussing key findings. Department of Design, THEi, 28 June 2018.

Writing the introduction and methods sections of research papers. Department of Design, THEi, 26 June 2018.

Conference submissions: Key genres and expectations. Department of Design, THEi, 17 November 2017.

Academic journal submissions: Key genres and expectations. Department of Design, THEi, 20 November 2017.

EWR feedback reports: Corpus-informed findings and interpretations (with C. Burns and M. Leung). English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 16 March 2017.

How to respond to student texts: Best feedback practices (with C. Burns). English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 12 October 2016.

Integrating writing in undergraduate subjects: A 3-session series (with D. Lughmani). Educational Development Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 17, 18, 21 August 2015.

“More death than life”: Helping English teachers cope with writing across the curriculum (with D. Lughmani). English Language Teaching Unit, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 6 February 2015.

Singapore staff exchange sharing session (with J. Robbins). English Language Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 20 September 2014.

Supporting students’ reading and writing in CAR subjects—Experiences and practices of PolyU (with D. Lughmani). CPCE Luncheon Research Seminar, College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 9 April 2014.