Cecilia Suet-sam LI

B.A. Honours (University of Hong Kong), M.Sc. (Edinburgh)







Ms. Cecilia Li graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies (First Class Honour), and received her Master of Science in Applied Linguistics (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English. She was the Programme Director of Bachelor of Arts in English for Professional Communication from 2016 to 2020.

Cecilia’s research interests lie in World Englishes, language and globalisation, and multilingualism, with a particular focus on sociolinguistics in Hong Kong. Her recent RGC-funded project is on Filipina Domestic Helpers and the impact of their presence in the Hong Kong families on the English language acquisition of local Hong Kong children.

Besides research Cecilia engages actively in teaching. She teaches a wide range of subjects including linguistics, research methods, and English proficiency courses. She is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. Prior to joining Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Cecilia lectured at City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Universität Potsdam.



Research Grant

Principal investigator of the FDS project, “Filipina Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong: Language Use and Impact on the Hong Kong Speech Community” (Reference no.: UGC/FDS13/H11/14, $671,379), 2015 – 2017.

(Link: https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/fds/funded%20research/fds1415_abstract.html#FDS13H11)


Teaching Excellence Award 2016


Research Interests

World Englishes

Language and Globalisation



English Linguistics

English Language Teaching


Courses taught

ENG181   Freshman English

ENG173   Introduction to Linguistics

ENG170   Functional Grammar

ENG291   Business English

ENG300   Research Methodology for Final Year Projects

ENG368   Sociolinguistics

ENG468   Final Year Project


Current Positions Held:

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Chu Hai College of Higher Education