Postgraduate Research Students
WONG Man Ho Ivy
Tel:  3943 5710
Office:  Room 303C

Title of Dissertation: Computer-Based Mediation and Cognitive Linguistics Inspired Instruction on English Prepositions

Supervisor: Professor Gerald Nelson

My research specializes in computer-based grammar instruction through the lens of Cognitive Linguistics (CL). The dissertation project aims to develop effective CL-informed pedagogical materials for teaching English prepositions, hoping to bring revolutionary changes to traditional language classrooms that will benefit both second language teachers and learners.

Research Interests

Applied Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition

Selected Publications



Wong, M.H., Zhao, H., MacWhinney, B. (accepted). A cognitive linguistics application for second language pedagogy: The English preposition tutor. Language Learning


Conference Presentation


Wong, M.H. (2017, October). Incorporating schematic diagrams into L2 grammar instruction: The English Preposition Tutor


Wong, M.H. (2017, June). Computer-based mediation and re-conceptualizing English prepositions via schematic diagrams. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies, Hong Kong.


Wong, M. H. (2016, June) Fostering language learning of English prepositions through cue contrast and image schema. Paper presented at Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics Conference 2016, Hong Kong.


Wong, M. H., Zhao, H., & MacWhinney, B. (2016, April). A cognitive linguistics application to second language pedagogy: The English preposition tutor. Paper presented at the 2016 American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Orlando, United States.


Wong, M.H (2015, December).  Applying the Competition Model and cognitive linguistics to the instruction of English Prepositions: The English Preposition Tutor. Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo, Hong Kong.


Wong, M. H. (2015, July). Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Teaching English Prepositions: An Experimental-CALL Study. Paper presented at the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.


Wong, M. H. (2015, June). Computer-based instruction of English prepositions: A cognitive linguistics study. Paper presented at Faces of English: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy, the Centre for Applied Linguistics of the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Research Grants and Awards

Fulbright-Lee-Hysan Foreign Scholarship ($124,480 USD)