(This list includes details provided by the persons listed, where available)
Colin Barron has worked in the Middle East, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong. From his experiences in those countries he has developed an interest in the relationship between language in the classroom and language and communication in the outside world. His research and interests have focussed on understanding the underlying philosophical bases of particular language communities, what differentiates them and how they may be reconciled.
Pauline Burton has taught English as a second language in Hong Kong since 1985, including programmes on RTHK Radio 4, notably 'Poetry on Air'. Her research interests are in teaching language through literature, and creativity in the language classroom. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Language Studies, City University of Hong Kong.
Sarah Carmichael is Senior Language Instructor in the Language Centre of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She specializes in the teaching of English to engineering students.
Chi Hung Chan was working in the Educational Development Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University at the time of writing the chapter in this book.
L. C. Chan is the Programme Director for Year One of the new medical curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. He has special interests in Problem-Based Learning, faculty development and ways to improve learning in Large Group Sessions.
Pauline Cho obtained her Bachelor of Optometry from the University of New South Wales, Australia and her PhD from the University of Bradford, UK. She is now an Associate Professor at the Hong Kong