Describing himself as a language lover, Jonathan has a deep fascination with language matters ranging from pidgin English and prose style to learner strategies and lexicogrpahy.
He graduated with distinction from Hong Kong Baptist College (now HKBU), where he majored in English Language and Literature while studying French and German. In addition to an MA in TESOL/TEFL from the University of Birmingham (UK), he holds an MA in Linguistics, an MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong.
Formerly an English panel head, Jonathan has more than ten years of English teaching experience at the secondary level. He joined the OUHK in 2017 and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in linguistics and applied linguistics.
He has a particular interest in the expression of opinion and emotion in genres and is now writing a book for Routledge on this aspect of language in journalistic writing.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
Discourse Analysis (esp. academic discourse and journalistic discourse)
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Ngai, Jonathan. (in preparation). Evaluation across newspaper genres: Hard news, editorial and feature writing. New York/London: Routledge.
Ngai, Jonathan. (2018). “It is imperative to …”: Importance markers and the construction of newspaper discourse. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5(1), 156-169.
Li, Cissy, & Ngai, Jonathan. (2018). Challenges and issues in academic writing: Perspectives from peer tutors. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5(1), 104-116.
Selected Professional & Community Services
He serves as a reviewer for The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics.