Dr CHEN, Zili
CHEN, Zili <br> 陳自力

Lecturer 講師

BA (Guizhou); MA (Northwestern PolyU); PhD (CityU H.K.); TCQ; CHET; CTHE; TEM8
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Teaching and Scholarly Interests
  • Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Multiculturalism
  • Translation
  • TESL
  • Neurocognition
  • Ontological Computation
  • SFL


Dr. Val Chen is an experienced teacher and researcher. Before pursuing his PhD at the City University of Hong Kong, he has worked at Northwestern Polytechnic University and Jinan University respectively. During his 10 odd years teaching career, he has taught courses in Corporate Communication, Effective Communication, World Civilisation, Cognition and Culture, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Introductory Putonghua, English for Special Purposes / English for Academic Purposes, English Enhancement, Translation, and National Accreditation Examinations for Translators and Interpreters, etc., to undergraduates / postgraduates students and adult learners including corporate managers and Hong Kong school teachers. He also delivered corporate trainings at companies such as Perlos, Emerson, AIA, and Flextronix.

Prior to joining PolyU SPEED, Dr. Chen was working as a Research Fellow at The Halliday Centre at CityU. His research work extends widely, ranging Cognition / Neurocognition, Pragmatics, SFL, Ontology, Knowledge Engineering, and Translation. His publications include internationally peer-refereed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He was awarded the “Outstanding Academic Performance Award” and two “Departmental Publication Awards” at CityU.

Dr Chen’s aspiration for enriching life with new experiences found its expression in his deeds, such as when he acted as the Vice President of his co-founded company “Biaoqi Electronics” in Guangzhou, and when he served as team leader of the International Antarctica Expedition’s (IAE-5) Hong Kong Representative Team.