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Hugh John Leong Yik Kuan

Acting Deputy Head of School (School of Design & Arts), Lecturer
MAEd (Manchester, UK), BEd (Hons) (TESL) (UM)

Faculty of Business, Design and Arts

Office No:+60 82 260 745
Fax No:+60 82 260 815
Room No: B334
Email: hjleong@swinburne.edu.my
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Biography

Hugh Leong graduated from University of Malaya (UM) with Honours in Bachelor of Education, majoring in TESOL in 2009. He completed a Masters in International Education from University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 2010.

He is currently the Acting Deputy Head of School (School of Design and Arts), Course Director of the Master of Arts Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, and Discipline Leader, Bachelor of Media and Communication in the Faculty of Business, Design and Arts in Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia. He is also the research leader of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Cluster, Centre of Education Research under the School of Research, Swinburne Sarawak.

At Swinburne he teaches across multiple disciplines across TESOL, Management & Communication at undergraduate and masters level. He is also an accredited HDR supervisor, and currently supervises Masters of Research and PhD students. His research interests include testing and assessment, assessment for learning, student engagement, TESOL pedagogy, qualitative research methods, and educational research and practice in general.

He is also a certified and licenced Train the Trainer under HRDF Malaysia and IABFM. To date, he has conducted numerous professional development programs across Asia including China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia training over a thousand participants.

Hugh is also an internationally recognised debater, adjudicator and coach and is a two-time, Malaysian national intervarsity debating champion and was awarded the Best Varsity Speaker of Malaysia in 2009. He has contributed tremendously to student engagement activities both within Swinburne and in the state of Sarawak. Up till 2021, he has acted as a pro bono consultant, chief adjudicator and technical director for over 40 debate and public speaking events for numerous schools, institution and government departments across Malaysia.

Research Interests

Testing and Assessment, Assessment for Learning, Student Engagement, TESOL Pedagogy, Qualitative Research Methods, and Educational Research and Practice.

Visit the Centre of Education Resarch’s website to learn more about my research: https://swinburne.edu.my/research/home/viewClusterPage/42

Accredited HDR Supervisor                                                                          2020 – present

Honours and Awards

  • Best Presenter at the 4th International Conference on Management and Entrepreneurship 2021 (I-COME 2021)
  • Swinburne Sarawak SEED Grant 2012
  • Swinburne Sarawak Research Fellowship 2013 – 2014

  • Publications

Publications

  • Journal Article: Leong, H.J. & Rethinasamy, S. (2020).  ‘Narratives of English language teachers on the implementation of  School-Based Assessment (SBA) in Sarawak, Malaysia’, Pertanika Journal  of Social Sciences and Humanities, 28 (S2),  35 – 52.
  • Journal Article: Badiozaman, I.F., Leong, H.J., Jikus, O. (2019). ‘Investigating student engagement in Malaysian higher education: a self- determination theory approach’, Journal of Further and Higher Education.
  • Journal Article: Badiozaman, I.F., Leong, H.J., Jikus, O. (2019). ‘Students’ perception and use of English in higher education institutions: Links with academic self-efficacy’, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 11(1), 36-49.
  • Journal Article: Badiozaman, I.F., Leong, H.J., Wong, W. (2020). ‘Embracing educational disruption: Making the shift to a remote learning environment’, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-08-2020-0256
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ. & Rethinasamy, S (2021) ‘Is the Cascading Training Model Effective for Continuous Professional Development? A Review of Teachers’ Experiences’ Proceedings for the International Conference on Language Studies (iCLS) 2021 8 – 9 September, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ., Badiozaman, IF., Wee, G., & Wong, W (2021). ‘Bridging the digital marketing  skills gap: a digital marketing professional training course case study’ Proceedings for the    4th International Conference on Management and Entrepreneurship (i-COME) 2021, 22 – 24 July, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ., Badiozaman, IF., & Wee, G (2021). ‘Challenges, perceptions and implementation of a digital marketing post-training mentorship program’ Proceedings for the 4th International Conference on Management and Entrepreneurship (i-COME) 2021, 22 – 24 July, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ. (2021). ‘Merdeka belajar 4.0: Liberating Teaching and Learning’ Keynote Speech at the 18th JETA-UKDW Online Conference 2021, 3- 4 August, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ. & Rethinasamy, S (2019). ‘Narratives of English language teachers on the implementation of School Based Assessment (SBA) in Sarawak, Malaysia’ Proceedings for the 8th International Language Learning Conference (ILLC) 2019, 16 – 18 July,  Penang, Malaysia.
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ. (2018). ‘An evaluation of the implementation and perceptions of English    Teachers on the school based assessment system (SBA) in Kuching, Sarawak’ The 27th Malaysian English Language Teachers Association (MELTA) Conference, 18-20 August, Johor Bahru.
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ. (2017). ‘Was I prepared for this? A study of the readiness of new teachers in rural Sarawakian primary schools’ The 26th MELTA International Conference, 28 – 30 August, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
  • Conference paper: Leong, HJ. (2015). ‘How much do you know about assessments?: An evaluation of assessment  proficiency among school teachers in Malaysia’ The 24th MELTA conference, 1  – 3 June, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Conference paper: Leong, H. (2014, September 18). The Malaysia Education Blueprint: Balancing policy and practice. The Borneo Post. Retrieved from http://www.theborneopost.com.
  • Conference paper: Leong, H., Yin, C., & Lee, R. (2014) Documenting EFL language learners’ experiences in an intensive English program. 3rd International Conference of Issues in Language Teaching and Learning Amongst Non-Native Speakers, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia 18 – 19 February 2014.
  • Conference paper: Leong, H. (2014) Assessment beliefs and its impact on school improvement: A Malaysian paradigm. 12th International Asia TEFL & 23rd Melta International Conferences, Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, Sarawak 28 – 30 August 2014.
  • Conference paper: Leong, H. (2013). Examining perceptions of school based assessments & nationwide examinations, a case study of schools in Kuching, Sarawak. Melta International Conference on Graduate Research in English Language Education, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 16 November 2013