Events Archive

Early Career Teachers’ Professional Development Conference 2018

23 June 2018 09:00 - 16:30

7th Annual Lecture and a celebration of the life of Jerome Bruner

16 September 2017 17:00 - 18:00

Oxford Teachers Early Career Development Conference 2017

24 June 2017 -

Hong Kong words in the Oxford English Dictionary: Selection in Oxford, reception in Hong Kong.

21 October 2016 19:00 - 20:00

OES Alumni Hong Kong Lecture

Speaker: Professor Stephen Evans, Associate Head and Professor, Department of English, HK PolyU

The inclusion of a number of words from Hong Kong English in the March 2016 update of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) was widely reported and discussed in the local media. While newspapers such as Apple Daily viewed this development positively, believing that it was indicative of the city’s distinctive history and culture, other titles were rather less enthusiastic. The China Daily, for example, argued that ‘the OED’s inclusion of Hong Kong words is representative of an advanced form of decentralized imperialism’. This talk provides an insider perspective on the selection of these words in Oxford and discusses the reception of the words in Hong Kong, including the most contentious item – guanxi. The selection and documentation of these words was based on collaboration between OED editors and the speaker while he was on sabbatical leave at the University of Oxford last year. The speaker’s historical research into the lexicon of Hong Kong English helped the editors to identify words worthy of inclusion in the dictionary. This research was based on several sizeable databases of English in Hong Kong, including a 91-million-word corpus of Legislative Council proceedings (18582012), a collection of 1,379 letters published in the city’s leading English-language newspapers (18422010), a 3-million-word corpus of lifestyle-magazine articles (20052012), and a database containing 2,820 letters published in the South China Morning Post in 2012.

Stephen Evans is Associate Head of the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He read history at Keble College, Oxford and after completing his Bachelor’s degree studied for a PGCE in English in the Department of Education. He spent the second half of 2015 in the Department as a Visiting Research Fellow. In addition to his qualifications from Oxford, he holds an MA in TESL from City University of Hong Kong and a PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include post-colonial Englishes, language-in-education policy and English for academic and professional purposes. His book The English Language in Hong Kong was published by Palgrave Macmillan earlier this year.

The lecture will be followed by a dinner by invitation to OES members and their guests.

Please register your interest at


What are universities for? (6th OES Annual Lecture)

16 September 2016 18:30 - 19:30

The 2nd Joint HKU-OES Lecture - “The development of literacy skills in children learning English as an additional language”

22 July 2016 18:30 - 19:45

Speaker: Professor Victoria Murphy, Department of Education, University of Oxford

This event will  be followed by a dinner nearby for OES Members and guests.

For further information contact OES Country Champion for Hong Kong, Steven S K Kwok


International studies of student achievement have consistently identified that children from ethnic minorities tend to underperform on core academic outcomes relative to majority language speakers (OECD-PISA, 2003).  The academic achievement of minority language learners varies considerably (Strand, Malmberg & Hall, 2015), with the widest gaps between minority language learners and native-speaking children in primary school, and with children who are a) newly arrived, b) have not had continuous education through the majority language, and c) who have weaker fluency in the majority language (often English).  In this talk I will first explore some of these findings to identify those sub-groups of children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) who are most at risk of academic difficulty followed by a discussion of research on EAL children’s vocabulary and literacy development.  Research across a range of international contexts has illustrated that minority language learners tend to have under-developed vocabulary relative to native speakers. I will discuss two particular aspects of vocabulary that are problematic for children with EAL – collocations and idioms – and discuss research which illustrates that these lexical forms make their own unique contribution to EAL children’s reading comprehension performance.

Oxford NQT Early Career Development Conference

18 June 2016 10:00 - 15:30

Political discourse and education reforms concerning "equality of educational opportunity" in Japan

25 February 2016 17:00 - 18:30

OES Hong Kong Dinner

17 November 2015 19:15 - 22:00

Organiser: Steven S K Kwok, OES Country Champion, Hong Kong If you are interested please register online at For further information contact Steven by email.

"Theories of potential and the creation of inequality in education" The 5th Annual OES Lecture

18 September 2015 18:30 - 19:30

OES Annual General Meeting

18 September 2015 17:15 - 18:15

The OES Annual General Meeting will be held prior to the Annual Lecture in the Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens. All members are welcome to attend. The agenda and associated reports will be distributed by email beforehand. Please contact the OES Administrator, Phil Richards, at for further information

The University: between research, learning and employability

03 September 2015 09:00 - 13:00

Children’s early development and new technologies: what do researchers and teachers think?

03 August 2015 18:00 - 21:00

Natalia will be leading the panel discussion which will include Professor Paul Harris, Harvard's Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education  and Professor Barry Zuckerman, Chief of Pediatrics at BMC, Chair of Pediatric Medicine at BU Medical School and founder of Reach Out and Read and two teachers, to be arranged. Reception to follow panel. $10 / $5 for students / no charge for selected invited guests of Natalia A draft poster can be downloaded here.

OES Hong Kong Dinner

15 June 2015 19:30 - 22:00

OES members and invited guests. Seats are limited. Not pricey. We will go Dutch. Pay in cash at the end of the Dinner. (For some details and photos of this recommended restaurant, please visit For enquiries, please contact Steven S K Kwok, Country Champion (Hong Kong), 2014-2017, OES via email: Online registration for OES Hong Kong Dinner at, and the deadline for online registration is 10 June 2015 (Wed) (Hong Kong time).  

Where have we got to with codeswitching research, policy and practice? Joint Faculty of Education (HKU) & Oxford Education Society HK Lecture

15 June 2015 17:30 - 18:45

“Higher Education: commodity or common good?” The 4th Annual OES Lecture

19 September 2014 18:30 - 19:30

OES Annual General Meeting

19 September 2014 17:00 - 18:00

OES Saturday School 2014 - Early literacy and digital technologies: friend or foe?

07 June 2014 10:30 - 16:00

The 3rd Annual Lecture - Reporting Education

20 September 2013 18:00 - 19:00

The OES/Department of Education Public Seminar: State and Federal Restructuring of American Education, 2013

17 June 2013 17:00 - 18:30

Speaker: Professor Kern Alexander, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Convener: Professor John Furlong, Oxford Education Society


As a result of several recent major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that reversed  earlier legal precedents, the constitutional door is now open for the use of public funds for clerical schools. In the wake of these decisions, both state and federal governments have enacted new legislation that stimulates the movement of public funds away from the traditional public common schools to the private sector.  This lecture will discuss this dramatic change of educational provision and will examine some of the effects and social consequences.

About the speaker

Kern Alexander is Excellence Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches courses in school law, higher education law, school finance, and higher education finance. He is Editor of the Journal of Education Finance distributed by the University of Illinois Press. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois he served as Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Florida for two decades, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, and later he held the Robinson Eminent Scholar’s Chair at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. He also served as President of Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, and President of Murray State University where he retains the title to President Emeritus.

Dr. Alexander is the author, co-author, or editor of thirty books including Higher Education Law: Policy and Perspectives, Routledge; American Public School Law, 8th Edition, Wadsworth-Cengage Learning; The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers, 4th Edition, West Publishing Company; and Public School Finance, Simon and Schuster. Dr. Alexander has served as consultant and court expert in education litigation in twenty-two states and holds postgraduate diplomas from Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Oxford, Pembroke College, England.

Dr Alexander is a member of the Oxford Education Society and an alumnus of the Department of Education.

The 1st Saturday School - Educational Standards and Qualification Reform

18 May 2013 10:30 - 16:00

The 2nd Annual Lecture - Social mobility: the greatest challenge of our time?

14 September 2012 18:00 - 19:00

The Hong Kong launch

02 April 2012 18:30 -

The 1st Annual Lecture - Decline and Fall: are state schools and universities on the point of collapse?

16 September 2011 18:00 - 19:00

The OES Launch - 'Always use a pen, never a biro': 14 years of initiation into the strange ways of Oxford

04 December 2010 04:00 -