Director and Professor

Professor Gladys Tang



Gladys Tang received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Her research focus has been second language acquisition and applied linguistics. Besides second language acquisition in spoken language, she ventures into the linguistics of Hong Kong Sign Language, its phonology, morphology and syntax. She is also developing research on how deaf and hard-of-hearing children develop Hong Kong Sign Language, Cantonese and written Chinese. As for applied research, she has been focusing on the implementation of sign bilingualism in deaf education, i.e. deaf children can develop competency in both signed and spoken language, and receive education through the support of natural sign language in deaf or mainstream educational settings. She has published on second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, sign linguistics, sign language acquisition and deaf education. She is Director of The Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies.