Samuel is researching how immigrant and immigrant-origin students can better learn the majority language in urban settings, predominantly interested in the nexus among policy, practice, and internal factors that help/hinder language learning.
Samuel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (First Class Honours) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Bachelor of Education in English Language Education (First Class Honours) from the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and a Master of Science in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. His academic background demonstrates his long-standing interest in and commitment to language education and learning. Samuel has served as a secondary school teacher in underprivileged settings in Hong Kong for four years, which was when he taught immigrant and immigrant-origin students and became convinced that language education is a double-edged sword capable of either reproducing and sustaining inequalities, or promoting multiculturalism and a pluralistic society. He believes that, in an increasingly globalized world, equitable access to quality language education is the key to a better future for all. He is at present pursuing his doctorate at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.
His doctorate research, in particular, explores how language minority students of South and Southeast Asian descent learn Chinese as an additional language in Hong Kong. As a multi-level and multi-actor inquiry, his project aims to provide a holistic appraisal of the current language provision in terms of existing academic research (Phase 1: Systematic Scoping Review), policy and praxis (Phase 2: Empirical Policy Analysis), and phenomenological insights from students and Chinese teachers (Phase 3: Phenomenological Study).