Dr Hu is an applied linguist by training and an associate professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group. He has taught a range of courses in ELL's various programs - Advanced Diploma in English, BA (English/Education), Postgraduate Diploma in ELT, MA (Applied Linguistics), and MEd (English Language Education). He is Deputy Head/ Research and directs ELL's PhD and MA (Research) programs.
Dr Hu’s current research covers academic discourse, bilingualism and bilingual education, home (bi)literacy practices and acquisition, language curriculum development, language learner strategies, language policy, metalinguistic awareness, and second language acquisition. His research articles have appeared in many edited volumes as well as international journals of applied linguistics, educational research, and educational psychology, such as British Journal of Educational Psychology; ELT Journal; English for Specific Purposes; English Today; Ethics & Behavior; Higher Education; Instructional Science;International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching; Journal of Asia Pacific Communication; Journal of Early Childhood Literacy; Journal of English for Academic Purposes; Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development; Journal of Pragmatics; Journal of Second Language Writing; Language and Education; Language Awareness; Language, Culture and Curriculum; Language Learning; Language Policy; Language Teaching Research; Research in the Teaching of English; Review of Educational Research; Studies in Second Language Acquisition; System; Teachers and Teaching; Teachers College Record; Teaching and Teacher Education; TESOL Quarterly; and The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher. His most recent (co-authored/co-edited) books are Strategies-based instruction: Focusing on reading and writing (2011, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing) and Principles and practices for teaching English as an international language (2012, Routledge).