Dr. Hou received a five-year full scholarship while pursuing his Ph.D in English and M.S. in Computer Graphics at Purdue University. In return, he taught freshman English Composition and Academic Writing as a graduate instructor. He continued to teach there after graduation, and won the Quintilian Award for Excellence as an Instructor in the Introductory Composition at Purdue Program in 2006. He then worked as an assistant professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He is teaching English at CUHKSZ.

As an experienced conference interpreter, he did Chinese<>English simultaneous interpretation for many national leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, former US President Bill Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore, former British PM Tony Blair, etc. Clients include the United Nations, Department of Tourism & Marketing Authority of Dubai, EXPO 2020 Committee, World Retail Congress, UAE Ministry of Economic Development, the Joint E-MBA Program by University of North Carolina & TsingHua University, Hermes, Fendi, L’OREAL, HSBC, Bvlgari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Abacus, Shell, Kaspersky, FM Approvals,  Autodesk, Ayava, AVEVA, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Bureau of International Recycling, National Bureau of Energy of China, UAE Khalifa Port & Industrial Zone Authority, etc.

As an art lover, Dr. Hou is an experienced figure drawer and landscape painter in both traditional and digital medium. He is also a choir singer and vocalist.


    My research interests are in the area of translation, visuals & second language acquisition (reading & writing), and simultaneous interpretation.

Awards and honors
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    Co-investigator for the National Social Science Fund-Key Project 国家社科基金重点项目:修辞学发凡中译英 2020-2024 Invited speech writer and presenter at the First Honorary Fellowship Presentation Ceremony 2021 Invited conference simultaneous interpreter for Chinese President, Xi Jingping, 2016 Professional Development International Travel Grant, Zayed University, 2011 Professional Development International Travel Grant, Zayed University, 2010 Start-up Grant for new faculty, Zayed University, 2009 Championship Award for Purdue Intramural Basketball Competition, GFS: 4XL, Purdue University, 2008 Quintilian Award for Excellence as an Instructor in the Introductory Composition at Purdue Program, Purdue University, 2006 Purdue Research Foundation Graduate Student Summer Grant, Purdue University, 2004 Full Scholarship (tuition waiver and monthly stipend) from 2001 to 2006 for Ph.D program at Purdue University, USA.



1.Co-investigator for the National Social Science Fund-Key Project 国家社科基金重点项目:修辞学发凡中译英 2020-2024

2. A Chinese Teaching English in the UAE, in progress

3. The New Potter: English-Chinese Bilingual Reader (World English Bilingual Readers) (2016) (S.Hou, Trans.). ISBN/EAN13: 1530753260 / 9781530753260

4. Malloch, T. R. (2014). Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business (S. Hou & M. Hong, F. Yang, Trans.). ISBN: 9787516407158, Beijing: China Enterprise Management Press.

5. The Effect of Storyboard Visuals on ESL Reading Recall: A Quantitative Study. ISBN-10: 3639113632 ISBN-13: 978-3639113631 VDM Verlag Dr.Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG, 2009.

6. Facets of Emirati Women—Chinese edition E-book based on the Extremely Short Story by Peter Hassall. 


Conference Presentations:

1. The ESSC promoting plurilingualism and inclusivity, using English 50-word text authored by Arabic learners of English to generate 21st Century parallel texts for learning other languages, Colloquium,  THE 19TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR WORLD ENGLISHES IAWE 2013: Arizona State University Tempe, AZ, USA November 16-18, 2013.

2. “Virtual-mediated Second Language Writing.” Paper (panel) presented at the 16th AILA World Congress Conference at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, August, 2011.

3. “Graphic Storytelling in Second Language Writing Classroom.” Paper presented at the Computer and Writing 2011 (Writing in Motion) Conference at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 20, 2011.

4. “The Virtual-mediated Process Writing in the ESL Composition Classroom.” Paper presented with Mingyan Hong at the Computers and Writing 2010 (Virtual Worlds) Conference at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, May 22, 2010.

5. “3D Animation and Second Language Acquisition.” Poster presented at the 14th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Madison, Wisconsin, July 28, 2005.

6. “Rhetoric Evaluation of a Women-related Medical Website.” Paper presented at the 55th Annual Convention of Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Antonio, Texas, March 26, 2004.