Dr. XIA Sichen is Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Social Science (HSS), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. She holds a PhD from City University of Hong Kong, specializing in genre studies. Dr. Xia also holds the Legal Professional Qualification Certificate awarded by Ministry of Justice of PRC, eligible to practice law in mainland China. She is the principle editor of the newsletter of the Asia-Pacific Language for Specific Purposes & Professional Communication Association (LSPPC News). Her main areas of research include the ESP approach to genre analysis, multimodal discourse analysis, popularization discourse and digital literacy.

Awards and honors
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 01


    Hong Kong Association of Applied Linguistics (HAAL) Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Conference

  • 02


    Outstanding Academic Performance Award

  • 03


    Research Tuition Scholarship


Journal articles 

Xia, S. A., & Hafner, C. A., (2021). Engaging the online audience in the digital era: A Multimodal analysis of engagement strategies in TED talk videos. Ibérica. Issue 42.  (SSCI)

Xia, S. A. (2020). English for Specific Purposes in the Digital Era: What Has Changed? Interview with Vijay Bhatia. RELC Journal, 51(1), 188-197.  (SSCI)

Xia, S. A. (2020). Genre analysis in the digital era: Developments and challenges. ESP Today, 8(1), 141-159.  (ESCI)

Xia S., Wu J. & Liang J. (2019) ESP Teaching in the Digital Era—A Review of English in the Disciplines: A Multidimensional Model for ESP Course Design. Chinese Journal of ESP, 117-121. 


Edited works  

Xia and Hafner. (2022). Newsletter of Asia-Pacific Association of Language for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Issue 4. 

Hafner, Pun and Xia. (2021).Newsletter of Asia-Pacific Association of Language for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Issue 3. 

Conference presentations  

Speaker, June, 2021, Popularizing science in the digital era: A multimodal genre analysis of TED talks, 6th International Conference of Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 

Speaker, Aug, 2019, “Multimodal engagement strategies in scientific popularization: A case study of TED talk videos”, International Conference on Applicable Linguistics and Multimodality, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai   

Speaker, June, 2019, “Engaging the Audience in the Digital Era: A Multimodal Analysis of Engagement Strategies in TED Talk Videos”, Metadiscourse Across Genres Conference, University of Bergamo, Italy