SEWELL Andrew John, Prof.

  • 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 96 Scopus Citations
  • 5 Scopus h-Index

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Personal profile


Andrew Sewell’s research in applied linguistics and sociolinguistics focuses on various aspects of English as an international language, including English accents in international communication, local varieties of English, pronunciation teaching and testing, and theoretical approaches to the study of English in the world. His work has appeared in journals such as World Englishes, ELT Journal, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. His first book, English Pronunciation Models in a Globalized World, was published by Routledge in 2016. He began his teaching career with Voluntary Service Overseas, a British development organisation, and spent two years as the only foreign English teacher in a small town in China’s Shaanxi province. He then taught Tibetan students in Qinghai province, and has also worked in South Korea, Macau and the UK. His English language teaching experience includes teacher training, materials development and language assessment, and he has been an examiner for several international English tests.

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Research Output

Whose English(es)?: Naming and Boundary-Drawing as Language-Ideological Processes in the Global English Debate

SEWELL, A. J., 21 Nov 2019, Worldwide English Language Education Today: Ideologies, Policies and Practices. AL-ISSA, A. & MIRHOSSEINI, S-A. (eds.). Routledge, p. 1-17 17 p. (Routledge Research in Language Education).

Research output: Book Chapters | Papers in Conference ProceedingsBook Chapter

  • English is a Lingua Franca: Business English and its Implications for Language Testing in an Age of Mobility

    SEWELL, A. J., 3 Jul 2018.

    Research output: Other Conference ContributionsConference Paper (other)

  • Activities

    • 1 Other Invited Talks or Presentations

    The end of innocence: Applied linguistics and boundary-drawing in the new age of nationalism

    Andrew SEWELL (Keynote speaker)

    22 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talks or PresentationsOther Invited Talks or Presentations

    Press / Media

    China should choose its English teachers based on skill, not country of origin

    Andrew John SEWELL


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer

    Sounding out on spoken English

    Andrew John SEWELL


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer

    “Kongish” speaks to hearts of Hong Kongers

    Andrew John SEWELL


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer


    Phonological features of Hong Kong English : patterns of variation and effects on local acceptability

    Author: SEWELL, A. J., 2010

    Supervisor: BERRY, R. (Supervisor) & HO, J. (Co-supervisor)

    Student thesis: PhD Thesis (Lingnan)