Dr Christina Ong Sook Beng

Name of Staff: Dr Christina Ong Sook Beng
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: PhD (Linguistics) (USM), Master of Arts (English Language Studies), UKM; Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Language Studies, UKM

Research Interest: Malaysian English, Corpus Linguistics, Malaysian Chinese Education

External Services:

  • Steering committee member of Malaysian Corpus Research Network (MCRN)
  • Life member of Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics (MAAL)
  • Reviewer of journal articles for Asian Englishes, Gema Online Journal of Language Studies, 3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature
  • Trainer for ‘Grand Stem Inter-School Challenge (English Section)’ 2020, 2021, 2022 initiated by Penang STEM 4.0
  • Trainer for LevelUp Your English workshops by Penang Math Platform
  • Trainer for Local Virtual Volunteer “Speak Up 7.0 & 8.0″ organised by AIESEC


Ong, S. B. C. & Hajar Abdul Rahim. (2021). Analysis of light verb construction use in L1 and L2: Insights from British and Malaysian student writing. Teaching English as a Second Language Electronic Journal (TESL-EJ). 25(2). https://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej98/a1.pdf

Ong, S. B. C. & Hajar Abdul Rahim. (2021). Nativised structural patterns of make light verb construction in Malaysian English. Concentric. 47(1), 93-112 https://doi.org/10.1075/consl.00024.rah

Ong, S. B. C., Siah, P. C., Tan, S. M. (2020). Demographic factors and job satisfaction of Malaysian Chinese independent school teachers. Asia Pacific Journal of Educators and Education. 35(1), 137-156.

Chai, J. M. & Ong, S. B. C. (2019). Tracing nativised irregular verbs in Malaysian English. The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics. 6(2), 210-220.

Ong, S. B. C. & Cheah, T. H. (2019). Popiah or spring rolls: Identity construction by young Malaysian bloggers. In Saidatulakmal Mohd, Nor Asmat Ismail, Khoo, S.L., & Shariffah Suraya Syed Jamaludin (Eds), Malaysian youth: Challenges, opportunities and aspirations for the future (pp. 117-140). Perak, Malaysia: Penerbit Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

Ong, S. B. C. (2019). Ergative verbs in cooking among English native speakers: Corpus investigation. In Salasiah Che Lah & Rita Abdul Rahman Ramakrishna (Eds.), Research mosaics of language studies in Asia: Differences and diversity. (pp. 332-354). Pulau Pinang, Malaysia: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Ong, S. B. C. & Lee, L. K. (2019). The causes and effects of Internet memes on adolescents’ language proficiency. In P. G. Pakirnathan (Ed.), Reflections on social issues & Malaysian adolescents (pp. 103-118). Perak, Malaysia: Centre for Applied Psychology.

Ong, S. B. C., Chai, J. M., Tan, C. S., & Tan, S. M. (2018). Communicative readiness and motivation among UNHCR refugee teachers of English in Malaysia. EDUCATUM-Journal of Social Science. 4, 1-9.

Chai, J. M. & Ong, S. B. C. (2018). The Choice of Suffix Variants for Participial Adjective in Corpus of Malaysian e-Newspapers. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities. 26, 2333-2346.

Siah, P.C., Ong, S. B. C., Tan, S. M., Sim, C. P., & Thoo, Y. X. R. (2017). Factors affecting school choice: What do Malaysian Chinese parents want? Journal of School Choice. 1-18.

Ong, S. B. C. & Yuen, C. K. (2017). Comparing structural and functional lexical bundles in MUET reading test. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities. 25(1), 133-148.

Ong, S. B. C. & Yuen, C. K. (2015). Functional types of lexical bundles in reading texts of Malaysian University English Test: A corpus study. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 15(1), 77-90.

Siah, P.C., Ong, S. B. C., Tan, S. M., & Sim, C. P. (2015). Perception on Chinese values: A comparison of Chinese secondary students studying at national secondary schools and Chinese independent schools in Malaysia. The Social Science Journal. 52, 62-68.

Ong, S. B. C. & Yuen, C. K. (2014). A corpus study of structural types of lexical bundles in MUET reading texts. 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies. 20(2), 127-140.

Gill, S.K., Yuen, C. K., Ong, S. B. C., & Hao, Y. (2013). Impact of Chinese vernacular medium of instruction on unity in multi-ethnic Malaysia. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities. 21(3), 1039-1064.

Ong, S. B. C. & Yuen, C. K. (2012). Peminjaman leksikal dalam blog Bahasa Inggeris remaja Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Communication. 28(1), 137-150.

Yuen, C. K. & Ong, S. B. C. (2011). Lexical analysis of blogs by Chinese youth. In Hazita Azman, Bahiyah Abdul Hamid & Zarina Othman (Eds.), Malaysian youth in the global world: Issues and challenges (pp. 119-131). Selangor, Malaysia: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Official Correspondence Address:

School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
Wawasan Open University
54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,
10050 Penang

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