Dr DECOURSEY, Matthew William   
Assistant Professor
Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
Phone No: (852) 2948 7338
Email: matthew@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0002-5250-306X
Phone
(852) 2948 7338
Email
matthew@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
36808927400
Research Interest

Drama education

Aesthetic education

Renaissance European literature in English, French and Latin

History of rhetoric

History of education

Professional Profile

Dr. Matthew DeCoursey joined the Institute in 2004. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. He has published in Cahiers Élisabéthains, Early Modern Literary Studies, Reformation, Renaissance Papers, and the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Biography. He has directed or co-directed six plays at the Institute including Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, Aladdin and Living with Lady Macbeth.

Research Interest

Drama education

Aesthetic education

Renaissance European literature in English, French and Latin

History of rhetoric

History of education

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Decoursey, M.W. (2018). Embodied Aesthetics in Drama Education: Theatre, Literature and Philosophy. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.
DeCoursey, Matthew (2016). “You are responsible for the whole show, every one of us”: Shame, pride and progress in. Sharma, Charru, Drama and Theatre with Children: International Perspectives (158-170). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
DeCoursey, Matthew (2015). Making meaning in the theatre: Double noesis. Bareis, Alexander and Nordrum, Lene, How to Make Believe: On the Fictional Truths of the Representational Arts (269-282). Berlin: De Gruyter.
DeCoursey, M. (2013). Narratology and intentionality: Analyzing narrative research data. In T. Le, & Q. Le (Eds.), In Conducting research in a changing and challenging world (119-132). New York, USA: Nova Science.
DeCoursey, Matthew. (2010). The Thomas More / William Tyndale Polemic: A Selection. Sheffield, UK: Early Modern Literary Studies (Journal).

Journal Publications
Clapp, J., DeCoursey, M., Lee, S. W. S., & Li, K. (2020). “Something fruitful for all of us”: Social annotation as a signature pedagogy for literature education. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 0, 0-0.
Abenoja, Zarina Marie Krystle M. and DeCoursey, Matthew (2019). Using drama activities to teach beginner’s French to Chinese students at a tertiary institution in Hong Kong: An exploratory case study. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 9(4), 711-736.
Matthew DeCoursey, John Trent (2016). Stultification and the negotiation of meaning: drama for second language education in Hong Kong schools. Research in Drama Education (SSCI), 21, 524-534.
DeCoursey, Matthew (2016). The aesthetic as intrinsic motivation: The heart of drama for language education. The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 50(2), xx-xx.
DeCoursey, Matthew (2016). Perspectives on aesthetics and participation: Quoting philosophers. Research in Drama Education (SSCI), 21(2), 263-267.
DeCoursey, Matthew (2012). Dramatic art for second language education: Appropriate process objectives for Hong Kong schools. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 11, 250-270.
DeCoursey, M. W., & Phillipson, S. (2011). Intentionality of learning in a theatrical production: Four Hong Kongers learn and teach. Internet Journal of Language, Society and Culture, 33, 19-29.
DeCoursey, M. (2011). Three interpretations of the Lesbian rule in early modern Europe. Notes and Queries, 58, 293-295.
Trent, J., & DeCoursey, M. (2011). Crossing boundaries and constructing identities: The experiences of mainland Chinese English language teachers in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 39, 65-78.
Xu, Z., Wang., L., Wong, P.M.J., DeCoursey, M. (2010). Developing discipline-specific academic writing skills of Hong Kong ESL learners. The International Journal of the Humanities, 8, 211-218.

Conference Papers
DeCoursey, M. W. (2012, March). Make-Believe as a Mode of Consciousness in Theatre: Redefining “Aesthetic Distance.”. Paper presented at How to make believe: On the fictional truths of the representational arts, Lund, Sweden.

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
DeCoursey, Matthew, Yeung Wing Lok Terry, Lam Chak Hong Eric (2015). Mongkok Dancer. Theatrical production. Hong Kong: Department of Literature and Cultural Studies.
DeCoursey, Matthew & Raquel, Michelle. (2011). Living with Lady Macbeth. Performed at Hong Kong Institute of Education 15-19 February 2011. Hong Kong.
Li Ka Kan, Chiu Chi Ching, Sing Siu Ying, Ho Yeuk Ki, Jessica Mahlbacher, Ma Wai Yin, Chen Lusi, Matthew DeCoursey, Lai Ka Yan, Chan Hoi Man, Leung Siu Ting, Yau Yuet Wah, Chow Ka Wai, Yeung Ching (2010). Hopscotch: A Teacher's Tale. Performance 22-26 March 2010, HKIEd. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Raquel, M. R., & DeCoursey, M. (2008). Co-director, The Hong Kong Institute of Education's production of "Aladdin". Hong Kong.

All Other Outputs
DeCoursey, M. W. (2012). Review of Archer, J.E., Goldring, E. and Knight, S. (eds), The intellectual and cultural world of the early modern Inns of Court. Notes and Queries. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
DeCoursey, M. W. (2012). Review of Ellrodt, R. Montaigne et Shakespeare: L’émergence de la conscience moderne. Notes and Queries. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Project

Književnost kao domena etičnosti (Literature as a Domain of Ethics)
This project will produce a book of essays principally by Croatian contributors, and promote journal publications by team members. Matthew DeCoursey will act as a member of the editorial board for the book and will collaborate on journal publications.
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): Vidmar, Iris (DECOURSEY, Matthew William as Team Member)
 
Emotion and Error in Second Language Learners: Second-language Learners' Response to the Second Language
When students participate in a theatrical production they develop an emotional commitment to good performance. When that production is in English, part of that performance is in producing good English. The hypothesis of this study is that students who have been in a theatrical production show signs of emotion not only when they produce an error in English, but also when they hear errors. The study involves two groups of students: those who have been in a production this year, and a control grou . . .
Project Start Year: 2013, Principal Investigator(s): DECOURSEY, Matthew William
 
A Corpus-based Online Learning System: Improving Undergraduates' Use of Lexico-grammatical Items
This project will develop a corpus-based online learning system to help English majors at HKIEd improve their academic writing to improve their use of lexico-grammatical items. The project involves compiling three corpera: (1) an English for Academic purpose (EAP) learner corpus; (2) the EAP corpus collected from professional academic authors; (3) a Chinese for academic purpose (CAP) corpus.
Project Start Year: 2009, Principal Investigator(s): MA, Qing 馬清 (DECOURSEY, Matthew William as Co-Investigator)
 
Impact of a dramatic production on subsequent teaching: A qualitative study of new teachers' experience
In December of 2007, a group of students and faculty presented a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth in an adapted version. Eight of the students involved in the production were then fourth-year, of whom seven have now been teaching for two years. In this study, the director of the production, Matthew DeCoursey, returns to those seven students to explore their memories of the production and evaluate the impact of that experience on their work as teachers.
Project Start Year: 2008, Principal Investigator(s): DECOURSEY Matthew William
 
The Development of 'The Academic Writing Handbook for Students of Language and Education Programmes
The proposed TDG project aims to cater for the immediate needs of the BEd and BA students in relation to their module-specific academic writing tasks. The 'Handbook' addresses the basic issues that are most commonly faced by the current BEd and BA students. It covers discipline-specific academic essay constructs, academic vocabulary, essential grammar paragraph writing, writing research papers, revising, editing, referencing skills and new dimensions for academic writing research papers, revisin . . .
Project Start Year: 2008, Principal Investigator(s): XU ZHICHANG, MARC 徐志長 (DECOURSEY, Matthew William as Co-Investigator)
 
Developing Subject-specific Websites to Support Online Delivery of Modules Offered by the Department of English
This project aims to develop a series of standalone subject-specific websites to support online delivery of modules offered in the Department of English. A group of colleagues with expertise in different subject areas will form the project team, and be responsible for the development of different websites (e.g. Introduction to Linguistics, Language Arts, Sociolinguistics). Standard components of these websites may include e-lectures, online readings, multimedia resources, online tasks, exempla . . .
Project Start Year: 2006, Principal Investigator(s): WANG, Lixun 王立勛 (DECOURSEY, Matthew William as Co-Investigator)
 
Using Online Learning and Stand-alone Website to Promote Flexible Learning and Independent Learning for Students and Staff in the English Department
This project aims to further support the general conversion of English Department modules to online formats through learning designs appropriate to the new learning space, and develop and evaluate 8 to 10 half online and half face-to-face modules (or 30% online, 70% face-to-face) in Mixed-Mode programmes. Each of these modules will be redesigned to use the Blackboard Learning Management System as the resource pool and communication network between module tutor and students. In addition standal . . .
Project Start Year: 2006, Principal Investigator(s): WANG, Lixun 王立勛 (DECOURSEY, Matthew William as Co-Investigator)