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Programme Information

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies
and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language)

(Five-year Full-time) (co-terminal double degree)

Programme Code: JS8825


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Programme Aims

This co-terminal double degree programme aims to prepare students:

  • to become effective school teachers or other professionals who have a good command of the knowledge and skills in Language Studies; and
  • with positive work attitude and good interpersonal skills.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive two degrees with a single honours classification and one parchment and a qualified teacher status (QTS) in primary and secondary schools.


Programme Structure

Domain Credit Points (cps)
Discipline Studies Major 48 cps
Education Major 30 cps
Education Studies 27 cps
Basic Research Methods 3 cps
Final Year Project 3 cps
Field Experience 20 cps
General Education 16 cps
Language Enhancement 9 cps
Overseas Immersion Programme Non-credit bearing
Total: 156 cps

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.



There are two majors, namely, Education Major and Discipline Studies Major, in this programme. Discipline Studies Major is about language studies. Education Major focuses on theories and practices in English language teaching. It will cover both primary and secondary school settings as BA(Lang Studies) & BEd(EL) programme is a cross-sectoral programme.

To support the English language development of every student, he or she will:

  • be assigned an academic advisor;
  • undertake two mandatory English language enhancement courses in Year 1;
  • undertake the optional International English Language Testing System (IELTS) preparation courses;
  • participate in a compulsory overseas immersion programme and to live and study in an English-speaking country; and
  • study courses with specific objectives for language improvement.

List of Education Major Courses

Domain Course
Education Core English Grammar for Teachers I
English Grammar for Teachers II
Primary ELT Methods I: Developing Oracy Skills
Primary ELT Methods II: Developing Literary Skills
Second Language Acquisition and Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice
Secondary ELT Methods I: Developing Oracy Skills
Secondary ELT Methods II: Developing Literary Skills
Words and Their Meanings
Education Major Electives
(Select two courses)
Classroom Discourse Analysis
Content-based Second Language Learning and Teaching
Drama in the ESL Classroom
ELT Methodology: Innovation and Change
Integrating Information Technology in the ESL Classroom
Language Assessment
Teaching English Literature
Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary

List of Discipline Studies Major Courses:

Domain Course
Linguistics English as a Global Language
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Spoken and Written Discourse
Literature & Culture Approaching English Literature
Literature in Context I: 1789-1914
Literature in Context II: 1914-2000
Literatures in English I: Fiction
Literatures in English II: Drama
Literatures in English III: Poetry
Readings in New Literatures in English Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary
Discipline Studies Major Electives
(select three courses)
Advanced Phonology
Approaching Popular Media
Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar
Children’s and Adolescent Literature
Comparative Language Studies
Contrastive Analysis of Languages and Translation
Creative Writing
Drama Performance and Playwriting
Exploring Written Genres
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Translation
Language and Gender
Language, Brain and the Mind
Postcolonial Literatures in English
Teaching Pronunciation
Traditions of English Literature: Britain & Ireland


Education Studies

Education Studies gives students the chance to study teaching and learning from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will study early childhood/school education from psychological, sociological, philosophical, pedagogical and other perspectives. Students will develop a range of skills necessary for professional practice, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, social interaction, ethical decision making and global perspectives. Education Studies helps students appreciate the importance of professional excellence, ethical responsibility and innovation to the role of a teacher. We aim for our graduates to become beginning teachers who are caring and competent, intellectually enthusiastic, socially committed, and globally aware.

List of Education Studies Core

Domain Course
Education Studies Core Teachers and Teaching in Context
Philosophical and Socio-cultural Issues in Education
Basic Psychology for Educators: Useful Concepts from Educational and Positive Psychology
School Guidance and Managing Diversity
Effective Teaching and Positive Classroom Learning Environment
Curriculum and Assessment

List of Pedagogy for Major Courses:

Domain Course
Pedagogical courses for Major Second Language Acquisition and Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice
Children’s Literature in the ESL Classroom (for Primary Focus) or Using Language Arts and Non-language Arts in the ESL Classroom (for Secondary Focus)


Final Year Project

Student will complete either an Honours Project or a Capstone Project in the final year of study.

Capstone Project:

The Capstone Project takes a wide variety of forms that leads to and culminates in a final project that may include (but not confined to) a portfolio of creative works, instruction packs, etc.

Honours Project:

Students complete an individual research project of their choice supervised by an academic staff.


General Education

Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education courses in the following developmental stages to enhance their whole person development:

  • Foundation Course
  • Breadth Courses
  • Experimental Learning
  • University ePortfolio


Field Experience

Students are required to participate in Field Experience (FE), where they observe classes and practise teaching in primary and secondary schools:

  • FE Foundation Course
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio I
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio II
  • Block Practice I
  • FE Semester

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher education programmes (e.g. Bachelor of Education programmes) to declare whether they have been convicted of or are being prosecuted for any sex-related offence in Hong Kong or elsewhere, and to provide relevant details prior to undertaking teaching practice. Such information may be released to their placement schools. The University reserves the right not to allow these students to attend the block teaching practice. If so, they won't be able to meet the graduation requirements of the programmes.


Language Enhancement

Students undertake English language enhancement courses offered by the Department of English Language Education, and Chinese and Putonghua courses offered by the Centre for Language in Education to meet the Language Exit Requirements for English and Putonghua of the University.


Compulsory Immersion Programme

The Immersion Programme is a compulsory part of the programme and students must participate and meet the requirement of the programme successfully in order to graduate. In the programme, they will:

  • live in an English-speaking country (e.g. Australia, the United States or Canada) and study at a university there;
  • live with a local family;
  • enhance their English language proficiency;
  • learn more about the English language, English-speaking cultures, and other education systems and widen their horizons; and
  • increase their general confidence and develop a wider worldview.


Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

Majoring in English with in-depth academic and professional knowledge, graduates of the programme will have excellent career prospects. They will become fully qualified teachers of English who can teach in both local primary and secondary schools with the following skills and qualifications.

  1. Qualified Teacher Status in Hong Kong;
  2. Very high English language proficiency; and
  3. Ability to help students learn English as a second language effectively in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools.


Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 7215