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Programme Information

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
(Four-year Full-time) (Senior Year Entry only)

Programme Code: NJA4B087


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Programme Aims

The BA(TCSL) programme aims to graduate students who have the following attributes:

  1. perform a mediating role between theory and practice in teaching Chinese as a second language with demonstrative knowledge in classroom organization, curriculum development, textbook design, and language assessment;
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of Chinese language and develop high proficiencies in Chinese and English in both oral and written skills;
  3. exhibit the ability to communicate effectively with speakers from various cultural regions, plus analytical skills to issues and concerns in language use in the context of multilingualism and globalization; and
  4. improve as critical thinkers with high moral and ethical standards and reflective learners who can always self-improve through life-long practice.

The BA(TCSL) programme offers a “Chinese Language Strand” to its senior year entrants. Upon completion of this strand, students will be recognized by Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) as graduates of a Chinese major degree. They will be eligible for Specialized Teaching under the current government policy and can further apply for local Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes. This “Chinese Language Strand” is exclusively for the BA(TCSL) senior year entrants.

Note: The title “Chinese Language Strand” will appear in students’ academic transcript upon successful graduation.

In addition, “Chinese Language Strand” aims to equip students with:

  1. comprehensive subject knowledge in Chinese language (including Phonetics, Semantics, Grammar, Etymology, etc.) and latest approaches in L2 acquisition and child language development; and
  2. the awareness of interpreting issues related to phenomena in language use and language learning by using knowledge of Chinese language, literature and culture.


Programme Structure (for Senior Year Entrants)

Domain Credit Points (cps)
Major 30 cps
Electives (including Strand) 15 cps
Field Experience 3 cps
University ePortfolio 3 cps
General Education/Language Enchancement/Experiential Learning 3 cps
Final Year Project 6 cps
Total: 60 cps


Major (30 cps)

The Major courses are designed to equip students with deep understanding on Chinese Language and L2 teaching.

  Course Title
1 古代漢語
Classical Chinese Language
2 現代漢語
Modern Chinese Language
3 中國現代文學
Modern Chinese Literature
4 國際漢語課程與教材設計
Curriculum and teaching material design for International Chinese
5 漢語二語教學與資訊科技
Teaching Chinese as Second Language and Information Technology
6 漢語二語教學法(一):聽說教學
Chinese L2 Teaching Pedagogy I: Listening and Speaking
7 漢語二語教學法(二):讀寫教學
Chinese L2 Teaching Pedagogy II: Reading and Writing
8 Child Language Development
9 Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar
10 Intercultural Communication

Chinese Language Strand

Students taking this Strand are required to complete the following set of Major courses:

  Course Title
1 古代漢語
Classical Chinese Language
2 現代漢語
Modern Chinese Language
3 中國現代文學
Modern Chinese Literature
4 國際漢語課程與教材設計
Curriculum and teaching material design for International Chinese
5 漢字學
Chinese Etymology
6 漢語語音學
Chinese Phonetics and Phonology
7 漢語二語教學法(一):聽說教學
Chinese L2 Teaching Pedagogy I: Listening and Speaking
8 漢語二語教學法(二):讀寫教學
Chinese L2 Teaching Pedagogy II: Reading and Writing
9 Child Language Development
10 Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar


Electives (15 cps, including Strand)

Students can choose to take electives offered by the BA(TCSL) programme to strengthen their subject knowledge, or the courses available in the University’s Elective Course List and General Education. Students may also use the cps under this domain to study towards Minors (except Minor in Teaching Chinese as an International Language) or Second Majors offered by FHM and other Faculties. Students must complete at least one course from the Elective domain offered by a Faculty other than FHM, and one elective course provided by the Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD).

Students may be required to take extra cps to fulfill the requirement of obtaining a Second Major.

Chinese Language Strand

Students taking this Strand are required to use the 15 cps available in Elective domain to study elective courses in the following domains throughout the period of their study on the programme.

The list of courses is as follows:

Domain Course Code Course Title
Chinese L2 Teaching
(Choose any 1)
CHI3673 國際漢語教學與評估
CHI3919 漢語二語教學與資訊科技
CHI4615 中國語文課程(非華語學生)單元教學設計及開發
ENG2336 Intercultural Communication
Chinese Cultural Study 
(Choose any 1)
CUS1001 中國傳統人生哲學
CUS1002 中國文化概說
CUS3007 儒道文化互動
Chinese Language and Literature
(Choose any 3)
CHI3565 漢語修辭學
LIT1002 兒童文學
LIT2006 中國古代文學(一)(先秦 - 隋唐)
LIT2007 中國古代文學(二)(宋 - 清)
LIT3013 專家詩
LIT3014 香港文學
LIT4020 中國文學批評


Field Experience (3 cps)

Students are required to participate in the Field Experience in their Semester 2, Year 3. The Field Experience consists of (1) local school visits and (2) a 4-week Field Experience (tentatively during May - June) in the international colleges of non-local universities. It aims to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of teaching Chinese as a second language through a range of structured activities from school visits to block practice in varied school settings.


General Education, Language Enhancement, Experiential Learning (3 cps)

Students are required to take a total of 3 cps in the domains of General Education, Language Enhancement and Experiential Learning. Students can use 3 cps to take courses in these domains in any combinations.

General Education Breadth domain: It aims to extend students’ intellectual perspectives through exploring more focused topics across major fields of knowledge; specifically: arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. They are categorized into four strands, namely, (1) Persons, Interpretations, Perspectives (2) Community, Society, Culture (3) Nature, Science, Technology and (4) Positive and Values Education. Students will choose at least one course from each of the four strands.

Language Enhancement: The University is committed to nurturing graduates who will acquire trilingual proficiency in English, Putonghua and Chinese. Interested students may take “University Writing” and/or “University Speaking” offered by the Centre for Language in Education (CLE).

Experiential Learning: It aims to provide service-based learning opportunities to broaden students’ learning experience beyond the traditional classroom-based curriculum.


Final Year Project (6 cps)

Students are required to complete an individual research/capstone project supervised by an academic staff member. Students can choose their topic from the Major. The Final Year Project consists of two phases:

  1. Phase I: Introduction to Research Methods
  2. Phase II: A one-year project conducted in the final year


Language Exit Requirement

Students admitted to the BA(TCSL) programme with a normal study period of two years will be exempted from the Language Enhancement Courses and Language Exit requirements.


Information Technology Competency Requirements in Education (ITCE)

To demonstrate the attainment of ITCE, students are required to pass all the required courses in the Programme and to complete the IT e-Portfolio Checking before graduation.


Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The BA(TCSL) programme aims to produce graduates with high Chinese and English proficiency, who possess solid subject knowledge for their career in teaching Chinese to non-Chinese students in public schools, local/overseas international schools, kindergartens, or other education agencies. The concentration on professional knowledge in TCSL and the diversity of graduates’ career opportunities distinguish BA(TCSL) from similar programmes currently offered by local and non-local universities in the domain of Chinese Studies.

Graduates may apply for local PGDE programmes or overseas qualified teaching programmes when they plan the career to be a Chinese teacher.


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