English is a very important subject in Hong Kong. Students of this programme have the opportunity to develop knowledge of English and different methods of teaching English as a second language. The programme is highly practical, requiring students to use English for a variety of academic and professional purposes throughout their five years of study. This programme aims to prepare students who:
|Domain||Credit Points (cps)|
|Discipline Studies – English Major||54 cps|
|Education Studies||30 cps|
|General Education||22 cps|
|Basic Research Methods||3 cps|
|Final Year Project||3 cps|
|Electives (including optional Minor(s)/Second Major)*||15 cps|
|Field Experience||20 cps|
|Language Enhancement||9 cps|
|Overseas Immersion Programme||Non-credit bearing|
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.
*Student have an option of taking a Minor (15cps) (or two Minor(s) or a Second Major (minimum 30 cps) of taught courses in the Electives Domain for graduation with Minor(s) or Second Major, subject to the specific requirements of the Minor(s) or Second Major concerned. Students are required to take extra credits to fulfill the Second Minor/Second Major requirements.
In this domain, students study the English language system (e.g., the English pronunciation system, formation of words, English grammar, etc.), language use in society, how people learn languages, the English language curriculum in Hong Kong, English language teaching skills, literature and drama, etc. To support the English language development of every student, he or she will:
|Linguistics||English Grammar for Teachers I|
|English Grammar for Teachers II|
|Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology|
|Introduction to Linguistics|
|Introduction to Sociolinguistics|
|Spoken and Written Discourse|
|Words and their Meanings|
|Literature & Culture||Approaching English Literature|
|Literature in Context I: 1789-1914|
|Literature in Context II: 1914-2000|
|Applied English Studies||Second Language Acquisition and Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice|
|Children’s Literature in the ESL Classroom|
|Comparative Language Studies|
|English as a Global Language|
|Exploring Written Genre|
|Language and Gender|
|Language, Brain and the Mind|
|Literature & Culture||Approaching Popular Media|
|Children's and Adolescent Literature|
|Introduction to Film Studies|
|Literatures in English: Poetry|
|Postcolonial Literatures in English|
|Readings in New Literatures in English|
|Drama Performance and Playwriting|
|Traditions of English Literature: Britain & Ireland|
|Applied English Studies||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|
|Teaching English Literature|
|Teaching Grammar & Vocabulary|
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.
|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|
|Pedagogical courses for Major||Primary ELT Methods I: Developing Oracy Skills|
|Primary ELT Methods II: Developing Literacy Skills|
Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education courses in the following developmental stages to enhance their whole person development:
Student will complete either an Honours Project or a Capstone Project in the final year of study.
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, instructional packs, etc
Students complete an individual research project of their choice supervised by an academic staff.
Students choose from a range of electives to fulfill the required credit points. They can also form a minor (or two minor(s)) or a second major by taking the required credit points and the appropriate electives.
Students are required to participate in Field Experience (FE), where they observe classes and practise teaching in a primary school:
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.
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.
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:
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 local primary schools with the following skills and qualifications:
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