Initial Periodic Programme Review for Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language)
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The Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) (Five-year Full-time) (BEd(EL)) programme admitted its first cohort of students in 2012/13, produced its first cohort of graduates in 2016/17 and was due to conduct the Initial Periodic Programme Review (IPPR) in 2017/18. An External Review Panel (ERP) comprising the following two senior academics conducted an on-site visit to EdUHK on 13 and 14 April 2018:
- Chairperson: Prof Tony Liddicoat, University of Warwick, The United Kingdom
- Member: Prof Robin Hemley, Yale-NUS College, Singapore
During the two-day on-site visit, the ERP met the core team members of the BEd(EL) Programme Committee, graduates and student representatives, and observed a lesson of a major (core) course. Affirmative comments were received from the ERP for further enhancement and development of the programme. The learning outcomes were considered to be well-articulated and readily operationalised in assessment tasks for the various modules. The overseas immersion experience was a significant feature of the programme and one which students and graduates felt added much to their study experience. The field experience semester was considered a very good model for teaching practicum as it allowed students to be immersed in the experience of a school and to gain a real sense of being a teacher and doing teaching work.
The ERP also identified a number of elements of good practice. The key elements included:
- thoughtful and committed approach to teaching
- immersion in an English-speaking country
- semester-long field experience with pre-FE school attachment
- pastoral care
- responsiveness to feedback from QA mechanisms
Other constructive recommendations were made by the ERP, and the Programme Team will continue to work to improve the programme.