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Emblem of The Education University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Humanities

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language


  • NJA4B087


Programme Leader


  • Study Period

  • 2-Year (for Senior Year Admissions)
  • Study Mode

  • Full Time





The BA(TCSL) programme aims to nurture professionals in teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Students enrolled in this programme will be equipped with:


  1. Interdisciplinary knowledge including Chinese language and pedagogy, as well as educational psychology; and
  2. The ability to analyse issues related to Chinese teaching in the context of multilingualism and globalisation.


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.


Programme Features


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)


Total 60 Credit Points (cps)


- Major Courses (24 cps)

- Major Interdisciplinary Course (3 cps)

- Cross-Faculty Core Course* (3 cps)

Electives (including Strand) 15cps
Field Experience 3cps

General Education


Final Year Project

- Research Methods (3 cps)

- Honours Project / Capstone Project (3 cps)

* Subject to approval


  • Programme Admission Video

  • Senior Year Admission - How Trilingual are you?


Field Experience


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. 

Career Prospects


“We have practicums in international colleges of non-local universities.”

“We aim to teach Chinese to non-Chinese students. We can further apply for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education to become a Chinese teacher after graduation.”



Programme Activities





Employment Highlights (2022)


Employment Status


Employed and Further Studies


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For Programme Information
Tel: (852) 2948 7247


For Admission Information
Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Other enquiries




Field Experience, internship, overseas trips and immersion may be affected by the pandemic situation. Appropriate alternative arrangements will be made if outbound activities are suspended. 



  • Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.
  • Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.
  • Students admitted into this programme starting from the 2023/24 cohort are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and/or other parts of Mainland China. Programme may also require students to participate in other non-local learning experience for completion of the programme. While the visits are heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute part of the estimated cost of the visits ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the visits for students admitted to the 2023/24 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the visits as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available.