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Aims & Outcomes

Students who take English Language as Second Major will:

  • have in-depth knowledge of English as a language; and
  • advance their knowledge in the disciplines of linguistics, literature and applied English studies, in areas such as Phonetics and Phonology, Lexis, Morphology and Semantics, Grammar, Written and Spoken Discourse, Literature and Language Arts, Psycholinguistics, and Sociolinguistics.
Offering ProgrammeBEd(EL)
Pre-requisite Requirements and Other Conditions for Declaring a Second Major
  1. IELTS 6.5 or above (with no paper below 6);
  2. Year 1 GPA: 3.00 or above; and
  3. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

(Note: Students getting an average of Grade B or above in Year 1 mandatory English Enhancement courses will be considered more favorably.)

Selection CriteriaApplications will be endorsed by Programme Leader of BEd(EL) followed by approval of Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies).
No. of cps Required

36 cps (3 cps/course), including:

  • 24 cps of Core Courses; and
  • 12 cps of Elective Courses
  • All Second Majors will not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Neither teaching practice nor immersion will be arranged.
Important Notes
  • The Second Major is housed within and managed by BEd(EL) under the current management structure.
  • The University does not guarantee that there is no schedule conflict between the courses of students’ First Major and Second Major.
  • If students are unable to fulfill the course requirements of their Second Major, they may consider extending the period of study and pay additional fee on a pro-rata basis to complete the requirements for a Second Major.
  • Students who are unable to complete a Second Major by the end of graduation may consider claiming a Minor in English Language instead.
  • 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 and curriculum changes.


List of Courses taken as Second Major


Applicable to students from 2013 cohort onwards.


DomainCourse CodeCourse TitleDept

English Grammar for Teachers I

[The title of this course is very similar to another course, ENG2325 English Grammar I, which cannot be used to form Second Major/Minor in English Language. Please check the course code carefully during course registration]

ENG1324Introduction to LinguisticsLML
ENG1326Introduction to English Phonetics and PhonologyLML
ENG2246Introduction to SociolinguisticsLML
ENG2347Words and Their MeaningsLML
ENG3340Spoken and Written DiscourseLML

Second Language Acquisition and Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice

[Student who completed ENG3406 or ENG3251 Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition should not take this course again]

LIT1040Approaching English LiteratureLCS


(choose any 4 courses)


Introduction to Film StudiesLCS
CUS3015Approaching Popular MediaLCS

English Grammar for Teachers II

[The title of this course is very similar to another course, ENG3329 English Grammar II, which cannot be used to form Second Major/Minor in English Language. Please check the course code carefully during course registration]

ENG2336Intercultural CommunicationLML
ENG3266Classroom Discourse AnalysisELE
ENG3267Language and GenderLML
ENG3323Teaching Grammar & VocabularyELE
ENG3346English as a Global LanguageLML

Teaching Pronunciation
(pre-requisite: ENG1326)


Advanced Phonology
(pre-requisite: ENG1326)


Written Genres and the Genre Approach to ELT

[Student who completed ENG3265 Exploring Written Genres should not take this course again]

ENG3435Integrating Information Technology in the ESL/EFL Classroom
[Replacing the former course: ENG3281 Integrating Information Technology in the ESL Classroom] 
ENG3437Fostering Intercultural Learning and Growing from Theory to PracticeELE
ENG4269Comparative Language StudiesLML
ENG4280Language AssessmentELE



Teaching English Literature


Motivation to Learn English: Theories and Practice

ENG4436Drama in the ESL/EFL Classroom
(pre-requisite: LIT3049) 
[Replacing the former course: ENG4283 Drama in the ESL Classroom]
ENG4440Social Psychology of English Language EducationELE
ENG5236ELT Methodology: Innovation and ChangeELE
LIN3021Language, Brain and the MindLML

Literature in Context I: 1789-1914

[Student who completed ENG2293 Literature in Context should not take this course again]

LIT3046Creative WritingLCS
LIT3047Literatures in English: PoetryLCS
LIT3049Drama Performance and PlaywritingLCS
LIT3050Readings in New Literatures in EnglishLCS
LIT3051Children’s and Adolescent LiteratureLCS
LIT3052Literature in Context II: 1914-2000LCS
LIT4055Postcolonial Literatures in EnglishLCS
LIT4060Literature and the EnvironmentLCS


Exemption Arrangement for Students Pursuing PGDE after Graduation from English Language as a Second Major List of Course Offered in Previous Years


PGDE(P) exemption will be considered if students have successfully completed the corresponding courses from the English Language Second Major curriculum.


No exemption arrangement will be made for PGDE(S) since courses for the English major students are all methods and curriculum related courses, and will not be covered in the English Language Second Major curriculum.

  • Successful completion of ENG1249 English Grammar for Teachers I and ENG2250 English Grammar for Teachers II qualifies for exemption from ENG5214 Pedagogical Grammar of PGDE(P);
  • Successful completion of ENG1326 Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology and ENG3400 Advanced Phonology qualifies for exemption from ENG5212 English Phonetics and Phonology for English Language Teaching of PGDE(P); and
  • Successful completion of ENG3371 Children’s and Adolescent Literature qualifies for exemption from ENG5215 Literature and Language Arts in English of PGDE(P).


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