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Certificate in PDP for Teachers of English
Programme Code BWP125
Mode of Study Full-time Block Release
Duration 1 Week
Venue Cohort 1: Tai Po Campus
Cohort 2: North Point Study Centre
Cohort 3: Tai Po Campus
Cohort 4: Tai Po Campus
Programme Co-ordinator Ms Chan Ka Yin Clairine
Programme Enquiries Ms Cheung 2948 7424
Mr Yau 2948 7250

Programme Aims

This programme aims at upgrading teachers’ knowledge and skills in the teaching of English at both primary and secondary level. They will focus on areas of English language knowledge and skills relevant to the current needs of teachers in the local school sector with particular emphasis on the implementation of recent updates in the English language curriculum.

Upon completion of the programme, participants should be able to:

Content Objectives

  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding of aspects of the English language system;
  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding of aspects of the English language learning and teaching;
  • demonstrate an understanding of how this enhanced knowledge is applicable within the Hong Kong primary and secondary curriculum.

Pedagogical Objectives

  • demonstrate enhanced skills in teaching English to Hong Kong primary and secondary students.

Programme Sturcture

For the 2023/2024 academic year, the course options offered will be as follows:

Course options (3 credit points) (Choose any one theme)
i. Cohort 1
Literacy learning in the digital age

This course explores with participants how students can be helped to develop literacy skills to support their English language development in the 21st century classrooms. The course takes a process-genre approach and will explore with participants key genres in the primary and secondary curricula and the planning, implementation and evaluation of English language lessons as well as learning materials to support students’ development of multiliteracies in English.

ii. Cohort 2
Effective use of e-resources in the English classroom

This course introduces a wide range of e-resources and their applications in promoting effective English teaching and learning in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools. The effective evaluation of e-resources is also included. Focus will be given to using e-resources to facilitate arousing students’ interest in English, integrating language skills more effectively, increasing interaction and collaboration between teachers and learners, and assisting learners in beginning to take charge of their own learning. The course includes how e-resources can be integrated with a variety of teaching approaches to tailor a school-based English curriculum suited to the needs of learners. Aims of the English curriculum, including assisting students to be more flexible, independent, motivated and engaged in their learning activities will be addressed. IT resources covered in the course include a variety of websites, software, hardware tools, apps and e-books (including e-textbooks) appropriate to the learning level of both primary and secondary students.

iii. Cohort 3
Supporting English Language Learners with Reading Difficulties

Acquiring an additional language is of vital importance in today’s increasingly globalised world. Some language learners, however, are put in a disadvantaged position due to their reading difficulties. This course aims to help teacher participants to develop an understanding and current knowledge of how teachers can effectively support students with reading difficulties in the language classroom. To achieve this aim, teacher participants will first need to understand the nature and possible causes of reading difficulties, which is a prerequisite for developing a positive teacher attitude and establishing a supportive learning environment. Then teacher participants will be acquainted with current knowledge regarding essential components of effective language teaching and specific up-to-date teaching approaches, techniques and strategies that can effectively meet the needs of students with reading difficulties. Lastly, teacher participants will reflect on existing practice in Hong Kong schools and draw on what they have learned to design teaching and learning activities that suit the needs of all language learners, whether with or without reading difficulties. They will also evaluate activities designed by fellow teacher participants and give suitable recommendations with a view to increasing awareness of considerations necessary for creating supportive learning conditions for learners with reading difficulties in the regular language classroom.

iv. Cohort 4
Language Assessment Literacy for English Teachers

Language assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. An assessment that is thoughtfully set up provides the teacher with an accurate estimation of students’ English level and at the same time allows the teacher to understand students’ needs. This course aims to help teacher participants develop knowledge of the role of assessment in the English language curriculum, as well as the skills to design valid and reliable assessment tools. Teacher participants will first learn some key concepts on language assessment, and then based on these key concepts, they will examine how the four skills, vocabulary and grammar are assessed in the language classroom. They will also be given opportunities to evaluate various assessment tools and reflect on their own assessment practices. Finally, they will collaborate in groups in designing some effective school-based assessment tools and obtain feedback from the lecturer and peers. This course does not assume any pre-requisite knowledge about language assessment, and is suitable for all teachers who would like to improve their assessment practices and make professional judgements when designing assessment tasks.

More detailed course outlines can be found in

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English.

Programme Duration

Cohort(s) Period of Study
1 4 – 11 June 2024
2 12 – 18 June 2024
3 19 – 25 June 2024
4 26 June – 3 July 2024

Remarks: Registration closes 2 weeks before course commencement.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  1. in-service primary or secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong; and
  2. recommended by their respective school principals.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in course assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.

Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.


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.

Probity Requirements: Other than the application fee, applicants are not required to pay any additional fees during the application process. In addition, please be reminded not to offer any advantage to EdUHK staff and/or any person involving admissions at EdUHK in connection with your application. Otherwise, your action may violate Hong Kong's Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).

In the event of inconsistency between information in English and Chinese version or where an interpretation of the programme content is required, the decision of the University shall be final.

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