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Programme Description

This programme aims to prepare students to become competent teachers of English for primary/secondary schools, or other English language related professionals. Graduates will obtain a high level of English proficiency and an ability to help pupils learn English effectively. Students will learn the English language system in depth, and the principles and theories of teaching and learning with special reference to the teaching and learning of English as a second/foreign language. Students in the programme will conduct teaching practices in primary and secondary schools, and join an immersion programme in an English-speaking country.

Study Mode Normal Period of Study JUPAS Code EdUHK Programme Code
Full-time 5 Years JS8825 A5B082
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What Our Students Say


My life here in EdUHK is way different than I expected. When I first came to this school, the most challenging thing for me was the language barrier.

Fortunately, with a warm welcome from a local schoolmate, I gradually adapted to university life. I could see my improvements in English speaking over the past months and gradually gained confidence.

Li Hui-ying

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language)

Shum Wing Tung

Sharing the same passion and the common goal of contributing to society as a teacher, the peer support at the University has encouraged me to develop my talents and strengthen my conviction to be a teacher after graduation.

The peer mentors have offered me a great deal of help in my adjustment to university life.

Shum Wing-tung

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) 


Lecturers, programme leaders, academic advisors and other EdUHK members have been friendly and helpful whenever I encountered difficulties. I could not be more thankful for their guidance and assistance.

In addition, EdUHK’s environment is something that I love too. The campus is quiet and peaceful, which creates a perfect atmosphere for learning and studying.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) 

Programme Structure

Domain Credit Points (cps)
  • Discipline Studies Major
  • Education Major
  • Major Elective Courses
  • Major Interdisciplinary Course
  • Cross-Faculty Core Course
  • Overseas Immersion Programme (compulsory)
Education Studies 30
General Education 16
Final Year Project 6
Field Experience 20
Language Enhancement 9
Total: 156

(1) Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / North Point Study Centre / Sports Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre as decided by the University.
(2) 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.
(3) Students admitted into this programme 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 2024/25 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.
(4) Students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies and Bachelor of Education (English Language) (Co-terminal Double Degree) programme are required to attend a compulsory Immersion Programme. While Immersion Programmes are heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute no less than 18% of the best estimated cost of the Immersion Programmes ("student contribution").
(5) Starting from the 2024/25 cohort, students admitted to the full-time Bachelor of Education and Double Degree programmes are required to fulfil the “Exit Requirements for Teachers’ Professional Conduct and Ethics”, which consists of three components: 1) Fulfilment of assessment requirements of Field Experience; 2) Satisfactory completion of two required courses related to Teachers’ Professional Conduct and Ethics; 3) Fulfilment of relevant co-curricular requirement.

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There are two majors, namely, Education Major and Discipline Studies Major, in this programme. Discipline Studies Major is about language studies. Education Major focuses on theories and practices in English language teaching. It will cover both primary and secondary school settings as BA(Lang Studies) & BEd(EL) programme is a cross-sectoral programme.

In this domain, students will:

  • undertake two mandatory English language enhancement courses in Year 1;
  • undertake the optional International English Language Testing System (IELTS) preparation courses;
  • participate in a compulsory overseas immersion programme and to live and study in an English-speaking country; and
  • study courses with specific objectives for language improvement.


List of Education Major Courses
Domain Course
Education Major
  • English Grammar for Teachers I
  • English Grammar for Teachers II
  • Primary ELT Methods I: Developing Oracy Skills
  • Primary ELT Methods II: Developing Literary Skills
  • Secondary ELT Methods I: Developing Oracy Skills
  • Secondary ELT Methods II: Developing Literary Skills
  • Words and Their Meanings

List of Discipline Studies Major Courses
Domain Course
  • Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Spoken and Written Discourse
  • Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition
Literature & Culture
  • Approaching English Literature
  • Literature in Context I: 1789-1914
  • Literature in Context II: 1914-2000
  • Readings in New Literatures in English

List of Major Elective Courses
Domain Course
Applied English Studies
  • Classroom Discourse Analysis
  • Drama in the ESL/EFL Classroom
  • Fostering Intercultural Learning and Growing: From Theory to Practice
  • Integrating Information Technology in the ESL/ESL Classroom
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language Assessment
  • Motivation to Learn English: Theories and Practice
  • Teaching English Literature
  • Teaching Grammar & Vocabulary
  • Social Psychology of English Language Education
  • Advanced Phonology
  • Comparative Language Studies
  • English as a Global Language
  • Language and Gender
  • Language, Brain and the Mind
  • Pragmatics
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Written Genres and the Genre Approach to ELT
Literature & Culture
  • Approaching Popular Media
  • Children's and Adolescent Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama Performance and Playwriting
  • English Language Popular Culture
  • Gender and Popular Culture
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Literature and Environment
  • Literature and Film
  • Literature in English I: Fiction
  • Literature in English II: Drama
  • Literatures in English: Poetry
  • Postcolonial Literatures in English
  • Shakespeare
  • Studying Films in Context
Comparative Studies of Language*
  • Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar
  • Contrastive Analysis of Languages and Translation
  • Culture and Translation
  • Introduction to Translation

*Knowledge of Chinese is required for courses under this category

List of Major Interdisciplinary Courses
Domain Course
Major – Major Interdisciplinary Course
  • Digital Humanities
  • Language and the Human Footprint
  • Language and Well-being

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 teachers who are caring and competent, intellectually enthusiastic, socially committed, and globally aware.

List of Education Studies Core
Domain Course
Education Studies Core
  • Basic Psychology for Educators: Useful Concepts from Educational and Positive Psychology
  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Effective Teaching and Positive Classroom Learning Environment
  • Philosophical and Socio-cultural Issues in Education
  • School Guidance and Managing Diversity
  • Teachers and Teaching in Context

List of Education for Major Courses
Domain Course
Pedagogical courses for Major
  • Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice
  • Children’s Literature in the ESL/EFL Classroom (for Primary Focus) or Using Language Arts and Non-language Arts in the ESL/EFL Classroom (for Secondary Focus)

The EdUHK’s General Education programme prepares students to be active agents of change, by broadening their intellectual horizons, helping them make connections among different areas of knowledge and between their formal studies and life outside the classroom, and strengthening their capacity for sound thinking and good judgement. It offers a varied but balanced mix of individual courses across a range of subject areas and disciplines, set within an integrated structure of (i) General Education Foundation Course, (ii) Experiential Learning, (iii) General Education Breadth Courses – Positive and Values Education Course, and (iv) University ePortfolio, with a total of 16 credit points (cps).

The Final Year Project comprises two courses:

  • Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Introduction of Research Methods and Proposal
  • Honours Project II / Capstone Project II: A one-year project to be conducted in the final year.

Students will be placed in schools, which are important sites for learning to teach and where they will have the opportunity to practise, interpret, generate, and experiment with theory. Teaching Practice for local students will be conducted in local schools. Non-local students may conduct their Teaching Practice at local schools or schools outside Hong Kong, such as mainland-based schools catering to Hong Kong pupils and offering the Hong Kong curriculum (內地設立港人子弟學校). The medium of instruction for Teaching Practice may vary depending on the policy of the schools.

  • Field Experience I - FE Foundation Course
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio I
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio II
  • Field Experience II - Block Practice I
  • Field Experience III - FE Semester

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher 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:

  • live in an English-speaking country (e.g. Australia, New Zealand or Canada) and study at a university there;
  • live with a local family;
  • enhance their English language proficiency;
  • learn more about the English language, English-speaking cultures and other education systems, and widen their horizons; and
  • increase their general confidence and develop a wider worldview.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The programme is designed to provide students with the disciplinary and professional competency to teach in local primary/secondary schools. Majoring in English with in-depth academic and professional knowledge, graduates of the programme will have excellent career prospects. They will be ready to gain the following skills and qualifications:

  1. Be eligible to apply to become fully qualified and registered teachers in Hong Kong;
  2. Be able to apply for exemption from the Language Proficiency Assessment (English Language) (LPAE) with a high level of English proficiency; and
  3. Be able to help primary or secondary students learn English as a second language effectively.

In addition to the professional teaching career, they can also embark on a wide variety of other careers, such as civil service,news organisations, journalism, publishing, etc.

Note: Students admitted into this programme are normally assigned a focus of study (i.e. primary or secondary level) by the end of their first year of study. The focus of study will be reflected in the arrangements for their Field Experience and adopted for the purpose of application for Qualified Teacher Status in Hong Kong upon graduation. This programme is designed to provide students with the disciplinary and professional competency to teach in both primary and secondary schools. However, recognition of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in primary or secondary schools in Hong Kong is subject to the decision of the Education Bureau (EDB). Graduates of this programme are required to approach the Teacher Registration Team of the EDB to submit applications directly and all applications will be assessed by the EDB.  


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. 

EdUHK is one of the teacher education providers in Hong Kong. Graduates of the University’s teacher education programmes are eligible to apply to become fully qualified and registered teachers. As regards teacher registration, graduates should approach the Teacher Registration Team of the Education Bureau (EDB) to submit applications directly. All applications will be assessed by the EDB which will consider, among other things, whether an applicant has been convicted of any criminal offence (including sex-related offences) in Hong Kong or elsewhere, or is involved in any ongoing criminal proceedings or investigations. For details, please browse the EDB's website.

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.