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BA (Honours) in Language Studies and BEd (Honours) (English Language)
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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, 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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Programme Aims

This co-terminal double degree programme aims to prepare students:

  • to become effective school teachers or other professionals who have a good command of the knowledge and skills in Language Studies; and
  • with positive work attitude and good interpersonal skills.

Programme Structure

Domain Credit Points (cps)
  • Discipline Studies (DS) Major (45 cps)
  • Education Major (27 cps)
  • Major Interdisciplinary Course (3 cps)
Education Studies 30
General Education 16
Final Year Project 6
Field Experience 20
Language Enhancement 9
Overseas Immersion Programme cps shared by DS Major Electives and Education Major Electives (equivalent to 15 cps)
Total: 156

(1) Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

(2) Any aspect of the courses (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, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

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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.

To support the English language development of every student, he or she will:

  • be assigned an academic advisor;
  • 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
  • English as a Global Language
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Spoken and Written Discourse
Literature & Culture
  • Approaching English Literature
  • Literature in Context I: 1789-1914
  • Literature in Context II: 1914-2000
  • Literatures in English I: Fiction
  • Literatures in English II: Drama
  • Literatures in English III: Poetry

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List of Education Major Elective Courses

Domain Course
Applied English Studies
  • Classroom Discourse Analysis
  • Content-based Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Drama in the ESL/EFL Classroom
  • ELT Methodology: Innovation and Change
  • Integrating Information Technology in the ESL/ESL Classroom
  • Language Assessment
  • Motivation to Learn English: Theories and Practice
  • Teaching English Literature
  • Teaching Grammar & Vocabulary

List of Discipline Studies Major Elective Courses

Domain Course
  • Advanced Phonology
  • Comparative Language Studies
  • 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
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Postcolonial Literatures in English
  • Readings in New Literatures in English
  • Shakespeare
  • Literature and Environment
Comparative Studies of Language*
  • Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar
  • Contrastive Analysis of Languages and Translation
  • Introduction to Translation

*Knowledge of Chinese is required for courses under this category

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Education Studies

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 beginning 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
  • Second Language Acquisition and 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)

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General Education

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).

Final Year Project

The Final Year Project comprises of 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.

Field Experience

Students will be placed in schools which are important sites for learning to teach and where they will interpret, generate, interact and experiment with theory. Teaching Practice will be conducted in local schools which the medium of instruction may vary depending on the policy of the schools.

  • FE Foundation Course
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio I
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio II
  • Block Practice I
  • FE Semester

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher education programmes (e.g. Bachelor of 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.

Language Enhancement

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.

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Compulsory Immersion Programme

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 and 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. Qualified Teacher Status in primary or secondary schools in Hong Kong subject to the decision of the Education Bureau (EDB);
  2. Be able to apply for an exemption from the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers – English (LPATE) with high level of English proficiency; and
  3. Ability to help primary and secondary students learn English as a second language effectively.

In addition to the professional teaching career, as they will have been equipped with the necessary academic knowledge and intellectual skills, they can also embark on a wide variety of other careers, such as civil service, news organisations, publishing houses, etc.


As the 2022/23 academic year is the beginning of the 2022/23 - 2024/25 triennium for which the allocation of UGC-funded places is still subject to the Government's approval, the number of intake places is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation.

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 and curriculum changes.