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.
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(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) 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 starting from the 2023/24 cohort are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for a short trip (e.g. 1-day or 2-day 1-night trip) in order to complete the Cross-Faculty Core Course. While the GBA trip is heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the trip ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the GBA trip 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 GBA trip 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").
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:
- 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
List of Discipline Studies Major Courses
|Literature & Culture||
List of Education Major Elective Courses
|Applied English Studies||
List of Discipline Studies Major Elective Courses
|Literature & Culture||
|Comparative Studies of Language*||
*Knowledge of Chinese is required for courses under this category
List of Major Interdisciplinary Courses
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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
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List of Education for Major Courses
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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 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.
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
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.
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:
- Be eligible to apply to become fully qualified and registered teachers in Hong Kong;
- Be able to apply for an exemption from the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers – English (LPATE) with high level of English proficiency; and
- Be able 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.
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 Teaching 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 Section of the EDB to submit applications directly and all applications will be assessed by the EDB.