A word about two language degrees

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 March, 2004, 12:00am

Polytechnic University's new English and Chinese postgraduate diplomas are designed for primary and secondary school teachers

Hong Kong Polytechnic University has introduced two new postgraduate diplomas to help build a strong professional language teaching force in Hong Kong.

The first intake for the new courses, the Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Studies and the Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Language and Literature - start in September.

The Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Studies, offered by the department of English, aims to equip primary and secondary school English teachers with the subject knowledge and improve their capabilities in teaching.

Participants are encouraged to reflect on their existing knowledge and experience.

The programme covers nine subjects, each carrying two credits, with a total yield of 18 credits.

Subjects include phonetics and phonology for English language teaching, lexis, morphology and semantics for English language teaching, grammatical analysis, pedagogical grammar, spoken and written discourse for English language teaching, the history and sociolinguistics of English, English in global contexts, psycholinguistics and second language acquisition and literature, as well as language arts in English.

The programme can be completed in one or two years, on a part-time basis. Classes are held one evening a week and one Saturday morning or afternoon.

Participants who successfully complete all subjects may move on to the one-year part-time master's programme, subject to the department's approval.

Applicants must have a first degree, and they can apply for subsidies from the Professional Development Incentive Grant, under the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research.

The total fee is $59,400, and the deadline for application is May 27.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Language and Literature, offered by the department of Chinese and bilingual studies, targets new and serving Chinese teachers in primary and secondary schools holding a first degree in a subject not relevant to Chinese.

The diploma aims to equip participants with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for teaching Chinese. Participants are expected to apply their knowledge to their work and familiarise their students with the core concepts and major theories in the study of Chinese language, literature and culture.

The programme was set up in response to requirements from the Education and Manpower Bureau. An information session will be held on Saturday at 3pm in AG 507 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.