- To update your knowledge of the systems and uses of English and how these relate to your work
- To give you the chance to learn new concepts in English language studies and apply these to your work
- Choice of Subjects: wide range of elective subjects to choose from
- Mixed Mode of Learning: full-time and part-time study
- Flexibility: students can exit at PgC, PgD or MA level
- Professional Recognition: The MAELS meets EDB's Subject Knowledge Requirement (SKR) and also meets the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) provided that on graduation students meet the training requirement for language teachers
New and serving English language teachers who do not hold a degree in English, but who have completed the MAELS programme successfully, are regarded by the Education Bureau (EDB) as having a degree with a relevant language major. The MAELS meets the EDB's Subject Knowledge Requirement (SKR). It also meets the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) provided that on graduation students meet the training requirements for language teachers.
A Bachelor’s degree in any subject or the equivalent, with preference given to applicants who majored in English or a Communications-related field.
Applicants are expected to meet ONE of the following requirements:
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 96 or above for the Internet-based test, or 590 or above for the paper-based test;
An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 for the listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 for the speaking and writing sections;
A level of competence in English, as demonstrated by performance in the admission interview and written test set by the Department of English, which indicates that the applicant* is capable of studying successfully at the taught MA level.
*This only applies to either native English speakers or non-native English applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a university using English as the medium of instruction (EMI).
Non-native speakers or applicants without a Bachelor's degree from an EMI university still have to fulfil the University-wide minimum language requirements. Exceptional cases shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Full-time: 1 yr (2 semesters and 1 summer term)
- Part-time: 2 yrs (4 semesters and 1 summer term)
HK$3,200 per credit for local students
HK$4,500 per credit for non-local students
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