MA in English Studies for the Professions

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of English

Program Description

MA in English Studies for the Professions

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of English

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Programme aims

The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of English in educational and workplace contexts. The knowledge and skills students acquire on the programme will enable them to become innovative and reflective professionals in a range of institutional settings, including schools, universities and workplaces in the private and public sectors.

Meeting the nees of English-using professionals

The specialisms in English Language Studies, English Language Teaching and English Language Arts are mainly intended for serving English language teachers or graduates who intend to enter the teaching profession. Preference will therefore be given to applicants who have majored in English or a communication-related field. Each specialism is designed to meet particular professional needs and interests.

  • English Language Studies – for those who wish to develop their understanding of the systems and uses of English and how these relate to their work.
  • English Language Teaching – for those who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to design and deliver engaging and effective English-language courses for general and specific purposes.
  • English Language Arts – for those who wish to receive in-depth training in the teaching and use of language arts (e.g. plays, poems, advertisements).

The specialism in English for the Professions is intended for those with an undergraduate degree other than in English. It is intended for professionals of all disciplines who wish to upgrade their ability and qualifications in English. It is designed primarily for middle-level managerial staff in the public and private sectors who need to demonstrate a high level of communicative competence in English in situations relevant to their personal needs.

Selection of specialism

  • Applicants should indicate their chosen specialism when making their applications.
  • Students admitted to the programme may switch to another specialism after completing the 4 core MAESP subjects.

Curriculum

Core subjects (12 credits*)

  • Introduction to the Sound System of English
  • Discourse Analysis
  • English Semantics and Lexis
  • Analytical Perspectives in English Grammar

Specialism-related core subjects (6 credits*)

  • English Language Studies: Language Development and Use; English Literature and Language Arts
  • English Language Teaching: Second Language Learning; Second Language Teaching
  • English Language Arts: Language Development and Use; Drama for Language Learning
  • English for the Professions: Practical Communication Strategies I; Practical Communication Strategies II

Specialism-specific electives (12 credits*)

English Language Studies: English as an International Language, Communication, Multimodality and Semiotic Studies, Popular Culture and English, Aspects of English-speaking Cultures, Intercultural Communication in Business, Research Design and Methods

English Language Teaching: Syllabus Planning and Materials Design, Testing and Assessment, Drama for Language Learning, Oral Language Arts, Critical Language and Cultural Studies, Popular Culture and English, Research Design and Methods

English Language Arts: Popular Culture and English, Oral Language Arts, Second Language Teaching, Second Language Learning, Syllabus Planning and Materials Design, Critical Language and Cultural Studies, Research Design and Methods

English for the Professions: English as an International Language, Intercultural Communication in Business, Communication, Multimodality and Semiotic Studies, Aspects of English-speaking Cultures, Critical Language and Cultural Studies, Research Design and Methods

* Each core and elective subject is worth 3 credits, apart from Research Project (6 credits), which involves conducting an independent piece of research and writing a 10,000-word dissertation.

Awards

  • Postgraduate Certificate in English Studies for the Professions (12 credits): students should complete the 4 core subjects.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies for the Professions (18 credits): students should complete the 4 core subjects (12 credits) and 2 other subjects from the lists of specialism-related core subjects or specialism-specific electives (6 credits).
  • Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions (English Language Studies, English Language Teaching / English Language Arts / English for the Professions)* (30 credits): students should complete the 4 core subjects (12 credits); 2 specialism-related core subjects (6 credits); and either 4 specialism-specific electives (12 credits) or by taking Research Project (6 credits) and Research Design and Methods (3 credits) as well as one specialism-specific elective (3 credits).

* The title of the relevant specialism will appear in brackets on the degree certificate, e.g. Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions (English Language Teaching).

Duration

  • Full-time mode: 1 year (2 semesters and 1 summer term)
  • Part-time mode: 2 years (4 semesters and 1 summer term)

Programme fees

  • HK$3,200 per credit (for local students)
  • HK$4,500 per credit (for non-local students)

Entrance requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any subject or the equivalent.

  • 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; OR
  • 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; OR
  • A level of competence in English, as demonstrated by performance in an 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 21, 2017
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Sept. 2018
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1 - 2 years
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4,500 HRK
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