Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions
專業英文文學碩士學位


Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 71026

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

MAF for English Language Arts (Full-time)
MAP for English Language Arts (Part-time)
MPF for English for the Professions (Full-time)
MPP for English for the Professions (Part-time)
MSF for English Language Studies (Full-time)
MSP for English Language Studies (Part-time)
MTF for English Language Teaching (Full-time)
MTP for English Language Teaching (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

30

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
5 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

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

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Stephen Evans
BA, MA, PGCE (University of Oxford), MA (City University of Hong Kong), PhD (University of Edinburgh)

Remarks
  • This programme has four specialisms: English Language Arts (英語語言藝術), English for the Professions (專業英語), English Language Studies (英語語言) and English Language Teaching (英語教學).
  • Applicants should indicate their chosen specialism when applying.
  • Students admitted to the programme may switch to another specialism after completing the four Core Subjects. 

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and outcomes

The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of English in educational and professional contexts. The knowledge and skills students acquire in the programme enable them to become innovative and reflective professionals in a range of institutional settings.

 

After completing the MAESP programme students are able to:

Professional competence

1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principal language systems of English (sound, semantics, discourse and lexico-grammar) and their interrelatedness;

2. show an awareness of contextual variation in English across a range of modes, genres and settings;

3. demonstrate a profound understanding of how English functions in educational and professional contexts and communities;

4. demonstrate a deep understanding of advances in theory, research and practice in their chosen specialism;

5. apply a repertoire of methodologies, approaches and tools to analyse language and communication in settings relevant to their specialism;

6. plan, conduct and report on empirical research into issues and problems relating to the acquisition and use of English for educational and/or professional purposes;

7. show an advanced understanding and appreciation of a wide range of literary and imaginative texts and events;

Strategic thinking

8. work independently and collaboratively to analyse and resolve theoretical issues and practical problems relating to the use of English in their chosen specialism;

9. apply critical and creative thinking skills strategically in educational and workplace contexts; and

Lifelong learning

10. continue to engage in lifelong learning and professional development through inquiry and reflection on professional practices.

 

Characteristics

There are three possible study outcomes and qualifications:

1. Postgraduate Certificate in English Studies for the Professions (12 credits): students should complete the four Core Subjects.

2. Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies for the Professions (18 credits): students should complete the four Core Subjects (12 credits) and two other subjects from the lists of specialism-related Core Subjects. 

3. Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions (English Language Arts/English for the Professions/English Language Studies/English Language Teaching): students should complete the four Core Subjects (12 credits); two specialism-related Core Subjects (6 credits); and either four specialism-specific Electives (12 credits) or by taking the Research Project (6 credits) and associated research methods subject (3 credits) as well as one specialism-specific Elective (3 credits).

Recognition & Prospects

No information is available at present.

Curriculum

Programme Structure

Full-time mode: 1 year (2 semesters and 1 summer term)

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

 

Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

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

 

Specialism-related Core Subjects

English Language Arts

  • Language Development and Use
  • Drama for Language Learning

 

English for the Professions

  • Practical Communication Strategies I
  • Practical Communication Strategies II

 

English Language Studies

  • Language Development and Use
  • English Literature and Language Arts

 

English Language Teaching

  • Second Language Learning
  • Second Language Teaching

 

Specialism-specific Electives

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

 

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

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any subject or the equivalent from a recognised institution. In the case of applicants intending to specialise in English Language Teaching, English Language Studies or English Language Arts, preference will be given to those who majored in English or a communication-related field. Applicants wishing to specialise in English for the Professions are not expected to have majored in English or a communication-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;
      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 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.

Notes

*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 will be considered individually.

Other Information

No information is available at present.

Enquiries

For further information, please contact:
Prof. Stephen Evans (email: stephen.evans@polyu.edu.hk);  
or Miss Zoe Yip (email: sc-zoe.yip@polyu.edu.hk).

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