Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 72017
Duration & Credit Requirement
1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)
3 for local students
5 for non-local students
HK$3,200 per credit for local students
HK$4,500 per credit for non-local students
Dr Hsu Yu-yin
- This programme is offered on a full-time and part-time basis to give students maximum flexibility to engage in full-time or part-time study loads. Under normal circumstances, full-time and part-time students are able to complete the programme within 1.5 years and 2.5 years respectively.
- Applicants are required to choose either full-time or part-time study on application for admission to the programme. Those who study full-time are required to take a minimum of 9 credits per semester.
- This programme is offered within the Master of Arts Scheme in Chinese, Linguistics and Translation, and the media of instruction are Chinese and English.
Notes to Applicants
- Application to our postgraduate programmes can be done without any agency service. Applicants are required to apply online via the Study@PolyU website: www.polyu.edu.hk/study.
- Please note that all fields in the application forms should be filled. We will not consider applications that do not provide details of academic qualifications.
Aims & Characteristics
The programme develops the intellectual, critical and imaginative abilities of students in relation to Chinese language education. Specifically, it aims to develop students' awareness of and sensitivity to the differences between Chinese and other languages, and the differences between Chinese culture and other cultures. It builds on the diversity of experience that students bring to the course and extends their knowledge of Chinese language, Chinese literature and Chinese culture to develop their learning and teaching skills, enabling them to develop their careers.
This programme is designed to promote intellectual and cultural awareness through teamwork, and to equip students with the following types of subject and professional knowledge:
- The ability to use simple language to teach Chinese to non-native speakers, and to present complex ideas clearly and articulately in appropriate forms of Chinese;
- The ability to use electronic media, multimedia, mass media, reference books and information technology to obtain information needed for teaching Chinese as a foreign language;
- The ability to assess current issues in literature and linguistics theories in language pedagogy;
- The ability to appreciate and analyse works in Chinese literature and culture;
- The ability to discover, analyse and handle issues in Chinese;
- The ability to disseminate Chinese cultural traditions; and
- The ability to assess problems in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in classroom management, develop solutions to the problems and use the solutions to benefit students.
Recognition & Prospects
This programme is ideal for those who dream of living and working in an intercultural academic environment. Graduates not only promote Chinese in international schools at home and abroad, but also become leaders in building bridges between nations through their professional understanding of languages and cultures. They greatly contribute to international peace and prosperity.
Students are required to take 10 subjects (total 30 credits). Each student is required to take 5 Compulsory Subjects and 5 Elective Subjects. Three of the Elective Subjects can be replaced by an MA Dissertation if the student has the permission from the Programme Leader. Another option is to replace 2 Elective Subjects with a Final Year Project, which consists of a curriculum design and a teaching demonstration, or Supervised International Chinese Teaching Internship I which is subject to the Programme Leader's approval.
Core Areas of Study
- Intercultural Communication
- Introduction to Chinese Language Testing
- Introduction to Educational Linguistics
- Methodology of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language I
- Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Learning
- Advanced Legal Translation
- Assessment for Learning in Chinese Language Teaching
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Chinese Language Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
- Computer Assisted Chinese Language Teaching
- Computer Tools for the Language Professionals
- Contemporary Chinese Society through Literature
- Contrasting Japanese, Chinese and English Discourse
- Contrastive Analysis
- Description of Chinese I: Words and Sentences
- Description of Chinese II: Sounds and Script
- Drama for Language Learning
- Field Studies in Discourse for Language Professionals
- Hong Kong Literature
- Introduction to Cantonese Studies
- Introduction to Chinese Culture and Classics
- Language in Society
- MATCFL Dissertation
- MATCFL Final Year Project
- Modern Chinese Characters and Information Technology
- Poetry of the Tang and Song Era
- Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies
- Selected Readings of Eight Writers of the Tang and Song Era
- Selected Readings of Vernacular Fiction
- Semantics and Pragmatics
- Statistical Methods in Language Research
- Supervised Local Internship in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
- Supervised International Chinese Teaching Internship I
- Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Through Literature
- Teaching Chinese Grammar to Non-native Speakers
- Teaching Chinese Vocabulary to Non-native Learners
- Teaching Japanese as a Second/ Foreign Language
- Teaching of Chinese Characters and Words to Non-native Learners
- Teaching of Chinese: Listening and Speaking
- Teaching the Uses of Media for Teaching Chinese to Foreigners
- The Development and Implementation of School-Based Chinese Language Curriculum in Hong Kong
- Translation Studies
- Using Reading to Teach Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages
(The above subject list is subject to revision.)
- A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution;
- Two years of experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, or its equivalent;
- College level Chinese proficiency, or equivalent, for non-native Chinese speaking applicants.
If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.
Media of Instruction:
- Compulsory Subjects: English and Putonghua
- Elective Subjects: English or Chinese
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
No information is available at present.