Sept 2023 EntryProgramme code: JS3240
126 (including 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
Dr Max Diaz
Associate Programme Leader
Dr Phoenix Lam
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) aims to nurture graduates with the abilities and attributes needed to become competent English language professionals and responsible global citizens in the 21st century. At the professional level, the programme aims to produce graduates with a) a high level of competence in English; b) a sound understanding of the theoretical disciplines underlying applied English language studies and the integrated use of the language; and c) a strong ability to apply their knowledge and general linguistic skills in a variety of professional communication contexts.
The programme equips students with professional and academic knowledge and skills as well as attributes contributing to all-round development in an integrated manner. The programme aims to produce graduates with the following attributes:
The programme offers students Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement opportunities in Hong Kong, mainland China, and overseas.
The overall credit requirements of the BAEAL programme under the university’s 4-year undergraduate degree structure are as follows.
|General University Requirements (GUR)||30 credits|
|Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)||75 credits|
|Free Electives or a Minor||18 credits|
|Total credit requirements for graduation||123 credits + 3 WIE training credits|
We offer students a choice of one of the following academic pathways to suit their needs:
General University Requirements (GUR) (30 credits)
Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)
BAEAL strives to provide students with a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively in English for professional, academic, and business purposes in Hong Kong and around the world, where English is the lingua franca. The BAEAL discipline-specific curriculum has the following components.
(1) Major Study Subjects
Major Study Subjects (60 credits) are compulsory for all BAEAL students and are organised under three focal areas: Language Sciences, Global Communicative Competence, and English for the Professions. These subjects are designed to provide BAEAL students with a solid foundation of academic knowledge and the communication skills required to become language professionals.
The Capstone Project in Language Studies (6 credits) under the focal area of English for the Professions is compulsory for all BAEAL students. It is conducted in the final year under the supervision of ENGL academic staff. Through the capstone project, the learning experience students accumulate during the BAEAL programme is consolidated in the form of a dissertation. This capstone experience helps to prepare students for professional practice, further academic pursuits, and lifelong learning, while developing their generic competencies.
(2) Major Study Elective Subjects
Students can freely choose BAEAL electives (15 DSR credits) across the three focal areas to customise their learning experience and develop their expertise.
(3) Work-Integrated Education (WIE)
WIE (3 training credits) provides a framework for students to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with real-world practice, supporting their development into well-rounded individuals with professional competence. Students typically meet the WIE requirement by completing an internship in an organizational or a corporate context, where they apply classroom knowledge and skills in the working world. WIE assessment is based on three grades: Pass with Merit (M), Pass (P), and Failure (F). However, the subject does not contribute to students’ final GPA. The WIE placement can be completed at any time during the second or third year of study, but no later than the Summer Term of Year Three. Students can apply to waive the WIE requirement if they can demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirement through other relevant work experience. Students undertaking non-local WIE placements may receive partial financial subsidies from the Careers and Placement Section (CPS) of the Student Affairs Office (SAO) in the form of Offshore WIE Sponsorship (OWS).
More information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.
The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to students of the BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics.
Students who pursue this pathway must complete 72 academic credits + 3 training credits for the Primary Major (BAEAL) and 36 credits for the Secondary Major (AIDA). Certain credits, including the Integrated Capstone Project, can be double counted between the Primary and Secondary Majors. The list of compulsory and elective subjects for the Primary Major (BAEAL) is nearly identical to the Single Discipline Major BAEAL programme. The major difference is in the capstone project: students complete an integrated capstone project (involving both BAEAL and AIDA) instead of the regular BAEAL capstone. The minimum credit requirement of BAEAL + AIDA is at least 132 credits.
BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) is recognised by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong and its Standing Committee on Language Education and Research as an English Language Major Degree Programme, which meets the Hong Kong government’s Language Proficiency Requirement. Registered students are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers offered by the Education Bureau.
Graduates of the Department of English and Communication excel in various industries and professions in Hong Kong. Fresh graduates find employment in media and journalism, retail, human resources, public relations, marketing and advertising, publishing, education, and the civil service, where a high level of competence in English and professional communication is needed.
Some graduates proceed to further studies in Hong Kong and overseas in the fields of linguistics, applied linguistics, translation and interpreting, communication, and public and environmental policy studies.
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