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Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature (with a specialism in Chinese Language Teaching for Teachers of Non-Chinese Speaking Students)
中國語文文學碩士學位 (中文第二語言教學專業)

Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 72017

Faculty of Humanities
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Stream Code

NCP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

3 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$3,600 per credit for local students
HK$5,100 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Liu Yi


  • This is a mixed-mode programme. Only the part-time option will be offered for admission in 2021-22.
  • Under normal circumstances, part-time students are able to complete the programme within 3 years. Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to the Department for consideration.
  • If there are more applicants than the admissions quota, higher priority will be accorded to those teaching in schools with higher concentrations of non-Chinese speaking students.
  • Applications can be made to our postgraduate programmes without the help of agencies. 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

Programme Aims

This programme helps students to acquire basic knowledge of Chinese language, literature and culture, and the know-how of teaching Chinese as second language and the necessary skills for teaching Chinese to non-Chinese speaking students.



The programme is designed to equip students with the following professional skills:

Professional Competence

  • the ability to present complex ideas clearly and articulately in appropriate forms of Chinese;
  • the ability to assimilate and analyse complex information in different genres or registers of classical or contemporary Chinese, identifying key issues and drawing well-reasoned conclusion;
  • the ability to use reference books and information technology to obtain information needed for Chinese teaching and learning;
  • the ability to appreciate and analyse works in Chinese literature;
  • the ability to discover, analyse and handle issues in Chinese language teaching and testing; and
  • the ability to analyse Chinese cultural tradition.


 Strategic Thinking

  • the ability to assess current issues in literature or linguistic theories.


 Lifelong Learning Capability

  • the ability to teach Chinese as a second language; and
  • the skills necessary to teach Chinese to non-Chinese speaking students.
Recognition & Prospects

This programme is included on the Education Bureau (EDB) list of recognised programmes under the Professional Enhancement Grant Scheme for Chinese Teachers (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language).


The EDB offers a basic subsidy of 50% of the tuition fee of a programme of study under the Scheme, subject to maximum of HK$64,000 per student, upon successful completion of the programme without any undertaking.


To encourage more Chinese language teachers currently teaching Chinese to non-Chinese speaking students to apply for the grant and continue to teach in schools offering the local school curriculum after graduation, an extra 30% of the tuition fee of a programme of study, subject to an additional maximum of HK$30,000 per teacher, is offered to those teachers who do so for a total of three years within the five years after they successfully complete the programme.


For details of the scheme, please visit: https://scolarhk.edb.hkedcity.net/tc/project/professional-enhancement-grant-scheme-chinese-teachers-teaching-chinese-second-language.


Programme Structure

Students are required to take 10 subjects (total 30 credits) including 6 Compulsory Subjects and 4 Elective Subjects. Three of the Elective Subjects can be replaced by "MACLL Dissertation" if student has obtained permission from the Programme Leader.


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Description of Chinese I: Words and Sentences
  • Introduction to Chinese Culture and Classics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Methodology of teaching Chinese as a Second Language I
  • Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Learning
  • The Development and Implementation of School-Based Chinese Language Curriculum in Hong Kong


Elective Subjects

  • Description of Chinese II: Sounds and Script
  • Literary Theory and Modern Chinese Literature
  • MACLL dissertation
  • Multimedia Applications for Language Professionals and Translators
  • Readings of Classical Literature
  • Special Education Needs Associated with Cognitive, Physical and Sensory Disorders
  • Special Education Needs in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Teaching of Chinese Characters and Words to Non-native Learners


Brief information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/web/en/programmes/all_programmes/17/?cid=23&did=31&tag=4.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution;
  • Serving teacher/ teaching assistant of Chinese subjects of local schools.

Interviews may be arranged as deemed appropriate.


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.

Other Information

Medium of Instruction:

  • The medium of instruction of the programme is Chinese and English.
  • Students should have some basic ability to understand spoken Cantonese (as some compulsory subjects and electives are taught in Cantonese).


For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Programme Leader, Dr Liu Yi (email: yi.liu@polyu.edu.hk).


For general information, please contact: 
Ms Maggie Lo (tel: (852) 2766 7443; email: maggie.lo@polyu.edu.hk).