Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (with a specialism in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Hong Kong Schools)
對外漢語教學文學碩士學位/深造文憑 (香港學校中文第二語言教學專業)


Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 72017

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

HKP for MA (Part-time)
PHP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

3 years

Credits Required for Graduation

30 for MA,
21 for PgD

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$4,150 per credit for local students
​HK$5,340 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Kim Sun-A
PhD

Remarks
  • Only the part-time option will be offered for admission in 2022/23. If there are more applicants than the admission quota, higher priority will be accorded to those teaching in schools with higher concentrations of non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This programme is included in the EDB list of recognised programmes under the "Professional Enhancement Grant Scheme for Chinese Teachers (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language)". For details of the scheme, please visit: 
    https://scolarhk.edb.hkedcity.net/tc/project/professional-enhancement-grant-scheme-chinese-teachers-teaching-chinese-second-language/
    (Please note: The EDB is currently reviewing the way forward for the above-mentioned grant scheme. Updates on its latest status will be published in this page in early 2022 and late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis until late July 2022.)

Aims & Characteristics

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

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, literature and culture to develop their learning and teaching skills, enabling them to develop their careers.

 

Characteristics

The intended learning outcomes of the MA/PgDTCFL (HKS) are:

  • 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 all types of media, 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 language teaching and testing;
  • The ability to disseminate Chinese cultural traditions;
  • The ability to assess problems in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in classroom management, develop solutions to the problems and use those solutions to benefit students;
  • The educational abilities of local teachers of Chinese in the HK context will be enhanced through systematic reflection on and acquisition of the necessary background knowledge on the linguistic and cross-cultural background of their students and train them to apply this in their educational activities;
  • The intercultural communication skills of local Chinese teachers will be upgraded, so that they are capable of dealing with all possible learning difficulties of non-Chinese native speaker Hong Kong students.

Recognition & Prospects

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 can therefore significantly contribute to international peace and prosperity.

 

This programme is included in the EDB list of recognised programmes under the "Professional Enhancement Grant Scheme for Chinese Teachers (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language)". For details of the scheme, please visit: https://scolarhk.edb.hkedcity.net/tc/project/professional-enhancement-grant-scheme-chinese-teachers-teaching-chinese-second-language/

 

(Please note: The EDB is currently reviewing the way forward for the above-mentioned grant scheme. Updates on its latest status will be published in this page in early 2022 and late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis until late July 2022.)

Curriculum

Curriculum

Programme Structure

MATCFL (HKS) – A total of 30 credits. Students have to complete 5 Compulsory Subjects (15 credits) and 5 Elective Subjects (15 credits). Three of the Elective Subjects can be replaced by the MATCFL Dissertation if the student have obtained permission from the Programme Leader.

PgDTCFL (HKS) – A total of 21 credits. Students have to complete 5 Compulsory Subjects (15 credits) and 2 Elective Subjects (6 credits).

 

Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Description of Chinese I: Words and Sentences
  • 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
  • Multimedia Applications for Language Professionals and Translators
  • Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies
  • Special Education Needs Associated with Cognitive, Physical and Sensory Disorders
  • Special Education Needs in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Teaching Chinese Grammar to Non-native Speakers
  • Teaching of Chinese Characters and Words to Non-native Learners
  • MATCFL Dissertation [for MATCFL(HKS) students only]

 

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=32&tag=4.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution;
  • Serving teachers/ teaching assistants of Chinese subjects of local schools;
  • Interview will be arranged for shortlisted 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.

Other Information

Other Information

The programme is delivered in Chinese and English.

Enquiries

Enquiries

For further information on academic matters, please contact:
the Programme Leader, Dr Kim Sun-A (tel: (852) 2766 7563; email: sun-a.kim@polyu.edu.hk).

 

For general information, please contact:
Mr Tony Ng (tel: (852) 2766 7460; email: tony.pk.ng@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


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Additional Documents Required

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Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

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