Sept 2022 EntryProgramme code: JS3230
126 (including 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
Dr LI Dechao
PhD, MA, BA
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr WU Wing Li
PhD, MPhil, MA, BA
The overall credit requirements for BALT are as follows:
|Part I||General University Requirements (GUR)||30 credits|
|Part II||Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR)||75 credits + 3 training credits|
|Part III||Minor or free Electives||18 credits|
|Credit requirement for graduation||123 credits + 3 training credits|
There are three academic pathways for students to pursue:
Compulsory Subjects (18 subjects + 3 training credits)
Introduction to Translation; Introduction to Linguistics; Work Integrated Education (WIE); Introduction to Bilingual Communication; Academic and Technical Chinese Writing; Introduction to Modern Chinese; Introduction to Interpreting; Consecutive Interpreting; Translation for Corporate Communication; Translation for the Media in the Digital Age; Programming and Data Analysis for Language Studies; Semantics: Meaning in Language; Sounds and Sound Systems of Language; Pragmatics: Language in Use; Project in Language Studies; Translation Studies, Comparative and Contrastive Studies of Chinese and English Grammar; English for Advanced Academic Writing
Elective Subjects (excluding subjects in the Minor in Japanese and Minor in Korean within CBS)
Corporate Communication: Theory and Practice; Intercultural Communication in Corporate Context; Translation for Science and Technology; Translation for Legal Work; Simultaneous Interpreting; Literary Translation; Translation Criticism; Language and Society; Varieties of Chinese; Cantonese Linguistics; Fundamentals of Computational Linguistics; Syntax; Phonetics and Phonology; Corpus and Language Technology for Language Studies; Advanced Putonghua Communication Skills; Psycholinguistics; Language, Cognition and Brain; Language Acquisition; Analysis of Language Samples: Clinical Implications; Child Communication Disorders and Special Education Needs; Communication Disorders Across the Life Span; Language and Speech Production: Anatomical and Physiological Perspectives; Techniques in Language Sciences; Statistics for Language Studies; Programming Fundamentals; Data Structures
The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Translation.
Students who pursue this pathway will complete 75 academic credits + 3 training credits for the Primary Major (BALT) 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 (BALT) is almost the same as the existing programme BALT. The only difference is in the capstone project: students will complete an integrated capstone project (involving both BALT and AIDA) instead of the BALT regular capstone. The minimum credit requirement of BALT + AIDA is at least 132 credits.
BALT curriculum focuses on the analysis of linguistic structures (speech sounds, words, sentences, and discourses in both Chinese and English), language processing by humans, and multiple functions of language in society. The curriculum also includes computer programming, text processing, computational linguistics, and language data analytics. This creates a natural connection with the AIDA curriculum. By extending BALT students’ exposure to include a cluster of more specialized subjects on IT and big data analytics, they will be in a privileged position to apply linguistic and data analytics skills in an increasingly bilingual professional workplace, thus enhancing their employability.
An important learning outcome of BALT is to train the students with empirical data analysis tool and computational methods. In the digital era, linguistic and IT-mediated skill sets are evidently in great demand. BALT graduates can make meaningful contributions to various sectors in the society (e.g. business, marketing, journalism and media, education, healthcare, public services, academic research) by analyzing social sentiments, spotting emergent trends, generating predictions, and providing corpus-based insights to facilitate corporate and administrative decision-making.
There is no professional accreditation for BALT+AIDA.
With their strong language proficiency and competence in technology, BALT graduates can pursue careers in various professions, local and overseas, including but not limited to the following:
+ Postgraduate study such as the Master of Speech Therapy in CBS or other recognised programmes must be pursued to become a registered speech therapist in Hong Kong.
Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.
Applicants are invited to attend an interview, accompanied by a possible written test in English and Chinese, to evaluate their potential/suitability for admission to the programme, and to examine their communication skills and interest in the field of study.
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