Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Applied Linguistics
英文及應用語言學(榮譽)文學士學位


Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3832

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

126 (including 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)

Programme Intake
41 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader
Dr. Dennis Tay

Associate Programme Leader 
Dr. Phoenix Lam

Remarks
No information is available at present.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) aims to nurture graduates with the abilities/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) the strong ability to apply their knowledge and generic linguistic skills in a variety of professional communication contexts.
 

The programme will equip students with professional/academic knowledge and skills as well as attributes for all-roundedness in an integrated manner. The programme aims to produce graduates:

  1. who possess a high level of professional communicative competence in English;
  2. who have a firm grounding in linguistic sciences which can be critically and creatively applied in a variety of business and management contexts;
  3. who have an awareness and understanding of intercultural communication in multilingual settings that enhances their global outlook and cultural appreciation as socially responsible global citizens;
  4. who can apply strong communication skills to solve real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional/business settings;
  5. who are capable of exercising judgment and developing intellectual curiosity to work both independently and as part of a team;
  6. who are aware of the need for and are committed to life-long learning; and
  7. who will have the potential to become future ethical leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes.

 

Programme Characteristics
The programme offers students a Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement opportunity in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland or overseas. 

Curriculum

Curriculum

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 various academic pathways to suit students' needs.

  1. A Major and a Minor (123 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
  2. Single Discipline Major (123 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)
  3. Double Majors (168 credits + 3 training credits of Work-Integrated Education)

 

General University Requirements (GUR)

The General University Requirements have 6 components:

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Language & Communication Requirements
  • Leadership & Intra-Personal Development
  • Cluster Area Requirements
  • Service-Learning
  • Healthy Lifestyle

 

Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) 

BAEAL strives to provide students with a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills they will need to communicate effectively in English for professional, academic, and business purposes in Hong Kong and around the world, where English is the key 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 the solid foundation of academic knowledge and communication skills they will need 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 have accumulated 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 a 1-month summer 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. 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 Centre for Student Advancement and Resources in the form of Offshore WIE Sponsorship (OWS).

 

More information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition
The BA(Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) is currently being considered for recognition by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong and its Standing Committee on Language Education and Research as an English Language Major Degree Programme that 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.

 

Career Prospects
Graduates of the Department of English are successful in their careers and 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.

 

Further Studies
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.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.

Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 3497; email: egdept@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


As a fresh graduate, I am profoundly grateful for all of the inspiring and rewarding study experiences I have had in the last four years. BAESP* is a very comprehensive programme, offering a wide variety of interesting courses, which equipped me with effective communication strategies and professional knowledge of the English language. I gained not merely a theoretical understanding, but also indispensable language skills that can be practically applied in different contexts and workplace settings. Apart from enabling me to acquire academic knowledge, the overseas exchange programme gave me a chance to appreciate the beauty of diverse cultures. The more I see, the more I realise how much I have not seen. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was an invaluable opportunity for me to explore and understand the world of the English language more thoroughly and extensively. Reflecting on my undergraduate study, I am very fortunate and thankful for every single learning opportunity provided by the Department of English. I believe that through all of these excellent experiences under the BAESP programme, I have built a solid linguistic foundation for further advancing and enriching my knowledge of English language and literature by pursuing a postgraduate degree.

 

* BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) will be retitled to BA (Hons) in English and Applied Linguistics (BAEAL) from the September 2021 admission.


CHIU Lok Yi (Graduate of 2018-19, BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions)

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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


Date: March to May 2021 (rescheduling is normally not possible)
Mode:Skype/Online interviews may be conducted where necessary
Aims:

To evaluate the potential/suitability of applicants for admission to the programme, and to examine their communication skills and interest in the field of study

Medium:English
Duration:

About 15 minutes for interview

Remark:
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews