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International Language Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) - MA

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The MA program in International Language Education offers an advanced English-taught postgraduate education in two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL), for qualified candidates to teach English or Chinese as a second language. Taught by experts with an integrated combination of extensive teaching and research experience in bilingual contexts, the program aims to prepare language professionals for a dynamic global career, with a solid foundation in applied linguistics and research-informed language teaching approaches.

Program Requirements
Students enrolled into the MA in International Language Education program will have opportunity to pursue one of the two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL). Students must declare the specialized concentrations they apply for at the time of application.(1) Double-specialization is not allowed.

Students of the program must take eight courses (24 credits). Of the eight courses, students are required to take two compulsory foundation courses (6 credits), and six elective courses (18 credits), including at least one course (3 credits) from general electives, and at least three courses (9 credits) from either Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration. Credit transfer is not allowed.

Foundation Courses
-MALE 5001 Second Language Acquisition
-MALE 5002 Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum Design

Elective Courses
General Electives
-MALE 5101 Discourse Analysis
-MALE 5102 Information Technology in Language Teaching
-MALE 5103 Testing and Assessment
-MALE 5104 Linguistics for Second Language Teachers
-MALE 5105 Cross-Cultural Pragmatics
-MALE 5106 Contrastive Analysis between Chinese and English

TESL Concentration Electives
-MALE 5201 World Englishes
-MALE 5202 Teaching Second Language Vocabulary
-MALE 5203 Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers
-MALE 5204 English yesterday and today
-MALE 5205 Grammar for English Teachers
-MALE 5206 Teaching English for Academic Purposes
-MALE 5207 Teaching English for Specific Purposes

TCSL Concentration Electives
-MALE 5301 Chinese Writing System
-MALE 5302 Mandarin Chinese Grammar for L2 Chinese Teachers
-MALE 5303 Phonetics and Phonology of the Chinese Language
-MALE 5304 Chinese Lexicology
-MALE 5305 Word Structure of Chinese: A Comparative Perspective
-MALE 5306 Understanding Chinese Language in Global Context
-MALE 5307 Methodology for Linguistic Comparison

Teaching Practicum - Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a supervised teaching practicum which usually takes place during the Spring semester.(2)
-MALE 6000 Supervised Teaching Practicum

Research Project - Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a research project which usually takes place during the Spring semester. Selected students cannot take MALE6000 concurrently.
-MALE 6980 Research Project in International Language Education

Program Duration
This MA program is a full-time taught postgraduate program and can normally be completed in one year. Students are required to take a minimum of 9 credits of coursework each semester.

Scholarship
A merit-based scholarship of HK$20,000 will be offered to top students of the graduating class each academic year. To be eligible for consideration, awardees should meet the following criteria:
-Obtain a CGA of 3.70 or above (calculated by 24 required credits)
-Not receive any other scholarships concurrently

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