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Programme Leaflet

Entrance Year Sept 2022

Programme Code 72017

Stream Code

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

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

3 years

Fund Type Self-Financed

Credits Required for Graduation

30 for MA,
21 for PgD

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2022

Non-Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2022

Tuition Fees

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

Programme Leaders

Dr Kim Sun-A


  • 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:
  • 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:
    (Please note: While the pilot run of the Scheme will be terminated with effect from the 2023/24 school year, in-service primary and secondary school Chinese Language teachers can apply for the grant in the 2022/23 school year upon admission to the relevant programmes of studies commencing in September 2022.)

Aims and 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.


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.

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