Master of Arts / Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Language and Literature (MACLL/PgDCLL)

[This curriculum is applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2016/17.]

The following list is subject to revision. Their offering is subject to the availability of teaching staff and viable enrolment numbers. Some elective subjects may not be offered every year. The Department has the discretion on the offering semester and class quota.

Compulsory Subjects

 

Subject Code
Subject Title
No of Credits
The Chinese Language Block
CBS532
Description of Chinese I: Words and Sentences
3
This subject helps students to get an overall picture of Chinese, to gain solid knowledge on the structure of Chinese, to understand the evolution from Classic Chinese to contemporary Chinese, and various genres in Classic and contemporary Chinese. It discusses issues like Chinese and its dialects; Putonghua and Modern Standard Chinese; morphemes and words; structure of compounds; semantic relations between words; lexical changes; word classes; sentence structure; various sentence types, stylistic issues, and genres and registers.
CBS530 *
Description of Chinese II: Sounds and Script
3

This subject helps students to get an overall picture of Chinese, to gain solid knowledge on the structure of Chinese, to understand the evolution from Classic Chinese to contemporary Chinese, and various genres in Classic and contemporary Chinese. It discusses issues like Chinese and its dialects; Putonghua and Modern Standard Chinese; morphemes and words; structure of compounds; semantic relations between words; lexical changes; word classes; sentence structure; various sentence types, stylistic issues, and genres and registers.

CBS533 *
Description of Chinese II: Sounds and Script
3

This subject enables the students to get an overall picture of Chinese sounds and script, especially their uniqueness and diverseness, to gain solid knowledge on phonological and graphological structures of Chinese, and the sound change and evolution of Chinese scripts. It discusses the relationship between sounds and script; phonology; Cantonese phonology; Putonghua phonology; traditional Chinese phonology; phonological variation; study of script; the characteristics of Chinese script; Chinese script in the context of information technology.

The Chinese Literature Block
CBS552
Literary Theory and Modern Chinese Literature
3
This subject aims at helping students understand basic theories of Chinese literature. It also provides opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with some texts related to Chinese literary criticisms. Important topics and aspects of literary criticism together with prominent writers of the period will be introduced. Moreover, this subject also surveys modern and contemporary Chinese literature in terms of its historical background, its artistic development, its latest achievements and foreign influences upon it.
CBS553
Readings of Classical Literature
3
This subject enables students to acquire reading ability in classical Chinese by adopting a systematic approach, familiarizing them with the historical background, artistic development, and writing techniques of classical Chinese literature with a special focus on prose and verse. Topics such as prose in the pre-Qin period, historical records in Han, prose writing from Tang to Song, schools of prose writing in the Ming-Qing period, poetry in the pre-Tang period, Tang-Song poetry, ci, and qu will be discussed.
The Chinese Culture Block
CBS554
Introduction to Chinese Culture and Chinese Classics
3

In 14 lectures, this subject will cover the major issues in traditional Chinese culture: the emergence of humanism and its realization in the early Chou Dynasty; the schools of Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods, and their influence on Chinese culture; Buddhism in China and the religious function of Confucianism; changes of dynasty and systems of government; the conflict and harmony between rural areas and the ruler of the kingdom; the ideology in education and the selection of officials through a civil exam system; the spirit of science and scientific inventions; and the essence of classical Chinese literature, music, painting, and drama. Class discussion will be conducted and enriched with excerpts from relevant Chinese classics.

* Students are allowed to choose either CBS530 or CBS533 to satisfy the compulsory credit requirement.

Elective Subjects

Students are required to take at least one 3-credit elective subject from the Chinese Language Block and one 3-credit elective subject from the Chinese Literature Block.

 

Subject Code
Subject Title
No of Credits
The Chinese Language Block
CBS500
Semantics and Pragmatics
3
This subject aims to systematically introduce the basic concepts, theories, research methods and major findings of modern semantics and pragmatics. It pays special attention to facts and findings in Chinese semantic and pragmatic studies, and endeavours to illustrate the applied potentials of such studies. Also expounded are the relationships between form and function, meaning and use, and language and cognition.
CBS5020
Special Education Needs in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
3

This course will introduce to participant the causes and profiles of individuals with special education needs from childhood to adolescent. The course will introduce the following types of special education needs (1) developmental language delay and disorders; (2) developmental speech delay and disorders; (3) cleft lip and palate; (4) voice disorders; (5) fluency disorders; (6) specific learning difficulties in reading and writing; and their correspondence principles of assessment and management.

This course also aims at training students to critically evaluate relevant literature to promote lifelong learning.

CBS5021
Special Education Needs associated with Cognitive, Physical and Sensory Disorders
3

This course will introduce to participant the causes and profiles of individuals with special education needs from childhood to adolescent. The course will introduce the following types of special education needs (1) intellectual disabilities; (2) autism spectrum disorders; (3) attention deficit and hyperactive disorders; (4) physical disabilities; (5) sensory disabilities; (6) emotional and behavioural disorders; and their correspondence principles of assessment and management.

This course also aims at training students to critically evaluate relevant literature to promote lifelong learning.

CBS503
Language in Society
3

This subject introduces students to the basic concepts, theories, research methods, and major findings in sociolinguistics, paying special attention to the facts and findings in Chinese sociolinguistics. The subject intends to stimulate students' interest in sociolinguistics and help them recognize, evaluate, and research sociolinguistic issues and phenomena in their daily life, including in professional settings.

CBS505B
Research Methods in Language Teaching and Language Studies
3
This subject aims to provide a systematic training on research methodology in language studies and language teaching, especially in second language teaching, which is indispensable for students wishing to conduct research on language-related study topics at postgraduate level, such as practicing as a teacher. The focus of this course will be on quantitative linguistic research keeping future and in-service teachers in view.
CBS506
Introduction to Educational Linguistics
3
Students who have not taken subjects on pedagogical linguistics could learn the basic concepts of Linguistics, research areas and applications by taking this subject. For students who have taken general Linguistics classes before, by taking this subject, they will review and update their knowledge, enhancing it by learning about the pedagogical applications of the traditional areas of the study of sounds, words, sentences and meanings, as required to become competent Chinese teachers, who can deal with foreign students needs coming from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
CBS507
Teaching Chinese Vocabulary to Non-Native Learners
3
Students will get acquainted with recent research on foreign language vocabulary teaching/learning in general (mostly based on English) and on Chinese vocabulary building and acquisition in particular. A general introduction of vocabulary knowledge and the cognitive process related to learning words is followed by practical/pedagogical examples and techniques of building up foreign learners’ vocabulary skills. The students will learn how to prepare suitable graded teaching materials for the learners (readers with exercises and audiovisual materials) and how to develop the best assessment methods for the growth of vocabulary. This course also encourages them to experiment with their new methods, so that they can make the strenuous procedure of word learning more pleasant and motivating for foreigners.
CBS509
Sign Language and Linguistics
3
This subject provides an overview of hearing impairment from two perspectives: the medical perspective (e.g., mechanism of hearing, hearing aids) and the cultural perspective (e.g., sign language, deaf culture). It will also introduce the students to the development of children with hearing impairment in areas of language, cognition and literacy.
CBS512
Introduction to Chinese Language Testing
3
Principle of language measurement, Development of language tests, Assessing listening, Assessing speaking, Assessing reading, Assessing writing, Measurement scales, Language test validity, Language test reliability, Item analysis, Basic descriptive statistics, Item and test relatedness, Assessing language for specific purposes (LSP), Bilingual measurement.
CBS514
Introduction to Cantonese Studies
3
This subject introduces students to various linguistic properties of Cantonese in a principled manner, so as to enable them to understand the differences between Cantonese and Putonghua and to pursue comparative study between the two in the future. Topics include the classification of Chinese dialects; Cantonese sound system and Romanization schemes; standard pronunciation; written forms of Cantonese; word formation; syntax and semantics of Cantonese particles; and the major syntactic differences between Cantonese and Putonghua.
CBS516
Contrastive Analysis
3

This subject aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of contrastive analysis and to familiarize them with the methods of applying these principles to a number of similarities and differences between Chinese and English. The emphasis of the subject will be on the basic grammatical properties of these two languages, drawing from current research findings in language typology in particular. Students are trained to analyze and solve linguistic problems they may encounter in the workplace, including but not limited to language teaching and translation. This subject will also contribute to the development of critical thinking, global outlook and cultural appreciation, and life-long learning.

CBS527
Chinese Language Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
3
This subject aims to provide students with a basic understanding on the Chinese language education in Hong Kong and to level up professional competence in the teaching and learning of Chinese Language in primary and secondary schools. The subject explores major issues including principles and strategies of Chinese teaching and learning, the conceptual basis and methods of teacher professional development, etc.
CBS528B
The Development and Implementation of School-Based Chinese Language Curriculum in Hong Kong
3

This subject aims at providing students with a systematic outlook on Chinese language education in Hong Kong following the principles and curriculum framework in Applied Linguistics. The subject covers major issues in linguistic description and sociolinguistic variation that are relevant to Chinese language education in multilingual and multicultural Hong Kong, such as the "Chinese as a second language" curriculum and school-based inclusive education.

CBS529
Chinese Lexical Semantics and Corpus Linguistics
3

This subject introduces lexical semantics and corpus linguistics with focus on the Chinese language based on the perspective of language as knowledge system. Language as knowledge system is one of the most comprehensive perspectives to account for the complex system of language. To understand the knowledge system of language, it is essential to explore how concepts are conventionalized and represented in language, and what are the underling structure and possible cognitive motivations of linguistic meaning. And the linguistic approaches to these issues are lexical semantics and corpus linguistics.

The main objectives are to familiarize students with these two newly developed fields of linguistics, to help them to acquire the skills to analyze linguistic meaning based on empirical data, and to provide empirically verified understanding of how language works to support a wide range of applications and cross-disciplinary studies in language sciences, including but not limited to educational, computational, cognitive, clinical, cultural, neuro-, psycho-, socio- linguistics.

CBS581
Teaching Chinese Grammar to Non-native Speakers
3
Teaching Chinese Grammar to Non-native Speakers is a practical subject which builds on the foundational knowledge of Chinese grammar. It aims to help students to explore various ways in which knowledge about Chinese grammar can be applied to Chinese language teaching. It also helps students to understand the implications of pedagogical grammar and to master its practical classroom applications.
CBS585
Using Reading to Teach Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages
3
This course has two directions: It provides an overview of recent research on reading theories applied to foreign language teaching, and leads to their applications for Chinese instructors. The theoretical reflection points students to their own research and dissertations, while the practical application trains them to work out intensive reading programs for international students.
CBS586
Teaching of Chinese Characters and Words to Non-native Learners
3
This course introduces to students the basic structure and evolvement of Chinese characters, the morphological pattern of Chinese words, the psychological processes of character and word acquisition, analysis and explanation of word meaning, and analysis & compilation of teaching materials on Chinese characters and words.
CBS588
Teaching of Chinese: Listening and Speaking
3
This subject aims to provide students with basic training in the teaching of Chinese listening and speaking. The subject will cover basic knowledge, teaching approaches, teaching plan design, training of integrated skills and classroom managementin teaching Chinese listening and speaking to both local and foreignstudents.
CBS589
Chinese Language and Culture
3
This course aims to provide students with opportunities to explore and examine various social, cultural and scientific aspects in the study of Chinese language, to gain a general understanding of the Chinese society and cultural tradition, and to learn to appreciate the intra- and inter-social and cultural values of Chinese language.
CBS590
Multimedia Applications for Language Professionals and Translators
3
This subject introduces the use of computer software and electronic resources in language-related academic activities. Students will learn about language processing on computers (with a special focus on the processing of the Chinese language), online language resources, and computerized language databases. The course will also touch upon some advanced applications, such as computer-assisted language learning and teaching, and computer-assisted machine translation. Techniques on sound recording and editing, animation, video editing will also be introduced. By the end of this course, students will have experience with both using language-related computer resources and generating multimedia materials for language learning and teaching.
CBS592
Psycholinguistics
3
Psycholinguistics studies the psychological and neurobiological factors that allow humans to acquire, use, understand and produce language. The first part of the subject offers a systematic introduction to the key topics in psycholinguistics, examining the mental processes involved in speech perception, word recognition, language comprehension and production. The second part of the subject focuses on Chinese psycholinguistics, differences between processing Chinese and processing English, and bilingual processing in relation to translation and interpretation. The subject intends to stimulate students' interest in psycholinguistics and help them recognize how the mind and brain deal with language in general, and Chinese and English in particular, in daily life communication and in professional contexts such as language teaching, translation and interpretation.
CBS596
Neurolinguistics
3
This subject provides an overview of the cognitive and neural processes that are critical for the production and comprehension of language, and the influence of language disorders on those processes. It will help students to develop an understanding of diverse topics including brain models of language processing, language acquisition and development, and language disorders. An emphasis will be placed on the Chinese language such as Cantonese and Mandarin.
CBS598
Experimental Phonetics
3
This subject provides a solid foundation in phonetics and phonology. The scope of the subject covers articulatory phonetics (how speech sounds are produced), acoustic phonetics (i.e. the physical properties of speech sounds), auditory phonetics (i.e. how speech sounds are perceived by the listener), and basics of phonology (i.e. the system of speech sounds of a language). Language materials used in this subject mostly come from English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Students will also learn about basic experimental methods and tools for research in phonetics and phonology.
CBS599
Statistical Methods in Language Research
3
This is an introductory course to statistical analysis used in language studies. This course includes fundamental concepts in statistics, methods of descriptive and inferential statistics with application in analyzing quantitative linguistic data and solving linguistic problems. In particular, we focus on experimental designs, simple linear regression, hypothesis testing and statistical modeling of linguistic data. It offers hands-on experience with statistical analysis software, and provides students with theoretical background in statistics enough to understand the software output, and make a critical review of the results in a qualitative study. Students are also trained to report statistical results of linguistic data for their own projects.
The Chinese Literature Block
CBS540
Fiction in the Ming and Qing Era
3
The subject aims to explore the characteristics and significance of representative works of Chinese fiction in the Ming and Qing periods. Various classic fiction will be discussed and studied from the cultural and literature perspectives so as to raise the students’ capability in analyzing and appreciating classic fiction.
CBS541
Chinese Opera and Literature
3
This course focuses on literary studies of Cantonese opera, in comparison with other traditional and regional Chinese opera genres such as Peking opera and Kun opera. The course is designed to introduce students to the historical development of Chinese opera, the relationship between Chinese language and opera songs, and the literary analysis of play scripts. It will also enable students to appreciate and comment on these masterpieces.
CBS544
Poetry of the Tang and Song Era
3
This subject offers a critical study of selected works of Tang poetry and Song ci with a focus on their stylistic development and artistic achievement. The subject is divided into two parts. In the first part, poems in different periods of Tang Dynasty (early, high, middle and late) are selected for reading. The emphasis will be on the works of Li Bai, Du Fu, Gao Shi and Wang Wei. In the second part, Song ci of Liu Yong, Su Shi, Zhou Bangyan (of Northern Song), Jiang Kui and Xin Qiji (of Southern Song) will be selected for in-depth study. The course also covers works of the distinguished female ci author Li Qingzhao. Students are encouraged to get familiar with their works and style.
CBS545
Selected Readings of Vernacular Fiction
3

This subject offers a critical survey of Chinese vernacular fiction. It helps students to gain knowledge of classical, modern and contemporary Chinese vernacular fiction by providing the historical background, structure, characterization, plot and other arts of fiction. Excerpts for in-depth analysis will be selected from the following works: "Sanyan", "Erpai", "Shuihuzhuan", "Xiyouji", "Hongloumeng" "A-Q Zhengzhuan", "Hulanhezhuan", "Ziye", "Biancheng", "Niaoyu", "Ren A ! Ren" "Furongzhen", "Qiqie Chengqun", and "Changhenge", etc.

CBS546
Hong Kong Literature
3

This subject aims to provide students with general knowledge of Hong Kong literature with a focus on popular literature as reflected in selected works from poetry, prose and fiction. Students will familiarize themselves with the development of poetry, prose, novel and drama in Hong Kong literature; to develop an ability to appreciate and analyze Hong Kong literary works from different angles; to understand the relationship between Hong Kong literary works and society; and to improve their teaching ability of Chinese literature.

CBS548
Contemporary Chinese Society through Literature
3

本科目旨在介紹中國當代最近30年的文學現象,將文學的批評性和社會的觀察性相融合,結合文學批評理論﹐引導學生閱讀和討論這一文學時代反映當代場景和生活的最具社會影響力的一批作品﹐瞭解這個時代的文學特點和思潮。並通過文學的歷史敘述、特有的語境、敘事話語的方式﹐感性地認識改革開放後的當今中國。使學生對當代中國社會的政治歷史背景、現今中國社會整體化的特徵、經濟發展進程中的社會現象、意識形態﹐價值取向、審美意識等有所把握﹐尤其是對當下中國社會所面臨的主要社會風險,新的民生問題予以關注。同時力圖提升語文教育工作者自身的文學鑒賞和文學批評水平,提高中國當代文學、中國國情、中國文化的教學能力。

CBS543
Selected Readings of the Eight Writers of the Tang and Song Era
3
In classical prose writing, the Tang and Song era is considered the peak, serving as a link between the previous era and the following era. Eight writers have been acclaimed as masters of the art: Han Yu, Liu Zongyuan of the Tang Dynasty, and Ouyang Xiu, Zeng Gong, Wang Anshi, Su Xun, Su Shi, and Su Zhe of the Song Dynasty. To have a comprehensive understanding of their works, a wide range of genres from each writer are selected to be studied in three ways: the uniqueness of their writing; their styles in contrast with that in the previous era; and how these writers inherited the tradition and how they influenced the late comers.
Other
CBS5413
Digital Media Communication
3

In a highly competitive and globlaized environoment, the distinct characteristics of digital media communication can present both challenges and opportunities to corporations. Communication professionals are expected to understand the digital langauge and media landscape when strengthening coporate-stakeholder relationship.

Recognising the cruicial role of digital media for effective corporate communication in a globalized society, this subject offers a critical understanding and analysis of the theories, strategies, functions, use, and ramifications of digital media, particularly social media from an applied linguistics perspective.

CBS593 #
MACLL Dissertation
9
The role of this subject is to provide students with a platform to demonstrate their mastery of the fundamental concepts of linguistics and literature theories, the ability to extend them to the analysis of the Chinese language and literature, and the ability to carry out a small-scale research, from formulating a problem to writing up the final report. This subject will also contribute to the development of critical thinking, synthesizing and organizing abilities, and life-long learning.
Non-CBS elective subjects
CC5204
Islam, Christianity and Chinese Culture
3
唐初,基督教與伊斯蘭教先後傳入中國;自此兩教即伴隨中國文化長期共處於中華大地。本科探討基督教和伊斯蘭教與中國文化的相交、兩教分別在中國歷史長河中的發展,及其與中國文化磨合的過程。本課程旨在引領學生思考外來宗教在中國所面對的問題和經歷的轉變,以及中國多元宗教、文化的特質。
CC5302
Appreciation of Chinese Classical Rhymed Writings
3
本科介紹我國各種韻文之體裁,賞析歷代名家作品,分析其內容與寫作技巧,了解作者之思想感情,並探討其與中華文化形塑的關係。
ENGL548
Field Studies in Discourse for Language Professionals
3
This subject aims to build on students’ knowledge of discourse analysis and pragmatics. It provides students with an advanced understanding of how spoken and written discourses are organised and how meanings are realised. The subject emphasises the study of professional discourses, including those of language professionals.

# Students who choose to register for the CBS593 MACLL Dissertation must have (a) successfully completed 6 credits from the compulsory subjects with an overall GPA of 3.50 or above; (b) registered the outstanding credits of compulsory subjects concurrently in the same semester of the same academic year; and (c) obtained permission from the Programme Leader.


Credit transfer for compulsory subjects may be sought before the MA programme starts, and is normally granted on a case-by-case basis.

 

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