Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (MATCFL)

[This curriculum is applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2018/19.]

 

The subject list is subject to revision. Offering of subjects is subject to the availability of teaching staff and viable enrolment numbers. Some elective subjects will not be offered every year. The Department has the discretion on the offering semester and class quota, which is limited by classroom capacity.

Compulsory Subjects

 

Subject Code
Subject Title
No of Credits
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 1
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 1
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.

CBS572B
Methodology of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language I
3
This subject offers the foundation in approaches and techniques for second language teaching/acquisition and a discussion forum of their implications in teaching Chinese as a second language, especially in Hong Kong Schools. Through examining past and present methods and their underlying principles, the subject aims to equip students the know-how of using research and generalizations derived to inform teaching practice. It provides students with the essential and up-to-date teaching methodology and skills marketable in Hong Kong and all over the world.
CBS574
Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Learning
3

This subject aims to provide an overview of the current theoretical and practical issues about second language acquisition and foreign language learning from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on research in theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive science, and sociolinguistics. Special attention will be paid to the implications of research for language teaching. This subject will also contribute to the development of critical thinking, global outlook and cultural appreciation, and intellectual curiosity.

1 CBS530 and CBS533 are mutually exclusive.

Elective Subjects

 

Subject Code
Subject Title
No of Credits
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.
CBS5009
Contrasting Japanese, Chinese and English Discourse
3
This subject aims to enable students to systematically access meaning, function, structure and system of the Japanese, Chinese and English languages and to identify languages' different ways of making meaning in the structure of discourse. It adopts system-based and theory-based approach to discourse in order to compare and contrast functional workings of the languages in representing human experiences, establishing social roles and relationships, constructing logic and weaving texture into discourse. Students will not only grasp language specific characteristics of these languages through contrasting and comparing but also become able to acquire working knowledge of the ways in which such characteristics are put into actual use in discourse.
CBS5010
Teaching Japanese as a Second/ Foreign Language
3
This subject aims to enable students to develop general understanding of, and relevant skills, in teaching Japanese as a second/foreign language (SL/FL) for adult language learners, in the broad areas of linguistics, SL/FL learning and educational practice. They include second/foreign language acquisition, instructed and independent learning, curricular and instructional approaches, SL/FL from introductory and intermediate levels to advanced level of ability, learners with/-out Chinese characters background, role of assessment and testing, and teaching practicum. Students will also learn how language functions in sociocultural context where the Japanese language learners employ the language in a range of meaning-making practices. Where appropriate, students are offered an opportunity to apply what they have learnt throughout the course into actual Japanese language teaching.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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。

CBS549
Teaching the Uses of Media for Teaching Chinese to Foreigners
3
This course offers a general introduction to the diverse uses and applications of media in and available materials for the teaching of Chinese to foreign learners. It provides a systematic overview of contemporary media, which can provide authentic language, history, literary and cultural materials, illustrations for an efficient instruction. The course emphasizes electronic media, television, radio, internet and their useful content.
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.

CBS558
Supervised International Chinese Teaching Internship I
6
This course provides our MA students the supervised language teaching experience in a foreign country which makes them suitable for an international and intercultural teaching and research career. Providing this possibility to a small number of eligible and willing students emphasizes the balance of theoretical studies and practical application in our TCFL programme.
CBS559
Supervised International Chinese Teaching Internship II
9
This course provides our MA students the supervised language teaching experience in a foreign country which makes them suitable for an international and intercultural teaching and research career. Providing this possibility to a small number of eligible and willing students emphasizes the balance of theoretical studies and practical application in our TCFL programme.
CBS566
Translation Studies
3

This subject aims to produce students who (i) understand the factors involved in communication across two languages; (ii) are aware of different levels of meaning in a text; (iii) can apply this awareness to evaluate both source texts and their translations; and (iv) are informed about basic issues concerning translation as a profession and technology-driven resources available to translators. It will also assist students to examine texts and analyze the linguistic and sociolinguistic issues underlying communication across cultures.

CBS573
Methodology of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language II
3

As a follow-up subject to Methodology I, this subject aims at providing students with some hands-on experience in language teaching. Students will be engaged in two modes of activities. The first is the viewing of virtual classroom teaching videos, followed by evaluative discussions on the pros and cons of teaching methodology. Sources of virtual teaching will be collected on a global basis, with the possible support of other Chinese-teaching Institutes around the world.

The second mode is for the students to participate in activities of teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

CBS576 2
MATCFL Dissertation
9
A 24,000 word academic dissertation on any theoretical or practical aspect of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
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.
CBS582
Advanced Legal Translation
3
This subject aims to introduce students to the practice of legal translation. This subject establishes a theoretical framework for legal translation and offers extensive practice in translating key documents in a wide range of legal fields. The purpose of this subject is to enable students to gain insights into legal translation at postgraduate level.
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.
CBS591
Intercultural Communication
3
This subject offers a general introduction to the key theories of the field of intercultural communication, their applications for Chinese instructors (translators, interpreters) working at the focal point of international encounters. Through an overview of the development of the critical reflection on the functioning of different cultures and civilizations in an increasingly globalized world, our students should become aware of the roots of intercultural problems, and how to resolve them peacefully and fruitfully. They will learn to appreciate socio-cultural values of their own society, as opposed to those of people coming from other lingua-cultural communities. The subject will also develop students' ability to move between cultures, produce interculturally acceptable teaching materials and demonstrate high quality intercultural instruction more easily.
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.
CBS595
Supervised Local Internship in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
3
This course provides our MA students the supervised language teaching experience in the Hong Kong setting, which helps them mature towards an international and intercultural teaching and research career. Providing this possibility to eligible and willing students emphasizes the balance of theoretical studies and practical application in our TCFL programme.
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.
ENGL548 3
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.
ENGL554 3
Drama for Language Learning
3
This subject aims first to provide students with an understanding of the ways in which drama can motivate and facilitate second language learning in primary and secondary schools. This subject also aims to provide students with an introduction to drama techniques, activities and practices used in the classroom with second language students. Lastly, this subject aims to provide students an overview of the roles and tasks required to create, direct and produce a short play.

2 Students who wish to register for the MATCFL Dissertation must have successfully completed 6 credits from the compulsory subjects with an overall GPA of 3.50 or above; and having registered the outstanding credits of compulsory subjects concurrently in the same semester of the same academic year; and have obtained permission from the Programme Leader.

3 Students could only attain at most 3 credits from the ENGL subjects.

Credit transfer can be granted for compulsory subjects on a case-by-case basis with prior approval being sought.