Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature (with a specialism in Chinese Language Teaching for Teachers of Non-Chinese Speaking Students) [MACLL (TNCS)]

The curriculum of MACLL (TNCS) consists of

  1. 18 credits from compulsory subjects, and
  2. 12 credits from elective subjects

 

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
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.
CBS539 ^
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

^ CBS532 and CBS539 are mutually exclusive.

Elective Subjects

 

Subject Code
Subject Title
No of Credits
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

* CBS530 and CBS533 are mutually exclusive. Students could choose either CBS530 (Cantonese MoI) or CBS533 (Putonghua MoI), but not both.

# Students who choose to register for the CBS593 MACLL Dissertation must have successfully completed the compulsory subjects with an overall GPA of 3.50 or above; and have obtained permission from the Programme Leader.

 

An exit award of PgD in CLL (without specialism) will be awarded to a student who has successfully accumulated 21 credits but who, for whatever reasons, could not complete his/her MACLL studies. Of the 21 successfully accumulated credits, 15 should come from compulsory subjects, 3 credits should come from a Chinese Language elective, and 3 credits should come from a Chinese Literature elective.