Master of Arts / Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (with a specialism in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Hong Kong Schools) [MA/PgDTCFL(HKS)]

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

 

MATCFL (HKS) – A total of 30 credits. Students have to complete 5 Compulsory Subjects (15 credits) and 5 Elective Subjects (15 credits). Three of the Elective Subjects can be replaced by the MATCFL Dissertation provided the student has obtained permission from the Programme Leader.

 

PgDTCFL (HKS) – A total of 21 credits. Students have to complete 5 Compulsory Subjects (15 credits) and 2 Elective Subjects (6 credits).

 

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
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

1 CBS530 and CBS533 are mutually exclusive. Students could choose either CBS530 (Cantonese MoI) or CBS533 (Putonghua MoI).  

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