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  • English Language Studies
  • English Language Teaching
  • English Language Arts
  • English for the Professions

For full-time & part-time students joining in the academic year 2021/22. 

Mode of Study:

Full-time and part-time

Programme Code:  

71026

IMG 3977   IMG 2361

Programme aims

The MA in English Studies for the Professions (MAESP) programme provides students with a comprehensiveand critical understanding of the theory and practice of English in educational and professional contexts, enabling them to become innovative and reflective professionals in a range of institutional settings.

Meeting the needs of English-using professionals

The MAESP has four specialisms: English Language Arts (ELA), English Language Studies (ELS), English Language Teaching (ELT), and English for the Professions (EP).

  • ELT –   for serving and future English language teachers who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to design and deliver engaging and effective English-language courses for general and specific purposes.

  • ELS –  for professionals who have a genuine interest in English and / or wish to develop their understanding ofthe systems and uses of English and how these relate to their work.

  • EP – for professionals of all disciplines who wish to upgrade their ability in English and need to demonstrate a high level of communicative competence in English in their professional workplace.

  • ELA – for professionals who are interested in languagearts (e.g. plays, poems, and literature) and / or English language teachers who wish to receive in-depth training in the study of language arts.

The specialism in English for the Professions (EP) is intended for those with an undergraduate degree other than in English. It is intended for professionals of all disciplines who wish to upgrade their ability and qualifications in English. It is designed primarily for middle-level managerial staff in the public and private sectors who need to demonstrate a high level of communicative competence in English in situations relevant to their personal needs.

Professional recognition

  • New and serving English language teachers who have successfully completed the MAESP (ELT / ELS / ELA) programme are regarded by the Education Bureau (EDB) as having a degree with relevant language major.
  • The MAESP (ELT / ELS / ELA) meet the EDB’s Subject Knowledge Requirement (SKR).
  • All four specialisms meet the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) provided that on graduation students meet the training requirement for language teachers.

Selection of specialism

  • Applicants should indicate their chosen specialism when applying.
  • Students admitted to the programme may switch to another specialism after completing the four core MAESP subjects.

 

Curriculum

The MAESP requires completing 30 credits of subjects. Alternatively, students may elect to complete an MA dissertation, which is worth 6 credits of the total 30.

MAESP routes

Core subjects (12 credits*) 

  • Introduction to the Sound System of English
  • Discourse Analysis
  • English Semantics and Lexis
  • Analytical Perspectives in English Grammar

Specialism-related core subjects (9 credits for ELA, 6 credits  for ELS, ELT and EP*)

English Language Arts

Second Language Learning
Language Development and Use
English Literature and Language Arts

English Language Studies

 Language Development and Use
 English Literature and Language Arts

English Language Teaching

 Second Language Learning
 Second Language Teaching

English for the Professions   

 Practical Communication Strategies I
 Practical Communication Strategies II  

Specialism-specific electives (9 credits for ELA, 12 credits for ELS, ELT and EP*

English Language Arts: Popular Culture and English, Oral Language Arts, Second Language Teaching, Drama for Language Learning, Critical Language and Cultural Studies, Research Design and Methods

English Language Studies: Pragmatic Disorders, Communication, Multimodality and Semiotic Studies, Popular Culture and English, The Sociology of Language: Social and Economic  Perspectives, Intercultural Communication in Business, Research Design and Methods

English Language Teaching: Syllabus Planning and Materials Design, Testing and Assessment, Drama for Language Learning, Oral Language Arts, Critical Language and Cultural Studies, Popular Culture and English, Research Design and Methods

English for the Professions: Pragmatic Disorders, Intercultural Communication in Business, Communication, Multimodality and Semiotic Studies, The Sociology of Language: Social and Economic  Perspectives, Critical Language and Cultural Studies, Research Design and Methods

* Each core and elective subject is worth 3 credits, apart from the Research Project (6 credits), which involves conducting an independent piece of research and writing a 10,000-word dissertation.

Information on the elective subjects offered can be obtained at this link (please click).

Awards

  • Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies for the Professions (18 credits): students should complete the four core subjects (12 credits) and any two subjects from the lists of specialism-related core subjects (6 credits).

  • Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions (English Language Studies / English Language Teaching / English for the Professions)* (30 credits): students should complete the four core subjects (12 credits); two specialism-related core subjects (6 credits); and either four specialism-specific electives (12 credits) or by taking the Research Project (6 credits) and associated research methods subject (3 credits) as well as one specialism-specific elective (3 credits).

  • Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions (English Language Arts)* (30 credits): students should complete the four core subjects (12 credits); three specialism-related core subjects (9 credits); and either three specialism-specific electives (9 credits) or by taking the Research Project (6 credits) and associated research methods subject (3 credits).

* The title of the relevant specialism will appear in brackets on the degree certificate, e.g. Master of Arts in English Studies for the Professions (English Language Teaching).

Duration

Full-time mode: 1 year (2 semesters and 1 summer term)
Part-time mode: 2 years (4 semesters and 1 summer term)

Programme fees

HK$3,600 per credit (for local students)
HK$5,100 per credit (for non-local students)

Entrance requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any subject or the equivalent from a recognised institution.
  • In the case of applicants intending to specialise in English Language Arts, English Language Studies or English Language Teaching, preference will be given to those who majored in English or a communication-related field.
  • Applicants wishing to specialise in English for the Professions are not expected to have majored in English or a communication-related field.
  • Applicants are expected to meet ONE of the following requirements:
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 96 or above for the internet-based test; or 590 or above for the paper-based test; OR
    • An overall Band Score of at least 7 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR

    • A level of competence in English as demonstrated in the admission interview and written test set by the Department of English, which indicates that the applicant* is capable of studying successfully at the taught MA level.

* This only applies to either native English speakers or non-native English applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a university using English as the medium of instruction (EMI). Non-native speakers or applicants without a Bachelor’s degree from an EMI university still have to fulfil the University-wide minimum language requirements. Exceptional cases shall be considered individually.

Applications

Applications can be made by applying directly at: 
www.polyu.edu.hk/admission


Enquiries

For further information about the programme, please contact:

Ms Jenny Kwan
Tel: 2766 7488
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last updated in Oct 2020