Doctor of Applied Language Sciences
The Doctor of Applied Language Sciences (DALS) programme aims to help nurture and develop a critical mass of future leaders in language-related professions.

Students will be informed of the developments in language sciences and develop an advanced understanding of the inextricable link between theory and practice. They will be able to integrate linguistic knowledge and research skills with reflective practice in coping with the demands and development of their careers as language professionals in the age of globalisation and digitalisation.

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Second Language Education

Second Language Education

Intercultural and Professional Communication

Intercultural and
Professional Communication

Translating and Interpreting

Translating and Interpreting

Language and Information Technology

Language and Information Technology

Why PolyU DALS?
Doctor of Applied Language Sciences – a new professional doctorate programme by the Faculty of Humanities (FH)

A professional academic team combining experts from the Departments of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, Computing, English and the English Language Centre, DALS offers students an opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge by pursuing a qualification of direct relevance to their chosen profession, with advanced programme of study and research in areas of professional working in practices.

Students' Views

List of students' thesis topics

Programme Features
The flexible study mode of 3-year full-time or 5-year part-time provides students with different options to complete the programme according to their preferred pace.

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Combining taught subjects and research component, students are required to complete 48 credits for graduation. Among them, 24 credits are designated to a thesis which reflects the student’s knowledge and understanding of the related literature and of the research methodology appropriate to the investigation. The thesis is also a viable demonstration of the student’s ability to provide innovative insights to the practice of the profession and to apply theoretical knowledge to the solution of a significant applied problem. An oral examination of the thesis will be held.

Aside from the compulsory subjects within the 24-credit taught subjects, students can choose elective subjects in the following 4 specific areas, which our academic staff members from the teaching departments are all specialized in:

Second Language Education

This area focuses on the frameworks of knowledge and skills that underpin second language education - theories of linguistics and language learning, discourse and corpus analysis, and the role of language in society - and on second language education itself, particularly trends in teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment. Another important focus is on the processes involved in first and second language acquisition.

Intercultural and Professional Communication

The emphasis here is on the key concepts, issues and practices in intercultural, organizational and professional communication, and on analysing spoken, written and multimodal discourses in a range of intercultural and professional contexts. The area addresses the need for individual professionals to acquire expertise in relevant fields of knowledge, theoretical and conceptual frameworks, methodologies, applications and frameworks of evaluation to comprehend the complexities of professional communication in intercultural and media-based settings. The subjects associated with this area also aim to enhance both professional and personal communicative competence.

Translating and Interpreting

This area focuses on providing professional training to university teachers and those who are currently working in the fields of translation and interpreting but do not hold formal academic credentials. The area encompasses the understanding of general linguistic theories, rhetorical studies in cross-cultural contexts, contemporary theories of translation and interpreting, and recent discoveries in typological divergencies amongst languages.

Language and Information Technology

The central focus here is on the investigation of how the migration to a knowledge-based economy has led to the integration of language and IT in professional contexts. As IT permeates many aspects of life and has a vital role to play in the delivery of language policies and plans, a critical mastery of language and IT is now an essential part of a professional’s competence. Furthermore, this area explores central concepts in
computational linguistics and the techniques used in natural language processing, including speech processing techniques.

Admission & Application

For more information about application and to apply through our online admission system, please visit Study@PolyU at www.polyu.edu.hk/study

Applications will be invited starting from 22 November 2016, which are considered on a rolling basis, you may therefore wish to apply as early as possible.

The first application cut-off date is 28 February 2017. 

Join our information session on 14 January 2017 (Sat), 2:00-4:00pm at GH803, 8/F, Core G, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to learn more how this programme can support your career development.

Programme Code/Duration 03002-DFT (for 3-year full-time) OR
03002-DFT (for 5-year part-time)
Entrance Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic entrance requirements, applicants are required to have substantial and relevant work experience, i.e.,
A Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field PLUS 5 years of post-undergraduate work experience;
OR
A Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field PLUS 2 years of post-Master's work experience.

English Language Requirements
The English Language Requirements for those who do not have a degree from a recognised university at which the language of instruction is English are:

An overall score of at least 6.5 (all sub-scores should be at least 6.0) in International English Language Testing System (IELTS);OR
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 90 for the internet-based test (with a writing score of at least 23), or at least 575 in the paper-based test (with a score of at least 4 out of 6 in the Test of Written English).

All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the testing date.
Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally-recognised public examinations.
Individual cases will be considered on their own merits. Applicants may be required to attend interviews and/or tests to demonstrate they possess the required level of language proficiency needed for carrying out research in their area of enquiry.

Total Credits 48 (24 credits for coursework and 24 credits for thesis)
Maximum Study Period 8 years
Intake Number 24
Tuition Fee HK$6,300 per credit 
Extension Fee HK$15,750 per semester

We also offer scholarships in the amount ranging from 12-credit to 24-credit equivalence, and in the form of tuition waiver, exclusively to outstanding students with excellent academic merits selected by the Faculty. Besides, teaching assistantships may be offered to qualified candidates.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time.  In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Research Centres & Global Partners

The Faculty of Humanities has enlisted collaboration with a number of internationally prestigious institutions as professional and academic partners to ensure that students enrolled will benefit from inputs contributed by overseas as well as local scholars, researchers and practitioners of high standard through formal and informal exchange initiatives.

Our research centres and academic partners include:

  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • China Europa Centre 
  • International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare 
  • Research Centre for Professional Communication in English
  • Speech Therapy Unit
  • The Hong Kong Chapter Corporate Communication International 
  • The PolyU - Peking U Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics
  • The Inter-University Centre for Applied Language Sciences (with Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University)
  • The PolyU - Xi’an Jiaotong University Research Centre in Creative Culture Industries for Western China
People
Meet our Programme Team

Programme Committee Chairman

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Prof MATTHIESSEN Christian M.I.M.

Ph.D. UCLA, M.A. UCLA, Phil. Cand. Lund University

Head of Department of English
Chair Professor
Department of English 

Research Interests
Systemic-functional Theory and Metatheory, Development of Theoretical and Computational Models of Systems, Meaning Base (Ideation Base, Interaction Base and the Text Base), Multilinguality, Systemic Functional Grammar of English, Grammars of Languages other than English including Work on French, Vietnamese, Akan, currently with Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Òkó, Thai, Bajjika, Systemic Functional Typology, Translation Model and Multilingual Studies, Evolution of Language, Application of Functional Theory and Description in Discourse Interpretation, Profiling of Persons and Institutions, Comprehensive Register/Text Typology based on Context with Semantic and Lexicogrammatical Correlates, Language and the Brain
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Contact Information

Email: egcmim@inet.polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG401a
Tel: 2766 7537

Programme Leader

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Dr Gail FOREY

PhD, MEd, BA

Associate Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics, critical discourse analysis, language of the workplace, professional discourse, literacy and education, English language teacher education, English for academic purposes
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Contact Information

Email: gail.forey@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG405
Tel: 2766 7577

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Prof CHAN Shui Duen

PhD, MA, Dip(Ed) MPhil, BA

Associate Dean of Faculty of Humanities
Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies
DALS Strand Leader (Second Language Education)

Research Interests
Chinese lexicology & lexicography, Chinese register study, Chinese language education
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Contact Information

Email: shui.duen.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG510
Tel: 3400 3271

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Prof CHENG Winnie

BA, CertEd, AdvDipEd, MEd, PhD, University of Hong Kong

Associate Dean of Faculty of Humanities
Professor
Department of English
DALS Strand Leader (Intercultural and Professional Communication)

Research Interests
Communication, Conversational Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, (Critical) Discourse Analysis, (Critical) Genre Analysis, Discourse Intonation, Intercultural Communication, Lexical Studies, On-line Learning, Outcome-based Education, Pragmatics, Professional Communication, Teaching and Assessment, Syllabus Design and Materials Writing, Teaching and Language Corpora, Work-integrated Education
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Contact Information

Email: egwcheng@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG431
Tel: 2766 7558

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Dr CHEUNG Kay Fan Andrew

PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
DALS Strand Leader (Translating and Interpreting)

Research Interests
Conference interpreting
Community interpreting
Corpus-based interpreting studies
Quality assessment
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Contact Information

Email: andrew.cheung@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG513
Tel: 2766 7448

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Prof Stephen EVANS

BA (Hons) in Modern History (Oxford University)
PGCE (Oxford University)
MA (Oxford University)
MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (City University of Hong Kong)
PhD in Applied Linguistics (Edinburgh University)

Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Language policy and planning
English as a global lingua franca
World Englishes English for academic and professional purposes
Language in education
ELT course and materials design
The history of English-language education
Classroom discourse
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Contact Information

Email: stephen.evans@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG430
Tel: 2766 7564

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Dr William FENG

PhD (National University of Singapore)

Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Multimodal Discourse Analysis
Systemic Functional Theory
Media and Communication
Education and Multimodal Literacy

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Contact Information

Email: will.feng@polyu.edu.hk
Office: FG328
Tel: 2766 4383

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Dr Victor HO

Cert (Ed), Grantham College of Education
Bsc (Biology & Chemistry), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
MA (Language Studies), Hong Kong Baptist University
PhD (Linguistics), Macquarie University

Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Pragmatics
Discourse analysis
Professional communication
Systemic functional linguistics
English for academic/specific purposes

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Contact Information

Email: victor.ho@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG404
Tel: 2766 7539

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Dr HSU Yu-yin

PhD, MA, BA

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Syntactic theory
Syntax and its interfaces
Chinese linguistics
Psycholinguistic sentence processing
Corpus linguistics
Teaching Chinese to non-native speakers
Pedagogical grammar

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Contact Information

Email: yu-yin.hsu@polyu.edu.hk
Office: CF709
Tel: 2766 7875

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Prof HUANG Chu-ren

PhD, MA, BA

Dean of Faculty of Humanities
Chair Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Computational Linguistics, Lexical Semantics, Ontology, Corpus Linguistics, Language Archives
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Contact Information

Email: churen.huang@polyu.edu.hk
Office: GH801e
Tel: 3400 8215

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Dr Marvin LAM

PhD (Applied Linguistics), City University of Hong Kong

Research Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Systemic Functional Linguistics
Discourse analysis
Interpersonal Communication
Language Typology
Language Teaching and Language across the Curriculum

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Contact Information

Email: marvin.lam@polyu.edu.hk
Office: FG329
Tel: 2766 7509

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Dr LI Dechao

PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies
DALS Strand Leader (Translating and Interpreting)

Research Interests
Translation Studies, Interpreting Studies
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Contact Information

Email:
dechao.li@polyu.edu.hk

Office: GH514
Tel: 2766 7458

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Dr Maggie LI

BSc, MSc(Tianjin); PhD(CUHK); MACM; MIEEE

Associate Professor
Department of Computing

Research Interests
Natural Language Processing
Social Media Mining
Text Mining
Information Retrieval
Extraction and Summarization

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Contact Information

Email: cswjli@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Office: PQ707
Tel: 2766 7297

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Dr Phoebe LIN

PhD (Nottingham, UK), MPhil, BA (CUHK)

Research Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Phraseology/ Formulaic language/ Idioms
Corpus linguistics
Discourse analysis
English intonation and rhythm
English language teaching (ELT)
Computer-assisted language learning
Research methods

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Contact Information

Email: phoebe.lin@polyu.edu.hk
Office: FG331
Tel: 3400 2054

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Prof LU Qin

MSc, PhD(Illinois)

BSc(Beijing Normal)

Associate Head of Department of Computing
Professor
Department of Computing
DALS Strand Leader (Language and Information Technology)

Research Interests
Chinese Computing Systems, Open Systems and Standardization, Information Retrieval and Database Systems, Distributed Computing
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Contact Information

Email: csluqin@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Office: PQ814
Tel: 2766 7247

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Dr MORRISON Bruce

PhD

Director of English Language Centre
Principal Lecturer
English Language Centre
DALS Strand Leader (Second Language Education)

Research Interests
Independent Language Learning, the Non-native Speaker's Tertiary Learning Experience, Programme Evaluation and Teacher Development
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Contact Information

Email: bruce.morrison@polyu.edu.hk
Office: A610a
Tel: 2766 7542

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Prof QIAN David

Doctor of Philosophy (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Toronto)

Master of Education (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Master of Eductaion (University of Toronto)

Professor
Department of English
DALS Strand Leader (Second Language Education)

Research Interests
Applied Linguistics, Large-scale Standardized Testing, Performance Assessment, Teacher-based Alternative Assessment, Vocabulary Assessment and Acquisition, Language Assessment Policy, Assessment and Evaluation in Professional Contexts, Learner Corpora and Occupation-specific Corpora, Communication in Professional Workplaces, Educational Measurement
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Contact Information

Email: egdavid@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG409
Tel: 2766 4382

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Prof WARREN Martin

PhD (Birm.), MA (Birm.), BA (CNAA), PgC(Ed) (Keele)

Professor
Department of English
DALS Strand Leader (Language and Information Technology)

Research Interests
Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Intercultural Communication, Lexical Semantics, Phraseology, Pragmatics
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Contact Information

Email: egwarren@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG408
Tel: 2766 7559

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Dr WU Dong-ying Doreen

PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies
DALS Strand Leader (Intercultural and Professional Communication)

Research Interests
Sociolinguistics, Comparative Discourse Studies, Media Languages and Corporate Communication
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Contact Information

Email: doreen.wu@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG520a
Tel: 2766 7441

Academic staff at the rank of Assistant Professors or above can be potential supervisors for DALS students. The students are welcome to visit the websites of the following contributing departments for further information about our academic staff:

Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies: http://www.cbs.polyu.edu.hk/people.html
Department of English: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/engl/people/academic-staff
English Language Centre: https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/people/staff.aspx
Department of Computing: http://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/en/people/academic_staff/index.php

Contact Us
Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact the Faculty Office

Email: fh.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 3400 8212
Fax: (852) 2363 8955

For information on academic matters, please contact

Dr Gail Forey (Programme Leader)
Email: gail.forey@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 2766 7577

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