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Doctor of Applied Language Sciences

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

Students will investigate 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 this age of globalisation and digitalisation.

DALS_Focus Areas

Doctor of Applied Language Sciences – a 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.

The flexible study mode of 4-year full-time or 5-year part-time provides students with different options to complete the programme according to their preferred pace.

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 subjects in the following 4 focus areas, which our academic staff members from the teaching departments are all specialised in:

Language Education

This area focuses on the frameworks of knowledge and skills that underpin language education theories of linguistics and language learning, discourse and corpus analysis, and the role of language in society and on 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.

Speech Sciences, Language Processing, and Cognition
This focus area is built on the knowledge of how language is processed, with the intention to apply this knowledge to areas such as communication disorders, digital humanities, language and speech sciences, language technology and neuro-cognitive approaches to language use and language learning. Language technology, including computational and neuro-cognitive technologies, permeates many aspects of life and has an indispensable role to play in the delivery of language policies, language education and language related health care, as well as in a wide range of content industries and the knowledge economy. A critical understanding of how language is processed in the mind as well as language processing technologies is an essential part of a professional’s competence. The focus area is suited for professionals whose work is related to one or more of the following academic fields: Communication Disorder and Speech Therapy, Digital Humanities, Health Informatics, Natural Language Processing and Neuro-cognitive Linguistics.

For more information about application and to apply through our online admission system, please visit Study@PolyU.

Programme Code/Duration
03002-DFF (for 4-year full-time) OR
03002-DPT (for 5-year part-time)
Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to the Faculty of Humanities for consideration, as appropriate (applicable as from the 2020/21 intake cohorts).  
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 five years post-undergraduate work experience;
OR
A Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field PLUS two years 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).

 

Comparable scores obtained from other internationally recognized public examinations may be considered.
All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the testing date.
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)
Intake Number  24
Tuition Fee  HK$6,500 per credit
Extension Fee  HK$16,250 per semester

We offer scholarships exclusively to outstanding students with excellent academic merits and teaching assistantships 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.

The Faculty of Humanities collaborates with a number of internationally prestigious institutions as professional and academic partners to ensure that students can benefit from contributions overseas as well as local scholars, researchers and practitioners through formal and informal exchange initiatives.


Our research centres include:

Meet our Programme Team

Programme Committee Chairman
DALS-ZHU Xinhua_2
Dr ZHU Xinhua
Associate Professor
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Cognitive processes of reading in alignment with curriculum and assessment, Construct of integrated writing in Chinese as a first language, Oral interactional competence focusing on strategy use, Establishment of assessment standards to promote ability-oriented curriculum, and Assessment for learning (AfL) especially teaching students higher-order thinking skills.
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Contact Information

Email:
ctxhzhu@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG505
Tel: 3400  3840
Programme Leader
DALS-Dennis
Dr Dennis TAY
Associate Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Cognitive linguistics, Healthcare communication, The language of psychotherapy, Data analytics and statistical modeling of discourse
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Contact Information

Email:
dennis.tay@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG413
Tel: 3400 3654
DALS-Chan_Shui_Duen
Prof. CHAN Shui Duen

Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Chinese language (including Putonghua) teaching and assessment, Language-in-education policy, Teaching Chinese as a second language, Chinese register study, Bilingual communication, Sociolinguistics
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Contact Information

Email:
shui.duen.chan@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG510 
Tel: 3400 3271
DALS-Andrew_Cheung
Dr CHEUNG Kay Fan Andrew
Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Simultaneous interpreting, Consecutive interpreting
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Contact Information

Email:
andrew.cheung@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG513 
Tel: 2766 7448
DALS-Sal
Dr Sal CONSOLI
Research Assistant Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Psychology of Language Education, Language Teacher Research, Practitioner Research (Action Research, Exploratory Practice), Narrative Inquiry, Reflexivity and Ethics in Applied Linguistics
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Contact Information

Email:
sal.consoli@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG414 
Tel: 2766 7557
DALS-Louise
Prof. Louise CUMMINGS
Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Communication Disorders, Pragmatic Disorders, Speech and Language Therapy, Clinical Linguistics, Pragmatics, Public Health Reasoning
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Contact Information

Email:
louise.cummings@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG407 
Tel: 2766 7978
DALS-Victor
Dr Victor HO
Associate Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Pragmatics, Metadiscourse, Discourse analysis, Professional communication, English for academic/specific purposes
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Contact Information

Email:
victor.ho@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG429 
Tel: 2766 7539
DALS-Huang_Churen
Prof. HUANG Chu-ren
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: GH513 
Tel: 2766 4832
DALS-Hans
Prof. Hans J. LADEGAARD
Head and Professor
Department of English

Research Interests
Intercultural and Intergroup Communication, Language Attitudes and Stereotypes, Language and Gender, Pragmatics & Discourse Analysis, Narratives of Migration, Attitudes and Motivation in Foreign Language Learning
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Contact Information

Email:
hans.ladegaard@polyu.edu.hk
Office: GH401a 
Tel: 2766 5603
DALS-David_SC_Li
Prof. LI Chor Shing David
Head and Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Bilingual interaction, Chinese-English code-switching, Cantonese-English code-mixing (translanguaging), tense and aspect, Chinese-English contrastive grammar, EFL (English as a foreign language) learning difficulties and correction strategies, Hong Kong language-in-education policy, Chinese as a lingua franca in Greater China, Cantonese as an additional language, pragmatics and intercultural communication, Hong Kong English, World Englishes, globalization and English-medium university education
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Contact Information

Email:
david.cs.li@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG503a 
Tel: 2766 7440
DALS-Li_Dechao
Dr LI Dechao
Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Corpuses-based translation studies, Corpus-based interpreting studies, Empirical approaches to translation process research, Experimental approaches to translation quality assessment, History of translation in the late Qing and early Republican periods, Literary translation studies, PBL and translator/ interpreter training, Translation and critical discourse analysis, Translation and narratology, Translation in bilingual corporate communication context
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Contact Information

Email:
dechao.li@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG518b 
Tel: 2766 7458
DALS-Maggie_Li
Dr LI Wenjie Maggie
Associate Professor
Department of Computing

Research Interests
Natural Language Processing, Social Media Mining, Text Mining, Information Retrieval, Extraction and Summarizationt
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Contact Information

Email:
cswjli@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Office: PQ707 
Tel: 2766 7297
DALS-Sean
Dr Sean MCMINN
Director
English Language Centre

Research Interests
Educational Technology, Digital Literacies, and Networked Learning
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Contact Information

Email:
sean.mcminn@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG610a 
Tel: 2766 7535
DALS-Morrison_Bruce
Dr MORRISON Bruce
Principal Lecturer
English Language Centre

Research Interests
Independent learning, Independent language learning, Non-native speaker tertiary learning experience Programme evaluation, Teacher development, Curriculum, Educational management
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Contact Information

Email:
bruce.morrison@polyu.edu.hk
Office: AG611 
Tel: 2766 7542
DALS-Doreen_Wu
Dr WU Dong-ying Doreen
Associate Professor
Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies

Research Interests
Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Comparative Discourse Studies, Languages and Communications in Greater China, Glocalization & Corporate Communication
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Contact Information

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

All teaching staff at Adjunct Assistant Professor (who are retirees or serving PolyU staff members affiliated with FH department/unit)/ Principal Lecturer/Senior Teaching Fellow or above of FH may be appointed as 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: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/web/en/people/staff/
Department of English: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/engl/people/academic-staff
English Language Centre: https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/people/staff.aspx
Department of Computing: https://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/en-us/staffs/index/1
Enquiries
For further programme information, please contact the Faculty Office
Email: candy.cc.wong@polyu.edu.hk / cherry.pl.chow@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 3400 8217 / 3400 8213
Fax: (852) 2363 8955

For information on academic matters, please contact Dr Dennis TAY (Programme Leader)
Email: dennis.tay@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 3400 3654

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