Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language and Literature Studies

Multinational companies and employers of all kinds increasingly require their workforce to work readily across national borders and handle complex international and intercultural relationships. The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language and Literature Studies (E.L.L.S.) The program is designed to meet one of the most pressing needs in the higher education sector in China today for preparing students to be competitive in the rapidly changing career opportunities worldwide.

The E.L.L.S. Program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in English studies, while offering at the same time the opportunity to specialize in one of the three areas: Professional Communication, Literary Studies, or English Language Teaching. It provides a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the language and literature applicable to educational, professional and cultural contexts.

Practical and Well Rounded Education

It equips students with strong language competency as well as practical verbal and written communication skills enabling them to succeed in wide-ranging professions in the global job market.

Options for Concentration

Under the expert direction of faculty, students can select a concentration catered to their skills, passion, and professional direction.

Close Teacher-student Relationship

The class size of each concentration reaches no more than 30 students, guaranteeing students the benefits of close student-faculty mentorship.

Professional Internship Opportunities

The program arranges placements for practicum and internship for Year 3 students.

The Literary Studies in English (L.S.E.) Concentration and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration of the E.L.L.S. Program are recognized by the Hong Kong Education Bureau as a language (English) major degree program. Graduates with either the L.S.E. or the TESOL concentration, together with a relevant teacher's qualification, will be exempted from the English Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers in Hong Kong.

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Learning Outcomes & Objectives

Program Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon completion of the Program, students should be able to:

PILO1: Communicate in English clearly, critically and creatively within academic and professional contexts;
PILO2: Identify and evaluate the main approaches and theories within the fields of language and literary studies;
PILO3: Critically analyze and interpret data on language use and communication in literary and socio-cultural contexts;
PILO4: Work independently or in collaborative teams in researching and developing materials for effective academic and professional communication; and
PILO5: Develop an intercultural awareness and intercultural skills and strategies that synthesize the values of linguistic, ethical and cultural diversity and contributes to professional and personal growth.

Concentration Objectives

The E.L.L.S. Program consists of three concentrations:

  • English for Professional Communication (EPC)
  • Literary Studies in English (L.S.E.)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Each concentration is designed with its own specific objectives.

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The curriculum of the EPC Concentration is to provide students with:

  1. Strong English proficiency through focused and interactive courses in professional writing, communication and language.
  2. Detailed academic knowledge and creative skills for students wishing to pursue advanced studies in professional writing, communication and language.
  3. Practical, analytical and creative skills that can be applied to specialized areas such as business, education, publishing, law, and other fields.
  4. An interdisciplinary perspective through the study of specialized topics in language and professional communication.

The curriculum of the L.S.E. Concentration is to provide students with:

  1. Strong English proficiency through focused and interactive courses in literature and language.
  2. Detailed academic knowledge and creative skills for students wishing to pursue advanced studies in literature and/or language.
  3. Critical thinking and creative skills relevant to the study of literature and language.
  4. Knowledge of the cultural traditions and forces that have shaped English literature and language in contemporary societies.

The curriculum of the TESOL Concentration is to provide students with:

  1. English language competence as a prerequisite skill for teachers of English as a second language (ESL), which pertains to the four skill areas—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—and includes classroom discourse and grammatical competence.
  2. An in-depth understanding of the linguistic structure of English as it is used in the world today.
  3. Skills necessary to analyze, synthesize and evaluate ESL course materials and teaching aids appropriate to learner needs and course objectives, and to apply up-to-date teaching approaches and methodologies.
  4. A wide range of perspectives on the approaches, methodologies and practices in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

Curriculum

There are three concentrations available in the program. All students must enroll in one concentration upon the second year of study and graduate with that concentration.

All students are expected to complete 132 units within the normative study period in accordance with the curriculum structure below, and 36 units of the courses (including Final Year Project) have to be at Level 3 and 4.

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1 Though not compulsory, students are advised to take at least one Major Elective course from their own concentration in order to develop further specialized skills and knowledge in their concentration area.

2 Students are required to take six courses from the list (the availability of Major Elective courses offered each semester is subject to faculty availability and minor adjustment).

Concentration Assignment

All E.L.L.S. students will enroll in a common Year 1 curriculum. The two MR courses offered in the first year, Introduction to the Study of Language and Introduction to the Study of Literature, aim at providing students with an overview of the study of language and literature so that they can be better informed as to the concentration options.

Upon the second year of study, all students must enroll in one of the three concentrations and graduate with that concentration:

  • English for Professional Communication (E.P.C.)
  • Literary Studies in English (L.S.E.)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Events for Concentration Assignment

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  1. Study Path Seminar (Week 5, Semester 1)
    The curriculum structure and the features of each concentration will be briefed in the seminar. Year 3 or Year 4 students specializing in each concentration will also share their learning experiences.
  2. Career Path Seminar (Week 8, Semester 1)
    The career paths of the three concentrations and employment information about E.L.L.S. graduates will be presented in the seminar. Year 4 students will also share their practicum or internship experiences.
  3. Mentor Consultation (Week 2, Semester 2)
    All Year 1 students will consult their MCP mentor before they complete the Concentration Application Form. This is to ensure that the concentration that each student opts for matches his/her aptitudes and is appropriate for his/her professional and academic direction.
  4. Concentration Application (Week 5, Semester 2)
    All Year 1 students will submit the Concentration Application Form.
  5. Announcement of Results of Concentration Assignment (Weeks 8-9, Semester 2)

Career Prospects

The E.L.L.S. Program offers vigorous training that allows graduates to:

  • meet a rapidly changing academic and professional contexts in a critical and creative manner;
  • communicate effectively in both written and oral English;
  • work effectively and collaboratively in inter-cultural environments;
  • apply the knowledge and skills in a fast-paced global professional environment.

Based on the past records, a majority of the graduates of the E.L.L.S. Program are expected to proceed to postgraduate study in Hong Kong or overseas. Further, many of the alumni will move into careers, including the following:

  • Public school English teaching;
  • English language teaching in private institutes;
  • Administration in education;
  • Publishing, media and journalism;
  • Public relations;
  • Tourism and travel industries.

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Program taught in:
English

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