Program Requirements

Students enrolled into the MA in International Language Education program will have opportunity to pursue one of the two specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL). Students must declare the specialized concentrations they apply for at the time of application.(1) Double-specialization is not allowed.

Students of the program must take eight courses (24 credits). Of the eight courses, students are required to take three compulsory foundation courses (9 credits), and five elective courses (15 credits), including at least one course (3 credits) from general electives, and at least three courses (9 credits) from either Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration. [Effective from Fall term, 2018-19] Credit transfer is not allowed. Students admitted to the dual degree program with University of Southern California (USC) may transfer up to 6 credits from USC to fulfill the program requirements with prior approval of the Academic Director(s).

  1. Foundation Courses

     

    MILE 5001 Second Language Acquisition
    MILE 5002 Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum Design
     MILE 5003  Foundations of Technology-enhanced Language Education [Effective from Fall term, 2018-19]
  2. Elective Courses

     

    General Electives
    MILE 5101 Discourse Analysis
    MILE 5102 Information Technology in Language Teaching
    MILE 5103 Testing and Assessment
    MILE 5104 Linguistics for Second Language Teachers
    MILE 5105 Cross-Cultural Pragmatics
    MILE 5106 Contrastive Analysis between Chinese and English
    TESL Concentration Electives
    MILE 5201 World Englishes
    MILE 5202 Teaching Second Language Vocabulary
    MILE 5203 Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers
    MILE 5204 English yesterday and today
    MILE 5205 Grammar for English Teachers
    MILE 5206 Teaching English for Academic Purposes
    MILE 5207 Teaching English for Specific Purposes
    TCSL Concentration Electives
    MILE 5301 Chinese Writing System
    MILE 5302 Mandarin Chinese Grammar for L2 Chinese Teachers
    MILE 5303 Phonetics and Phonology of the Chinese Language
    MILE 5304 Chinese Lexicology
    MILE 5305 Word Structure of Chinese: A Comparative Perspective
    MILE 5306 Understanding Chinese Language in Global Context
    MILE 5307 Methodology for Linguistic Comparison
    Teaching Practicum
    Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a supervised teaching practicum which usually takes place during the Spring semester.(2)
    MILE 6000 Supervised Teaching Practicum
    Research Project
    Selected students may obtain 3 credits through participating in a research project which usually takes place during the Spring semester. Selected students cannot take MILE6000 concurrently.
    MILE 6980 Research Project in International Language Education

 

Students may substitute no more than six credits (two courses) of elective courses with other courses (including a maximum of one undergraduate course at 4000-level) offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science to fulfill the program requirements with prior approval of the Academic Director(s). The approved substituting courses should be either language teaching-related or culture-related

* Not all elective courses are offered every year.The elective courses are listed for reference only.

Program Duration

This MA program is a full-time taught postgraduate program and can normally be completed in one year. Students are required to take a minimum of 9 credits of coursework each semester.

 

Language Requirements

Most courses are taught in English. Students who wish to enroll in courses in which Chinese materials are used and/or Chinese is the teaching medium must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the Chinese language. Generally,

English requirements for applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English are as follows:

  • for Chinese (TCSL) Concentration applicants: IELTS ≥ 6.5 (all sub-scores ≥ 5.5), or TOEFL iBT ≥ 85
  • for English (TESL) Concentration applicants: IELTS  ≥ 7.0 (Writing ≥ 7.0, and other sub-scores ≥ 5.5), or TOEFL iBT ≥ 100 (Writing ≥ 27/30)

Applicants to the TCSL concentration whose first language is not Chinese and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not Chinese are required to fulfill the Chinese requirement of Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”) level 5 or above. Applicants whose first language is Chinese or whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was Chinese, must demonstrate their Chinese proficiency by obtaining the National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC) Grade 2B or above.

(1) Any transfer of students between the two concentrations must be approved by the Academic Director, and is contingent on whether students can meet the language proficiency requirement of the concentration they would like to transfer to. Double-concentration is not allowed.

(2) MILE6000 is a credit-bearing course, which has to be taken at HKUST. With prior approval from the Hong Kong Immigration Department, the Centre for Language Education (CLE) will accommodate the practicum students into some English and Chinese courses.