The aim of this programme is to strengthen the professional competence of practising English language teachers in Hong Kong. Whilst the programme is designed for English language teachers who want to enhance their professional knowledge of second language teaching, it is also suitable for teachers who do not have a subject knowledge background in English language.
The salient features of the programme include an examination of current approaches to and theories of the systems of English through investigation of the cultural and sociological dimensions of the language in terms of language use, language learning and teaching, the structure of contemporary spoken and written English, as well as the roles of English in Hong Kong. The programme also examines theories of second language learning and teaching, and considers current approaches and methods in second language teaching together with their application to English language teaching in Hong Kong. The programme provides a series of subject knowledge courses in the first year, followed by more pedagogically-focused courses, or a project in the second year.