MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Hong Kong

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Hong Kong) is a collaborative venture between Lancaster and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lancaster staff do all the teaching in short intensive blocks, and the teaching takes place in the School of Continuing Studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which also provides administrative and learning support (e.g. library access). The aim of the MA is to provide professionally relevant and practically oriented training that is tailored to the needs of local English teachers.

This Lancaster MA is designed specifically for English language professionals resident in Hong Kong who have at least two years’ language teaching experience. It is a two-year, part-time degree which is designed so that language professionals can gain a Lancaster MA while continuing to work in Hong Kong.

Course Structure

All the modules are delivered face-to-face in intensive 10 day blocks (evenings and weekend teaching) at approximately two-month intervals. The content, methods and standards of assessment of the modules is the same as for the Lancaster-based teaching but every effort is made to also relate ideas to HK-specific issues. During each module students will receive a study pack consisting of handouts and other materials. A core textbook for each module is also provided.

During the dissertation phase of the programme, there are at least two face-to-face dissertation supervision meetings as well as on-going e-mail support.

The programme comprises six taught modules, an investigative dissertation, and initial support via face to face foundation module. Availability of modules varies year-to-year, depending on new developments, availability of staff, and so on.

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Key Facts

Director of Studies: Dr Luke Harding

Programme length: 24 months (part time)

Location: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Audience: This Lancaster MA is designed specifically for English language professionals resident in Hong Kong who have at least two years’ language teaching experience.

Enquiries: e-mail carolto@cuhk.edu.hk

Fees: The following figures are accurate for 2013.

  1. There is an application fee of HKD 200.
  2. The tuition fee is HKD 98,900, paid in installments as follows:
  3. Installment Amount When
    1st installment HKD 52,900 On registration
    2nd installment HKD 12,000 December in first year of study
    3rd installment HKD 22,000 July in second year of study
    4th installment HKD 12,000 December in second year of study

 

Entry Requirements

Academic

An upper second class degree from a recognized university in a relevant area, or equivalent. Please note that we are willing to consider your application even if you do not have a first degree. However, you must be able to provide sufficient evidence of the necessary background knowledge as well as your ability to study at postgraduate level. For example, you need to have done (and achieved a creditable level of performance in) two or three Diploma or Certificate programmes.

English language teaching experience

At least two years English language teaching experience. This should have involved working with classes (groups of learners) rather than one-to-one tuition.

English language level (for applicants whose native language is not English)

Our official requirement for IELTS is a score of at least 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing elements and 6.0 in the listening and speaking elements.

The University also accepts internet-based (iBT) TOEFL scores of at least 93 overall (with at least 24 in the reading and writing elements and 22 in the listening and speaking elements), and Pearson Test of English Academic scores of at least 62 overall (with at least 62 in the reading and writing elements and 55 in the listening and speaking elements). Please see the TOEFL.org and Pearson PTE Academic pages for more information.

If applicants have taken any of these exams in the last two years we can accept their test scores; otherwise we ask that they take the exam again. If, however, they have done their undergraduate studies in Britain, the US or another English-medium educational system and have successfully completed their degree within the past two years they may not need to submit a test score.

The following Hong Kong qualifications are also acceptable:

  • HONG KONG A LEVEL - Use of English. Minimum grade D, but the overall profile is also taken into consideration.
  • HKCEE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - Syllabus B. Minimum grade B.

We can also sometimes accept evidence of having studied overseas in an English-speaking country for an extended period (depending on the nature of the qualification received).

 

Contact Details

For more information please contact:

School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Inter-University Hall
Shatin
Hong Kong

e-mail: carolto@cuhk.edu.hk

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Accreditation of prior learning

Q. Can work from previous academic courses be accredited and the fee reduced accordingly?

A. Exemption for up to 2 modules can be granted, subject to the nature of the evidence submitted. The MA TESOL course fee will be reduced by 10% per module for which accreditation is given. Applications for accreditation can only be entertained after enrolment onto the programme.

 

2. Academic qualifications

Q. I don't have a first degree - is there any point in applying?

A. We are willing to entertain an application even if you do not have a first degree. However, you must be able to provide sufficient evidence of the necessary background knowledge as well as your ability to study at the right level. For example, you need to have done (and achieved a creditable level of performance in) two or three Diploma or Certificate programmes or the like.

 

3. Teaching experience

Q. What type of teaching experience should I have?

A. At least two years' full-time experience, as much as possible of it involving working with at least one class (group) of learners (vs. one-to-one tuition).

Q. If I stop teaching part-way through the course or before the course begins, can I still continue with the MA?

A. We encourage you to relate your assignments to your teaching experience but most of the assignments do not demand that you have access to a classroom. Do bear in mind that you will be expected to collect data for your dissertation. If you decide to research a topic that requires classroom data collection, then you will need to negotiate access to a classroom.

 

4. English language proficiency

Q. What sort of evidence of English language proficiency is required?

A. The following Hong Kong qualifications are acceptable:

  • A score of at least 580 on TOEFL (we prefer you to also take the Test of Written English - TWE - and to achieve a 5.0), or IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing elements and 6.0 in the listening and speaking elements.
  • HONG KONG A LEVEL - Use of English. Minimum grade D, but the overall profile is also taken into consideration.
  • HKCEE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - Syllabus B. Minimum grade B.

Alternatively, evidence of having lived and/or studied overseas in an English-speaking country for an extended period.

Q. Will my HKCEE (Syllabus B) result be accepted even if it was taken many years ago?

A. Yes.

Q. Will the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (English) Benchmarking Test be accepted?

A. Lancaster University does not currently accept the Benchmarking Test.

 

5. References/Testimonials

Q. Will it be a problem if I have only worked for one employer and am not able to submit two references from employers.

A. The Lancaster University application form asks applicants to provide two references. We encourage MA TESOL applicants to submit one professional reference (from a current or former employer) and, wherever possible, one academic reference .

 

6. Teaching staff

Q. Who are the course tutors?

A. All the course tutors are regular, full-time members of staff of the Department of Linguistics and English Language (LAEL) at Lancaster University . No local tutors are involved.

 

7. Course delivery

Q. How is the course delivered?

A. All the module are delivered face-to-face in intensive 10 day blocks (evenings and weekend teaching) every two months or so. There are at least two face-to-face dissertation supervision meetings as well as on-going e-mail support.

 

8. "Benchmarking" accreditation

Q. Is the programme accredited by the HK government for English teacher "benchmarking" purposes.

A. Yes. Please note, however, that graduates of this programme have to apply for the exemption by themselves.

 

9. Degree certificate

Q. What sort of degree certificate is provided?

A. The degree certificate is exactly the same as the one that is awarded to students who take the MA TESOL degree in the UK .

 

10. Nature of programme

Q. How similar is the programme to the UK-based one?

A. Exactly the same, in terms of basic content, methods and standards of assessment and so on, except that in most modules, every effort is made to also relate ideas to HK-specific issues.

 

11. Cohort size

Q. What size is each cohort?

A. The cohort size varies each year. The 2003/2004 cohort had 21 students and the 2004/2005 cohort had 28 students. However, we try to limit the size of each MA group to around 25 students.

 

12. Library facilities

Q. What library facilities are provided?

A. Students have access to the extensive, up-to-date library resources of the CUHK. Students are also given access to the electronic collections of the Lancaster University library.

 

13. Learning materials

Q. What learning materials are provided?

A. All the modules include a study pack consisting of handouts and other materials. A core textbook for each module is also provided.

 

14. Processing of applications

Q. How long does it take to process my application?

A. About two weeks from when all the necessary documentation has been received at Lancaster .

 

15. Further information

Q. How can I get further information?

A. For full programme details, an application form and other information, please contact the Language Team, School of Continuing Studies, CUHK.

Email : scs@cuhk.edu.hk

Phone: 39439010/39439012

Website: www.scs.cuhk.edu.hk/others/matesol

 

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