This programme starts by constructing a solid foundation of language proficiency and understanding upon which to build progressively more demanding studies of different aspects of the English language. The aim of the programme is to develop in all students an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the language. Through their studies in the programme, students will gain communicative skills for work and study; a good understanding of the structure and use of the language; a critical ability to analyse language and literature in context; understanding of language and society and the place of English in the world and a commitment to personal development through lifelong learning. The programme provides a recognised qualification which is highly valued by employers in areas where language proficiency and the ability to analyse language are important. It will open up career pathways in general administrative and executive work, for example, in the civil service, in non-government organizations as well as in commerce and the business sector. The programme also provides an excellent preparation for language teaching and is listed by the Education Bureau as Recognised Language Major Degrees. Graduates of this programme will get full exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement for English teachers.
40 additional credits from any Foundation, Middle or Higher level courses offered by the University, of which no more than 25 credits are at Foundation level.
Students are required to complete 120 credits but they may opt to graduate with the Associate of Language Studies (English) [ALSE] (80 credits) after completing the required number of credits and fulfilling the requirements of the programme regulations.
Advanced standing/Credit exemption
Students with recognized tertiary qualifications may apply for advanced standing/credit exemption.
BLSE2 — Pathway 2
Programme-specific entry requirement:
A recognized Associate Degree, or equivalent, in English studies or a related area.
Students pursuing BLSE2 through Pathway 2 must successfully complete 40 credits as follows:
The BLSE is included in the Education Bureau’s list of ‘Recognized Language Major Degree Programmes’. In combination with a relevant teacher qualification, graduates are eligible for exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement for English Language Teachers.
The programme includes courses in language proficiency, language studies and in the use of information technology for learning. Students who are new to university study should start their studies with foundation courses in English language and information technology for learning, as well as taking the middle level language studies course ENGL A202:
ENGL E110 English for Effective Communication I: Listening and Speaking
ENGL E120 English for Effective Communication I: Reading and Writing
IT E150 Information Technology for Learning
IT S123 Introduction to Internet Services and Applications
ENGL A202 The Structure of Modern English
Once students have developed their language and learning foundation, they can move on to middle level language proficiency as well as tackling the higher level language studies courses:
ENGL E200 English for Effective Communication II – Reading and Writing
ENGL E210 English for Effective Communication II – Listening and Speaking
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