The Bachelor of Education with Honours in English Language Teaching and Bachelor of English Language Studies with Honours is a double-degree programme offered by the School of Education and Languages. By extending study into two summer vacations, students will be able to complete five years’ work within four years and obtain two honours degrees – one in English Studies and one in Education (English Language Teaching).
The double degree programme aims to develop a good understanding of the structure, use and learning of the English language, and sound professional knowledge and skills required of an English language teacher.
Graduate in four years taking two summer terms in Years 2 and 3
Gain working experience and valuable credential at school through the unique internship-cum-teaching practice arrangement lasting for one full term in Year 3
Participate in a self-financed overseas immersion and credit-bearing program in leading UK universities (e.g. Warwick) with scholarship and bursary plentifully available
During the four years of study, students will need to complete 200 credits of courses:
190 credits in the two major subjects, namely English and Education
10 credits of general education
The core courses in the major areas include:
Language studies (90 credits): This includes Grammar, Sociolinguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis and Stylistics and explorations of the past, present and future of English, and the role of creativity in everyday and literary language use
English Language Proficiency courses (25 credits): These courses provide a foundation for the language studies and education courses
Education studies (75 credits): This covers areas such as educational psychology, curriculum studies, sociology of education, special educational needs, information technology in education, professional issues and English language teaching methodology
General education (10 credits) Students may choose to study the designated courses in Science, Social Science, Computing or Business according to their own interest
There are various admission routes to the programme. For latest specific entrance requirements and application, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website HERE.
JUPAS Admission Requirements
The university general entrance requirement of 3-3-2-2-2 is applicable.
A good command of English language, usually pitched at Level 4 or above on HKDSE, will facilitate studying in the programme.
Applicants must attend an admission interview and perform well.
Senior Year Entry – Admission Requirements
To enter Year Two Entry of the double-degree programme, a candidate should
a) hold a relevant* Higher Diploma or Associate Degree or its equivalent,
b) be proficient in the English language, and
c) perform satisfactorily in an admission interview.
*Relevancy is to be judged based on the coverage and results of courses related to English language studies in the HD/AD programme
Exchange & Immersion Programmes
Students will have the chance to participate in a wide range of exchange and immersion programmes at E&L.
Financial support from MU Quality Enhancement Measures (QEM) Fund will be provided. The amount of support each participant will receive depends on the fund available and the size of participants in that particular year.
Students may also apply for other scholarships, such as Reaching Out Award by Education Bureau (EDB) and Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange.
Intercultural Pragmatics Course
Destination: University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Duration: 3.5 weeks during late May to mid June
Fees: Estimated to be HKD7,700 (note: tuition fees covered by MU)
Description: The Intercultural Pragmatics course is an overseas 5-credit bearing course which enables students to gain insights into pragmatics with a particular focus on intercultural aspects.
English Language and Culture Immersion Programme
(Warwick Immersion Programme)
Destination: University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Duration: 3 weeks during late May to mid June
Fees: Estimated to be HKD24,000
Description: Warwick Immersion Programme is a stimulating and enjoyable programme. Participants stay in homestays, attend seminars and workshops, and pay visits to famous sites such as the birthplace of Shakespeare.
Japan Cultural Immersion Programme
Destination: Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 weeks in early June
Fees: Estimated to be HKD11,000
Description: The 2-week programme aims at giving students a taste of Japanese culture, education system and Japanese university life. It includes lectures, field trips and homestay at rural areas.
UBC Summer Study Tour
Destination: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 weeks either between June and July or between July and August
Fees: Estimated to be HKD30,000
Description: It is a 4-week academic programme offered by various faculties at UBC. Students can choose courses related to their studies or courses outside their discipline of studies.
Career Prospects & Further Studies
By holding two degrees, graduates will be fully qualified English language teachers, recognized by the Education Bureau as:
having a language (English) major degree; and
holding a teacher’s qualification in teaching English.
Graduates will be exempted from the Language Proficiency Requirement for Teachers of English.
Graduates will also be eligible to take up general administrative and executive work in the civil service, non-government organizations, business or industry sectors and other positions for university graduates.
Many opportunities are available for graduates of the programme to undertake postgraduate studies in Hong Kong and overseas. Some students will continue to study for a Master’s degree by course work or by research in areas such as linguistics, applied linguistics, TESOL, translation and journalism.
Government’s Subsidy Schemes & Scholarships
Students who fulfilled the stipulated requirements set by EDB are eligible for the Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong (NMTSS) provided by the HKSAR Government. For details of the scheme and eligibility, please visit https://www.cspe.edu.hk/nmtss.
The University offers entrance scholarship to outstanding new students without requiring them to apply. Successful students may be awarded again in subsequent years of study, subject to outstanding performance at HKMU.
A number of donated scholarships are available for students demonstrating academic merit or improvement. For more details, please visit the Students Affairs Office (SAO) website: www.hkmu.edu.hk/sao.
From fond memories of college days to careers after graduation, our double-degree graduates reminisce about the pathways they have been through.
Martin Yau, graduated in 2022 | Silver Prize Winner of the 9th Outstanding Prospective Teachers’ Competition
Linguistic and education courses aside, the best part of our double degree programme is the 22-week practicum. I worked for 16 weeks in a primary school and six weeks in a secondary school. Staying for 16 weeks in the same school has allowed me to truly experience the duties of a teacher. With such experience, I could pick up the teaching duties right away when I start working as an English teacher.
No regret at all taking the BEd (Hons) in English Language Teaching and BEngLang (Hons) programme at HKMU. Three cheers to the professional and devoted teaching staff here as well!
Jenny Ng, graduated in 2020 | Gold Prize Winner of the 7th Outstanding Prospective Teachers’ Competition
Courses related to educational psychology and Information Technology in learning and teaching have equipped me with adequate skills and theories to gain better understanding of the students and tackle with difficulties.
Teaching practicums in both primary and secondary schools, lasting for 22 weeks in total, have given me chances to support students with Special Educational Needs and worked in a team of teachers to meet tight marking deadlines efficiently, not to mention the techniques of making various eye-catching teaching aids and e-learning materials to facilitate learning.
The programme has afforded me plenty opportunities to enhance my English proficiency and become a more competent teacher!
Rose Hui, graduated in 2017 | English Panel Head
Rose became an English Panel Head right after her graduation from the double degree programme. Listen to two sharings by Rose, who met with serendipitous surprises in her job hunting
More often than not, whenever I reminisce about my stay at the Open University of Hong Kong (now HKMU), I can’t help but smile. One reason I smile is because I was nurtured well by my hard-working and dedicated lecturers and tutors who, at their utmost best, patiently answered however mediocre my questions might be. I was challenged to think critically, a skill that I see indispensable in my line of work. Also, I consider myself a successful teacher because of the guidance and care from these devoted individuals. Another reason I smile whenever I look back at my days here are the people I met in my classes. In spite of our differences, we learned to accept and appreciate each other’s differences. I have learned a plethora of life skills based on their experiences and without their life stories, I wouldn’t be as sensitive or aware about the world of work. Finally, I smile because I graduated from a university that shaped me and led me to where I am now. I was well-equipped to take on my calling as an English teacher. It all turned out fine for me.
Teaching Practicum: Feedback & Gratitude
Teaching Practicum: Feedback & Gratitude
Every year our double-degree students carry out teaching practicum in local primary and secondary schools. Here’s a collection of feedbacks given by the experienced mentors who are impressed with our students’ performances. Our students have expressed their gratitude in return.
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