Apart from being the home department for the English Programme, the Department of English is the provider of English language courses and other English enhancement initiatives for all students campus-wide. Currently, our Department offers two English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, namely Foundation English and Freshman English. At the same time, we also support students in specific academic programmes by running English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses. At the moment we are running courses in Technical Communication, Business Communication and English for the Media.
In terms of enabling our students to brush up their English and to acquire and master essential skills and various other facets of the English language for effective communication, we run workshops and other language enhancement initiatives.
In 2010 we were successful in our application for the Education Bureau’s Quality Enhancement Grant Scheme (QEGS) funding, being granted HK$1.98 million to enable us to design and mount further workshops and other language enhancement initiatives on a larger scale and for a much longer term. This doubtlessly boosts our language enhancement effort and we are getting much better results for all.
Under the auspices of College’s General Education and Language Enhancement Committee, a Putonghua Training and Testing Centre was established in May 2010, with substantial support of the Language Committee of the Central Government, both in terms of official recognition and in terms of guidance and training of our instructors into testers. Backed by the QEGS funding, an entire series of Putonghua courses was mounted for all our students in September 2010.
At the same time, made possible and feasible by the QEGS funding, a Self-Access Learning Corner was set up in our Library Extension, with six work-stations stocked with E-books, audio books and other media resources for students to acquire at least some acquaintance with great works of literature, philosophy, science and the arts within a relatively short time, working individually and at their own pace. We plan to expand these facilities as we go along and in time the entire set-up will be relocated to our new campus being constructed in the Gold Coast in Tuen Mun on Government-granted land.
A brand new English programme – B.A. (Honours) in English for Professional Communication, designed to enable students to attain a high-level of English proficiency and acquire a knowledge base in the business, technical, mass media, publishing or translation sector, will be launched in September 2012.