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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [MA(TESOL)] programme equips students with a thorough grounding in current research, teaching theory, principles and practices in English language education, applicable in schools, universities and other educational institutions in Asia and elsewhere.

Jointly offered by the Faculty of Education and the Centre for Applied English Studies in the Faculty of Arts, the Programme is designed for university graduates/graduating students. It is targeted primarily, but not exclusively, at teachers of English to speakers of other languages. Students will work with a strong team of highly experienced teachers and researchers in the discipline critically exploring and reflecting on established and cutting edge issues in the field. Through collaborations with local schools and NGOs, the Programme offers opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience of language teaching pedagogy and to critically reflect in the relationship between theory and practice.


The Major Aims

The MA(TESOL) curriculum aims to develop candidates’

  • understanding of key concepts, theories and research related to TESOL;
  • knowledge of a wide range of perspectives on the theory, policy and practice of TESOL;
  • capacity to analyse, synthesise and evaluate primary and secondary sources of research in TESOL and applied linguistics;
  • ability to investigate a specific field of study in depth and carry out an independent research project.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,16,287) per year
The fee is payable by 2 installments.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

To be eligible for admission to the programme, candidates shall satisfy both the University Admission Requirements and the Programme Specific Requirements:

shall hold a Bachelor’s degree in English, Linguistics, English Language Education or English Language and Literature from this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution;

for a candidate who wishes to be admitted on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong, where the teaching medium and/or examination is not conducted in English, shall fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirements in the Section below;

English Language Proficiency Requirement:

A candidate who wishes to be admitted on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the teaching medium and/or examination is not conducted in English is required to obtain the following:

A score of 70 in the revised Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)# Paper-delivered Test, with a score of 25 or above in the Writing section (from October 2017), or a score of 94 or above in the internet-based TOEFL with a score of 25 or above in the Writing section; or

A minimum overall band of 7.0 with no sub-test lower than 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)#.

# For admission, only TOEFL/IELTS score recorded within two years before the date of application will be considered.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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