What will I learn?

Introduction

To promote Chinese linguistics and its applications to other disciplines of research, and to respond to the growing global demand for the teaching and learning of Chinese as a second/foreign language, the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages of the Chinese University of Hong Kong offers an MA programme in Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition. The programme aims to provide students with systematic training in Chinese language structure and the acquisition of Chinese, to help them develop a firm grasp of the complexities of the language, and an informed understanding of the teaching and learning of Chinese in monolingual and multilingual communities.

Objectives

The programme aims to:

  • Enable students to acquire a rich understanding of the systematic design of Mandarin Chinese, through providing them with principled accounts of Chinese language phenomena, in comparison to other languages and Chinese dialects;
  • Equip students with methodological tools for the analysis of Chinese language structure, and for the empirical study on learners of Chinese, as well as the dynamics of the teaching and learning process.
  • Enhance students' understanding of the complexities of second/foreign language learning and second dialect learning in the context of multi-lingual and multi-dialectal communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will achieve a theory-based and informed understanding of the structure of Mandarin Chinese, and of the major findings related to the acquisition of the core features of Mandarin Chinese as a first or second/foreign language.
  • Students will be familiar with selected methodological tools used in the analysis of language form, language acquisition, and language performance, such as computerized corpora, naturalistic and experimental methods of data collection, data processing, and frameworks for analysis.
  • Students will be able to approach a teaching and learning problem with a deep appreciation of the complex array of variables underlying the learning of Chinese as a second/foreign language, and as a second dialect, in multilingual and multidialectal settings.
  • Students will gain practical experience in investigating the Chinese language through supervised training in conducting linguistic research under laboratory conditions, or engaging themselves in experimental teaching of Chinese as a second/foreign language, against the background of theoretical and typological understanding of the structure of Mandarin Chinese and current developments in language acquisition.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$129,600.00 (US$ 16,634) per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  1. graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honors not lower than Second Class; or
  2. graduated from an honors programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or
  3. completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honors degree.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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

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