What will I learn?

Introduction

The Master of Arts (MA) Program in International Language Education offers an advanced English-taught postgraduate education in two specialized concentrations, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL), providing academic grounding for qualified candidates in teaching English or Chinese as a second language. The program aims to prepare language professionals for a dynamic global career, with a solid foundation in applied linguistics and research-informed approaches to language teaching.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Explain applied linguistics theories;
  • Design effective teaching plans and devise appropriate testing methods for second-language teaching based on language pedagogy;
  • Effectively teach English as a second language in English to non-native speakers;
  • Design and implement research-embedded teaching approaches; and
  • Lead teaching teams in the development of language curricula and teaching materials.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities and Social Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$120,000.00 (US$ 15,402) per year
Students who take additional course(s) are required to pay HK $4,250 for each additional credit.
Application deadline

Expected May 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Clear Water Bay,

Sai Kung, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification. Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments: TOEFL- iBT: 80; TOEFL - pBT: 550; TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections); IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5. Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if their first language is English, or they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

For international students

Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Concentration

One of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (Writing: 7.0, and other sub-scores: 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT: 100* (Writing: 27/30)
  • First language being English
  • Having obtained a bachelor’s degree awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Additional Information

Applicants must declare the concentration they apply for at the time of application. Any transfer between the TESL and TCSL concentrations must be approved by the Academic Directors, and is contingent on whether students can meet the language proficiency requirement of the concentration they would like to transfer to. Double-concentration is not allowed.

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

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