ELLS Course List

ENG3033 Advanced English Composition


This course focuses on developing academic and professional writing skills through intensive reading, discussion, and writing tasks. Students will write in various modes, developing an awareness of style, diction, and voice in their writing. They will learn how to write persuasively and skilfully, and at the same time how to evaluate and productively revise and edit written work.

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ENG4113 Advanced Professional Writing


The class builds on the skills and the knowledge base acquired in Professional and Technical Writing to further their abilities to analyse and to present in written form information and concepts to audiences in global business contexts. Students will learn to apply writing techniques and strategies to present information accessibly and will be provided with the skills to edit their own professional and technical writing as well as those of their peers. Students will be invited to consider professional writing both as practical discipline and as a scholarly field.

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ENG2173 American Literature: Traditions of Democracy and Dissent


This course provides an overview of American literature, touching on major themes, texts, and contexts. Students will read widely and gain perspectives on the cultural history of America. Through writing tasks, students will also be asked to reflect on the literature they have read as well as explore the various ways of interpreting literary texts. Instructors should cover areas from the recommended readings below.

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ENG3143 Analysing Multimodal Communication


This course aims to: develop an awareness of the complexities of contemporary communication, which is achieved not only through language but through a variety of modes, such as image, sound, posture, gaze, gesture, movement, etc.; and equip students with the analytical tools and skills to study how meanings are constructed through multiple modes.

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GCVM1003 Applied Ethics in Humanities and Social Sciences


This course aims to foster lifelong learning, an inquiring spirit and critical perspective on moral beliefs and practices, through engaging in debates, studying particular cases and discussing the major ethical and moral arguments as presented in one or more philosophical and/or religious traditions. Identify and reflect on ethical issues, and to critically analyse ethical arguments in an informed and thoughtful way

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TESL2013 Approaches to Second Language Teaching


This course aims to: (1) help students understand the principles of teaching a second language; (2) help them learn about the history and application of various language teaching approaches, methods, techniques and strategies; (3) relate the learned knowledge and expertise to the language teaching situation in China; (4) explore the ways of applying these approaches and strategies to language classrooms.

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ENG3103 Asian Diaspora in Literature and Film


This course is designed to introduce the students to a number of fictional or non-fiction works in English produced by the Asian Diaspora in the West. Through these works, the students will examine the patterns of human movements and the impacts of the two worlds, the world of their origin and that of their host country, on their self-understanding of themselves and on their understanding of the world around them. The students will also analyse how people in the Diaspora negotiate between the two or more conflicting worldviews in the process of forming their individual or collective identities. The main aim of the course is to provide a stimulating and innovative approach to the voices of the Asians in the West expressed in English. In order to encourage cross-media and cross-cultural analysis, the course exposes students to selected novels and films, but does not deal specifically with filmic or fictional adaptation.

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TESL3043 Assessment and Evaluation


This course aims to help students understand the general principles of language assessment and evaluation; help them understand different types of language tests and a variety of test questions; help them understand recent developments in language testing techniques and scoring systems; help them learn some basic skills of preparing language assessment.

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TESL3003 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education


This course aims to explore the co-existence of languages in society; study the relation of bilingualism to cognitive development and cognitive style; deal with the social-psychological implications of bilingualism; understand the issues of medium of instruction, code-mixing and code-switching.

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ENG2163 British Literature: the Empire and the Crisis of Identity

英国文学:帝国与认同 危机

This course provides an overview of British literature, touching on major themes, texts, and contexts. Students will read widely and gain perspectives on the cultural history of Britain. Through writing tasks, students will also be asked to reflect on the literature they have read as well as explore various ways of interpreting literary texts. Instructors must cover areas from the recommended readings below.

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ENG2063 Children's Literature


This course seeks to examine a wide variety of literature for and about children. It hopes to encourage students to identify and articulate currents of thought in the texts they encounter, to explore the manner of the expression, and to make comparisons where appropriate. Finally, and to a limited degree, the course also endeavours to locate its study within an educational context, regarding literature not only as literature but as a medium of instruction as well.

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GCCH1013 Chinese Thought through the Ages


(1) introduce important thought that have produced extremely important and significant impact on Chinese social development from past to present; (2) make a connection with contemporary social status by selecting a number of philosophical issues such as harmony, homogeneity/heterogeneity, conflict and unity, diversity and sustainability etc.; (3) analyse how ‘the past affects the present’, and how Chinese traditional thought has influenced the development and evolvement of contemporary Chinese society; and (4) help the students to have a better understanding of Chinese thought through different historical periods and to strengthen their sense of identity.

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TESL3083 Classroom Communication for Language Teachers


This course aims to prepare students to undertake language-teaching practicum in a school setting; develop their communication skills as a teacher in an English language classroom; and enhance their awareness of the patterns of classroom interaction and communication of the teacher and the learners.

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TESL4043 Computer Assisted Language Learning


This course aims to: (1) explore the role of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in language teaching and learning; (2) equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to integrate the CALL component into the curriculum.

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ENG3173 Contemporary Literary Theory and Criticism


This course will introduce students to some of the principal approaches to literary interpretation and critical theory. Students will be expected to read short selections of theoretical texts, and to investigate the application of critical approaches to literature. One aim of the course will be to provoke students to engage with diverse schools of critical theory from the biographical, comparative, and psychoanalytic to Marxist, gender critical, and postcolonial theories. Students will respond to weekly writing prompts on the critical theories and/ or literatures with the objective of producing reflective, interpretative, creative, and argumentative pieces.

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