In order to enhance students’ English language proficiency, academic literacy, and professional communication skills, the English Language Centre introduces the Core Curriculum English Language courses to all students. The curriculum is benchmarked against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Below please find the descriptions of the modules under the Core Curriculum:
ENG1010 English for Effective Communication
(3 credits, to be taken in semester one, year one)
This module is designed to consolidate and strengthen students’ English language abilities needed for university studies. It focuses on enhancing students’ competence in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as sharpening students’ skills in their organization and expression of ideas. Students will engage in integrated and communicative tasks and group learning activities, to apply the language skills covered in the course.
ENG2010 English for Academic Purposes
(3 credits, to be taken in semester two, year one)
This module is designed to introduce students to English used in the academic context with a focus on integrating reading in writing, academic writing skills, and giving presentation for academic purposes. Module topics include (i) active and purposeful reading in the academic context; (ii) analyzing and identifying appropriate and relevant information from different types of sources to support academic writing; (iii) developing thesis statement; (iv) adopting appropriate format and style for academic writing and referencing; and (v) how to avoid plagiarism.
ENG2020 English for Business Communication
(3 credits, to be taken in semester one or two, year two)
This module aims to develop students’ English communicative skills in various business-related contexts through a variety of real-life tasks and activities. Students will analyze the language, structures and genres related to business correspondences and formulate linguistic and business strategies appropriate for their future careers. The interactive small-group setting will allow students ample opportunities to express their ideas and work as a team.
ENG1030 English for Academic Purposes
(3 credits, to be taken by BTB students in semester one, year one)
This module is designed to introduce first-year students to academic writing at the university level. Course topics and discussions will involve (i) how to explore literature; (ii) how to extract and analyze information from various types of sources to produce and incorporate one’s own ideas into literature-supported essays; (iii) how to develop well-reasoned and logical arguments; (iv) how to decide on correct English grammar and usage in academic writing; (v) how to make use of appropriate formats and styles for academic writing; (vi) how to cite external sources in a text and to prepare an end-text bibliography; and (vii) how to avoid plagiarism.
ENG3010 Advanced English
(3 credits, to be taken by BTB students in semester two, year one)
This module is designed to develop student understanding of the different styles and contents of English used for specific purposes, namely in the journalistic, legal, financial, and sales contexts. Students will interact with each other in a variety of written and oral tasks and activities to which they could be exposed in the workplace.
ENG1020 English for Public Speaking
(3 credits, to be taken by BJC students in semester one, year two)
This module is designed to provide both theoretical basis and practical instruction to speaking effectively in public. Through instruction and practice, students are expected to develop the basic understanding and confidence to speak in public. In particular, the Module discusses the audience awareness in the selection of a topic, the organization of the content of a good speech, the language required in a speech, verbal and non-verbal presentation skills as well as the effective delivery by means of visual aids. Other areas to be covered include: support of speeches with credible research, strategic and creative language use, effective listening and delivery skills, and common types of public speeches.
ENG3030 English for Specific Purposes (CCI)
(3 credits, to be taken by CCI students in semester one, year 3)
This module is designed to develop students’ advanced skills in understanding, evaluating and producing English for specific purposes in the cultural and creative industries (CCI). Students will interact with each other in a variety of reading, writing, listening and oral tasks and activities which provide good opportunities for them to excel in English through learning and reviewing authentic texts, as well as conducting peer reviews. The major emphases are on the contexts, structures, and features of English in the disciplines where students would be exposed to in their future careers.