Abbreviation FT / PT

This Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) [PGDE (TCSL)] (self-funded) programme prepares students to teach Chinese as a second language in international school contexts at primary level. The programme adopts an inquiry-based orientation and has a full content coverage, including international curriculum design and implementation, cutting-edge second language pedagogy, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Chinese curriculum. This programme aims to improve students' understanding of teaching Chinese as a second language and to shape them as professional educators and leaders in this field. This programme is recognised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) for the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Primary Years Programme) for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. The graduates of this programme are specialised only for teaching Chinese in international schools.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (normally one year, up to a maximum of two years, with classes possibly on weekday evenings and/or Saturday)

Medium of Instruction
English and Chinese
Programme Entrance Requirements

A candidate shall satisfy both the University Admission Requirements and the Programme Specific Requirements as listed below:

  1. comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula;
  2. 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; preferably with a major in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign/Second Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Literature, Psychology, Special Education or a relevant major;
  3. a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b) having: a) a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)#; or b) a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)#; or c) grade C or above in either the Overseas General Certificate of Education, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, or the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language; and
  4. satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination, if required.

#For admission, only TOEFL or IELTS scores recorded in the two years before the date of application are considered.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)
Dr Yvonne Huang

Tel: 3917 2544
Fax: 2858 5649