Abbreviation FT / PT
PGDE (TCSL) FT

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 both primary and secondary levels. 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 recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (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 or a relevant major;
3. for qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, a candidate is required to obtain a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in IELTS; or 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.

Programme Admissions Advisor
Dr Yvonne Huang

Contacts
Tel: 3917 5413
Fax: 2858 5649
Email: pgdetcsl@hku.hk
Website: http://web.edu.hku.hk/programme/pgdetcsl/

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