Course Schedule

Course Schedule

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The World Masters in Language Teaching (WMLT) dual degree program is on hiatus and will not accept applications for the 2021 school year. The 2021 application for the MAT-TESOL program will be available beginning August 1, 2020.

The course schedule below should be used as an example. Contact your admissions representative to discuss your specific course schedule, which may vary based on the addition of a credential track*, financial aid eligibility or citizenship status. For the most accurate information about HKUST courses, please speak with your HKUST admissions representative.

Year 1

Fall Semester at HKUST (12 units)

Foundation courses are required for all students.

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) concentration:
Take two TCSL concentration electives. Take either two TESL concentration electives or one TESL concentration elective and one general elective.
Foundation Courses (6 units)
MILE 5001 | (3 units)

Second Language Acquisition

Learn about different areas of second language acquisition research such as psycholinguistics, neuroscience, and applied linguistics. Understand both theoretical and pedagogical issues, with a special focus on the application of second language acquisition theory in the second language classroom context.

MILE 5002 | (3 units)

Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum Design

Understand theories and principles of teaching English as a second or foreign language by gaining a fundamental understanding of current theories and research in language acquisition and relating these to the practice of English language pedagogy.

General Elective Course (3 units)
MILE 5101 | (3 units)

Discourse Analysis

Examine how written and spoken language is used to express meaning beyond the sentence in different discourse contexts. Explore techniques for analyzing context, genre and register and discuss their relevance to language pedagogy. Assess how analysis of classroom discourse can inform teaching practice.

MILE 5103 | (3 units)

Testing and Assessment

Understand the various types of language testing and assessment, including global concepts, and develop practical tools for developing, using and evaluating language tests as a local language teacher.

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) Concentration Electives

MILE 5301 | (3 units)

Chinese Writing System

Study the Chinese writing system from its origin, development, classification and characteristics. Learn a newly-developed framework and understand critical issues related to Chinese script in modern times, including simplification, Romanization (Latinization), acquisition, recognition and adaptability to various Sinitic and Sinosphere languages, taking into consideration research in general linguistics, sociolinguistics, heritage history and cognitive science.

MILE 5306 | (3 units)

Understanding Chinese Language in Global Context

Examine the Chinese language against the background of global linguistic diversity. This course will discuss issues that include the genetic affiliation of Chinese, the contact between Chinese and other languages, and structural properties of Chinese vis-à-vis other major languages in the world. Emphasis will be put on the understanding of typological characteristics of Chinese.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Concentration Electives
MILE 5201 | (3 units)

World Englishes

Examine the complex web of circumstances which place English as a global language. Understand the life story of the language, its varieties and place in the world at the beginning of the 21st century. Examine, through the medium of seminars and workshops, how the global nature of the language can be exploited in teaching and learning environments.

MILE 5205 | (3 units)

Grammar for English Teachers

Learn English grammar and structural features that are often difficult for second language learners to acquire. Explore both traditional and functional approaches and engage in a range of activities to help students apply grammatical concepts and terms introduced in the analysis of learners’ writing and teaching materials.

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Spring Semester at USC (8 units/10 units credential track)

EDUC 639 | (4 units)

Approaches and Strategies of Language Teaching

Overview of approaches, models and strategies in language teaching, topics include lesson planning, implementation of the lesson for language and content area instruction.

EDUC 655 | (4 units)

Social Foundations of Language Education

Examine learner behavior, ability and language to access strategies to differentiate, scaffold and assess learning.

Year 2

Fall Semester at USC (10 units/12 units credential track)

EDUC 649 | (4 units)

Teaching Practice to Support Language Learners

Introduction to components of effective teaching, including lesson and unit planning, creating a classroom environment conducive to learning and classroom management strategies.

EDUC 596 | (3 units)

Technology Enhanced Language Instruction Design and Instruction

Build on previous teaching and learning experience in the MAT —TESOL program to establish and enhance skills to become a more creative, competent and professional instructor.

EDUC 521 | (3 units)

Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Language Learners

Assess practices and strategies in English language instruction with special attention to learner differences (social, cultural, physical and intellectual) that influence academic performance.


Clinical Practice Seminar A

Examine learner behavior, ability and language to access strategies to differentiate, scaffold and assess learning.

Spring Semester at HKUST (6 units) and elective at USC (1-3 units)

For this final semester of coursework, students have option to take their HKUST courses online from California in order take their USC course at USC. Students who wish to complete their final term of courses at HKUST will take their final USC elective course online from HKUST.

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) concentration:
Take one TCSL concentration elective. Take one TESL concentration elective.
EDUC 590 or similar | (1-3 units)

Directed Study in Multilingual Education for Equity

Focus on language education frameworks and practices to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for historically marginalized groups.

Foundation Course (3 units)
MILE5003 | (3 units)

Foundations of Technology-enhanced Language Education

Technology and language have always been at the forefront of human development and civilization. This course explores the issues of technology and second language acquisition and the impact of technologies on language teaching, learning and curriculum design.


Clinical Practice Seminar B

Second of two-course series focused on helping you translate theory to practice. Part B also facilitates preparation for and submission of the EdTPA.

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) Concentration Electives
MILE 5302 | (3 units)

Mandarin Chinese Grammar for L2 Chinese Teachers

Gain an in-depth understanding of modern Chinese grammar, acquire necessary skills in analyzing grammatical features of Chinese in a cognitive and functional framework and apply the knowledge and skills in practical situations of teaching Chinese to second language learners.

MILE 5303 | (3 units)

Phonetics and Phonology of the Chinese Language

Engage in both a theoretical and practical introduction to Chinese phonetics and phonology. Examine speech sounds in Standard Chinese and other Chinese dialects. Understand how Chinese dialects differ in their speech sounds and differ from the world’s languages in general; and in what ways they are typical. Learn how speech sounds are made by the human vocal tract and how they are organized for linguistic purposes. Quantify some important speech acoustics with a computer.

MILE 5304 | (3 units)

Chinese Lexicology

Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the morphological and semantic aspects of Chinese vocabulary, by exploring various topics including word formation, semantic structure of words, x-bar analysis of words, lexicalization, development and evolution of lexical items over history, relationship between sound and meaning and cultural component of words. Learn about issues closely related to the teaching and learning of vocabulary of Chinese as a second language such as vocabulary size, methods of defining words and vocabulary acquisition.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Concentration Electives
MILE 5202 | (3 units)

Teaching Second Language Vocabulary

Understand the factors involved in developing second language learners’ acquisition of English vocabulary. The course will cover three main areas: (a) words and the description of the vocabulary content of an English curriculum, (b) the representation of second language vocabulary in the mental lexicon and related acquisition issue and (c) approaches to teaching second language vocabulary.

MILE 5203 | (3 units)

Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers

This course provides students with a systematic approach to understanding and using the English sound system. The topics covered include segmental phonology (consonants, consonant clusters, vowels and diphthongs) and suprasegmental features such as word and sentence stress and intonation.

Other Courses
MILE 6000 | (3 units)

Supervised Teaching Practicum

Gain practical training in the teaching of English and/or Chinese as a foreign language through classroom observation and supervised teaching practice.

MILE 6980 | (3 units)

Research Project in International Language Education

Gain skill-based training through an independent research project conducted under the supervision of a teaching faculty of the MAILE program.

*Candidates pursuing the credential track may need to postpone completion of student teaching until the following Fall term if not residing in California.

View specific information about the MAILE course requirements on the HKUST website >