Course Descriptions
ENGE1000 English Studies: Thinking Creatively in A Global Language

 

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Using language is one of the most creative and distinctive of all the activities that make us human. Perhaps we are most aware of this kind of creativity when we read imaginative literature, whether classic or contemporary; but we also experience it directly in our own everyday language use. This course aims to foster new understandings of the various ways in which language influences and shapes the experiences of life common to all humanity. Students learn to analyze and appreciate a wide range of literary, linguistic and cultural phenomena, including the works of Hong Kong authors/poets who express themselves through English. From a linguistic perspective, we examine the ways in which language is structured and used creatively for different purposes in both local and global contexts. From a literary perspective, we study not only the traditional genres of fiction, poetry, and drama, but also film, song, and life writing. From a cultural perspective, we investigate how different texts and media are part of how we construct the world and define our evolving sense of self and our common humanity.

 

ENGE1310 Communications for English Majors I

 

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This first course in the writing sequence focuses on grammar, heuristics (i.e. the discovery and exploration of ideas), and the fundamentals of thesis statements and the structuring of essays. Like other courses in the sequence, this course aims to strengthen reading and speaking skills in addition to writing skills. In-class discussion of the texts will be a part of the preparation for the actual writing task. In recognition of the vital role for speaking in the course, and of the fact that productive mastery of writing and speaking go hand in hand, an evaluation of students’ oral English will be an important component of the course. This will also be the case for the two subsequent courses in the series.

 

ENGE1320 Communications for English Majors II

 

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Assignments, activities and discussion in this term of the writing sequence will emphasize organization, exploring how choices of organization at every level, from syntactic patterns to the sequencing of paragraphs, affect a writer’s attempts to realize his or her meaning. Although students will consider how various works of literature are organized, the main aim is to help students organize their own writings in response to questions about literature and language. Given that speaking in class will be a vital part of the learning process, an evaluation of students’ oral English will be an important component of the course.

 

ENGE1500 Introduction to English Linguistics

 

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This course offers an overview of the linguistic structure of English. It systematically studies the English language at various levels: words, phrases, sentences and beyond. It also provides students with the opportunity to observe and explain the ways in which English is used in everyday life.

 

ENGE1520 Grammatical Structure of English

 

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This course is designed for English Majors who need some knowledge of the grammatical structure of contemporary English, and for those who may want to study English linguistics and English teaching courses which require such background information. It covers basic questions such as what grammar is and how one goes about studying the structure of English. Basic grammatical concepts and categories as well as the constituent structure are systemically introduced to equip students with the essential analytical tools.

 

ENGE1610 Introduction to Literature

 

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This course will introduce students to methods of reading literary texts from the major genres of fiction, drama, and poetry. The emphasis will be on specific literary texts, paying attention to their language, forms, conventions and meanings.

 

ENGE1800 Drama in Performance I

 

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The course will introduce students to what is involved in translating a dramatic text from the page to the stage. Students will analyse some one-act plays in English from a dramaturgical point of view, workshop them in small groups and perform them on the stage before an audience. They will be introduced to the adaptation of texts for performance, to the technical aspects of casting, acting, directing and stagecraft. Emphasis will be placed on communicative aspects of acting, including pronunciation, intonation and voice production. Drama in Performance will complement other major courses in communication, literature and language study.

 

ENGE1900 Heroes and Monsters: From Gilgamesh to Game of Thrones

 

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What is a hero? The stories we read, as well as the movies and television programmes we watch are full of heroism, but do we really know what a hero is? Does a hero have to be good? Do they have to be strong? Do they have to win in the end? Do we have to like them? This course will address many of these questions in relation to many different texts from a wide variety of media: from one of the earliest surviving texts of the ancient world, The Epic of Gilgamesh to the recent global phenomenon, Game of Thrones. We will look especially at the way heroes are shaped by the monsters that they do battle against. Some monsters are fought with fists and swords, but others must be defeated through other means for they lie within the hero himself.

 

ENGE2100 Research and Oral Reporting

 

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This is a course designed to integrate the skills used in the earlier communicative skills courses. In particular, students will be provided with opportunities to express their opinions and to practise using evidence, data and sources in the preparation of their own oral and written work. In addition, students will gain experience in seminar-related skills by presenting the fruits of their research to classmates through oral presentations.

 

ENGE2110 Crime Fiction

 

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This course takes a closer look at the genre of crime fiction. The course outlines a broad perspective of the genre of crime fiction from its earliest incarnations to modern-day TV drama. We will explore a variety of different forms of crime fiction, and how the genre more generally reflects cultural, historical and social issues. The study material for this course will consist of literary texts, TV series, and films drawn from the popular cultural canon. Topics we will discuss include conspiracy, serial crime, trauma, the epistemology of clues, history and crime, and the criminal mind. The course begins with a historical overview of detective fiction, and concludes with a creative workshop on how to write a detective story. Students with a taste for murder, crime, and suspense — and above all the desire to solve enigmas and mysteries — are welcome to attend this course.

 

ENGE2120 Literature and Human Rights

 

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(UGED2185 is double-coded with ENGE2120.) This course takes a closer look at the intimate connections between literature and human rights. The history of human rights has always been accompanied by literary texts; conversely, some of the most important literary texts in the world have focused on human rights issues. People who have suffered abuse and human rights violations have often articulated their painful stories in a variety of literary genres — in the hope of being heard, achieving recognition, bearing witness to events that have defined their lives. These stories thus constitute important documents around which rights campaigns and communities are built. During the course, we will look at the history of human rights literature, as well as various case studies — including Stolen Generation narratives in Australia, narratives by women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army, political dissident narratives, and more recent refugee literature. No previous studies in literature needed to take this course. Students interested exploring the relevance of literary imagination and narrative for human rights discourse are welcome to attend this course.

 

ENGE2130 (How to Read) Masterpieces of Literature

 

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(UGED2186 is double-coded with ENGE2130.) Why read literature? This course offers a broad look through literary history to understand the enduring value and diversity of literature. For each lecture, we will look at a literary masterpiece — from antiquity to the present — and address three main issues: A) the work and its historical context; B) how to read it; and C) themes that make the work relevant in contemporary society and in our everyday lives. The course is designed as an introductory survey of literary works that have had a major impact throughout the ages. Issue A) is intended to give students a sense of the work’s impact in its own time; B) is designed to provide students with the conceptual tools and methodologies to understand a classic work of literature; while C) will provide students with an opportunity to make connections between their own individual concerns and those of the great characters of literature. At the end of the course, students will have encountered some of the most esteemed classics in literary history. No previous studies in literature needed to take this course. Students interested in discussing the ideas, ideals and values of classic literary texts are welcome to attend this course.
NB: students are expected to read only EXCERPTS of the works. However, it is expected that students will read at least ONE full-length work (for the course essay).

 

ENGE2140 Superheroes in Graphic Novel, Comics and Film

 

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(UGED2187 is double-coded with ENGE2140.) This course aims to provide a historical and cultural overview of the genre of superheroes and the Marvel empire. Narratives of superheroes began to circulate in popular culture during the 1930s with the DC comics phenomenon. The visual artistry and matching of illustrations with text and plot produced a uniquely new form of weekly reading material. The development of the DC and Marvel superheroes of the 80s and 90s built on Asian illustrated traditions and forged new relationships between East and West comics and graphics styles. Today, the genre is among the most dominant cultural forms worldwide. This course will introduce you to the comics and graphic novel literary genre and their movie spin-offs. The course will also have a workshop element and seek graphic and illustrated responses from students. Above all, the course will investigate the role of the superhero. Who is this superhero, or rather what is a superhero? Why does the fantasy of an individual with supernatural powers generate such fascination in modern society? These are some of the questions we will explore during this course. The genre’s transformations over the last nine decades reflect both political, cultural, and social changes. We will explore a broad variety of different superhero
incarnations in both film, texts, and graphic novels. Subjects to be discussed include mythology, genre, science and technology, crime and vigilantism, identity, gender and sexuality as well as transnationalism and geopolitics. Anyone interested in popular culture, animation, DC comics, the graphic novel, fantasy and superheroes are welcome to attend this course.

 

ENGE2150 Nineteenth-Century Novels on Screen

 

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This course studies the relationship between words on the page and audio-visual moving images on the screen by focusing on the adaptations of classic nineteenth-century novels. We will look at several nineteenth-century authors who have been particularly popular with screen adaptations, including Austen, Dickens, and Hardy. By close reading of their texts and careful viewing of the big and small screen adaptations of these novels, we will consider the specificity of the textual and the visual media in the narrative, thematic, and aesthetic aspects. The course will explore the interaction between literature and film/television in terms of forms and stylistics, and make broader cultural and historical enquiries about the issues of gender, nationhood, class, and power that will illuminate the nineteenth-century literature in general and its relevance to the present.

 

ENGE2160 American Popular Song Lyrics

 

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Focusing on song writers and performers from the USA, this course introduces students to the art of popular song lyrics of the twentieth century. In the process of studying American popular song lyrics, students will learn about such musical genres as “the blues,” “gospel,” “tin pan alley,” “folk,” “country,” and “rock and roll” as well as the elements of American history that give rise to each of these types of musical lyrics. Since one of the course elements is the relationship of musical lyrics to musical sound, we will spend considerable class time listening to popular songs , paying attention to the way a lyric’s meaning is conveyed through such elements as vocal style and musical arrangement.

 

ENGE2170 Literature & Medicine

 

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This interdisciplinary course of critical medical humanities examines contemporary literary and filmic texts that shape ethical thought about health and wellbeing. We will read major texts that problematize and hypothesize the relation between self and community; immunity and toxicity; power and medical interventions; faith and healing; and knowledge and narrative. This course aims to widen the “medical” beyond the scene of clinical encounter through close engagements with critical theory about the body and the self as embodied subjectivity. In our readings, we will discuss and debate the meaning and practices of responsibility, endurance, and imagination that challenge assumptions about the illness experience, caregiving, and the production of medical knowledge.

 

ENGE2180 Intercultural Communication and Engagement Abroad

 

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(UGED2184 is double-coded with ENGE2180.) This online course is designed to help students make the most of education abroad by enhancing their intercultural awareness and sensitivity as they explore the host environment and interact with locals and other international students. Except for a few pre-departure tasks, all work is done online while students are abroad. Through exposure to relevant theories, readings, and other resources, this course aims to help students develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be interculturally competent and global-minded as they immerse themselves in the host culture. While they critically reflect on their second language/intercultural interactions and share their experiences with peers, they are encouraged to become more curious, open-minded, and actively engaged in the world around them.

 

ENGE2190 Gods Behaving Badly: Myths and Legends from Around the World

 

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The course will consider myths and legends from around the world with particular sensitivity to one peculiar aspect of them: that the gods depicted in them often behave no better than the people whose lives they determine. In order to explain why this is the case, the course will seek to understand the nature and function of myth, and the complex uses to which they are put in order to explain some of our most pressing questions: How did we all begin? Where are we? Who are we? Why is there so much wrong with the world? What’s the solution? Where will we go when we die? How will it all end? Although the concept of myth might seem outdated in modern secular culture, by drawing comparisons between the ancient and contemporary worlds, students will be encouraged to see how myth-making of some kind is as inevitable and innately human as the questions which prompt it. The course will begin by establishing some archetypal similarities between myths – from myths of Creation to myths of Apocalypse – and then consider myths from specific cultures – including Greco-Roman, Scandinavian, and Chinese – before considering the appeal of myth in contemporary popular culture, especially The Lord of Rings, and Game of Thrones.

 

ENGE2300 Drama: from the Jacobean Period to the Restoration

 

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After surveying the origins of English drama (morality and mystery plays, Senecan tragedy, the development of playhouses, etc.), tragedy will be discussed with particular attention paid to the ways in which playwrights of the period treat the theme of revenge, their tragic conception of the universe, and the dramatic techniques they employ. The Restoration period will deal with the heroic tragedy and the comedy of manners. Representative works by some of the following authors will be covered: Kyd, Marlowe, Tourneur, Webster, Middleton, Ford, Dryden, Otway, Wycherley, Etherege, Congreve, etc.

 

ENGE2310 Drama: from Ibsen to the Present

 

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The first part of this course studies representative plays, English and European, of the late nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century, and their significance in the development of modern drama. The second part of the course studies plays of the past thirty years and their relation to contemporary ideas about the human condition. Representative works will normally be selected from the following authors: Ibsen, Strindberg, Shaw, Synge, Pirandello, Brecht, Chekhov, Miller, O’Neill, Sartre, Beckett, Ionesco, Osborne, Pinter, Fry, Wesker, Arden, Stoppard, etc.

 

ENGE2320 Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

 

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This course introduces students to the rise and development of the novel as a genre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when realism was widely accepted as the dominant mode of representing reality through fiction. Emphasis will be given to novelists such as: Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Austen, Dickens, the Brontës, George Eliot, Hardy and others.

 

ENGE2340 Poetry: from the Renaissance to the Augustan Age

 

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The genre of poetry will be studied in the light of important historical and literary landmarks in the Renaissance and the Augustan Age. The following are some of the items to be covered: The Elizabethan lyric, sonnet sequences, “metaphysical” poetry, examples from Milton and the development of the heroic-couplet from Dryden to Pope.

 

ENGE2350 Poetry: from the Romantics to the Modernists

 

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The genre of poetry will be studied in the light of important historical and literary landmarks in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The main Romantic poets to be studied include: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats. The main Modernist poets to be included: Yeats, Pound and Eliot.

 

ENGE2360 Children’s Literature

 

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This course will provide an outline of developments in children’s literature in England and parts of Europe through the study of some essential, central texts as well as recent books for children. The uses of fantasy and the educational aspects of books for children will be discussed, along with notions of childhood and the nature of children. Through close reading of set texts students will be able to engage in critical techniques applicable to most literature, for the best texts for children satisfy sensitive adult readers too. (This course is particularly suitable for students in their second and third years of attendance.)

 

ENGE2370 From Romanticism to Modernism

 

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This course introduces students to some landmarks in the history of literature in English from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The relationship of literature to such concerns as urbanization, nationalism, empire, democracy, revolution, and the rapid growth of science and technology will be considered, together with the emergence of new female voices in literature. Special attention will be given to the rise of Western modernity, as reflected in the texts studied.

 

ENGE2380 Twentieth-Century Fiction

 

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This course introduces students to the distinctly modern features found in the development of the western novel in the twentieth century. Emphasis will be put on narrative representation as a way of capturing a consciousness specific to the modern age. Novelists to be studied will normally include: Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Lessing, Lawrence, Beckett and others.

 

ENGE2390 Reading Poetry

 

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This course provides an introduction to the art of reading poetry. We will read and analyze a range of poems of diverse styles and forms from the Renaissance to the present day so as to stimulate students’ creative and critical responses to poetry. We will also read and analyze contemporary poetry written in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. While this is not a course on creative writing, it nonetheless explores, among other topics, the role of the imagination, the act of writing, the purposes of poetry, the notions of tradition and of the individual talent, for these are issues with which poets engage, whether directly or indirectly, in their poems.

 

ENGE2510 English Phonetics and Phonology

 

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This course introduces students to basic concepts in phonetics, the scientific study of speech, and in phonology, the study of sound patterns in various human languages with principal emphasis on the English language. Students gain an understanding of the articulatory mechanisms for producing consonants, vowels, as well as tone and intonation. The International Phonetic Alphabet and sounds from a variety of languages are introduced. In the phonology part of the course, students analyze the patterns governing the distribution of sounds in different languages. A major aim of this course is to enable students to transcribe English words and utterances and to develop an appreciation of the diversity and systematicity of sound structure in human language.

 

ENGE2520 Environmental Writing

 

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This course takes as its premise that environmental writing is environmental action. Environmental writing is also political engagement (biopolitics, as it were) as the ultimate aim of environmental writing is to effect policy change to protect, nurture, and sustain the environment and humankind. In this course, we will explore how to use different modes and genres of writing to effect environmental change. We will first examine the major elements of environmental writing through the exploration of different modes and genres, including children’s books, blogs, essays, poetry, songs, social media, Apps, newspaper articles, and posters. We will then examine the major environmental issues we are facing globally and in Hong Kong, and examine how environmental writing is currently being used in Hong Kong to engage the public and effect change. We will also investigate public awareness of the major environmental issues facing Hong Kong, to develop an understanding of how we can engage the public more effectively through writing. Finally, we will engage in our own environmental writing by creating three pieces of environmental writing, each examining the same environmental issue through a different type of writing. Key questions this course explores: • How can we use writing to raise awareness of environmental issues and effect environmental change? • What are the most pressing local and global environmental issues we face today? How is environmental writing currently being used in Hong Kong to engage the public and the government to respond to these issues? How can we use writing more effectively to engage the public and effect environmental change?

 

ENGE2530 Hong Kong English Back to List

 

The objective of this course is to give students an overview of the status, features, and use of Hong Kong English (HKE), the variety of English commonly used in Hong Kong. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to the concept of ‘world Englishes’ and examine different theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing the evolution of new varieties of English. The course then examines the history of English in Hong Kong in juxtaposition to both Cantonese and Putonghua, politically and in terms of educational policies and practices in Hong Kong. The second part of the course examines both spoken and written features of HKE, including grammar, discourse particles, vocabulary, and pronunciation, as well as the practices of code-mixing and code-switching. In the third part of the course, language attitudes and ideologies towards ‘standard’ language varieties (for example American and British English) in relation to HKE will be explored. The course will also examine the relationship between use of HKE and identity as well as gender.

 

ENGE2600 World Englishes and Their Cultures

 

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This course introduces students to the contemporary linguistic and cultural development of international varieties of English. It examines the notion of world English in relation to the socio-cultural and economic elements that have contributed to the world-wide diffusion of the English language. This course offers a linguistic survey and cultural analysis of world Englishes, drawing examples from both oral communication and written texts. Specific lecture topics may include post-colonial perspectives on English, societal function(s) of English, societal choice of language(s), language and identity construction, cultural variation in the styles of communication in English, and English-related interlanguage phenomena. The course emphasizes the role of the English language in the age of post-colonialism and globalization. Illustrative examples are drawn from several regions, but primarily from East and South-east Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

 

ENGE2620 Acquisition of English as a Second Language

 

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The course introduces students to the basic concepts involved in the description and explanation of how people learn a language other than their mother tongue. After introducing students to first language acquisition, the course focuses on the different aspects of second language acquisition, such as phonology, grammar, vocabulary, and pragmatics. In addition, major theories and models in second language acquisition are introduced and their application in second language teaching and learning discussed.

 

ENGE2630 Sociolinguistics: Languages, Culture, and Society

 

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Language, culture, and society are intimately connected, each one influencing the others. This relationship between language, culture, and society is the concern of sociolinguistics. Topics covered in this course include code-mixing, language in the media, language variation, language attitudes, as well as language policy in education. Examples are drawn from different languages and cultures, with focus on the English language. Hong Kong issues are given particular consideration.

 

ENGE2640 Introduction to World Literature in English

 

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This course will complement ENGE1610 in introducing students to the study of literature. It focuses on short stories, poems, plays and other kinds of writing from a variety of countries. It is designed to illustrate something of the variety, range and richness of writing currently being done in English around the world. Many of the texts chosen will be those exploring aspects of cross-cultural, multilingual or post-colonial experience, in which students may find resonances with their own experience in contemporary Hong Kong. Students will be introduced to some relevant analytical approaches and theories on which later courses in the major will build.

 

ENGE2650 From the Renaissance to Enlightenment

 

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This course introduces students to some landmarks in the history of literature in English from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Students will read at least one play by Shakespeare, become familiar with such genres as lyric poetry and drama, and consider the literature of the period in relation to corresponding developments in politics and religion, and to other arts and sciences. Special attention will be given to the rise of Western modernity, as reflected in the texts studied.

 

ENGE2700 Drama in Performance II

 

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This course follows on from Drama in Performance I and will follow a similar pattern: students will study short plays and excerpts from longer plays, workshop them in small groups, with the aim of performing pieces of similar length before an audience at the end of the course. The two plays selected for Drama in Performance II have been deliberately chosen to reflect non-realist, non-naturalistic traditions in Western Theatre. By the end of the course, students would have learned how to stage abstract theatre, paying particular attention to physical movement and the delivery of poetry.

 

ENGE2710 Language and Intercultural Communication

 

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This course aims to help students enhance their communication with people who have a different language and cultural background. Topics include the concept of culture; language and cultural socialization; cultural variations in verbal and nonverbal communication; language, identity and biases; cultural diversity in perception, values, and worldview; intercultural-intimate relationships; culture shock and intercultural adjustment/adaptation; intercultural conflict and mediation; and English in the global workplace. This course should be of interest to local and international students, and is especially appropriate for those who plan to travel, study, or work abroad.

 

ENGE2720 Pedagogical Grammar of English

 

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The aim of this course is to equip students with the grammatical knowledge that is essential for ESL teaching and learning. The first part of the course introduces students to key concepts involved in grammar pedagogy and teaching methodologies. The second part of the course covers grammatical forms and structures in English that may be particularly difficult for second language learners to acquire, with an emphasis on understanding the connection between form and meaning. Students apply what they have learned through conducting mini-lessons and team-teaching. At the end of the course, students should feel more confident about the use of grammar terminology in second language teaching and more knowledgeable about a task-based and discourse-oriented approach to grammar teaching in second language classrooms.

 

Prerequisite: ENGE 1520

 

ENGE2820 English Semantics and Pragmatics

 

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This course focuses on how language is used to communicate meanings in context. The course covers the semantic principles of the meanings of words and sentences, integrated within the framework of the study of the communicative uses of language, as well as the pragmatic principles underlying linguistic communication. Among the major topics introduced are implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and politeness.

 

ENGE2840 Lexical Studies in English

 

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This course introduces students to lexicology, the branch of linguistics concerned with the study of the vocabulary of a given language. Focusing on but not limited to English, this course aims at developing students’ sensitivity to the English lexicon and enabling them to apply linguistic principles in morphology, syntax, and semantics to the systematic description of English words. The course covers the notion of word meaning, the various lexical relations among words, the historical origin and development of the English vocabulary, the major word-formation processes in English, the nature and pervasiveness of figurative language, and ways English words are used in particular contexts.

 

ENGE2870 English Words

 

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This course introduces students to the basic concepts in morphology, that is, the study of the internal structure of words. Students gain an understanding of the basic components of English words and learn how to analyze their internal structure in terms of roots, affixes, and morphemes. Major processes in English word formation, including inflection and derivation, blending, back-formations, and clipping are also introduced. The course also deals with formation processes beyond individual words by examining the structures of various types of compounds, including noun-noun compounds (paperback, egghead) and adjective-noun compounds (fast food, software). The course explores which word-formation processes are the most (and least) productive in contemporary English, introducing students to the linguistic factors that constrain the formation of new words in English, including semantic, phonological, and grammatical factors.

 

ENGE2950 English Literature and Culture Study Tour

 

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The students spend two weeks in the U.K. attending plays, visiting sites relevant to their study of English literature, as well as museums and art galleries. The aim is to enrich and broaden the students’ linguistic and cultural understanding. The impact of the study tour will be optimized by thorough preparation, a policy of English usage during the study tour and a series of writing tasks focused on the plays attended and cultural sites visited, including a reflective Tour Journal, all of which will be assessed on their return. Pre-departure discussions will prepare the students for every aspect of the tour.

 

ENGE2960 The World in English: an Oxford Summer Programme

 

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Students will be selected by a panel of senior staff based on achievement in relevant Department courses and willingness and likely capacity to benefit. Classes will be divided in two strands: “Literature, Linguistics and Society”; “Current Affairs: Britain and the World”. Oxford tutors will conduct 4 hours’ face-to-face teaching a day for 5 days a week. Students will spend some evenings and weekend days in excursions to London and Stratford for plays and other cultural sites. Fieldwork and cultural explorations will be closely supervised by College nominees and/or Department staff. Full reflective essays and diary-plus-video are required of all participants for presentation within CUHK at their own college presentation evenings, and to other English Department majors at university orientation events. Each student on return will be expected to volunteer for either a teaching role for underprivileged students or one of CUHK’s ICARE service projects (Possibility of financial contribution being waived for needier candidates). Classes will take place in St Hilda’s College Oxford for 3 weeks during the summer term, between second and third years.

 

ENGE3000 Issues in Comparative Literature

 

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This course examines the field of comparative literature through a variety of readings in English and Chinese. It aims to introduce students to the main theories and methodologies of comparative literature and offers practical exercises in the application of these various approaches. After a preliminary discussion of the definition and scope of the field, other areas touched upon are: influence/reception studies; period/movement studies; genre/style studies; thematology/myth studies; interdisciplinary studies (e.g., literature and the other arts, literature and psychology, literature and linguistics, literature and literary theory).

 

ENGE3100 Communications for English Majors III

 

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The emphasis will fall on helping students to apply their developing writing skills to the specific academic tasks that they are called upon to perform throughout the curriculum. Different kinds of essays will be examined and used as models. This course will also help students to master the use of quotations, conventions of documentation, and other matters pertaining to presentation of the finished academic work. The overriding aim is to help students to present themselves and their ideas to best advantage in print. As in the other courses in this series, an evaluation of students’ oral English will be an important component of the course.

 

ENGE3110 Romanticism

 

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This course will address itself to the origin of Romanticism, its development and application as a conceptual model; it will involve the study of romantic poetry in the English tradition, with reference to some major themes such as nature, time, love and death.

 

ENGE3120 Modernism

 

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This course introduces students to Modernism as a literary and historical movement which attempted to redefine the major concepts of art, the role of artist and the value of aesthetics as offered and established by tradition. Emphasis will be put on the historical factors and implications of this significant cultural change from tradition to modernity. Works to be discussed may be drawn from poetry, drama, fiction, as well as other creative and critical forms of discourse.

 

ENGE3150 English Language and Literature

 

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This course is an introduction to literary stylistics, which, to put it at its simplest, is the application of linguistics to the study of literature. Its aim is to give some sense of the distinctiveness of literary uses of language in both poetry and prose. Non-literary as well as literary stylistics are studied so that an awareness of both the continuities and discontinuities between literary and nonliterary uses of language can be developed. The main theme of this course is that, while literature cannot be defined in terms of any distinctive language patterns, the study of language patterns that are central to or typical of it can give real insight into its nature.

 

ENGE3160 Major Concepts in American Literature

 

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From year to year the readings and the themes emphasized in this course will vary. Among the themes that enter more or less prominently into varying interpretations of American literature are egalitarianism, democracy, egotism, restlessness, regionalism, humour, lawlessness, hostility to traditional forms and ways of doing things, homoeroticism, and (especially in the twentieth century) the city, materialism, and the perils of the machine. Nineteenth-century writers who may be represented include Hawthorne, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Melville, Dickinson, Twain and James. Twentieth-century writers who may be represented include Cather, Frost, Anderson, Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Pound, Ransom, Cummings, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Miller, Mailer, Updike, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath.

 

ENGE3170 Major Concepts in European Literature

 

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This course introduces students to some seminal European texts of the nineteenth century. Topics for discussion include: (a) realism (e.g., Balzac, Flaubert, Turgenev, Shaw) as an aesthetic form capable of reflecting society and its concerns; (b) symbolist poetry (e.g., Baudelaire, Poe, Mallarmé, Yeats) as an important source for Anglo-American modernism; (c) other major writers’ works expressing some of the major issues of the century (e.g., Dickens, Dostoievsky, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Georges Sand, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy).

 

ENGE3180 Major Concepts in World Literature

 

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This course invites students to cross cultures by comparing or contrasting certain themes as they are expressed in major representative works of the West and the East. Its starting point will be the Middle Ages in Europe and the Tang Dynasty in China, leading into the twentieth century. Some attention will also be given to India and Japan. Among the themes considered will be the transcendent and the immanent, fate and free will, death and rebirth, reward and punishment, faith and reason, revolution and reformation, classicism and romanticism, capitalism and communism, male and female, war and peace.

 

ENGE3190 Literature and Culture

 

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This course investigates the basic concepts and issues relevant to a critical understanding of the relationship between literature and culture in the context of socio-historical changes. Selected literary works will be read as the expression of cultural problems and cultural analysis attempted in the light of its broader implications for literary interpretation. While the specific topic may vary from year to year, some typical examples are: popular culture, postmodern culture, third-world culture, revolutionary culture, culture and resistance and comparative culture.

 

ENGE3200 Literature and Art

 

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This course may range from a concentrated study of specific topics to considerations of general principles in aesthetics/ philosophy. Under this course heading, various inter-disciplinary or comparative studies of literature and other subjects can be offered, for example, literature and painting/ sculpture, literature and architecture, literature and music, and others.

 

ENGE3210 Literature and Religion

 

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This course will approach the relations between literature and religion with regard to both “form” and “content”. Its first part will concentrate on overall questions about the nature of language patterns and uses in both religious and literary contexts. There are a number of very striking similarities here, and we will ask what these say about the nature of both religion and literature. This course’s second and final parts will concentrate on insights about religious and literary forms of language and their uses to the study of particular literary, and to some extent religious, texts. The religious dimension of the course will relate mainly to Judaeo-Christian forms of religion, but attention will also be given to other, particularly of course Chinese, forms of religion.

 

ENGE3220 Literature and Film

 

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The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the kindred relationships between film and literature as well as their essential mediumistic differences such as film and the novel, film and drama/theatre, film and poetry, etc. Their similar or different uses of time and space, and problems of adaptation will be discussed in some works which have both filmic and literary versions.

 

ENGE3230 Gender and Literature

 

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This course explores critically the relationship between gender and literature in specific sociocultural contexts. Some basic arguments in the feminist perspectives on literary study will be introduced and selected works by both male and female writers discussed. While topics may vary from year to year, some typical examples are: the representation of woman, gender identity and difference, literature and desire, sexuality and imagination, and writing under patriarchy.

 

ENGE3250 Other Literatures in English

 

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This course aims to introduce students to the study of writers working in English but with a different cultural or linguistic background. Works and authors studied will vary from year to year. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

 

ENGE3260 Creative Writing

 

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This course aims at stimulating the students’ imagination while at the same time improving their writing skills. Students will have a large measure of freedom in their approach to numerous short assignments, but will be encouraged to experiment and write in a wide variety of genres and styles.

 

ENGE3270 Literature and Education

 

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Education is one of the major ways in which a society imparts knowledge and skills on, and develops the characters and potentials of, its citizens, and the teacher is a key figure in this process. In this course, we will explore the topic of education and representations of the teacher in literature by focusing on fiction and drama from various historical and cultural contexts. The course will examine issues which are both socio-cultural and literary, and which will include: the impact of education and teachers on individual development and growth as represented in the texts; the ideological implications of education and teachers; and a comparison between the ways education is valued in the East and the West. It will also analyze the socio-historical contexts behind the works, in order to understand how these helped shape the portrayals of education and teachers in them. Some of the questions the course will tackle are: What does education have to do with literature? How does the representation of education and the teacher figure vary across writers, time, place and culture? What are some of the assumptions behind and implications of these different portrayals? And what relevance does thinking about education and the teacher in literature have on literature students?

 

ENGE3280 Writing a Life Between Languages

 

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This course aims first to introduce students to autobiography, one of the most popular forms of writing in the contemporary world. It will raise such questions as, why has this kind of narrative been so attractive to writers in cross-cultural situations, such as Chinese-Americans? The course will focus specifically on a group of (mainly American) immigrant autobiographers who write about the experience of living between a first language and English. They raise a range of fascinating questions about language and identity. Students will be asked to reflect on these questions and on the similarities and differences between these writers’ lives and their own experience in Hong Kong. The course will aim to teach students how to approach, analyse and theorize about autobiographical narratives. Students will be given opportunity to develop their analytical skills in essay-type responses to the prescribed texts. They will also be given opportunity to develop their narrative skills in their own life-writing, using the prescribed texts as models. Both forms of written exercise are designed to extend, as well as test, students’ understanding of autobiography as a genre.

 

ENGE3290 Reading and Writing Short Stories

 

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This course follows ENGE3260 but is not dependent on it. It provides an introduction to the craft of writing short stories. Students will read and analyse a range of short stories of diverse styles and forms from the beginnings of the genre to the present day. Particular attention will be given to contemporary stories written in Hong Kong. Students will be encouraged to use these texts as models for their own creative responses. The course aims both to deepen and broaden students’ understanding of the short story genre as well as to offer them the opportunity of gaining practical expertise in creative writing.

 

ENGE3300 Writing for the Stage

 

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This course is a play-writing seminar and workshop and aims to deepen students’ understanding of drama as well as giving them practical experience in creating original theatrical works. In a seminar setting, the class will read and analyse some works of modern English-language playwrights, as well as practise various styles and genres of drama during in-class writing exercises. The students will engage in intensive reading and critique of one another’s work and spend time writing and rewriting independent assignments such as dialogues, monologues, and scenes, culminating in the creation of a one-act play that will be performed in either a staged production or dramatic reading at the end of the term.

 

ENGE3310 Writing for the Screen

 

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This course is a film-writing seminar and workshop, which gives students both theoretical understanding of how films (both feature and short) work and practical experience in creating original short screenplays, as well as a grounding for longer works. The class will read film screenplays, as well as analysis of film and the screenwriting process. Students will also watch and analyse short films, scenes from longer works, and entire feature films (which will be screened outside of class hours). They will practise various elements of the film-writing process and engage in intensive reading and critique of one another’s work. Besides weekly short writing assignments, the students will work on two short film screenplays—one an adaptation of a literary work and the other a completely original piece. Each student will then produce, or participate in the production of, one of these film scripts as a short video.

 

ENGE3320 Hong Kong Literature in English

 

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Students will study Hong Kong literature in English in its colonial and postcolonial contexts. Works from different genres will be discussed to explore the following issues: the representation of Hong Kong and its people, the question of identity, the agency of its people, the impact of modernity and postmodernity, and the ideas of home and exile. Students’ analytical and critical skills will be sharpened to enhance their understanding of literary works, their awareness of the dynamic interrelationships between literature and social-political forces, and their appreciation of the meeting points between Hong Kong literature in English and Hong Kong literature in Chinese.

 

ENGE3340 Nineteenth-Century Literature

 

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The course introduces students to English literature written in the Victorian period. Students will read and analyze Victorian literature drawn from the beginning to the end of the period, and from a range of different genres. Among the themes which may be investigated are religion, identity, propriety, morality, social class, reform, and gender. The course will also explore the relationships between literary themes and methods across these decades, and changing historical contexts and social issues. Time permitting, comparisons may also be drawn between such literary works and their visual representations, whether in film or art.

 

ENGE3350 Literature and Politics

 

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This course will cover key texts that deal with the relationship between literature and political theory. The course examines how major writers have dealt with such topics as nationalism, self-determination, political independence, totalitarianism, terrorism and animal rights. The course will introduce students to the political and historical context of each piece of writing and then examine the text in light of the relevant political theory. It will examine how political ideologies such as Marxism, socialism and conservatism have been important as motivating factors both for artists and critics. The course will examine political writings from a range of genres and from a range of literary periods.

 

ENGE3360 Special Topics in Creative Writing

 

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This course is designed to investigate topics in creative writing not normally covered under generic creative writing courses. It may involve any one or more of the following areas in creative writing studies: literary community and global citizenship, writing for new media, creative writing and other arts, creative writing and social enterprises, phenomenology and creative writing, creative writing and research, writing speculative fiction, writing flash fiction, teaching creative writing, history of creative writing, and the writing of auto-ethnography. Students are allowed to take the above course more than once and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.

 

ENGE3370 Writing Hong Kong

 

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This course focuses on the art of writing about Hong Kong. Through the use of writing prompts, it introduces students to the different ways of writing about different social and physical environments in Hong Kong. Students will be able to discuss and articulate the feelings, thoughts and experiences evoked by these social and physical environments. They will be able to produce writings that evoke the sense of place that is unique to Hong Kong. They will be able to consider issues such as genre, gender and language use in relation to readership. Through active participation in class discussion and exploration of actual environments, students will acquire different perspectives and understand the diverse possibilities in relation to writing about Hong Kong. They will be able to assess their own writing and those of others.

 

ENGE3380 The Contemporary African Novel

 

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This course introduces students to a selection of new writing from the African continent. It does so in order to demonstrate the diversity of writing emerging from the multiple and diverse contexts present in the continent. Although primarily interested in writing in English, this course may also explore works in translation to bring into sharp relief the heterogeneous and variegated nature of the contemporary African novel. The focus on contemporary writing from the continent (read as works published within the last 10 years) means that writers other than those typically studied on such courses are to be read. The emphasis here is on the introduction of new writers to students, and the socio-historical contexts in which they write. To this end, students will enrich their understanding of world literature. Although not required, those who have taken ENGE3250 “Other Literature in English – An Introduction to African Literature” prior to this course will be in an advantageous position.

 

ENGE3390 The London Novel Back to List

 

This course examines the various ways in which London has been represented in a selection of diverse contemporary novels. Through both the close-reading of specific passages from the set novels and a general engagement with secondary theoretical material, it will become clear that the city continues to be represented in many different ways. From this observation emerges the realization that London is in fact, and has always been, an assemblage of very different Londons. It is this important observation that leads to the key conclusion of the course – no act of representation can ever fully capture its object of enquiry and, because of this, what has been chosen to be represented is always the product of a political decision.

 

ENGE3500 Shakespeare

 

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This course introduces students to the playwright William Shakespeare. By reading a number of Shakespeare’s plays, drawn from the genres of comedy, history, tragedy and romance, students will achieve an understanding of Shakespeare’s language, his modes of characterization, his methods of creating dramatic situations, and his representative themes. Students will also study the relationship of Shakespeare’s scripts to their original Elizabethan and Jacobean performance contexts. Time permitting, attention will also be given to the performance history of Shakespearean drama and the continuing importance of that drama in twentieth-first century world theatre.

 

ENGE3600 Contrastive Linguistics

 

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This course looks at how comparisons can be made between languages with respect to their sound systems, lexical-semantic structures, sentence patterns, and pragmatic properties. Through systematic analysis, students gain understanding from research findings in language typology, language universals, and language acquisition. This course focuses on the basic characteristics of English and Chinese, and some salient contrasts between them. The approach is largely descriptive without assuming prior knowledge of theoretical syntax. The course also considers how comparisons between languages may help students associated with problems of translation and language teaching/learning.

 

ENGE3610 Psycholinguistics

 

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This course introduces psycholinguistics as it relates to language processing, acquisition, and development. We survey a range of topics such as language and the brain; real-time language processing and associated neuroimaging research; learning and memory; learner characteristics, age effects, and the critical period hypothesis; bi- and multi-lingualism; abnormal language development, language breakdown, and dyslexia; animal communication systems; which in turn shed light on mechanisms supporting human language and cognition.

 

ENGE3630 Language, Cognition, and Education

 

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This course presents insights from cognitive linguistics and their potential relevance to second and foreign language teaching. The course addresses core concepts in this area of study
 including: prototype, perspective, categorization, image schema, figure and
ground, metaphor, metonymy, entrenchment, embodied cognition, construction grammar, etc. The 
course discusses how cognitive linguists design pedagogical methods and
stimulate learners to explore the deeper meanings of language forms.

 

ENGE3640 English Language Teaching and Learning

 

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This course is designed for students who are interested in the teaching and learning of English as a foreign/second language. The course examines different aspects of English language teaching, including the four major skill areas – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – as well as the teaching of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. In the examination of these different language areas, the course first focuses on the acquisition and development of these areas, asking the question of how learners acquire/develop vocabulary/grammar/pronunciation as well as reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in the foreign/second language. After the learning and development of each of these skill areas has been examined, the course focuses on the teaching of each of these areas. In this discussion, the course will examine curriculum design, models, tasks, and techniques for teaching each language area.

 

ENGE3670 Language, Meaning, and Text

 

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This course introduces some major approaches as well as basic principles and tools in the analysis of texts. Concepts such as cohesion and coherence, relevance, context, and identity are drawn upon to analyze a range of discourses and text types in our contemporary society. Texts to be discussed include advertisements, news reports, interviews, political speeches, websites, book reviews, etc. The relevance of discourse analysis to foreign/second language teaching may also be considered.

 

ENGE3680 History of the English Language

 

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This course presents an overview of the origins and development of the English language from its earliest beginnings to the present day. The development of the language through its different stages is outlined: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, Present Day English. The influence of the social and historical background is exemplified throughout the course. The positive values of English as an international language are compared with the dangers of linguistic and cultural imperialism.

 

ENGE3690 Gender and Language

 

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This course provides an introduction to the relationship between gender and language use. Drawing from empirical and theoretical studies in sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and discourse analysis, this course addresses a range of issues. Examples of key issues include the acquisition of gender-differentiated language, gender and conversational interaction (e.g. extralinguistic constructions of gender or politeness, hedging or interruptions), sexism in language, gender images, and the relationships among language, gender, and other social constructs such as class, culture, and ethnicity.

 

ENGE3730 Communication in Second Language Classrooms

 

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This course focuses on the dynamics of communication in second or foreign language instructional settings, with special emphasis on the Hong Kong context. The aim is to better understand the ways in which the nature of classroom communication affects how and what second or foreign language students learn. Students discuss and assess factors that influence the nature of communication, including teachers’ control over the patterns of classroom interaction and learners’ use of language.

 

ENGE3740 Language Planning and Policy

 

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This course introduces the field of language planning and policy (LPP). With a special focus on Asian countries, it provides historical accounts of LPP issues in a range of contexts and critically reviews current trends and research. It explores how policies are closely tied to sociolinguistic, cultural, geopolitical, and economic forces. The rise of English as the lingua franca of international communication is examined in relation to local cultures, language politics, and identities.

 

ENGE3750 Intercultural Transitions: Making Sense of International Experience

 

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This web-enhanced course is designed for students in all Faculties with recent or current international experience (study abroad, international exchange, volunteering, service-learning, internships, educational travel, work or residence abroad). In relation to their own (and others’) international experience, students explore such topics as language/culture shock, intercultural adjustment, reentry, identity expansion, intercultural/global citizenship, and intercultural competence in a second language. Through critical reflection, reading, discussion, and writing, students develop a deeper understanding of their international experience and discover ways to incorporate it into their CUHK life and post-graduation plans.

 

ENGE3760 English Sociolinguistic Variation

 

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This course focuses on a quantitative analysis of linguistic variation. Course content includes a discussion of the principles of linguistic variation, the sociolinguistic variable, and variation data collection and analysis. Research on variation and various linguistic (e.g., linguistic environment) and extralinguistic (e.g., gender, social class, identity) factors is examined, with an emphasis of the relationship between group and individual variation. The first and second language acquisition of variation is also examined.

 

ENGE3770 Bilingualism: Cognition and Society

 

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The rise of English as a global language lights the fuse for bilingualism (and multilingualism). This course aims to introduce theories and research findings concerning bilingualism and related phenomena. Bilingualism is both individual and societal. The first half of the course focuses on bilingual development within individuals. Topics include bilingual language development, factors affecting bilingual acquisition, bilingualism and aging, and cognitive advantages conferred by being bilinguals. The second half of the course turns to societal bilingualism. It will examine issues concerning language use, policymaking, and bi/multilingual education in different regions around the world, including but are not limited to Canada, Sweden, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This course will be of interests to students who are keen on linguistics and literacy development, language education, cognitive science, and developmental psychology.

 

ENGE3850 Acquisition of English Phonology

 

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This course examines the first and second language acquisition of English phonetics and phonology, with a focus on various linguistic and extralinguistic processes and factors that impact acquisition. The impact of social factors such as identity and peer group networks on acquisition and use of different phonological features is also discussed. The course also examines accent and intelligibility, specifically in relation to stereotyping in the media. The course concludes with a discussion of the phonological features of the English spoken in Hong Kong.

 

Prerequisite: ENGE 2510

 

ENGE3860 Advanced Grammatical Studies in English

 

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This course follows on from ENGE1520 and will take a closer, more detailed look at the working of the grammatical system in English as well as the major principles and processes underlying sentence formation in English. This course draws insights from a range of grammatical approaches, not bound to one specific approach. This course should be of interest to students hoping to work in such professional fields as language education, language pathology, literary criticism, and translation, where the syntactic features of a writer’s prose style are important.

 

Prerequisite: ENGE 1520

 

ENGE3970 Language and the Internet

 

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This course examines the relationship between language and the internet. It introduces students to the linguistic features of various forms of internet-based media such as email and instant messaging. It also explores sociolinguistic issues on Web 2.0 sites, such as blogs, Facebook, and YouTube. Key methods and theories of the emerging field of Internet Linguistics are also discussed. The course concludes by looking into the future of the English language on the increasingly globalized and multilingual internet.

 

ENGE4100 Major Author(s)

 

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An intensive study of the life, the imaginative character, and the works of a single author or authors who have played major roles in the development of Western literature. Authors studied may vary from year to year.
Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

 

ENGE4110 Love, Death, and God in English Renaissance Poetry

 

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This course aims to cover some of the key poetic texts of the English Renaissance in order to explore two of their ongoing preoccupations: love and death. This course will explore the ways these texts use two aspects of the human experience to consider the nature of what lies beyond the human: the ideal, the metaphysical, and God. Where the love poetry of the period frequently idealizes the beloved into a kind of a divinity, Renaissance poetry which ruminates on the nature of mortality frequently does so under the eyes of a God who is, by turns, vengeful and merciful, benevolent and indifferent. While this course is thematic, it also covers many of the formal preoccupations of English Renaissance poetry. Some of these include: imitation, pastoral, paradox, metaphor, and epic form. Poems by Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton will be covered. These are some of the most important figures in English literature, but whose language and chronological distance make them daunting to many students. This course will not only make them more accessible, but it will teach students methods of close reading which will give them the skills to read other such difficult texts in the future.

 

ENGE4120 Reading Paradise Lost

 

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This course focuses on a single, seminal work of English literature: Milton’s Paradise Lost. The length and complexity of the work make it ideally suited for the kind of focused consideration that this course would provide. Some of the themes covered will be: the idea of literary imitation; the poet as prophet; the nature of sin; how to write about the ineffable; the power of persuasive language. These themes (and many more) are central to Paradise Lost, but are equally the concern of other texts by Milton as well as other writers in the period. Where possible, these additional works will be considered in order to shed light on Paradise Lost and to flesh out its complexities. Paradise Lost has also been the subject of a wide variety of literary critical approaches – reader response, new historicist, psychoanalytic – and these too will be considered over the duration of the course.

 

There will also be a significant emphasis placed on reading aloud in this course. Typically, a lecture will contain an hour of literary analysis from me followed 45 minutes of reading aloud performed by me and the students. Students will be allocated characters in the poem to read in preparation for each lecture.

 

ENGE4130 Issues in Literary Criticism

 

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This course will acquaint students with a number of basic concepts of theoretical positions in literary criticism by reading and analysing certain seminal texts taken from the modern age. Specific topics of investigation include: (a) language and structure; (b) meaning and interpretation; and (c) text and context. Discussion of these topics will lead to a greater understanding of the primary features, strategies and implications of the main currents in contemporary critical theory such as structuralism/semiotics, reader response, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, feminism and socio-cultural criticism.

 

ENGE4140 Topics in East/West Comparative Literature

 

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This course will investigate some critical concepts and literary theories within the context of East/West comparative literature. In this special context the advantages, problems and validity of applying Western theoretical models to Chinese literature such as romanticism, tragedy, comedy and bildungsroman will be considered.

 

ENGE4240 Special Topics in Literature

 

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An intensive study of a major issue in literary studies. Topic(s) will be defined from year to year by the Department of English. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

 

ENGE4510 Shakespeare Festival

 

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This course is offered to those students who are selected each year to represent the University in the Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival. As such, it will be highly selective: only five students will be invited to sign up. Of these students, three will be actors, and two will be assistant directors. All undergraduates in the department will be invited to audition in mid November.
By the end of this course, students would have learned the fundamentals of Shakespearean stagecraft, voice production, creating a character, and expressive movement and gesture. They would also have learned the basic principles of technical aspects of production such as set, lighting, and costume design. Students will also have gained intimate knowledge of at least 3 Shakespearean plays which will be studied from both a literary critical and dramaturgical perspective.
Students will also have to submit an analytical essay which asks them to utilise what they have learned in the experience of putting on a play for production, and to reflect upon that process.

 

ENGE4620 Critical Discourse Analysis

 

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This course focuses on a contemporary approach to discourse analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), which investigates real language data from a social and ideological perspective. The course aims to provide students with the analytical toolkit for understanding ideologies and power relations in different discourse contexts. Major research methods of CDA are illustrated through a range of authentic spoken and written texts such as political speeches, classroom interaction, broadcast news reports, advertisements, and websites.

 

Prerequisite: ENGE 3670

 

ENGE4650 Special Topics in Applied Linguistics

 

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An intensive study of a major issue in applied English linguistics. Topic(s) are defined from year to year by the Department of English. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

 

ENGE4660 Issues in Contemporary English Language Studies

 

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This course focuses on some topic of interest that has not been discussed in other courses in the regular program. Topics to be introduced depend on the availability of expertise and are related to the form, use, or acquisition of the English language. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of the topic through reading and discussion of related research, papers, and data analysis. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

 

ENGE4700 Independent Research Project

 

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In this capstone course, English majors in their final year of studies will carry out independent research on a topic approved by the Department and supervised by a teacher. It may involve a major essay (15-20 pages) in literature or linguistics, or it may be interdisciplinary. It may also take the form of a project or creative work such as a collection of poetry or short stories. The major paper/project must include critical reflection on the research process, build on undergraduate learning in the major, and make connections with future studies/career plans. The proposal for this course must be submitted to the Department before the term begins. At the end of the semester, all students taking ENGE 4700 will give an oral presentation and be evaluated by a panel of teachers and peers. This is a required course for all four-year students who have joined the Department of English during or after the 2012-2013 academic year.