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Courses / English Honor Program

The Honors Program in Advanced English


To complete the program, a total of 10 courses (20 credits) are required. All courses are taught in English.

Summary of Required Courses
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Intermediate Aural-oral Training in English (PGUK001): This course aims to develop course takers’ English listening and speaking skills so that they can improve their communicative abilities for personal and educational purposes. By the end of the semester course takers are expected to understand familiar and unfamiliar topics and to communicate effectively.

News Media English (PGUK002): This course aims to enhance students’ English proficiency through guided reading of various types of news articles. Students will have a chance to familiarize themselves with the style of journalistic writing, build their vocabulary, sharpen their reading comprehension, and keep current with world news. As the class is conducted entirely in English, students will also get a chance to improve their spoken English.

Communication Skills in English (PGUK003)The course aims to enhance non-English majors’ oral English communication competence, specifically daily conversation ability. It consists of two parts. The first part focuses on cultivating students’ awareness and knowledge of the universal elements and effectiveness in interpersonal communication. With the basic knowledge of the factors that shape the process and outcome of oral communication as the foundation, the second, or remaining, part of the course targets at elevating students’ ability in conducting and managing social conversation in English. Through in-class activities and exercises, students will learn how to start, sustain and close conversation with culturally appropriate attitudes, strategies and expressions. Students’ performance will be evaluated via quizzes, final exam, and a self-report on an analysis of one’s own English oral communication competence.

Readings in English Prose (PGUK004): This course is designed to enhance students’ English proficiency through guided reading of various prose texts, including both fictional and non-fictional. While helping students improve their different language skills in English, this course will invite students to participate actively in discussion about ethics, politics, cultures in this drastic and dynamic contemporary world, in order to reflect critically on different versions of a good life. For fulfilling this course, students are expected to be able to summarize the texts, elaborate on the arguments, provide constructive comments, propose engaging questions, respond to feedbacks or questions, initiate or chair a meaningful discussion, and examine pertinent issues with independent thinking.

English Group Discussion (PGUK005)This course aims to enhance students’ English language proficiency, communication competence and interpersonal skills in order to work effectively and constructively in small group discussions. More specifically, the course will provide students with extensive language practices and many speaking interactions that will help them to express their opinions and build effective oral communication skills. In particular, through the case studies of controversial issues presented in class, students will engage in discussions that require their critical analysis and active participations. In sum, from the course, students will (1). learn to work productively in team discussions (2).gain practical experiences in leading and participating in small group discussions and (3).develop their speaking competency in English.

Guided Writing in English (PGUK006): Students will improve their ability to express their ideas and opinions clearly and coherently in writing. With a focus on academic writing skills, students will be given instruction, advice and feedback on the process of writing, include planning and organising, style and editing, and the conventions of different types of writing. By the end of the course students will have completed for assessment two longer written assignments and as well as numerous shorter pieces completed in class.

Oral Presentation in English (PGUK007): This is a task-based course aimed at improving oral English and presentation skills. The instructor will provide input, guidance and feedback as appropriate, necessary and upon request. After taking this course, students should be able to (1). present your ideas clearly (2). speak with confidence in front of an audience (3). use power point and/or audio-visial aids effectively (4) project a positive image with a presentation.

Introduction to Translation (PGUK010): Offering non-English majors a basic understanding of the Translation and Interpreting (T&I) industry as a whole and of the practices of T&I professionals, this course aims to familiarize students with practical translation skills and to enhance their interest in T&I through a variety of interactive activities including demonstrations, discussions, practices and presentations.

Studies in Cross-cultural Issues (PGUK009): This course enables participants to become more effective intercultural communicators. Intercultural communication at its most basic refers to understanding how people from different cultures behave, communicate and perceive the world around them. Understanding this, we are better equipped to avoid conflict and misunderstandings. Over the duration of the course, students will be asked to reflect on how their own culture informs how they think, communicate and behave. Developing an understanding of how their own language and behaviour is informed by cultural values and assumptions will enable them to better understand others. Students will be introduced to cultural dimensions such as individualism-collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, power distance, masculinity-femininity, long-term orientation and indulgence versus self-restraint. They will be led to understand how these dimensions inform everyday interactions. Students are requested to arrive for class with enquiring minds.

Topical Reporting in English (PGUK008): The overall goal of the course is to enhance students' capabilities of four skills--listening, speaking, reading and writing. Materials on a good variety of topics such as education, culture, art, technology, business and medicine are offered either by the instructor or suggested by the students. Films of cultural interest and other relevant materials are also brought into the classroom. Students are required to prepare materials in advance as well as to report and discuss related issues in class through extensive reading and in-depth analysis of the issues. The course is intended to improve students’ reading comprehension on various topics and to arouse their awareness of the significance of viewpoints. Based on the knowledge and skills they have gained in the first stage, students are expected to produce feature stories or topical reports in the second stage of the course. 

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