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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Revised PDip Program in English Studies (HKU)

Author: Ken Lau

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

FYI Body: The Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies (PDipES) programme offered by the Centre for Applied English Studies, the University of Hong Kong is now admitting new students for the academic year 2013/14.

The PDipES programme has been restructured in such a way that course participants can now complete it in one academic year. All sessions will take place on weekday evenings, with occasional support sessions provided on Saturday mornings.

PDipES is designed to enhance the subject knowledge of school teachers who are currently teaching English or who intend to teach English but are without an initial degree in English. It is also suitable for those who are interested in acquiring knowledge about the English language.

The programme consists of 8 modules and an independent project.

For details, please visit the programme website:

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Chris Sun, the programme secretary at ctysun@hku.hk

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