English Language Teaching and Curriculum Development in Hong Kong

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One major problem raised by college students who read for English courses is that the course per se may be too general and not related to their own disciplines. It is compulsory for all college students to complete a credit-bearing EAP and/or ESP course before they graduate. However, many universities in Hong Kong merely offer an EAP course which covers generic academic writing skills in English. It is crucial to develop different tailor-made EAP courses for their corresponding majors in order to motivate and benefit their studies. Therefore, this paper will examine the ways stipulated by the Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA), which is an advanced blend of theory and practice that provides professional development for teachers, to devise a course that benefits and reflects a specific group of college students who major in Business at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Results are generated from primary research, my practical experience as well as collection of secondary data. This paper will also draw upon examples of different curricula for evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-60
JournalESP Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


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