All undergraduate (UG) students are required to complete 12 credits of English so that you are equipped with adequate English for successful completion of your studies. Six of those credits are for the Common Core E-Comm courses, and the other six credits are for Program Required Courses.

If you have questions about your English courses, contact an advisor.

Credit Transfer During Study (for courses other than the Common Core English Communication Courses)

 

Program Required Courses
  • LABU 2040
    Business Case Analyses
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18), LABU 2051, LABU 2052

    This course seeks to equip students with persuasive communication skills, both oral and written, through analyzing business cases and presenting solutions to problems identified. It provides students with a solid framework and hands-on practice to communicate persuasively and professionally in business settings. In presenting the case problem, analysis and recommendations, students learn to identify issues, develop and organize key ideas, and eventually to persuade the audience of the validity of the arguments and proposed actions. The course sharpens students' ability to explain and support ideas logically, coherently and cohesively using various techniques, to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately, and in appropriate tone and style. Through a range of learning activities involving reading, discussion, writing and making oral presentations, students also develop critical reading, critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as teamwork and leadership skills. For students who have this course as a program requirement.

  • LABU 2051
    Business Case Analyses I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403, LANG 1404, or LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18)

    For students who have this course as a program requirement. This course lays the foundation for students to engage in business case analyses by developing their critical reading and thinking skills, as well as their ability to present case analysis findings and recommendations in spoken and written forms.

  • LABU 2052
    Business Case Analyses II
    Prerequisite(s) LABU 2051
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18)

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    For students who have this course as a program requirement. This course builds on the foundation built in LABU 2051 and further develops students' ability to comprehend and analyze business cases, and eventually to present findings and recommendations clearly and persuasively.

  • LABU 2060
    Effective Communication in Business
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2020 (prior to 2019-20)

    The course activates students' previously acquired English language skills into a useful managerial communication toolkit targeted toward specific business applications and strategies. Students will learn how to be an effective communicator in the global workplace. The course is designed and structured to address the learning needs of students in job-seeking and in their early careers. Students will have opportunities to learn and practice how to succeed in business writing, presentations, interviews, meetings, and collaborative assignments. The course also introduces students to strategies for handling the communication challenges which fresh graduates can expect in the global workplace. For students who have this course as a program requirement.

     

  • LANG 2010
    English for Science I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 OR LANG 1404

    An English course for students of the School of Science. The course introduces students to the language and discourse of science and develops their competence in speaking and writing about scientific topics.

  • LANG 2030
    Technical Communication I
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)

    The course provides students with a broad introduction to English within the discipline of engineering. A central aim of the course is to encourage students to analyze critically the wider social implications of engineering products and processes, through the careful examination of texts (and other media) beyond their own specific engineering field and to communicate effectively by delivering oral presentations and writing reports on topics relevant to all engineers.

  • LANG 2061
    Professional Writing for the Workplace
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 or LANG 1404
    Exclusion(s) N/A

    LANG 2061 is a three-credit, one semester course.  Students attend two 1.5 hour-lessons per week. The course offers students the language and communication skills and strategies to adapt their writing to various professional contexts. It increases students’ awareness of how writing can create change and persuade others to take action, and how audiences, contexts, and genres call for different choices in language, organization, format, and style. The course develops students' ability to communicate in digital contexts by analyzing and producing texts, including but not limited to emails, social media posts, and instant messages. As students explore and analyze business genres, they learn how to shape and adapt their language skills, strategies, and communication practices for various purposes. Students will develop a repertoire of language and communication skills and strategies, enabling them to write for various workplace needs.

     

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students can:

    1. Develop and apply knowledge of rhetoric and genre to write texts appropriate for workplace contexts, purposes and audiences
    2. Critically analyze workplace genres using linguistic and communication theories to write texts appropriate for workplace contexts, purposes and audiences
    3. Organize workplace texts logically and coherently to communicate ideas
    4. Develop awareness of writing as a social process by giving, receiving and responding to feedback
    5. Lead and work as a team and manage work independently
    6. Develop awareness of ethical concerns when integrating Gen AI and other technologies to enhance writing practices
  • LANG 2062
    Professional Speaking for the Workplace
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 or LANG 1404

    Exclusion(s) N/A

    LANG 2062 is a three-credit, one semester course offered in Fall and Spring semesters.  Students attend two 1.5 hour-lessons per week. This course equips students with the language and communication skills and strategies to speak and present professionally in internal and external business settings. It increases student awareness of how speaking and presenting creates change and convinces one to take action. As students explore and analyze spoken genres using language and communication theories, they learn how to shape and adapt their language skills, strategies and communication practices to influence various internal and external audiences including customers, co-workers and supervisors. Students will also develop ways to express themselves in multimodal settings. The course develops in students particularly with soft skills to handle sensitive business situations and incidents including a crisis, and how to communicate interculturally in diverse settings. Students will develop a repertoire of language and communication skills and strategies to meet various workplace needs.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students can:

    a) Analyse a variety of internal and external audience’s needs and expectations and formulate effective communication strategies to address specific purposes and contexts.

    b) Analyse and assess critically spoken business discourses, contexts, and communicative and linguistic features, using a language-based approach.

    c) Articulate ideas clearly and concisely using appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication.

    d) Communicate and present evidence-based arguments, and apply different communication theories and techniques to engage with and persuade the stakeholders.

    e) Enhance presentation skills and convey meaning through multimedia that combines modalities (through a combination of modes of communication).

    f) Develop cultural sensitivity and use language of diversity and inclusion to conduct effective cross-cultural business communication.

    g) Lead and work as a team, and manage work independently.

    h) Reflect on language and communicative skills and approaches learnt.

  • LANG 2063
    Writing for Workplace Success
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1406, 1407, 1408, or 1409
    Exclusion(s) LANG2061

    LANG 2063 is a three-credit, one semester course offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.  Students attend two 1.5 hour-lessons per week. The course offers students the language and communication skills and strategies to adapt their writing to various professional contexts. It increases students’ awareness of how writing can create change and persuade others to take action, and how audiences, contexts, and genres call for different choices in language, organization, format, and style. The course develops students' ability to communicate in digital contexts by analyzing and producing texts, including but not limited to emails, social media posts, and instant messages. As students explore and analyze business genres, they learn how to shape and adapt their language skills, strategies, and communication practices for various purposes. Students will develop a repertoire of language and communication skills and strategies, enabling them to write for various workplace needs.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students can:

    1. Develop and apply knowledge of rhetoric and genre to write texts appropriate for workplace contexts, purposes and audiences
    2. Critically analyze workplace genres using linguistic and communication theories to write texts appropriate for workplace contexts, purposes and audiences
    3. Organize workplace texts logically and coherently to communicate ideas
    4. Develop awareness of writing as a social process by giving, receiving and responding to feedback
    5. Lead and work as a team and manage work independently
    6. Develop awareness of ethical concerns when integrating Gen AI and other technologies to enhance writing practices
  • LANG 2070
    English Communication for Humanities and Social Science Studies I
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)

    Restricted to students in programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science. The course is an integrated skills course with a special emphasis on critical reading and thinking. It develops students' ability to understand the nuances of English vocabulary and to assimilate information from different sources for analysis and commentary. The course also hones students' skills in giving effective academic presentations.

  • LANG 2082
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology I
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)

    This course aims to develop students’ competence in discipline-related English, specifically communicating topics in the field of Environmental Management and Technology to the general public. Throughout the course, environmental issues will be examined, and students will learn the necessary skills to be applied in weekly communicative tasks and individual spoken and written assessments. For EVMT students only.

  • LANG 2083
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2082

    This course aims to develop students’ competence in discipline-related English, specifically communicating topics in the field of Environmental Management and Technology to a business audience. Throughout the course, the importance of communication and persuasion will be examined, and students will learn the necessary skills to be applied in weekly communicative tasks, and individual and group assessments. For EVMT students only.

  • LANG 3021
    Science Communication in English (Mathematics)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010 OR LANG 2030 (for DSCT students only)

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate mathematical knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain mathematics concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate mathematics notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For MATH and DSCT students only.

  • LANG 3022
    Science Communication in English (Chemistry)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate chemistry knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to write genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain chemistry concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate chemistry notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For CHEM students only.

  • LANG 3023
    Science Communication in English (Physics)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate physics knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain physics concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate physics notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For PHYS students only.

  • LANG 3024
    Science Communication in English (Life Science)
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate life science knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature and reflect on how to argue for their own stance of a controversial issue in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate life science notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For BCB, BISC and BIOT students only.

  • LANG 3025
    Science Communication in English (Ocean Science)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate ocean science knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both narrative and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain ocean science concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate ocean science notions and implications to lay audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. This course is for students on programs offered by the Department of Ocean Science.

  • LANG 3027
    Science Communication in English for Research Students
    Prerequisite(s) To enroll in LANG3027in Fall Semester 2023, students must have completed LANG 2010 or LANG 2010(H). The course is a co-requisite to SCIE3900, and open to all IRE science students and department-selected science students (with consent from SSCI and CLE).

    LANG3027 offers undergraduate science students the valuable opportunity to enhance their skills in writing research project reports, abstracts, and other related genres. By focusing on research writing skills, referencing and editing techniques, this course aims to empower science research students to produce professional and polished research project reports. Engaging with authentic texts, students will receive guidance on writing different sections of a scientific research paper, while also exploring the research writing conventions specific to their individual science disciplines.

  • LANG 3060
    Advanced Academic Writing
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 or LANG 1404
    Exclusion(s) LANG 2065

    LANG 3060, Advanced Academic Writing, is a three-credit course for business students.  Students attend 3 hours of class per week over one semester. This course offers students advanced strategies and practice in writing texts in their academic disciplines. It increases student awareness of how disciplinary conventions, genre and rhetorical situations call for different choices in language, organization, format, citation and style. As students explore and analyze academic disciplinary genres and their research and writing process, they learn how to use advanced language skills and strategies including developing stances, defining, explaining, reporting, analyzing, synthesizing and organizing and how to repurpose academic content to communicate ideas effectively. The course also develops in students the view of writing as a social process as they work with a community of writers who share ideas, give feedback and support. It creates writers who are engaged to demonstrate their writing in various ways including a small-scale research project. The course threads competencies in communication, problem-solving and personal development including lifelong learning and awareness to help students develop transferable skills to become effective writers in their academic disciplines.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students can:

    1. Develop and apply knowledge of rhetoric, genre and conventions generic across disciplines and specific to their field to write texts appropriate for academic contexts, purpose and audiences
    2. Critically analyze, synthesize and integrate sources using advanced citation practices in the discipline.
    3. Organize texts logically and coherently to communicate information and ideas by applying both common and discipline-specific conventions.
    4. Analyze and apply advanced skills and strategies in writing including stance development, definition, analysis, synthesis, explanation and reporting, and control of syntax, mechanics and style.
    5. Develop awareness of writing as a social process by collaborating effectively with peers in the writing process and giving constructive feedback.
    6. Reflect critically on their own writing to identify areas for improvement to enhance their writing skills.
    7. Adapt academic texts for public audiences to engage and persuade, including the use of multimodal means.
    8. Integrate use of technologies including Gen AI with strong emphasis on ethical considerations to enhance writing practices.
  • LANG 3070
    English Communication for Humanities and Social Science Studies II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2070

    Restricted to students on programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science. The course builds on the critical reading and thinking skills students have developed, and prepares them for writing up long documents such as project reports and dissertations, with special attention paid to the demands on students from various Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

  • LANG 3081
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology III
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2083

    LANG 3081 is a two-credit, one-semester course for students in the BSc in Environmental Management and Technology (EVMT) program. It focuses on preparing students for their Final Year Capstone Project report writing and presentations. The course is offered during the Spring terms only. 

  • LANG 4030
    Technical Communication II for CSE, CPEG & DSCT
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE/LANG 1403 OR CORE/LANG 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23); (For DSCT only) LANG 2010 OR LANG 2030; (For all others) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) (For COMP and DSCT) COMP 4910 OR COMP 4981 OR COMP 4981H ; (For CPEG) CPEG 4901 OR CPEG 4902 OR CPEG 4910; (For COSC) Nil

    A one-term, major-specific language course for CSE students, and for CPEG and DSCT students undertaking a CSE Final Year Project or Final Year Thesis. The course focuses on report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to the disciplines.

  • LANG 4031
    Technical Communication II for ECE & CPEG
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) LANG 1403 OR LANG 1404 OR LANG 1003 (Prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) ELEC 4900 OR ELEC 4901 OR ELEC 4910 OR CPEG 4910 OR CPEG 4911 OR CPEG 4912

    A one-term, major-specific language course for all ECE students and for all CPEG students undertaking an ECE Final Year Project. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations and communication in professional contexts relevant to ECE and CPEG.

  • LANG 4032
    Technical Communication II for IEDA and ISDN
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030

    A one-term, major-specific language course for students in IEDA and ISDN. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations and appropriate communication strategies and language use in professional contexts relevant to the disciplines. For IEDA and ISDN students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4033
    Technical Communication II for Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (Prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030

    A one-term, major-specific language course for all students of the CIVL Department undertaking the Final Year Project and Capstone Project. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to the CIVL Capstone Project. For CIVL and CIEV students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4034
    Technical Communication II for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (Prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) MECH 3690 OR MECH 3830

    A one-term, major-specific course for all Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students. The course focuses on academic speaking and writing skills for laboratory report writing and the Final Year Design Project. For MAE students only.

  • LANG 4035
    Technical Communication II for Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030/H OR LANG 1003 (for DDP only) OR LANG 1403 (for DDP only) OR LANG 1404 (for DDP only)

    A one-term, major-specific course for all students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to chemical and biological engineering. For CBE students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4070
    Academic Writing in Context - Global China Studies
    Corequisite(s) SHSS 4991 OR SHSS 4992

    This is a course with a special delivery mode -- a combination of input sessions plus highly individualized assistance provided for students to address their specific writing needs, dictated by students' choices of topics in particular areas of Global China Studies. For GCS students only.

  • LANG 5000
    Foundation in Listening & Speaking for Postgraduate Students

    For students whose level of spoken English is lower than ELPA Level 4 (Speaking) when they enter the University. The course addresses the immediate linguistic needs of research postgraduate students for oral communication on campus using English. To complete the course, students are required to attain at least ELPA Level 4 (Speaking). Graded P or F.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Use more accurate pronunciation and more appropriate features of connected speech for effective communication.

    2. Express views about academic and social topics with more appropriate topic development and coherence.

    3. Show progress in their skills in listening for features in English texts to improve their own development of speaking skills.

  • LANG 5005
    Communicating Research in English
    Corequisite(s) LANG 5000

    This course aims to help research postgraduate students to develop skills they need to understand how to successfully communicate research in English to academic, cross-disciplinary and non-specialist audiences. Students who fail to satisfy the University's English language requirement are advised to complete LANG 5000 before enrolling for this course. Graded P or F.

    Co-requisite(s)

    LANG 5000

    Course codes and semesters

    LANG 5005B For students on SBM and SHSS programs Offered in the spring semester
    LANG 5005C For students on AIS programs Offered in the spring semester
    LANG 5005E For students on SENG and SSCI programs Offered in fall and spring semesters

    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Describe and apply academic, stylistic, and rhetorical conventions of research text genres
    2. Communicate in speech and in writing critical and analytical interpretations of research texts
    3. Communicate a persuasive research argument and contribution
    4. Express a confident research persona through an engaging style of communication for academic and professional success
    5. Communicate research effectively to academic, cross-disciplinary, and non-specialist audiences

     

    FAQs

    1. Why must I take this course?

    LANG 5005 is designed to help you communicate your research in speech and in writing and to consider others' research. This will help build your confidence and skills on your research journey.

    1. When should I take this course?

    We recommend you take the course in your first academic year. Please check your degree type (FT/PT), study duration and other potential influences (e.g., off-campus periods) to ensure you can complete the course at an appropriate time.

    1. I am a native or expert user of English. Do I need to take this course?

    Yes, it teaches communication skills that benefit all research degree students.

    1. I completed my previous degrees in an English-speaking country or at an English-medium university. Do I need to take this course?

    Yes, it teaches communication skills that benefit all research degree students.

    1. Can I apply for a course exemption?

    The CLE may recommend an exemption if you took a similar communications course for research degree students at another institution. Contact the CLE if this applies to you.

    1. I have presented my research at conferences and/or have authored or co-authored published research. Do I need to take this course?

    Yes, LANG 5005 is a required course for research programs that specify it. Giving presentations and/or writing for publication is a common and valuable experience for research degree students. But this is not equivalent to taking LANG 5005. This course provides students with deeper and broader skills to help communicate their research in written and spoken forms to similar and different audiences.

     

  • LANG 5030
    English Communication for Postgraduate Engineering Studies

    This is an English for Academic Purposes course specially designed to assist postgraduate students in addressing linguistic challenges while pursuing a MSc in Engineering. It aims to enhance students’ academic presentation, discussion and writing skills. Students will also learn how to make use of existing electronic resources and various English dictionaries for effective and life-long learning. Graded P or F.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Make effective presentations, and be able to evaluate their fellow classmates’ presentation skills.

    2. Participate effectively in and conduct seminar discussions.

    3. Develop strategies for effective listening and speaking in academic contexts.

    4. Develop strategies for writing accurately in academic contexts.

  • LANG 5070
    Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purpose
    Exclusion(s) LANG 5070H (prior to 2017-18)

    For students of the MSc in Global China Studies. The course aims to develop students' ability to produce written texts of a range of genres, appropriate to the academic context, and demonstrating adequate control of syntax, lexis and style.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Write a range of academic texts demonstrating appropriate control of syntaz.

    2. Recognize and produce the essential features of different written genres, including critical reviews, summaries and abstracts.

    3. Distinguish clearly between facts and opinions and extract salient points in written texts.

    4. Develop written arguments with reference to different sources.

    5. Demonstrate critical awareness of accuracy in written English, including texts written by peers.

  • LANG 5072
    English Academic Writing on Chinese Culture

    The course is intended to provide students with essential training in academic writing, with a focus on the language used in the context of Chinese culture. This is a compulsory foundation course for all students in the MA program in Chinese Culture.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the common genres of academic writing, including abstract, literature review, argument essay and research article.

    2. Identify the common referencing format and referencing skills, including quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.

    3. Describe how academic texts are structured and how various devices are used for improving the coherence and cohesion of academic writing.

    4. Recognize how hedging and qualifying language strengthens and weakens arguments and common fallacies in academic writing.

    5. Explain the importance of identifying purposes and audience before writing, which affects the writing style and tone.

    6. Distinguish specific language and vocabulary for academic writing.