The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong

Core English Courses


CEAL offers a range of core English courses designed to prepare students for dealing effectively with their academic studies while at University, as well as introduce students to concepts, skills and techniques necessary for learning and improving their language skills independently in preparation for life-long language learning, and help students to communicate in English with an increased ability to think logically and critically as part of the liberal arts education. The common English courses also aim to equip students with the necessary English language skills for their immediate and future academic and professional development, and foster and cultivate an awareness of students' own proficiency levels in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) as well as in grammar and vocabulary. For more information on what courses should be taken when, as well as course descriptions, learning outcomes, assessment methods and more, please access the links below.


    No.Credits: 3        Weekly Contact Hours: 4        Terms Offered: 1 & 2


    Course Description

    This foundational course teaches you how to improve your English language competence as well as the academic skills necessary for you to succeed in an English-medium university. This course will also cultivate your awareness of the language conventions, arts, and research skills in academic contexts, with a particular focus on how to scaffold a text by using appropriate lexico-grammatical resources, patterns, and strategies. All the tasks, readings and in class materials are based on a particular context relevant to your interests and needs. Remedial practice in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation will also be provided to help you to facilitate your scaffolding and learning process during the course.


    Course Outline

    No.Credits: 3        Weekly Contact Hours: 4        Terms Offered: 1 & 2


    Course Description

    This course will teach you creative and reflective practices that will enhance your awareness of the processes of research and writing by engaging you with extended argumentative texts from three major academic disciplines as commonly defined – humanities, science, and social science. The main objective of the course is to introduce the structure, stances and advanced techniques in argumentation. The role of visuals will also be highlighted. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to produce more sophisticated argumentation in written, oral and visual forms, drawing on sources from at least two disciplines.


    Course Outline

    Prerequisite: LUE1001 University English I (except for inbound exchange students/ students who have been exempted from LUE1001).

    No.Credits: 3        Weekly Contact Hours: 4        Terms Offered: 1 & 2


    Course Description

    This course teaches you how to communicate professionally in workplace contexts using a case study approach inspired in a real-world organization: The M+ Museum. In the first part of the course, you learn about M+ and use the information provided in the case study to practice effective job applications and interviews. In the second part of the course, you need to propose a solution (or solutions) to a complex problem related to M+ by conducting research and engaging in company meetings. Working in small groups, you will discuss your solution(s) with others during a company meeting and write a proposal to your line manager at M+.


    Course Outline

    Note: This course should be taken when or after LUE1002 University English II is taken (except for inbound exchange students).

    No.Credits: 3        Weekly Contact Hours: 3        Terms Offered: 1 & 2


    Course Description

    This course teaches you how to communicate professionally in workplace contexts using a case study approach inspired in a real-world organization: InvestHK. In the first part of the course, you learn about InvestHK and use the information provided in the case study to practice effective job applications and interviews. In the second part of the course, you need to propose a solution (or solutions) to a complex problem related to InvestHK by conducting research and engaging in company meetings. Working in small groups, you will discuss your solution(s) with others during a company meeting and write a proposal to your line manager at InvestHK.


    Course Outline

    Note: This course should be taken when or after LUE1002 University English II is taken (except for inbound exchange students).

    No.Credits: 3        Weekly Contact Hours: 4        Terms Offered: 1 & 2


    Course Description

    This course teaches you how to communicate professionally in workplace contexts using a case study approach inspired in a real-world organization: ImpactHK. In the first part of the course, you learn about ImpactHK and use the information provided in the case study to practice effective job applications and interviews. In the second part of the course, you need to propose a solution (or solutions) to a complex problem related to ImpactHK by conducting research and engaging in company meetings. Working in small groups, you will discuss your solution(s) with others during a company meeting and write a proposal to your line manager at ImpactHK.


    Course Outline

    Note: This course should be taken when or after LUE1002 University English II is taken (except for inbound exchange students).