Since its creation in 1985, the Language Centre has been striving to equip HKBU students with English and Chinese language skills (including Putonghua and Cantonese) needed for successful academic study and for functioning effectively in society and their future workplace. This mission aligns with the University’s Graduate Attribute that students should “have trilingual and biliterate competence in English and Chinese, and the ability to articulate their ideas clearly and coherently.”
The Language Centre also offers courses to help students communicate effectively in French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Mandarin (for non-native speakers). In addition, the Language Centre endeavor to expand all HKBU’s students’ linguistic boundaries by offering a variety of courses in creative writing in English and Chinese.
In pursuing these goals, the Language Centre designs and delivers a variety of language programmes and services including:
- Credit-bearing courses
- Supplementary courses
- Minor programmes
- Writing and speaking enhancement services
- Contests and activities
- Independent language learning opportunities in its multi-media language laboratory
The Language Centre aims to provide a coherent and pedagogically sound curriculum to foster skills of self-expression in all the languages it teaches, as well as provide outstanding facilities for additional self-learning. In the pursuit of excellence, the Language Centre promotes staff development so as to assist teachers in making informed decisions about teaching and learning. To promote learner-autonomy, the Language Centre aims to help students become more aware of their own role in the language learning process.