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At HKU SPACE, we design and offer courses to meet your goals for General English, Business English and English for the Professions. These range from 30 hours to 90 hours and cover a broad spectrum of levels.

Reasons to improve your English at HKU SPACE:

  •  Polish your interpersonal and career skills
  •  Learn to communicate ideas more effectively
  •  Interact confidently with overseas and English speaking people
  •  Fine-tune your presentations and writing to project better impressions
  •  Stay up to date by learning about current English use
  •  Sharpen your competitive edge in today's global workplace
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The American south (not South America!) has produced some of the best writers in the American literary landscape.  In this course, we will read and discuss the works of five women fiction writers who lived in, and wrote about this part of the country. While some background information will be introduced, the main approach we take to these stories is close reading and analysis.
PT
Start 08 JAN 2018 (MON)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800

Looking at different works of art, this course investigates the problems of the fundamental human impulse to interpret art as a mode of social or political resistance to power as compared to the apolitical enjoyment of the aesthetics of art as such. It aims to analyze our present postmodern experience of art in which the art consumer is radically divided between possible erotics of art and a violent return to the tradition of interpretation.

PT
Start 02 JAN 2018 (TUE)
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
The Advanced General English course helps students who have successfully completed the Diploma in General English to further consolidate their language skills in preparation of their promotion to the Advanced Diploma in General English programme.
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 20 weeks
Fee HK$6,600

This course introduces participants to eight modern American poets as well as several poets of Asian American descent. Participants will read, explicate, and discuss a selection of works by poets such as Wallace Stevens, Hilda Doolittle; Robert Hayden, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, and N. Scott Momaday.

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Start To be advised
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
Shakespeare and Jonson were contemporaries and both widely acclaimed in their time, yet Jonson has not subsequently received the critical attention and overwhelming adulation that Shakespeare has. This course introduces the genre of comedy with relation to classical formulations as applied to specific works of Shakespeare and Jonson. It looks at similarities and differences in the works of the two playwrights and examines how they created dramatic representations of gender and class roles in relation to the real world of the Elizabethan/Jacobean commercial theatre.
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 25 hours
Fee HK$5,800
The programme aims to equip students with the language skills in specific focused areas at a higher level of accuracy and appropriacy.
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Start To be advised
Duration 1 year to 4 years
Fee HK$3,500
Everyone has a story to tell. This course helps you tap into your memories to uncover the stories which make you who you are. Class time will be divided between guided writing exercises, discussion of assigned readings, and sharing of each other's written materials. Various aspects of the writer's craft will be introduced to help in your rewriting and polishing process.
 

Books for reading / discussion * :
(Subject to change)

  1. A Shimmering Sea: Hong Kong Stories
  2. The Golden Needle
  3. Wannabe Backpackers
  4. A Misted Mirror
  5. Memoirs of an Ice-Cream Lady
  6. Searching for Frederick
  7. Chocolate's Brown Study in the Bag 
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 24 hours
Fee HK$5,800
English Non-stop is a new course for students who want to improve their present level of English through continuous study rather than by taking a fixed-length course. The course runs all year round with short breaks and enrolment is available at any time. Applicants can choose to sign up for 10, 20, 30 or 40 weeks’ study.
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 10 weeks to 40 weeks
Fee HK$3,400
This course will help you if you take a degree or diploma course that requires you to produce assignments in English. It will enable you to learn, to write and succeed across college and university curriculums. The course aims to empower you to write clearly, coherently, and concisely and to acquire the academic literacies and discourse conventions applicable to most disciplines in higher education.
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 15 weeks
Fee HK$3,300
The course provides a practical introduction to important theories and techniques of literary criticism.  Following the previous course format, and using a selection of short texts as examples, it covers at a basic level the fundamental theories of literary criticism and demonstrates how these ‘tools’ can be applied to provide useful insights into a range of genres.  The course will enable those with an interest in literature to approach and analyse different texts systematically and with confidence, using correct terminology and a sound theoretical approach.
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
The course provides opportunities for course participants to acquire knowledge of public speaking techniques, and practise public speaking and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences. Topics include:
  • Delivering with an impact
  • Using body language with effect
  • Speaking with persuasiveness
  • Using techniques to engage listening audiences
  • Practising and critiquing speeches/presentations
PT
Start To be advised
Duration 10 weeks
Fee HK$4,200