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Certificate Programme in English (Elementary Level)

Course No. : 222-392300-01|Start Date : 01/06/2022

Admission Requirements

(1) Completion of secondary 3 education, or equivalent; or
(2) Aged 21 or above

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This programme aims at providing basic English training for participants to build English skills for simple, functional purposes. It introduces the essentials of English grammar and covers the four basic skills in English learning.

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be able to demonstrate understanding of simple English structures and passage; express basic ideas, opinions and feelings; and communicate in simple English for daily use with reasonable clarity.


There are 5 modules in the programme:

359101 Basic English Grammar 30 hours 10 sessions
379101 Basic Listening Skills 15 hours
5 sessions
379104 English Phonetics 20 hours 10 sessions
379106 Practical Oral English 20 hours 10 sessions
369102 Practical Reading & Writing Skills 30 hours 12 sessions


359101 Basic English Grammar
This course is designed for those who have elementary knowledge, but expect a better mastery of accuracy in the English language. It provides participants with a review of the basic elements of English sentence patterns in listening, and reading and be able to produce those patterns in their own speaking and writing.

Topics include: (1) Parts of speech; (2) Questions; (3) Tenses; (4) Countable & uncountable nouns; (5) Pronouns; (6) Punctuation; (7) Active/passive voice; (8) Direct/indirect speech; (9) Prepositions; 10) Question tags; and (11) Articles.

379101 Basic Listening Skills
Participants will be introduced to various strategies for building up their listening skills through practice with a wide range of examples.

To enhance participants' listening skills, features of spoken English: sounds, stress and intonation, pauses and fillers will be reviewed.

379104 English Phonetics
This course aims at improving participants' understanding of English pronunciation and speech system with the help of diagrams, IPA symbols and basic theories.

Topics include:
(1) Organs of speech and the production of English sounds
(2) The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
(3) Vowels and consonants
(4) Syllable and stress
(5) Application of phonetic symbols in dictionaries
(6) Weak-forms and strong-forms

379106 Practical Oral English
This course is for participants who wish to communicate clearly and effectively with other people in simple English.

Topics include greetings and introductions, asking and giving directions, shopping, dining, making enquiries, telephone conversations, and some catchy colloquialisms.

Accurate English pronunciation will also be emphasized. Students will be expected to participate in oral classwork: pairwork, role- play and discussion.

369102 Practical Reading & Writing Skills
This course includes a review of good sentence writing and paragraph writing skills. Particular attention will be paid to sentence cohesion, logical development and flow of ideas.

This course also focuses on the skills of making a distinction between facts and opinions; identifying key words and summarizing ideas. It helps participants develop effective reading skills.


Normally students will take 1 to 2 module(s) in each School Term* in order to complete the whole Certificate programme within 1 year.

On the other hand, you may also plan your own study pace as long as you can complete the entire programme within 3 years (starting from the commencement date of the first module you studied).

*There are 3 School Terms every year: March Term, July Term and October Term.


To qualify for the award of Certificate in English (Elementary Level), students are required to:
(1) have an attendance rate of 70% or above in each module; and
(2) have passed the assessments of each module.


All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

(a) For new applicants:
(1) Apply for the certificate programme:

- Fill in the “Enrollment Form for Certificate and Diploma / Professional Proogrammes”
Programme Code Programme Title
211-392300-01 (Please tick “Full Programme”)
Certificate Programme in English (Elementary Level)

- Indicate your payment method for the application fee $150 in Part B (non-refundable)

(2) Choose one or two module(s) to study in the first term:

- Fill in another “Enrollment Form for Certificate and Diploma / Professional Proogrammes,” with your name and the module information only.
For example, you would like to study “English Phonetics,”
Programme Code Programme Title
379104 (Please tick “Individual Subjects”)
English Phonetics

- Indicate your payment method for the tuition fee of this module in Part B

- Use a separate form for each module.

(3) Send the above forms with your supporting documents for admissions requirements to:
Languages Programme Team, 1/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong.

The school will notify the applicants of the results by mail.

(b) For current students who would like to enroll in the next module(s):

Please fill in the application form following the instructions in (a)(2) (you need not fill in Part C if no updates) and send to:
Languages Programme Team, 1/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Or enroll it online: please select the module you wish to apply for and click on “Online Enrolment” on the course information page. (For existing students only)

The school will notify you the progress by email.