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Certificate Programme in English (Intermediate Level)

Course No. : 222-392400-01|Start Date : 01/06/2022

Admission Requirements

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

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At intermediate level, the courses prepare participants for a greater understanding of rare complex and abstract structures and topics, as well as higher level English Skills in daily communication.

It is designed for participants to further develop their foundation of English and prepare them for deeper enquiry in other areas of the language. Upon completion of the programme, participants will be able to manage common practical communication in daily life or work and develop confidence and useful strategies to express themselves.


There are 5 modules in the programme:
Code Title Hour Session
359104 English in Use 20 hours 10 sessions
379105 Pronouncing English Accurately 20 hours 10 sessions
359102 English Grammar 30 hours 10 sessions
379102 Improving Listening and Speaking Skills 20 hours 10 sessions
369104 Writing Skills Workshop 24 hours 8 sessions


359104 English in Use
This course is suitable for participants who wish to improve their proficiency in everyday English, focusing on practical communication on word, phrase, and sentence levels in daily life or work situations.

Topics include:
(1) Pronunciation and speaking skills
(2) English grammar for more precise expression of ideas
(3) Vocabulary for common use
(4) Practical writing skills

379105 Pronouncing English Accurately
This course builds on participants' knowledge of English phonetics and aims to improve their accuracy in pronouncing words through listening practice, dictionary work, and oral skills.

Topics include:
(1) Distinguishing and producing speech sounds
(2) Consonants, vowels and diphthongs
(3) Syllable, word, and sentence stress
(4) Rhythm, intonation, and enunciation
(5) Connected speech
(6) Different English accents

359102 English Grammar
This course is designed for participants who wish to go beyond basic grammar. It will provide a review of the eight parts of speech in the Basic English Grammar course followed by a more thorough study of other major aspects of grammar.

Topics include:
(1) Revision of tenses
(2) Gerunds and infinitives
(3) Direct & indirect questions
(4) Relative & participial phrases/clauses
(5) Adjective & adverb phrases/clauses
(6) Comparatives & superlatives
(7) Collective nouns
(8) Conditionals

379102 Improving Listening and Speaking Skills
Focusing mainly on using English for everyday communication, this course integrates speaking with listening and puts participants in different practice situations where they need to interact with others in pair or group. Through responding to different input from listening, participants develop the confidence and useful strategies to express themselves orally in common, immediate settings.

369104 Writing Skills Workshop
The course aims at helping participants develop writing skills by:
(1) Reading, analysing and responding to a variety of written work
(2) Practising logical and coherent writing in the right tone
(3) Applying a wider variety of structures in expression

Although the focus is expository writing, which begins with a clear thesis followed by logical arguments, the concepts and ideas presented can be applied to business and other writing tasks.

Participants who complete their reading and writing assignments can expect a substantial improvement in their reading and writing 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 (Intermediate 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
201-392400-01 (Please tick “Full Programme”)
Certificate Programme in English (Intermediate 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 in Use,”
Programme Code Programme Title
359104 (Please tick “Individual Subjects”)
English in Use

- 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.