3943 9199
  • Joint: offered jointly with Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS), Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, CUHK 
  • Bimodal bilingual: equips the younger workforce in Hong Kong to appreciate the advantages of being bimodal bilinguals in the society and become competent in spoken language and Hong Kong sign language. Graduates will demonstrate a reasonable level of communicative competence in Hong Kong Sign Language at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Internship: provides specially selected placement opportunities in language centres, schools, NGOs, companies with staff of multi-lingual backgrounds in which students will have the opportunity to engage in bilingual communication
  • Progression path: students are eligible to apply to BA in Bimodal Bilingual Studies offered as a two-year top-up degree programme by CUHK, to the senior years of BA in Linguistics by CUHK, and to many other degree programmes in Hong Kong and abroad.

Your Pathways to Success

 
「手語好重要﹕體現雙渠道雙語的優勢」— 鄧慧蘭教授

CUSCS HD in Sign Language and Bilingualism Studies

''There exists a high demand for professionals who know sign language and Deaf culture.''


Professor Tang Wai Lan, 
Director and Professor,
Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, CUHK

''Graduates will provide profound positive impact for deaf children who are in great need of educators and interpreters.''


Dr. Fay Wong, 
Co-Academic Coordinator,
Higher Diploma Programme in Sign Language and Bilingualism Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow,
Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, CUHK

Programme Information

Admission Requirements
Applicants should fulfill any one of the following requirements:
  • Level 2 in five subjects* in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination including Chinese Language# and English Language, or equivalent; or
  • Pass in one A Level or two AS Level subjects, plus five passes in HKCEE including Level 2/Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent; or
  • Satisfactory completion of the Diploma Yi Jin Programme; or
  • Aged 21 or above.

A maximum of two Applied Learning subjects, excluding Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)), can be used in the application. "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" Level in Applied Learning subjects will be considered as equivalent to Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 in HKDSE subjects respectively.

Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)) will be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification for admission consideration for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) DSE candidates.

Programme Structure

This programme will be offered on a two-year full-time basis, and based on a credit unit system.

Programme Structure Details
Progression Path
Eligible candidates can apply to the BA in Bimodal Bilingual Studies offered as a two-year top-up degree programme by the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages in CUHK.  They can also continue their studies in various bachelor degree programmes offered by UGC and non-UGC funded institutions or overseas institutions in areas including Linguistics, Bilingual Studies, Translation and Interpretation, Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology, Social Work, Tourism and Hotel Management, Information Science, Education (e.g. Language Education, Early Childhood Education [especially SEN/Non-Chinese Speaking population]), Social and Public Communication, and Cultural Studies.
Internship Programmes and Field Trips
As part of the programme requirements, under the course 'Investigating Bilingualism in the Community', there is a placement programme in settings in which students will have the opportunity to engage in and analyze bilingual communication, especially in spoken and sign languages.

Potential settings include language centres, schools, NGOs, companies with staff of multi-lingual backgrounds.
Career Prospect
This programme trains students with essential linguistic skills and acumen along with cultural sensitivity that equip them to become competent bimodal bilingual communicators.  At the end of this course, students will have completed a proficiency level in Hong Kong Sign Language comparable to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
General Information

Mode of Delivery

Classes will be conducted in form of lectures, tutorials, case discussion, projects, interactive classwork and experiential learning.


Medium of Instruction

Teaching activities will be conducted in English, Cantonese and Hong Kong Sign Language* as deemed appropriate. Learning materials will be in English and Chinese as deemed appropriate.

applicable in Hong Kong Sign Language I-IV


Assessment Methods

Performance of students is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis through a variety of methods, such as final examination, mid-term test, assignment, presentation, project, class participation, case studies, panel discussion and report.


Class Location

Tseung Kwan O Learning Centre


Tel: 3943 9199
Email: HD_TKO@scs.cuhk.edu.hk

Tuition Fee

Local Applicants : $65,835 / per year

Non-local Applicants : $75,835 / per year

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