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University of British Columbia
Vacouver Summer Programme

July to August 2018


Programme organiser and Partner Institution

Department of Linguistics and Translation, City University of Hong Kong
The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada

Programme coordinator: Dr. CHAN, Yuet Hung Cecilia

(Download slides for an overview of the programme.)

Programme period

14 July 2018 to 14 August 2018, one month

Aims of the Programme

This programme aims to:

  1. enrich students’ learning experiences with study in an international setting;
  2. develop students’ interpersonal and intercultural communication skills by interacting with Canadian students and other international students;
  3. enhance students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills by engaging them in learning activities;
  4. broaden students’ horizons with the exposure to Canadian culture and society.


Intended Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  1. critically reflect on their global learning experiences and write a report;
  2. complete all the assessment tasks of the two courses taken at UBC;
  3. create a 3-min video which highlights their learning outcomes and discovery.
  4. apply the knowledge gained from the summer programme to complete a project (only for the students who take the 3-credit unit project-based elective course, LT4235 Project, in Summer semester)

Programme Activities

  1. Attending classes of two non-credit bearing and non-direct credit transfer courses selected from the area of Arts/ Education. The courses for selection, to a certain extent, are related to the courses included in the two LT major programmes, BALLA (BA in Linguistics and Language Applications) and BATI (BA in Translation and Interpretation). (See Appendix I for a list of courses for selection.)
  2. Participating in all the learning activities for the two courses selected;
  3. Joining cultural tours in the city (e.g. visiting gallery and museum);
  4. Attending intercultural communication class.

(See Appendix II for details of activities and a sample of schedule)


Programme participants

All LT undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this Summer programme.

Tasks for assessment of learning outcomes

  1. All the assessment tasks of the two courses taken by the students: A grade letter for each of the two courses will be issued by UBC at the end of the programme, which indicates students’ academic performance.
  2. Individual reflective report: The reflective writing (1000-1200 words) requires students to critically reflect on their learning experience after completing the two courses and joining the social cultural activities. The report will be submitted by the end of August. Feedback will be given to individual students in mid of September.
  3. A 3-min group video: It highlights students’ learning outcomes and discovery and will be submitted at the end of August. Feedback will be given to each group in a post-programme meeting to be scheduled in mid of September.
  4. A written project: It applies the knowledge gained from the programme and will be submitted by the end of August (only completed by the students who take the 3-credit unit project-based course, LT4235 Project, offered by LT in Summer semester).


Appendix I: A list of courses for selection

Choose one of the following learning packages. There are two courses in each package. Each course is about 39 hours of class time.
(For detailed descriptions of all course package offerings and courses, download a pamphlet here  .)

Area 1 Arts

Package 1 Global Journalism, Culture and Communications: Practice and Principles

  • Culture and Communication
  • Global Journalism

Package 2 The English Language in a Globalized World

  • The History and Future of the English Language
  • How Human Language Works

Package 3 Computational Linguistics: From Search Engines to Social Media

  • Linguistics for Natural Language Processing
  • Computation for Natural Language Processing

Area 2 Education

Package 1 Teaching and Learning English

  • Applied Linguistics for Teachers
  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning English

Package 2 Early Childhood Education and Development

  • Designing High Quality Programs in Early Childhood Settings
  • Creating Environments to Support Learning in Early Childhood Settings

Package 3 Classroom Management and Behavioural Assessment

  • Classroom Management
  • Assessment and Positive Behavioural Support in School and Community Settings

Package 4 Culture, Creativity, and Learning Technologies

  • Digital Media in Arts Education
  • Learning Technologies and Creativity in the Digital Age

Appendix II:



Enquiry: LTenquiry@cityu.edu.hk

Page last updated: 18 April 2018