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Peter Tai
Graduate of 2017/18

I happily express my profoundest gratitude to all the teachers at MALS for their unfailing support, enlightenment and thought-provoking advice whilst I was taking courses in the past two years. Thanks are also due to Ms Bonnie Lai for her constant and kindly administrative support.
Lecturers at the programme offered detailed and perceptive criticism on the study of language, in the most constructive spirit; I have greatly benefited from their fruitful lectures. Special thanks are owed to Dr. Vinton Poon who has given me invaluable help throughout the process of writing my dissertation. Vinton’s insightful comments have been indispensable in helping me enhance skills of academic writing and of presentation. Last but not least, I sincerely appreciate all the scholars in MALS that lead me to the Linguistics firmament.
Derrick Hu
Graduate of 2016/17

I am genuinely grateful to all the teaching and administrative staff in this program. In the course of interacting with my teachers, I not only learnt the knowledge about modern linguistics but knew more about myself as well. I think that is the essence of education. And that is exactly what make this journey so meaningful. Furthermore, teachers in MALS show us what traits the qualified educator should possess, it is quite inspiring for those students who want to engage in teaching in the future. All of these unforgettable experiences will be invaluable treasures in my whole life. Once again, thank you, MALS.

Francois Wolfaardt
Graduate of 2015/16

As I grew up in a multilingual community I’m particularly interested in Sociolinguistics. Class discussions on issues like language choice, change and variation made this my most enjoyable subject.
I had little interest in the required course on phonology and semantics, but Dr Wee’s theatrical classes made this a very entertaining subject. He helped me realise that, just like chess positions require meticulous examination, language is better appreciated when examined in finer detail.
The highlight of the programme was the dissertation. This laid the foundation to a PhD, and enabled me to do research in L2-English acquisition, a field I’ve worked in for eight years.
Natalie Lau
Graduate of 2014/15

Studying with all the language lovers at MALS is one of the most fruitful and rewarding experiences of all. It provides me a proper intellectual training, and most importantly it shows me a different world through the window of Linguistics. I especially enjoyed classes related to World Englishes and liberal thinking, they completely opened up my mind. With the solid foundation provided by MALS, I am ready to move on and explore more, perhaps by researches and further studies. More than that, all professors show their passion in language and teaching, and as a language lover, they have definitely set perfect role models for me.
David Cai
Graduate of 2014/15

Studying the MALS program has been a turning point in my life. It is this program that makes me believe there are possibilities I have never dreamed of. It is also this program that broadens my horizons and nurtures my critical thinking.

I enjoyed the every moment of having discussions, giving presentations and doing group projects. This program not only provides me with the sound theoretical training, it also motivates me to explore the magic world of language study. People usually move on for a reason and the MALS program is definitely the right one!
Jason Zhou
Graduate of 2014/15

Looking backward,
Fear, tear,cheer;
Looking forward,
Time to depart,
Remember where I start
Open my wings of language;
Set my sails of knowledge,
Be MALSer, the foregoer of the age.

Sincere gratitude to all the teachers and staff for their intellectual guidance and hard work. I have accomplished so much and learned an incredible amount. Now I feel like I become a language person rather than just an English major. I really enjoy my learning in MALS, which will be one of the most beautiful memories in my life.
Jack So
Graduate of 2014/15

Before enrolling in MALS programme, I had exceedingly little knowledge on Linguistics insomuch as I was the Business-major in my undergraduate studies. However, it is the MALS programme that is the gateway leading me to the Linguistics world, which is very interesting and appealing. Not only does this programme proffer me the solid foundation of Linguistics concepts and knowledge, but it also nurtures me to be an independently thinking person.

I am much obliged to the professors teaching us with sincerity. My heartfelt gratitude also extends to the administrative staff since they are amiable, helpful and supportive.

To me, MALS programme is one of the best, if not the best, Linguistics programmes offered in Hong Kong. Should you be interested in the wonderful world of Linguistics, do join the programme. Never is the MALS programme your second choice.
Viggo Cheng
Graduate of 2013/14

My experience in MALS was pleasant and inspiring. The programme provides a large variety of courses for students to choose from, which ranges from theoretical and applied linguistics to sociolinguistics. What I appreciate most is how the lecturers focus on cultivating students' critical thinking skills rather than plain memorisation and blind acceptance of facts and theories. The small class size is definitely an advantage to encourage frequent discussions and interactions between students and teachers. In short, MALS is an excellent programme with professional academics and supportive staff for everyone who is interested in pursuing in-depth knowledge in linguistics.
Laura Yang
Graduate of 2013/14

The experience in MALS Programme was very rewarding, with numerous professional academics and adorable administrative staff, who helped me a lot during my campus life. It was true that students here felt freer to express their ideas and emotions than students of many other institutions, which was good for cultivating their critical thinking skills and fostering their independent capabilities. Besides, the dissertation was another gift given to me. Admittedly, the process of composing dissertation was painful. Fortunately, under the guidance of the excellent professor, I have completed it and learnt a lot from it. Thus, I strongly recommend the MALS Programme to those who are interested in language studies or those who want to further their studies in language. This will be your right choice ever.
Cai, Ailing
Graduate of 2013/14

Before I took the programme, I had little interest in linguistics. I didn't think I would be eager to learn. It’s the professors who brought me into the fantastic world of language. They are patient, inspiring and professional. They are always with students on the road of learning. What’s more, I met a group of interesting people and it’s my honour to do interesting things with them. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21).” I think I found my heart and treasure here.
Candice Ma
Graduate of 2013/14

The nearly one year’s study in MALS programme was fulfilling and enjoyable. I feel honored to meet so many knowledgeable lecturers who are always willing to discuss and share their experience with us and also the administrative staff who are kind and helpful. The study schedule was arranged quite well and flexible: the core courses guided us to the basic branches of language studies and the elective courses gave us the chance to study specific aspects that we were interested in. Studying language broadened my perspectives and let me see things critically. I am deeply grateful for the encouragement, invaluable guidance and assistance of all the professors and staff of the Department. Thus, I strongly recommend this programme to those who want to do a memorable and rewarding study in linguistics.
Kwan Yu Hang
Graduate of 2013/14

I am indebted to the entire MALS teaching and administrative staff for making our learning experience enlightening and joyful. The courses were highly practical, up-to-date and professionally-delivered, in that they not only enriched our understanding of various fields of language studies and current research trends substantially, but also introduced pertinent issues relevant to everyday language use such as pragmalinguistic awareness. One of the most rewarding aspects of the programme was the dissertation, which was a rigorous intellectual training and an eye-opening opportunity strengthening my ability to conduct linguistic research. MALS helped me lay the foundations of my future academic advancement.
Fong Yiu Tung James
Graduate of 2005/6

The Master of Arts in Language Studies Programme of Hong Kong Baptist University has been enjoying an enviable reputation as one of the best MA degree programmes in language studies in Hong Kong.

Jointly taught by the English Department and the Language Centre, the programme only enrols around 30 students annually and adheres to small class teaching. This teaching policy is a luxury rarely available nowadays with the rapid expansion of postgraduate education which results in expanding postgraduate class size.

Indeed I benefited a lot from taking this programme. Not only did I build up friendly relationships with the professors but also widen my academic horizons which paved the way for my current pursuit of an MPhil. To tell you the truth, the programme also supported me to broaden my international exposure. During the second year of my studies, I took on the United Nations Development Programme internship upon the professors’ strong recommendation.

So I have no hesitation in recommending this MA programme to you.
Victor Ho
Graduate of 2002/3

Every one of the alumni and current students of the BU’s Master of Arts in Language Studies program will agree that doing this program is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. With a team of renowned and experienced professors specialized in various fields of linguistics, we’re guaranteed a substantial amount of quality linguistic knowledge in every one of the well-planned and professionally delivered lectures and seminars. We’re not only introduced to the most updated knowledge and research trend in the field of language studies, but also stimulated and guided to explore the language world in the way which fits us most. Whatever our career is, we find the program highly relevant – language is the tool with which we get things done. Had it not been the strong foundation of linguistic knowledge built and the inspiration provided by the professors of the MALS program, I wouldn’t be able to pursue a PhD in linguistics program now.
Franki Yip
Graduate of 2000/1

I am a graduate of year 2001. The MALS study is an unforgettable part in my study life. It enriched my language background (Chinese and English) and upgraded my language teaching skill. Some years passed, scenes of classrooms in those days still flash in my mind every now and then. Cheer, hot discussion, school news, and homework sharing, all mixed together. I really hope such caring and learning atmosphere can be generated in my own classroom in school. I am learning and experiencing.
Parkson Kwok
Graduate of 2000/1

I enjoyed the small group learning environment. Teachers are professional and sincere to teach. The MA course has allowed students to pursue subjects that are of their own interest while relevant to the course content.
Helen Yeh, EdD
Graduate of 1998/9

I found the MA programme inspiring and fruitful to both my intellectual thinking and my academic advancement. The modules not only equipped me with necessary and up-to-date linguistic knowledge but also kept challenging my thoughts and reasoning. The dissertation further strengthened my ability in devising effective task-based teaching and student-centered learning. It’s really a great programme I have ever had.
Shirley Chan, PhD (HKU)
Graduate of 1993/4

I will never forget the challenge of balancing the demands from work, family and study. The long travelling from Kowloon campus to home in Tuen Mun was still vivid in the mind. Yet, the programme helped me lay a good foundation on my academic pursuit in language study. I am grateful for the opportunity given fifteen years ago.
Chow Yee Ling Belle
Graduate of 1993/4

The MA course has helped me refresh my past learning experience and upgraded my life long career in language teaching. Professors are caring teachers and knowledgeable facilitators. With their professional supervision, I was able to study and learn independently. I must thank the MALS course team, both teaching and supporting members, for their whole-hearted effort in making the course a successful one.
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