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Specially Funded English Courses

Our mission

In line with CAES’s mission to support English enhancement needs of university staff, undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, Specially-funded English Courses (SFEC) offers workplace and academic English workshops to cater to students’ diverse learning needs.

Our lessons are conducted as small group tutorials using tailored-made materials designed to cater to targeted learners’ workplace or discipline-specific interests. We also welcome opportunities to collaborate with local and overseas institutions on intensive English programme.

Workplace English for HKU non-academic staff

Since 2008, CAES has collaborated with HKU Registry to improve the English skills of administrative staff.  These courses cover various aspects of English workplace communication:

  • Grammar Essentials
  • Professional English Basics
  • Workplace Accuracy
  • Workplace Meetings
  • Workplace Speaking
  • Workplace Writing


We have also collaborated with university administrative divisions and non-academic units to provide English training for specialized contexts and targeted staff’s language and communication needs, for example, English for Information Technology Services staff, Workplace English for Library Staff, and Written Communication Skills for Human Resources.

Academic English for students

Our courses are designed based on individual faculties’ requests for Academic English support to meet their undergraduate and taught-postgraduate students’ language needs.  Courses are currently offered to students in these departments: Arts, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Medicine and Social Sciences.

At the undergraduate level:


  • English for Effective Communication in Business and Social Contexts
  • Academic Writing and Critical Reading


  • Medical/Dental Terminology Workshop


  • Academic Literacy Skills for BSc in Applied Child Development


At the taught postgraduate level:


  • Academic Writing Plenary (Plagiarism Avoidance and Critical Referencing Skills) for Master in English Studies  
  • Academic Essay Writing Workshop for MA in English Studies


  • Dissertation Writing for MSc Dental Surgery and Master of Science


  • Academic Writing Workshop for MA(TESOL) 
  • Advanced Academic Literacy Workshop I: Planning and writing an academic essay 
  • Advanced Academic Literacy Workshop II: Presenting stance and arguments in critical writing
  • Advanced Academic Literacy Workshop III: Writing a literature review 
  • Thesis Writing Workshop for Doctor of Education 
  • Academic Writing Workshop for Master of Education


  • Dissertation Writing for MSc Computer Science 
  • Presentation Skills for MSc Computer Science 
  • Dissertation Writing for MSc Mechanical Engineering


  • Dissertation Writing for Medical Sciences

Social Sciences: 

  • Academic Writing Workshop for Master of Social Sciences in Nonprofit Management
  • Academic Writing Workshop for MSocSc in Behavioral Health and MSocSc in Expressive Arts Therapy 

How are we doing?

SFEC curricula and lessons are extremely well-received by staff, faculties and students, with positive feedback on course and teaching quality. Satisfaction ratings for effective and interactive delivery, materials’ relevance and student engagement generally fall between 85% and 95%. 

This is what course participants say about our courses:

“This course helps me understand the key points of writing a dissertation”

(Academic Writing Workshop for Master of Education)

“Course materials are tailored and relevant to our needs. We learn to analyse the language of research articles for our literature review”

(Dissertation Writing Workshop for MSc Computer Science)

“Could not have asked for a more professional teacher – he was patient, fun and so helpful”

(Workplace English course for HKU staff)

“Learn more knowledge about how to present, many aspects of how to make a good present that I haven’t heard before the class, really helpful for me.”

(Presentation Skills for MSc Computer Science)

How can we help?

We welcome enquiries on current and new English courses from local and overseas institutions 

Please contact the Specially-funded English Course Coordinator, Dr. Natalie Fong (; 3917 2033) for information or collaboration opportunities on workplace and academic English.

For summer English programmes, please contact the Summer English Coordinator, Ms. Melanie Zee (; 3917 1078).