Course Information


Coordinator: Louisa CHAN


This English-in-the-Discipline course aims to complement the Design Studio component as well as the core curriculum of the Architecture degree programmes. The focus is on the language & communication skills required to facilitate students’ approach to architectural literacy. Through spontaneous speaking tasks on their personal and social experience of architecture in HK and through critical reading & discussion of selected texts, students will focus on the language needed to express their views on architectural issues. The out-of-class learning component of the course will supplement the main aims by consolidating students’ use of architectural vocabulary and enhancing cohesion in their writing. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility to improve their own language skills in future through tutor feedback and by exploring sources of grammatical & lexical input.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Speak effectively and confidently to an audience on architectural topics
  • Frame questions and responses confidently in discussions related to architectural topics
  • Identify features of structure, stance, cohesion, and metaphorical language when reading architectural texts
  • Plan and produce cohesive and accurate written texts
  • Develop competency in the use of frequently used architectural vocabulary


  • Liaison with the Departmental Yr.2 Design Studio programme to maintain relevance.)
  • Use of parallel architectural topics and tasks to extend students' exposure while avoiding overlap with Studio tasks.)
  • Assessment is wholly by continuous assessment which reflects the course learning outcomes.)
  • Highly interactive teaching style based on class-groups of approx. 20 students & expectation of high attendance levels.)

Assessment Methods:

(with breakdown of percentage weighting of the various methods)

  • Oral Presentations (35%)
  • Project reports (35%)
  • Tests (30%)