Course Information

CAES9121 Communication Course for Real Estate & Built Environment Students

Coordinator: Louisa CHAN


This English-in-the-Discipline course is designed to help students to respond effectively to the communication demands of their studio programme. The focus is on raising studentsí awareness of the genre of professional discourse by providing them with opportunities to enhance their linguistic range in their approach to cultural, real-estate & built environment literacy. Activities are organised through engagement in project-based discussion and written tasks designed to simulate the English Language demands on Surveying & Built Environment professionals. The out-of-class learning component of the course will supplement the main aims by consolidating use of real-estate & built environment business-related vocabulary and further enhancing studentsí writing. Students will also become familiar with self-evaluation and with resources they can access to take responsibility to improve their own language skills in future.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Use persuasive language in speaking and writing
  • Demonstrate spontaneous speaking skills as commonly applied in professional contexts
  • Organise and conduct an effective data-collection interview with members of the professional community in HK
  • Analyse and produce the tone and structure of formal business correspondence and reports
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own linguistic performance on spoken/written tasks and identify areas for improvement


  • Liaison with the Departmental Yr.2 Surveying Studio programme to maintain relevance.)
  • Topics & teaching aims determined in collaboration with REC departmental staff.)
  • 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)

  • Project reports (25%)
  • Oral Presentations (20%)
  • Other genres of writing (30%)
  • Tests (25%)