Student Sharing – Study BA in English Studies for the Professions at HK #PolyU Department of English

Student Sharing – Study BA in English Studies for the Professions at HK #PolyU Department of English


Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be here to share our university life
to all of you. I’m Jenny. I’m studying English Studies for the Professions and currently is a forth year student. Hello everyone! I’m Marco. I’m also studying English Studies for the Professions I’m also the year four senior student. Jenny I know you have a very wonderful university life so how about you give your sharing first? Sure! So first of all I would like to tell you
why I chose BAESP. (It’s) because I’m so interested in language in use and also I am so passionate in language learning. So what did I do in the four past years? First of all, I have a really fruitful life in PolyU. First of all is the international programme, and then I also joined the Beijing internship, and I also went to overseas service learning in Kyrgyzstan. So for the international exchange programme, I went to Spain,
studying in the University of Jaén. It’s a kind of like a three-month long
academic exchange programme. So what did I do in Spain? First of all is the academic enrichment and know more about the language. For example, how can I practice language in daily life in a professional way, like teaching English as a second language and also know more about the phonetics. And then I also experienced the different teaching style because in Spain and Hong Kong
is kind of like really different. People in there are quite active but then in Hong Kong
we are practicing a more passive way of learning. And then the second one is that I explored the culture. For example, I know how to appreciate
the beauty of different cultures there. And because I participated in a lot of parties there
and also festivals, I learnt how to respect and
adapt to cultural differences. I also made some friends there from that diverse cultural background. For the personal development, I become more mature and also independent. For example, I need to solve all the problems myself
in the whole journey. And I also enhanced my cultural awareness sensitivity because I need to meet a lot of people and I also [need to] be like cautious and pay attention to the
cultural differences between them. For the internship, I went to Beijing, doing an investment assistant which is a one-month long internship. And during the internship, I conducted and also analyzed
some kind of (projects) like marketing research, and I need to meet a lot of clients and listened to their plans and also the proposals. And I also experienced the different working style
[between] Beijing and Hong Kong because the company there is kind of like
state-owned enterprise, so the style is kind of so different, and the atmosphere is so different from Beijing, China and also from Hong Kong. And I practiced and also experienced
tree planting activities there so I took part of the social responsibility activities. For the overseas service learning, because PolyU requires all students to practise social service learning programme, and I chose the one which I promoted
a healthy lifestyle in Kyrgyzstan which is organised by School of Nursing. I needed to design some health promotion materials there and I also conducted interviews with a lot of clients there, and also helped them to do some
basic health checking. In the whole process, it polished my communications skills. And also I learnt to be flexible, and practised and enhanced my social and
problem-solving skills. because I need to adapt the changes immediately when I encountered different obstacles and
also challenges when I faced with the clients. Hi Marco, so why you chose BAESP? Thank you, Jenny. For me, why I chose BAESP? In fact, during my secondary school life I studied Chemistry and Physics. However, instead of touching the scientific symbol or the numbers, I like studying language more. Furthermore, I would like to be an English teacher in the future. The programme of BAESP not only provides me a lot of chances to let me explore what is happening
within English language, it also provides a lot of teaching training to me, and this prompted me to choose BAESP. BAESP actually provides various subjects to
the students. One of my subjects that studied at PolyU is called English Lexis and Semantics. Overall speaking, these are subjects provide a very clear picture of what is happening within the English words. For example, it shows me that how the words form
with different structure. It also tells me how the word meaning changes
from time to time and how people interprets the
meaning of English words. The other subject I studied at PolyU is called Language and Intercultural Communication
for the Professions. This subject actually taught me a lot of
cultural differences, as well as the communication skills. For example, the same gesture can convey different meaning in different cultural context. This course also tells me that there are different values in different cultures which affect the way of our communication. And all these knowledge are actually very
helpful and important for our future because they are all influential in
our workplace and even in our daily life. As I said, I like teaching English so just in the last summer I was sent by PolyU to be an intern in Xi’an, working at one educational center
called Zhimei Education. My job was to offer English lessons from
K1 to P3 students. In fact, my lessons for them are their extra lesson time because they came from a lesson
after their regular school time. So I need to always remind myself that I must have something different in my lessons. For example, I need to use a lot of games to enhance the interaction between me and the kids. Otherwise the kids will lose their interest very easily if they have the similar and boring lesson again after they have the regular school time. In fact, during the internship I met a lot
of experienced teachers. My teaching skills that I have now acquired were actually taught by them. And this internship experience actually ensured my passion in English teaching. It also explored my interest in teaching and communicating with kids. This prompted me to register another service-learning subject called Serving The Community Through Teaching English in order to learn more about the skills
on childhood teaching. So Marco, would you continue [to be] a
teacher in the future? Yes, of course! I will continue to be a teacher in the future because [a teacher’s] job not only provides me a
feeling of satisfaction when I successfully teach someone. It also provides me a chance to learn
anything new that I don’t know from the students. So how about you? In the future, I want to be a journalist because as I mentioned I like working with language, like how language is used in the daily life and
also in a professional way. So that’s why in the future
I would like to do something related to [this] work. So yes, it’s my dream. Let’s end up here by quoting a saying: I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that but I knew the one thing I might REGRET
is NOT TRYING. The message that we want to bring out here is that don’t be afraid to try anything new because trying can let you know what you like and
what you don’t like which are very important for our future career planning even our life planning. Just bear in mind that university is not just a place to absorb academic knowledge it’s also the place to explore ourselves. So that’s the end of our sharing. We hope to see you soon in the programme of
English Studies for the Professions.