Frequently Asked Questions

Teaching Internship

WHAT to teach and WHO to teach?

In general, everyone is going to be teaching English language and communication skills to local learners on the NGL Programme. This can take several different forms and formats, e.g. English through drama, English for tourism, or specific focus on the 4 skills of English, etc.

WHO you are teaching will depend on locations and institutions. Your local students might range from teenagers to more mature adults, but what they have in common would be their keenness to become better communicators in English and which is why your role is very important.

What are we going to do in the six weeks?

In-class teaching generally takes place for 4-5 hours per day for 5 days a week. Class sizes tend to range from 10 to 40, and pupils are often aged about 12-20. Instruction is usually at the elementary or intermediate level. However, there is no typical NGL class, and participants may find that their experience diverges considerably from this description.

Besides teaching, you will have to prepare lesson plans for upcoming classes, reflections on previous lessons or your overall experience, and basically, be available for your local students as language and communication cannot be improved without continuous engagement.

Can I choose my teaching location?

You will be asked to indicate your preferences for teaching locations upon acceptance. While NGL tries to allocate participants to placements through consultation during the training week, it is not always possible to place all participants in schools that meet their top criteria. For more details, please see “Placements” section here.

Can I teach at different CPOs / in multiple locations?

Each participant will normally be assigned to teach at one CPO. If you are a Social Sciences student and opt for the SI/GC track, you will have the opportunity to visit another CPO to conduct the IER Project.

Do we expect the same content and assessments if the programme goes virtual?

Yes, and do refer to the CAES2001 Course Guide for more details.

Enrolment / Programme Administration

Is this programme open for final year students?

We welcome HKU undergraduate students from all years of study and all faculties. You should, however, check if you have credit-overloading issue before joining the programme.

How will I be assessed during interview?

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a 15-minute individual interview for attitude and communication. That said, what is crucial is a commitment to the core aims of the programme. You must be prepared to work through the challenges of delivering intensive English-language classes for six weeks and stay focused on the job of teaching.

How do I enrol in CAES2001?

If you accepted the offer, you will be auto-enrolled in April / May.

Will I still receive the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund (GHELF) if the programme is delivered through virtual means?

The Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund aims to subsidize students for their travel. Should university policies, travel restrictions, and healthcare support conditions not allow travelling to NGL locations, the subsidy will not be granted.