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Academy for the Talented English Programme


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The Academy for the Talented English Programme (ATEP) is an online learning programme designed  by  Professor Grahame T Bilbow.  Professor Bilbow has extensive English teaching experience, and is the author of many English textbooks for primary, secondary and university study. The programme aims to enhance your English communication and language skills through the medium of topics that are globally and socially significant.


Students will undertake independent personal research which results in personally-created objects and research-based assignments and presentations.  Please apply HERE by Nov 30, 2021 (HKT)

Date: 27 to 31 December (Online Programme)

Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm (HKT)

Course fees: HK$3200*

*It is our firm belief that no student should be denied admission to HKU Taster due to financial difficulties. Grant is available for students who can provide supporting documents issued by the Student Finance Office for receiving a full grant of Student Textbook Assistance Scheme or documents from the Social Welfare Department for obtaining CSSA. To apply, please select the specific programme on the system accordingly.  Note deadline for application is on Nov 30, 2021.

Programme Information

This is a module in the English for the Arts & Humanities programme support secondary 2 to 5 students.  It is designed for students  who wish to progressively enhance their English language and communication skills for academic study in a range of disciplines in the Arts & Humanities.

In addition to developing their academic study skills and content language for academic study, it also helps students to develop essential skills for interpersonal collaboration and independent research. It helps students to improve their ability to express ideas and concepts through English effectively and with commitment, and to do so in clear and error-free English, both in speaking and writing.  It also gives students experience of collaborating with others in the investigation of topics of global and social significance.  Such knowledge, skills and attributes are essential prerequisites for undergraduate studies in today's universities.   

The topics are "Cities Now and in the Future”; “Taking Climate Seriously”; and “Life on Earth” which are drawn upon the seventeen powerful and socially relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are currently driving social and economic development around the world. ​  

Teaching and learning are delivered online through synchronous virtual class meetings, and through asynchronous study, drawing upon a range of rich online resources.  Students are encouraged to work individually with the support of the tutor and to collaborate with their peers in small virtual groups. All students develop a topic of personal interest which they need to research and showcase to other students through the medium of an end-of-course project.  

Learning Outcomes

1. To develop and demonstrate the ability to communicate complex, inter-related ideas effectively and with commitment, in clear and error-free spoken and written English. 

2. To develop and demonstrate a thorough understanding of topics of global and social importance, using a multi-perspective study approach based on readings in the Arts and Humanities. 

3. To collaborate collegially with others in the investigation of topics of global and social importance.

Module Outline




  • Discuss the disciplines in the Arts & Humanities and the importance of creativity in these disciplines
  • Understand the UN sustainable development goals that underpin the topics of the English for the Arts & Humanities programme.

Cities Now and 

in the Future 

  • Introduce, practise and exploit language and communication related to the topic of Cities Now and in the Future.  
  • Discuss some of the challenges of urban living, urbanization and migration around the world.  


Taking Climate Seriously 

  • Introduce, practise and exploit language and communication related to the topic of Taking Climate Seriously.  
  • Discuss the causes and effects of climate change and efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt to global warming. 

Written Assessment

  • Practical Guidance for Students’ Preparation for their Written Assignments 


Life on Earth 

  • Introduce, practise and exploit language and communication related to the topic of Life on Earth.  
  • Discuss endangered species, environmental crises, and marine issues.  

Spoken Assessment

  • Make individual, assessed 5-8 minute oral presentations, based on personal research and supported with personally created objects. 

Disclaimer: Programme contents are subject to change without prior notice.


"I really like learning English through global issues rather than just exercises drilling. The course definitely further increase my interests in sustainable development and societal problems."
Au Hin Yuen, Harmony, Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School (ATEP Summer 2021)

"It has made me a lot more aware of social issues that will allow me to change my behaviour in my daily life. I'm also currently much more interested in the news, especially ones relating to justice and fairness between different social groups."                                                      Chan Hoi Kiu, Yew Chung International School (ATEP Summer 2021)

"This course widened my perspective and enriched my knowledge in important issues in the world, and encouraged me to pay more attention to these issues, as well as taking active role in society to help with these issues, starting from educating myself. It also furthered my love for English and the Humanities, as well as raised my awareness towards social issues around the world."
Chan Hiu Yau Heidi, Heep Yunn School (ATEP Summer 2021)

"It has enabled me to speak up on my opinions instead of keeping them to myself. I feel much more educated on global issues and learnt to treat education as a privilege. This has given me a better learning attitude."
Jasmine Li, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School (ATEP Summer 2021)