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Academy for the Talented English Programme



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 June 1, 2021 (HKT)

Date: 26 to 30 July (Online Programme)

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

Course fees: HK$3200*

*To apply for scholarships or grants, please select the specific programme on the system accordingly. (Deadline for scholarship application is on March 15, 2021 while grant application is on April 20, 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 ”Achieving Quality Education for All”; “Art, Reporting and Propaganda”; and “Gender for Social Change” 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

Theme  Topic  Content 
Introduction  English for the Arts & Humanities  Introduction to the Programme
THEME 1  Achieving Quality Education for All  “Education and Adversity: The Story of Malala Yousefzai” 
Quality Education (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 4)  “The Crisis of Education in Developing Countries” 
THEME 2  Art, Reporting and Propaganda  “Photography in Times of War” 
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 16) 

“Influencing Hearts and Minds:

the Role of Propaganda” 

Written Assessment:  Practical Guidance for Students’ Preparation for their Written Assignments 
THEME 3  Gender and Social Change  “Women’s Rights in the Developed and Developing World” 
Gender Equality (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 5)  “Gender Stereotypes” 
“Gender Activism in the #MeToo Age” 
Spoken Assessment:  Students’ Oral Presentations 

The Future

It is intended that the ATEP will eventually consist of three parallel programmes designed for students who aim to study at university in a range of disciplines.   In this first year (2020-2021), two modules forthe English for the Arts & Humanities programme have been designed; in the second year (2021-2022), two modules will be available for an English for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme; and in the third year (2022-2023), two modules for an English for Health and Social Sciences programme will be available. 

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



“Thank you ATEP for letting me learn about the world I live in, even though I just stayed at home.”                       

Marissa Chan, St. Paul's Convent School

"I've learnt more than just English! In every lesson, we discussed issues relating to the UN goals ​with classmates, tutors and teacher; at the end we will pick a research topic ​to present!"

Thomas Chung, Shung Tak Catholic English College

"It was an utmost pleasure attending this course with Professor Bilbow! Throughout the span of 10 weeks I gained a deeper understanding of the urgent issues present in our world at the moment and have picked up more communication skills to improve my articulation and expression of ideas. A sincere thank you to everyone that participated in organising this impactful course, would love to sign up for another one in the future!"              

Agatha Tsang, St. Paul's Convent School