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Who We Are

Who We Are

The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), formerly known as the Department of Chinese, Translation and Interpretation, was established in 1988. Our department is one of the leading academic departments in Asia that studies Chinese and its interaction with English. It addresses real life language issues in a bilingual society. As a department with two undergraduate programmes, nine taught postgraduate programme, and a programme for MPhil and PhD students, CBS has worked hard to become an innovative pioneer in establishing academic programmes that are underpinned by our research and which fulfill the demands of society. We established the first MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in Hong Kong as well as the first Master of Speech Therapy in Hong Kong.

As an active, research-oriented department, CBS has been strong in the research areas of bilingual communication, Chinese language education, Chinese language testing, language disorder, language technology, linguistics and translation.

As a responsible member of the community, CBS constantly provides services to the people of Hong Kong, especially to those in need. For example, we have special programmes that help South Asian school children in Hong Kong to learn Chinese, we offer Chinese and Putonghua tests for local primary and secondary school students, and we provide therapy services to children with communication disorders or learning deficiencies.



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