Teaching & Learning

Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) is the earliest-founded nursing institute in Macao in pursuit of continuous excellence of nursing education. It cultivates the spirit of “From Personhood to Benevolence” in its students to prepare them for becoming highly-qualified nursing professionals in the locality.
 
Mission of Bilingual Education
Adopted in 2006, the “Biliteracy (Chinese and English) and Trilingualism (Cantonese, English and Mandarin)” Policy is KWNC’s distinctive characteristic and advantage which reflects the college-running aims and objectives. For the benefit of better planning and implementation of the bilingual education promotion project, a Language Promotion Committee was established in 2005 by the College.
 
As an academic institute that integrates the Chinese and Western culture, KWNC has a unique mission in the contemporary history and today’s social environment. It positions itself as an international institute to face the challenge of globalization, especially after the liberalization of the gaming industry in Macao. Students are cultivated to become competent nurses with professional linguistic and cultural proficiency through the College’s bilingual policy.
 
Definition of Biliteracy and Trilingualism
In the context of KWNC, “Biliteracy” are Chinese and English as the languages in writing, while “Trilingualism” can be understood as spoken Cantonese, English and Mandarin in oral communication.
 
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction should be understood in the context of various teaching and learning activities. It refers not only to languages used at classroom lectures, but also those used in reading/reference materials, tutorials, discussions, projects and symposia, etc.
 
Starting from 2006, two subjects are taught in English in each academic year. Moreover, in an effort to reach the goal of internationalization, the College increases the percentage of English-teaching subjects year after year since Academic Year 2016/2017.  Regarding the ways of teaching in English, KWNC adopts a progressive approach for easy adaptation for both teachers and students who are encouraged to listen more, speak more, read more and practise more. To optimize the effectiveness of teaching and learning, the language used at lectures is based on the nature of the academic subjects and professional requirements, of which, the language habits, competence of students and teachers concerned, level of difficulties and practicability of the courses are considered. The courses start with using English textbooks and lecture notes, then conducting lectures in English and finally adopting English as the language of written examinations.
 
Objectives of Promoting English Teaching
1. To enhance students’ ability of using written and spoken English
2. To strengthen teachers’ skill in using English for teaching
3. To provide a joyful English learning environment for both students and teachers
 
KWNC is committed to enhancing students’ all-round competence in English, for which is conducive to students’ academic learning and future career development in both local and international job markets. To achieve the English promotion objectives, KWNC provides a range of English Language enhancement courses and tutorials that meet the various needs of students across the campus, with emphasis laid on the training of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
 
Language Requirements for Admission
To be admitted to KWNC, students must attain prescribed levels of competence in Chinese and English as specified in the regulations governing admission to undergraduate studies. Starting from Academic Year 2006, newly admitted students are required to take an English assessment test (Pre-TOEFL) and a placement writing test. In order to help students brush up their English to appropriate academic level, students who either score below 400 in Pre-TOEFL or below 15 in writing test are required to take a 45-hour intensive English preparatory course organized by the College during summer holiday to relearn all basic English, and attend tutorials during each academic year.
 
Language Training for Current Students and Staff
1.  An assessment test (Pre-TOEFL) was conducted within the College in Academic Year 2006 to find out students’ English proficiency and the results were used by the students for self-assessment. Those who scored below 400 in the test were suggested to sign up for tutorials.
2.  An English Club was set up by the Students’ Union in Academic Year 2006 with the support and guidance of the Language Promotion Committee to encourage students to study English actively for enhancement of personal capabilities in English and overseas communications.
3.  Sponsorship is offered to students of Year 2 to 4 for overseas English learning and exchanges.
4.  Along with English tutorials and courses, the College offers language learning facilities such as the Language Laboratory (English and Mandarin) to provide students and staff with channels for self-learning and improvement of bilingual proficiency.
 
English Teaching and Learning on Campus
For English teaching, KWNC offers a comfortable and tranquil environment to motivate students’ learning. It recruits English speaking teachers and invites volunteer tutors to take part in English teaching to improve students’ competence in English conversation and listening. Since there are differences between each student’s learning ability, tutorials and guided learning groups are used for teaching and learning. Given that English is an international language, the students would profit from the great varieties of experiences and educational background of the faculty and volunteer tutors.
 
Language Requirements for Graduation
It is required that all newly admitted undergraduate students, starting from Academic Year 2006, shall sit an English assessment public test, namely CET4, IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL, and attain the score required by the College before graduation. Failure will delay the conferment of the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and the students concerned will be required to retake the subject of English for one year until they meet the language requirement.
Note: Starting from 2014, the required English assessment tests include IELTS (Academic) and TOEFL
 
Conclusion
KWNC believes that provided with comprehensive planning, sufficient teaching resources, sound teaching strategies and qualified faculty, the policy of “Biliteracy and Trilingualism” is not a burden to students. By contrast, it strengthens the global competitiveness of students in their profession. Moreover, the policy fully embodies the foresight of the College’s educational policy and the student-centred educational philosophy. Therefore, it is considered to be a broad and long-term perspective for the College.

 

 

Language Promotion Group

Updated in November 2016


English Requirements for Graduation of the BSN Programme(Applicable to students admitted in 2013 and before)
The English requirements for graduation of the BSN Programme (Applicable to students admitted in 2013 and before) are as follows:

 

1.   During the four years of studies, BSN students shall sit one of the English assessment tests required by the College and meet the minimum score requirement (CET 425, IELTS (Academic) 5 or TOEFL 60) prior to graduation.
2. Score of any one CET4, IELTS (Academic), TOEFL or MOCK CET4 arranged by the College taken during the four years of studies is valid.
3. For students who have not achieved the required score, a certificate of programme completion will be issued while the degree will not be conferred until the English requirement is met within two years after completion of the programme.
4.  Tutorials can be arranged to students on request. Mock tests will be arranged if deemed necessary and papers will be marked by external examiners.

Note: Students shall sit the English assessment test during their four years of studies. All test results obtained before admission to the College are deemed invalid.  

 
Language Promotion Group
Updated in November 2016

English Requirements for Graduation of the BSN Programme (Applicable to students admitted in 2014 and thereafter)
The English requirements for graduation of the BSN Programme (Applicable to students admitted in 2014 and thereafter) are as follows:

 

1.  During the four years of studies, BSN students shall sit one of the English assessment tests required by the College and meet the minimum score requirement (IELTS (Academic) 5 or TOEFL 60) prior to graduation.
2.  Score of any one IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL taken during the four years of studies is valid.
3.  For students who have not achieved the required score, a certificate of programme completion will be issued while the degree will not be conferred until the English requirement is met within two years after completion of the programme.
4.  Tutorials can be arranged to students on request. Mock tests will be arranged if deemed necessary and papers will be marked by external examiners.

Note: Students shall sit the English assessment test during their four years of studies. All test results obtained before admission to the College are deemed invalid.  

  
Language Promotion Group
Updated in November 2016