GE2409 - Words and Images: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century

Offering Academic Unit
Department of English
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
  • Grade D in HKAL Use of English or
  • Grade 4 in HKDSE or
  • Successful completion of English Academic Proficiency Courses (EL0220, EL0222, EL0223 and EL0225 - 6 credits) or English for Academic Purposes (EL0200 - 6 credits) or 
  • English for Academic Purposes 2 (EL0200B – 3 credits) or
  • Grade B or above in English for Academic Purposes 1 (EL0200A – 3 credits)
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

‘Words and Images: Reading and Writing in 21st Century’ is an English course that will introduce students to the theory and practice of contemporary writing. New communication technologies in both personal and professional settings have changed the ways we use language. Reading and writing in the 21st century is not limited to only text and print-based media; it is multimodal with words and images. Beginning with an introduction to theories of reading and writing, the students will explore the ways in which creative and professional written texts have been enhanced by visual elements. Combining a thematic focus (questions of social and professional identities and language) with discussions of forms (photoessay, persuasive multimodal texts, annual reports, corporate and organizational websites, graphic novels and media genres), the course will engage students with multiple texts, leading them to think and write critically about the texts and learn how to produce their own versions of multimodal texts appropriate for academic and professional purposes.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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