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Learning English through Audiovisual Books Welcomes You


This course is for you if you want to

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improve your English in a fun way

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analyse storylines of movies & novels

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create your FIRST audiovisual book


Explore Learning English through Audiovisual Books

Students in this course will improve their English written, spoken and digital literacy skills through the genre of audio-visual books for English enhancement. Students will engage in the analysis of novels and movies that have been reproduced as audio-visual books with respect to their plot structures and linguistic features and understand the importance of this digital genre in the modern world. Students will also be guided to write a short story utilising similar plot structures and linguistic features, and produce an audio-visual book. In this process, students will be introduced to a range of grammatical structures and vocabulary, and the skills of varying one’s pace, stress and intonation to convey meanings in speech. They will also learn digital skills such as audio and video capture and editing techniques. The best audio-visual books that students produce will be published online.

This course will take a blended approach in that some face-to-face sessions are replaced by online activities including the viewing of video lectures.


Examples of Audiovisual Books on the Internet

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Novels to be analysed in the course

(You will only have to read ONE of these novels in the form of an audiovisual book.)

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Ivan Turgenev's First Love

Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You

Amy Tintera's Reboot

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce an audio-visual book that is appealing to its target audience

  2. Analyse audio-visual books to understand their plot structures and linguistic features typical of fiction writing

  3. Improve written communication skills by learning the linguistic style of fiction writing

  4. Improve spoken communication skills through oral presentations and voice narration of an audio-visual book

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Do I have to be very imaginative?

No, you don't have to. The course instructor will guide you through creating your own story. You will learn how to get inspirations for writing through your daily observations. You will also develop creativity through a number of interesting interactive tasks in class. You will become more creative by the end of the course!

How will I learn in this course?

  • Putting excerpts from novels into sequence to create logical stories

  • Building a collection of sounds, objects, persons, feelings, dreams, photos, news stories, or conversations you overhear for writing your own story

  • Understanding plot structure 

  • Using simile and metaphor in fiction writing

  • Using vocabulary to describe emotions and actions

  • Writing dialogues

  • Using different sentence types

  • Varying pace, stress and intonation in speech

  • Using audio and video capturing techniques

  • Integrating text, visuals, music and sound effects into video

Do I need to have story writing experience?

No, you don't. Your instructor will show you the language you can use in fiction writing, and give you feedback on a draft of your writing.

Meet your Course Instructor


Louisa Chan

Lecturer, Centre for Applied English Studies, HKU

Louisa has taught academic and professional English to undergraduates and postgraduates from Hong Kong, China and Japan, and also workplace English to administrative and support staff of the University. She has developed a range of discipline-specific courses and co-authored an academic English textbook. She is currently offering an elective course that integrates online and face-to-face components aimed at promoting the reading of audiovisual books and writing of short stories. She enjoys reading novels, singing, playing the piano and the guitar.