“From thorough understanding of classics to developing a sophisticated mind; from learning to applying through exploration and practice.”
Through exposure and accumulation of knowledge, the passion for learning can be kindled. Therefore, we place our emphasis on the teaching of reading. Since 2000, we have joined the Seed Projects carried out by the Education Bureau. With experience and expertise, teachers set and optimize materials of school-based curricula adopted from S1 to S6. By introducing and referring to various works, we hope that students can study the traditional Chinese moral values and the spirit of scholars from the past. Moreover, we hope to guide students to observe the greatness of Chinese literature as well as the meaning of life.
Chinese learning is not confined to the classroom. Hence, we encourage students to read extensively and promote self-directed learning of classical poems and texts in order to extend their exposure and enhance their language competence. Regarding self-directed learning, S1 and S2 students are to make presentations where they report on the genres, writers, backgrounds, meanings of words and phrases, main ideas and writing techniques after their self-studying of assigned pieces. This Young Teachers Program can encourage students to take the initiative to learn independently.
With the advent of ever changing technology in the 21st century, there is a need to address the misconception that traditional Chinese literature is irrelevant to modern times. To this end, we deliberately merge advanced modern technology and sophisticated classic literature. This is how our e-learning platform is developed, where literature and cultural knowledge are learnt through interactive modes. With three years of support by the Quality Education Fund, we set up the platform of online learning in junior forms. Three objectives of the platform include: developing self-directed learning to save lesson time; motivating students to learn through interactive modes; strengthening the elements of Chinese classic writing, culture and literature so as to elevate language cultivation. We believe that technology can boost the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching and learning, which can be embodied through this self-directed learning platform.
When teaching passages about Chinese culture, we select some relevant concepts and adopt the approach of “learning, thinking, showing and evaluating” so that students can apply the knowledge to everyday lives and study cultural values. For example, S2 students are encouraged to explore the concept of perseverance after learning relevant texts of the same topic. In this way, students are guided to study and appreciate some Chinese traditional values and mindsets in depth and breadth. Also, students are encouraged to express their own ideas and to reflect on themselves. This can surely help create an open-minded and interactive atmosphere among students and between students and teachers.
The three subjects, namely Chinese Language, Putonghua, and Chinese Literature are under the same Key Learning Area of Chinese Language, and these three subjects are under the same administrative unit in our school. This makes the resources deployment and teachers’ collaboration more effective. Putonghua is the medium of instruction for selected groups in S1 to S3 for Chinese Language lessons, which is a strategy for the enhancement of communication skills in Putonghua. The top 50 students in Chinese Language also enjoy priority when selecting Chinese Literature as their elective in senior secondary in order for them to strengthen their cultivation in literature.
In Putonghua lessons, the “Recital Scheme of Selected Adages” encourages junior secondary students to read aloud some famous Chinese mottos. For example, those in S1 promote “scholarship”, “integrity” and “politeness”. These mottos are also instrumental in lunch-time Putonghua activities for creating a language-rich environment.
- We are in close relationship with some member schools of the Hong Kong Council Of The Church Of Christ in China, such as Shatin Pui Ying College, Ying Wa College and Heep Woh College.
- We are willing to share our ideas of curriculum design and learning and teaching strategies as well as conducting lesson observations. We have different exchange programs with schools such as Shatin Tsung Tsin School, Gertrude Simon Lutheran College, Pui Ching Middle School (Macau) and many more.
- Our Head Principal and Chinese teachers were speakers at the Principal Salon, sharing our school-based experience in promoting Chinese culture.
- A special publication summarizing our literature promotion experience was developed in 2018-2019, which was sent to our sister schools in mainland China for professional exchange.
- Apart from the Seed Projects, we also participate in the SCOLAR scheme. We hope to build up an atmosphere that is conducive to Putonghua learning. We have also joined a visiting teacher collaboration scheme for 5 years where learning and teaching are enhanced through lesson observation and evaluation. Moreover, we are a member of the Language Learning Support Section of EDB for enhancing the quality of teaching.