“Learn it, use it and own it – that’s the way to be for language acquisition.”
Designated articles of various text types are thoroughly analysed in terms of writing background and purpose, gist, writing techniques and idea development, etc. Language awareness is also raised through highlighting complex sentence patterns and refined word choices.
Students engage in simulated situations such as a youth forum, radio show and focus group where each of them is assigned a stakeholder role, weighing in on selected social issues. It is a cross-curricular collaboration with the Liberal Studies Department.
Every year, a classic title is selected as the class reader in S1. The story is then made into an English musical as an event of KTL’s S1 Form Association Inauguration Ceremony. All S1 students have a chance to participate in this production, which is the pinnacle of the whole year of learning.
Fiction texts of various themes and from different eras are picked for students to explore the joy of English literature. A “C-I-A” approach- Comprehension, Interpretation and Appreciation- is adopted.
All compositions are followed up with class-based reports, focusing on students’ performance in terms of content development, language accuracy and variety as well as coherence and organization. In Senior Secondary, the same policy also applies to Integrated Tasks (Paper 3).
In the first week of each month, each JS student has to bring a book under a designated theme they have read to the class. They have to share what they read and highlight some ideas they find impressive from the book. Speaking activities are conducted.
Each S5 student has a chance to conduct a lesson by making a presentation on an assigned article in various creative modes or keynote speeches during class, covering content and language features.
CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) is an approach for learning the content of various disciplines through English, thus both specific skills which enhance the receptive and the productive skills of English and the generic skills for learning are well catered for. It is a school-based course for S1 students.
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- A collaboration under the Quality Education Fund 2019/20 Project, aiming at enhancing secondary students’ English writing through 3C-based (Collaboration, Creativity and Critical thinking) activities, self-regulation strategies and e-learning tools.
- Department Head Mr Cheung Pak Ki was a speaker in the OneELED Conference of the Faculty of Education. The topic was “Professional, Passionate, Proud”.
- Department Head Mr Cheung was a speaker at Confluence: an ensemble of ELT pedagogies, which was held at Hong Kong Baptist University. He talked about the concept and the implementation of Reading Plus.
- Meet to Write, a QEF project to allow students to explore how biographies are written from a professional perspective to enhance students’ skills in writing, especially journalistic writing and to provide opportunities for students to conduct interviews with successful role models in English.
- An annual collaboration to organize Debate Fun Day for primary school students to showcase their debating skills
- School debate team members to mentor the guest students and exchange ideas
- Reading Buddies for S4 students
- A chance for students to understand how effective presentation and communication skills can facilitate interaction
- Canadian students to deliver lessons about cultural differences between Hong Kong and Canada
- To provide students a chance to communicate with foreigners with actual and authentic purposes
- Joint School Oral Practice