英文科

A. English Subject Objectives

In order to help our students develop their abilities in learning and using English, we provide them with a rich contextualized learning environment and opportunities. We integrate different elements into the school curriculum so as to raise the effectiveness of teaching and learning, like inspiring students’ learning incentives through a language-rich environment, as well as enhancing and developing students’ generic skills, including creativity, collaboration skills, critical thinking skills, self-management skills and problem-solving skills.

Focus of this academic year

1) To make good use of learning time to enrich learning experience and promote students’ whole-person development by:

a) creating more self-directed learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom

b) encouraging student participation by using e-tools and hands-on activities in English lessons

c) enriching students’ learning experience by developing Reading across the Curriculum materials

d) increasing students’ confidence by participating in internal and external competitions

e) arousing students’ interest by organizing English learning activities

f) enhancing students’ English by organizing interesting and diversified English enrichment classes

2) To promote Moral Education to foster students’ positive values and attitudes by:

a) arousing students’ awareness of law-abidingness

b) adding social and emotional learning into the English curriculum

c) fostering positive values and attitudes via English learning environment

d) promoting self-evaluation and reflection by enriching assignments

B. English Panel Development

In KS1, our school has joined NET Scheme’s PLP-R/W Programme which adopts a holistic approach to language learning with the balanced incorporation of the four basic skills especially in reading and writing. For KS2, our school-based reading programmes help enhance students’ reading proficiency by reading fiction and non-fiction books. Moreover, our NETs help students cultivate reading habits by having shared reading sessions every Tuesday and Thursday.

We always aim to engage students in active learning by organizing a variety of English learning activities. English Fun Days, World Reading Day, Chinese Culture Week, a number of English enrichment classes and participation in a range of English events and competitions provide good opportunities for students to improve and develop their confidence, abilities and competency of English.

Diversified teaching methods and the use of e-Learning help spark students’ interest in innovation and technology. In order to arouse students’ interest towards English and make teaching more effective, different teaching approaches and tools such as role plays, pair work, games, songs and poems are used in the lessons. We make good use of some popular apps in teaching and learning, such as WordWall, Kahoot! and Padlet in self-learning, in-class practice and extended learning. Furthermore, we encourage students to read more books by subscribing to online platforms with provision of interesting fiction and non-fiction books, such as BookFlix and Literacy Pro Library. Moreover, with iSolution (e-book), students can enjoy some interactive activities and the audio features also give parents support. Students from each level are required to challenge themselves on Oxford Achiever for the improvement in listening, reading, grammar, writing, speaking and vocabulary.

C. Strengths and Characteristics

Our school has three native English teachers, including Miss Kommal, Miss Rachel and Mr Zubair. P1-6 students can all have NET lessons every week, comprising PLP-R/W, Phonics and/or speaking lessons in different levels. Besides, our NETs are responsible for shared reading sessions in the morning, English games and interview training during recesses.

English teachers have good practices of using tailor-made learning materials to facilitate students’ learning.

Concerning the English-rich learning environment, students can enjoy English video appreciation every morning in the covered playground. Sayings of Wisdom pictures and English posters are displayed around the school campus. In every single classroom, an English Corner is newly established in this academic year. Students are encouraged and motivated to have extended learning by exploring the wall displays and some supplementary worksheets.

D. School-based projects and external support

Professional support is provided from NET section, universities and other educational parties.

Supported by CUHK’s Dr Ho, Self-regulated Learning Support Project is joined in P5 (2022-23) and P6 (2023-24) and it helps students develop and practise their self-learning skills through tailor-made graded tasksheets and modified teaching procedures. Supported by EdU, e-Writing with Scratch in P4 (2022-2023) facilitates students to write their composition with the use of IT tools. Supported by CUHK QEF Team, social and emotional learning project in P5 (2022-2023) helps introduce and develop students’ positive values through English language learning.

E. Awards / Honours

After some lesson co-planning meetings and lesson observations throughout the school year, our school’s design and delivery of lessons are considered to be very impressive and appreciated. Hence, one of our teachers have been invited to have a lesson demonstration for the QEF 2022/23 Project titled Integrating social and emotional learning into the English Language curriculum: Fostering positive values, attitudes and motivations in English learning in primary schools. Principals and English teachers from the other schools have been invited to observe the lesson in our school campus. In the project dissemination session, our school has also been invited to share our successful experience in a presentation. All the 50 pages of SEL teaching materials designed by our teachers will appear in the CUHK resource pack.