English

Aims

To provide students with opportunities to use English as a tool to extend their knowledge and experience.

To provide students with learning experiences and uplift their language proficiency for study, work, leisure and personal enrichment.

To develop their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in life by becoming lifelong learners.

To empower students to take ownership of their learning process through self-directed learning by developing their proper attitude toward learning, making use of appropriate problem-solving strategies, research and thinking skills.

 

Curriculum goals

Listening

Students are immersed in an authentic English-speaking environment with native speakers of a variety of background.

Students develop their listening skills so that they can engage themselves in a conversation in which they can listen carefully and respond appropriately to others with good manners.

 

Speaking

Students speak in appropriate pitch, tone, pace and volume with suitable body language.

Students respond to others’ ideas and views appropriately and interact with others effectively.

Students speak with correct pronunciation and appropriate vocabulary and with a level of grammatical accuracy which does not interfere with communication.

 

Reading

Students develop their habit in reading for pleasure.

Students can make use of vocabulary learnt from reading in writing and conversation.

 

Writing

Students understand that writing is both essential to thinking and learning as well as enjoyable in its own right.

Students can make use of various editing techniques (planning, drafting and rewriting) to improve their work.

Students have a strong grammatical foundation and are able to apply the knowledge appropriately in writing in a wide range of context.

 

School-based Curriculum

Reading to Learn

Using a set of Australia fiction and non-fiction readers with different themes, school teachers have designed different learning activities for Primary 1 to 6 students to help them develop a strong foundation in grammar as well as language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through teaching different themes in the reading, students also acquire generic skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, information technology, numeracy, problem solving, self-management, values and attitudes.

 

Accelerated Reading Scheme

The scheme is targeted for Primary 1 to 3 students to promote their interest in reading. Using the scheme, teachers can address students’ individual differences. Students are also encouraged to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books based on their reading levels. In the meantime, teachers can provide remedies for weaker students in order to build up their self-confidence and sense of achievement.

 

Drama in Education

Drama can enhance students’ motivation in learning English. It also extends students’ learning outside the classroom. To help students gain more confidence in speaking English and to further develop students’ multimodal learning experience, the school has established several drama in education programmes which are incorporated into various extra-curricular activities as well as in the English curriculum.

The Primary Six English Drama in Education Programme introduced in 2008 aims to teach students to be critically-literate learners who use higher-order thinking skills to regulate their speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The Classic Drama and the Pr.1-3 Drama Programmes offer a diverse range of roles for students to work with their strengths and interests and help them develop their multiple intelligences and generic skills.