English

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 ethnic backgrounds.
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 fluently with correct pronunciation and ample vocabulary and with a level of grammatical accuracy which does not interfere with communication.

Reading

Students develop their habit of reading for pleasure while giving students guidance on reading so as to enable them to master different reading strategies. A wide range of reading materials are provided to cater for students’ diverse reading interests and levels of cognitive development. Students can make use of vocabulary learnt from reading in daily writing and conversation.

Writing

Students understand that writing is both essential to thinking and learning as well as enjoyable in its own right.
Students are aware of the importance of different steps of the writing process and hence be able to deploy editing techniques to improve their work.
Students have a strong grammatical foundation and are capable to apply their knowledge appropriately in writing in an array of meaningful contexts.

 

School-based Curriculum

Authentic Language Use in Context

➢ Reading to Learn

■ Graded Course Readers

Using a set of authentic graded readers which comprise both fictions and non-fictions of different themes, school teachers design 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 learning about different themes around the readers, students also acquire generic skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, information technology, numeracy, problem solving, self-management; values and attitudes.

■ Literary Appreciation

Students learn to appreciate the beauty of the English language. The Junior Classics Programme at Primary 2 and 3 introduces the students with a set of children classics such as Tom Sawyer, Heidi, Black Beauty. Classic novels are also introduced as course readers at Primary 4 (The Wind and the Willow), Primary 5 (Oliver Twist) and Primary 6 (Journey to the Centre of the Earth). Students are provided with opportunities to respond to literature in the classroom and exchange personal ideas. This will also allow them to gain pleasure and understanding of the literature and understand its value and importance.

■ Parent-Child Reading Scheme and Accelerated Reading Scheme

Reading is an integral part of children’s learning. The Accelerated Reading Scheme for Primary 1 to 3 as well as the Parent-Child Reading Scheme for all levels of students serve the purpose of promoting the culture of reading at school. Students are encouraged to begin with picture books, rhymes, or fairy tales, then move on to bridging books and science stories, and advance to stories with intricate plots and characters or other text types, and further move on to reading materials of a wider range of topics and with greater complexity as well as of different text types and styles.

➢ English Language Environment Enrichment Programme (ELEEP)

ELEEP, supported by our English teachers and CNETs, provides an immersive environment for our students to communicate through the usage of the English language on a day-to-day basis. Apart from joining our regular English and Oral lessons as well as participating in various extra-curricular activities, our CNETs create an English-rich environment where they hold daily activities during recess time, monthly hall events and the annual English Funfair.

➢ Drama in Education Programmes

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 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.