Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
仁愛堂田家炳中學

English Language

A.        Subject Information

Introduction
  • to develop students' English language proficiency for study, work and leisure
  • to provide them with opportunities for personal, intellectual and social development
  • to extend their knowledge and experience of other cultures through the English medium
  • to nurture their generic skills as well as positive values and attitudes to prepare them for the challenges of the rapidly changing world and the keenly competitive knowledge-based society of Hong Kong in the 21st century
Aims/Objectives
  • to promote the development of strategies, values and attitudes that are conducive to effective, independent and lifelong learning
  • to increase students' motivation in learning and using English as a means of communication in junior forms and develop students' capability of using English as an effective tool for study and work in senior forms
  • to develop a rich language environment which facilitates and encourages learners to use English for academic and leisure purposes
  • to assess and commend the work of students in ways which will encourage them to take pride in their English work and develop them into independent learners
Curriculum structure
Junior English Language Curriculum
A good command of English is an advantage to every student in Hong Kong. The English panel aims to increase students’ motivation in learning and using English as a means of communication in junior forms. With this goal in mind, we have been making use of different strategies to lay a good foundation and widen the exposure of the world of learning and using English for our students.
Textbooks and tailor-made supplementary exercise books are used for a solid foundation in grammar and a purposeful use of vocabulary in context. To extend the scope of knowledge, 6 modules are set in each junior level so that students can experience both familiar and unfamiliar topics in the early stage of the secondary education. What makes the learning special is the integration of language arts and experiential learning into the curriculum. Short stories and musicals are introduced, which allows students to taste not only the knowledge but the culture in English. On top of the short stories, students are given the opportunity to read fiction and non-fiction extensively in the junior forms.
Outside school, students experience learning and using English in field trips. They are given topics to research, time to discuss with group members before going out. After the trip, presentations will be arranged so that students can display what they have learnt during the experience.
Senior English Language Curriculum
Based on the solid foundation laid at the junior secondary levels, the senior English curriculum is designed to gear students up for the HKDSE. Besides, it has always been the mission of the English Panel to equip students with the language proficiency as well as the generic skills required for further studies and career.
Having a great mastery of the language and outperforming in the public exam are common goals of many. To achieve these, an array of activities and measures are paired with routine classroom teaching and past paper drilling.
In S4, students are encouraged to work collaboratively and are offered ample opportunities to engage in self-directed learning through quality online platforms. A musical module is introduced to further broaden their knowledge, understanding and experience of the beauty of language art and cultures.
In S5 and S6, more exam-oriented approaches are adopted. For example, Saturday oral practice, after school enrichment and remedial classes are conducted for targeted groups on a regular basis. To strive to fully prepare S6 students for the HKDSE, a “Pre-mock exam” is held before the internal mock exam.
Optimized DSE Curriculum (applicable to 2021-22 S4 cohort and after)
Curriculum Time and Design
  • Existing Curriculum
    • a total of 313 - 375 hours of lesson time recommended in the existing curriculum guides
    • 75% of the lesson time allocated to the Compulsory Part
    • 25% of the lesson time allocated to the Elective Part for the teaching of 2–3 elective module
  • Optimising Measures
    • saving up to 50 hours of the total lesson time through reducing the overlap between the Compulsory and Elective Parts and optimising teaching arrangements
    • the Elective Part to be fully integrated into the Compulsory Part, or
    • the Elective Part to be taught as enrichment / extension components, with emphasis on the creative use of English through the language arts components
Cross-curricular Links
  • strengthening cross-curricular links and collaboration by:
    • promoting the academic use of language through RaC and LaC, as well as co-curricular and life-wide learning activities

B.        Subject Features

Activities
  1. Regular School Activities
    • Demonstration Station
    • Easter Egg Hunt
    • English Café
    • English Speaking Day
    • Friday English Morning Assembly
    • Monday Morning Greeting & Idiom
    • Reading is Power
    • Song Dedication
    • English Week
  2. Inter-class Competitions
    • Choral Speaking Competition
    • Inter-house Quiz Contest
    • Inter-house/ Inter-class Debate Competition
    • Story Writing Competition
  1. Others
    • Cosmopolitan Youth English Camp
    • Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival
    • Joint-school Oral Practice
    • Readers’ Theatre
    • RTHK Radio Program Teen Time
    • Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition
    • Toastmaster for Speech Training
    • Visit to Local Heritage Site
    • Visit to Local Publishing Company
 
Student Achievements
  • HKEdcity TV News Award
  • Champion in Hong Kong School Speech Festival (S1-2)
 
Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
Shan King Estate, Tuen Mun, N.T.
2464 3731
2464 3243
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