The aims of the English Language Education curriculum are:
English is a global language, and for students to succeed in the future, they must be able to communicate proficiently in English. At our school, we as teachers aim to enhance our students’ ability to use the English language to gain new knowledge, apply the concepts learnt, and to be able to communicate their thoughts and opinions about a variety of topics. Students have to be able to take responsibility for their learning, and they ought to also be reflective in their learning process. Therefore, to achieve these objectives, we ensure that our teaching methods are learner-centered and modern. In all our English lessons, we cater towards the diverse needs of the students, so that they may all be able to learn new concepts in an anxiety-free environment.
This is our second year using the Primary Longman Elect textbook in all our ‘General English’ (GE) lessons. We have been adapting and refining the textbook materials and worksheets to suit the needs of our students. All students are also provided with the opportunity to expand their knowledge regarding the taught concepts in our NET lessons (conducted by our new NET teacher Miss Sara).
Furthermore, to meet the global trends in pedagogical (educational) practices, we have now integrated the ‘assessment for learning’ approach in our curriculum. We now use periodic formative assessments to get a better understanding of our students’ levels. This allows us to provide immediate feedback to students, so that they are well prepared for their final examinations.
In our lessons, we also encourage teachers and learners to use technology to facilitate their learning. Instead of solely relying on the traditional method of teaching, we hope to implement ‘inquiry-based learning’ in our classrooms. To achieve this, we have already started planning on how we may successfully use technology in the classroom.
We constantly encourage our students to be risk-takers, critical thinkers, independent, creative and reflective learners. To further develop these skills, all our students also attend weekly NET lessons. For Key Stage 1 (Primary 1 – Primary 3) students, we follow the Primary Literacy Programme – Reading/Writing (PLP-R/W) in our NET lessons. Whereas, Key Stage 2 students further enhance these skills by applying their learning to solve global issues with an ethical mindset. The NET lessons provide an opportunity for our students to interact in English with a native-speaker, and to consolidate their knowledge gained from GE lessons. Thorough co-planning and co-teaching with the NET teacher, has allowed us to ensure that our students’ derive an optimum level of learning in these lessons.
To accommodate experiential learning, excursion visits are organized throughout all grade levels. These excursion visits allow students to deepen their understanding of the topics, and prompts them to use English as a medium for communicating with others outside the school. Activities are designed for these excursions, and are always based upon what they have learnt in their General English Lessons. Through these excursion visits, students are given the opportunity to apply their learning beyond their classrooms.
Lastly, the Education Bureau (Native-English Speaking Teacher Section) has also greatly supported our efforts to create an authentic English language learning environment at our school.
Although we are proud of our achievements, we hope to further improve our curriculum and teaching practices by staying in tune with global trends in education.