“Time Out!” The English Language Assembly Programme
“Time Out!” is the name of the Morning Assembly Programme put up by the English department. It is a “time” when students get to talk about a variety of student – interest-topics, and, showcase their talents and achievements in English Language. With the move to hold morning assemblies in the school hall, “Time Out!” has evolved from just a “talent” show to become an interactive “variety” show. The new “Time Out!” leverages on the school hall’s audio-visual capabilities to immerse students in a lively variety show experience with attractive music, videos and prizes while they learn new language skills and knowledge. In the meantime, English Language teachers take the opportunity to equip students with presentation skills and groom students in their roles as performers, presenters, masters of ceremonies and game show hosts. More importantly, “Time Out!” is hosted by students, presented by students and watched by students.
iPads are widely used as a learning tool in the classrooms to kindle students’ interests in the English Language. The iPad also allows teachers to tap into the latest and most exciting educational software and applications to enhance our students’ English Language learning experience.
Self-regulated Learning is a progression from differentiated instruction. No matter how well a teacher differentiates a lesson, it will not be perfect for all students.So, self-regulated learning or learners’ autonomy is 100% differentiation by the learner herself. Through an online learning platform with school based design materials, students are encouraged to accept responsibility for their own learning. In order for students to do this, teachers help students to be clear about what they are learning, why, and how. Teachers raise student awareness as to what kinds of learners they are and their learning needs, help them make informed choices when planning their learning, and equip them with skills and strategies to be effective inside and outside the classroom. Being an autonomous learner is a desirable quality in higher education and working life.
Differentiated instruction is a systematic response to the reality that students are different from each other. It is a framework to help teachers move away from ‘teaching to the middle’.Tailoring lessons for the middle band of students in a class results in some students being over challenged, some under challenged, some unable to gain access to key concepts, and many demotivated. In contrast, with differentiated instruction, lessons are organised so that students progress towards learning objectives but reach them in ways that are personally suitable. Based on a school-based diagnostic test, teachers aim to make it possible for students to acquire course content, make sense of ideas, and develop learning products that are compatible with their learning styles, interests and abilities.
Small Group Oral / Writing Training
A team of native English-speaking teachers are employed to provide small group oral and writing training to students. Through this, teacher-student ratio is reduced to 1:4-5 so that students can receive timely feedback and their personal needs are better addressed. Also, students’ exposure to the language is widened.
Authentic English Speaking Environment
The school has set up a cozy café (Café de Chan Wong) with indoor and outdoor seating to offer our students a relaxing out-of-class environment where they can interact freely with a team of native English speakers. Students are also encouraged to spend their lunchtime playing board games or simply chat with the NETs to practice and experience authentic English language oral communication.
As the name suggests, the English Clinic offers a one-on-one English Language diagnostic and remediation service, with our teachers playing the role of doctors to any student in need of treatment; be it a case of “writer’s block”, “comprehension problems”, “grammar indigestion”, “vocabulary deficiency” or perhaps even a mild case of “spelling mistakes”, our expert language doctors will treat all our patients’ problems, dispense the necessary remedies with tender loving care and get them all better.
The English Week is a much anticipated school wide festivity that is held annually. It comprises numerous activities, such as games stalls, drama performances, singing contests, culinary classes and, where the principal and even the school’s tuck shop ladies are roped in to speak only in English to create an immersive English Language environment for our students.
Life Wide Learning
The Life Wide Learning Day is a time for students to learn in real contexts and authentic settings. This kind of experiential learning enables students to achieve certain learning goals that are more difficult to attain through classroom learning alone. It helps students to achieve the aims of whole-person development and enables them to develop the life-long learning capabilities that are needed in our ever-changing society. Students apply their English Language reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the real world. They work in small groups designing questionnaires, interviewing foreigners and writing down and presenting their findings to their classmates and teachers.