Whole school language policy

Aims

1. To enhance students’ proficiency in both Chinese (PTH) and English languages so as to prepare them for further studies and work in future.

2. To enable every student to be prepared for the ever-changing socio-economic demand of Putonghua and English in the 21st century.

Objectives

1. To develop students’ English proficiency in the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

2. To develop students’ Chinese (PTH) proficiency in the two skills: listening and speaking.

3. To enhance students’ exposure to both Putonghua and English and its use in school.

4. To facilitate the use of languages in a variety of meaningful contexts.

Medium of Instruction plans in practice

For Secondary 1:

Primarily in English

English as medium of instruction

English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Computer Literacy, Geography, History, Home Economics, Deisgn & Technology, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education

Extended learning in English

Computer Literacy , Geography , History, Home Economics, Design & Technology, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education

Primarily in Chinese

PTH as medium of instruction

Chinese Language , Putonghua

Chinese as medium of instruction

Chinese Language , Liberal Studies , Chinese History , Life Education , Library Studies & Project Learning , OLE Lesson

For Secondary 2 :

Primarily in English

English as medium of instruction

English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Computer Literacy, Geography, History, Home Economics, Deisgn & Technology, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education

Extended learning in English

Computer Literacy , Geography , History, Home Economics, Design & Technology, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education

Primarily in Chinese

PTH as medium of instruction

Putonghua

Chinese as medium of instruction

Chinese Language , Liberal Studies , Chinese History , Life Education , Library Studies & Project Learning , OLE Lesson

For Secondary 3 :

Primarily in English

English as medium of instruction

English Language, Mathematics , Combined Science (Physics , Chemistry , Biology), Computer Literacy, Geography, Economics, Business Accounting, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education

Extended learning in English

Computer Literacy , Geography , Economics , Business Accounting, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education

Primarily in Chinese

PTH as medium of instruction

Putonghua

Chinese as medium of instruction

Chinese Language , Liberal Studies , Chinese History , Life Education , Library Studies & Project Learning , OLE Lesson

For Senior Secondary 1 to 3 (Po Leung Kuk Vicwood K.T. Chong Sixth Form College)

Primarily in English

English as medium of instruction

English Language , Mathematics , Physics , Chemistry , Biology, Combined Science, Geography , Economics , Business Accounting and Financial Studies(BAFS) , Information and Communication Technology, Health Management & Social Care , Tourism & Hospitality Studies , Integrated Arts ,

Physical Education

Primarily in Chinese

Chinese as medium of instruction

Chinese Language , Chinese Literature , Liberal Studies , Chinese History

The Arrangement of Extended Learning Activities

1. Our school has transformed the Extended Learning Activities lesson time into teaching the non-language subjects (Mathematics, Integrated Science, Combined Science [Physics, Chemistry, Biology]) in English as the medium of instruction for all junior form students.

2. Our school conducts ELA in English for some selected subjects in the following modes:

(a) Teaching individual modules or themes in English in the relevant subjects :

Non – language subjects involved are: Computer Literacy, Geography, History, Economics, Business Accounting, Home Economics, Design & Technology, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education

(b) Strengthening the bridging programmes of relevant subjects to facilitate a smooth transition for students to adapt to the EMI learning at senior secondary levels.

Provisions and support

1. Inside the classrooms

(a) Creating a language-rich classroom (e.g. display students’ work on the boards, signs, posters, slogans, etc.)

(b) Developing and conducting language-across-the-curriculum learning activities (e.g. Lab Report, cooperation between Language panels and other panels such as Geography, History, etc.)

(c) Providing self-access learning materials and equipment (e.g. books, CD-ROMs, films, magazines, enrichment exercises, etc.)

(d) Designing reading activities (e.g. reading lab, sharing after reading, introduction of good books, extensive reading scheme, etc.)

2. Outside the classrooms

(a) Setting up language learning corners / rooms (e.g. language laboratory, Multi-media learning center, etc.)

(b) Providing enrichment programs (e.g. summer English bridging courses, after-school supplementary lessons, etc.)

(c) Providing interesting talks / activities (e.g. sharing on writing, drama performance, etc.)

(d) Creating a language-rich campus (e.g. English & PTH sharing in morning assembly, English drama activities, exchange student programs, etc.)

(e) Organizing co-curricular activities / competitions for students of different levels.(e.g. English Corner, etc.)

3. Outside school

(a) Partnership with community to motivate students to participate in public /inter-school competitions (e.g. speech festivals, debates, etc.)

(b) Emphasizing the importance of gaining exposure through the mass media (e.g. newspapers, TV programs, movies, magazines, websites etc.)

(c) Collaboration with local schools / institutions in organizing stimulating activities (e.g. inter-school oral practices)

4. Other supportive measures

(a) Remedial teaching / split class teaching arrangement for language subjects

(b) Common slot in timetable for language teachers for collaborative lesson preparation

(c) Participation in training courses (e.g. ILLIPS) by teachers using EMI in teaching the subjects

(d) Sustainable development for teachers after the English Enhancement Scheme

(e) Support from Native Speaking Teachers (NETs) to promote a favourable English learning atmosphere for students