A multilingualcultural learning environment: An authentic Chinese language learning environment for NCSS
Recently, Darsh and Bhavani were invited by Education Bureau to share how Applied Learning Chinese have helped them with their studies and as well as integrating to the Hong Kong society. Like what they have said in the interview, learning Chinese is considered as one of the major steps to help non-Chinese speaking students integrate in the society, continue further studies and start their career in Hong Kong. Chinese is a compulsory subject for the non-Chinese speaking students in Hip Wo and put a heavy emphasis on it.
In Hip Wo, the curriculum is an adapted Chinese curriculum made with reference to the curriculum framework of mainstream Chinese, as well as the Chinese Language Curriculum Second Language Learning Framework. Traditional character is used and Cantonese is used as the medium of instruction. With the diverse Chinese ability of the students, group learning and teaching is used and curriculum is adjusted accordingly. Students need to attend Chinese public examination, namely GCSE in Secondary 4 and GCE (AS) in Secondary 6.
There are three major objectives:
- Enabling all students to master Cantonese in the areas of speaking and listening as well as basic Chinese in the areas of reading and writing. It serves to help them integrate in the local community.
- Preparing students to sit for various public examinations, which may help them to further their studies and working life in Hong Kong.
- Encouraging students to take Putonghua to meet the future needs.
If Darsh and Bhavani can do it, so can you!