The English Language Education curriculum framework aims to build on existing good practices in English Language teaching in Hong Kong. It also makes suggestions on ways to provide students with wider access to meaningful and effective language learning experiences that will enable them to meet the needs and challenges of society.
In our language classrooms, considerable emphasis is placed on helping learners master the language forms (including vocabulary, text-types, grammar items and structures), communicative functions, skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the same time, we provide opportunities for practice of these elements in meaningful and authentic contexts while meeting the needs of students’ learning and cultural needs. We emphasize on enhancing learners’ experiences by providing a language-rich environment, through:
- provision of greater opportunities for purposeful communication both inside and outside the classroom;
- making use of learner-centered instruction to encourage learner independence;
- making greater use of literary or imaginative texts (i.e. language arts) to develop critical thinking and encourage free expression and creativity; and
- promotion of language development strategies , values and attitudes that are conducive to effective, independent and lifelong learning.