English

Aims:

The overall aims of  the English Language curriculum are:

  1. To develop students’ competence in using English for communication, study, work, pleasure and entertainment.
  2. To provide students with opportunities to use English.
  3. To provide students with opportunities to gain exposure to English.

Student Activities

New Senior Secondary

A. Understanding the New Senior Secondary Curriculum The New Senior Secondary Curriculum (NSS) was adopted in September 2009.  The English Language Curriculum consists of a Compulsory Part and an Elective Part. The Compulsory Part includes the teaching of four language skills, grammar, communicative functions, vocabulary and text-types through a task-based approach. It takes up around 75% lesson time from NSS1 to NSS3. The Elective Part includes a range of extension modules that add variety to the curriculum and broaden students’ exposure. It takes up about 25% of lesson time. A total of eight  modules in the Elective Part are categorized into the following two groups and students are required to take 3 modules with at least one from each category: Language Arts

  • Learning English through Drama
  • Learning English through Short Stories
  • Learning English through Poems and Songs
  • Learning English through Popular Culture

Non-Language Arts

  • Learning English through Sports Communication
  • Learning English through Debating
  • Learning English through Social Issues
  • Learning English through Workplace Communication

  B. Mode of Assessment Public Examination  85 %

Paper weighting
1 Reading 20 %
2 writing 25 %
3 Listening & Integrated Skills 30%
4 Speaking 10%
  Total 85 %

School Based Assessment (Speaking) 15% C. Preparation for New Senior Secondary Teacher Training

  1. All English teachers have been attending seminars and workshops conducted in different universities according to the training places assigned by the Curriculum Development Institute.  These workshops help teachers to understand the curriculum and prepare themselves for teaching the electives.
  2. Qualified professionals in teaching drama, short stories and poems were hired to conduct in-depth training for all English teachers in school during the past few years. The training included workshops and co-teaching practices.

Modification of junior form curriculum

  1. The use of language arts in English teaching has been further enhanced by integrating more outside classroom activities, for example, enjoying in community services and attending professional drama performance into the formal curriculum.   Inter-class competitions focusing on different language arts activities have also been a tradition in our English classroom. However, with the change in the new syllabus, the use of short stories, poems, films and songs has been increased in junior form teaching.
  2. The increased use of newspapers has been adopted to arouse students’ awareness of social issues and expose them to different text-types.

Implementation of the English Self Enhancement Scheme (ESES)

  1. To master a foreign language, students need to be exposed to or even immersed in that language for a long time and this cannot be achieved in the limited time span of the English classroom.  The ESES encourages students to take the initiative to read, view, listen to and speak in English when they engage in activities at school or at home.
  2. The launching of the English Room in September 2008 provides students with resources like books, songs in CDs, films and TV programmes in DVDs, board games, educational websites and activities to learn for fun.

Participation in outside school activities

2016-17

  1. Many students, both senior and junior form students, were awarded positions and merits in the 68th Hong Kong Speech Festival.
  2. Both senior and junior form students actively participated in inter-school and inter-class activities such as Young Post Reporters Program, spelling competition, reader theatre, drama competition, debate contests and writing competitions. 
  3. Celebrity speakers and language experts including national anthem singer Ms. Star Swain, Mr. Diego mattiolo and Mr. John Dobrmann where invited to share language and learning experience with students. 

2015-16

  1. Some students, both senior and junior form students, were awarded positions including champion, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up in the 67th Hong Kong Speech Festival. Senior form students also demonstrated their speaking skills in public events such as the 12th Biliteracy and Trilingualism Composition and Speech Competition, and the 10th Speaking Contest for Hong Kong Students.
  2. 2-5 students took part in different Model United Nations (MUN) Conferences held in Singapore and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The students concerned also organized their STMC MUN in our own school and invited over 100 students from different schools to join.
  3. 4 and F.5 students participated in ACEA Hong Kong Secondary School English Writing Competition 2015-2016 and the 5th Liberal Studies Essay Writing Competition respectively. One student was awarded the Best Writer Silver Award.
  4. 2 and 3 students took part in Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition and obtained the Best Debater Award.
  5. 3-5 students joined the Shatin Inter-School Scrabble Competition and won the 1st runner-up.

2014-15

  1. 69 students participated in the 66th Hong Kong Speech Festival. 21 of them were awarded positions including 6 champions, 6 first runners-up, 9 second runners-up. 43 of them obtained the merit, that is, their score is 80 or above.
  2. 4 F.4 students joined the Singapore Model United Nations (MUN) Conference 2015 held by Singapore Chinese Girl’s School while 8 students and 10 other students took part in the ones organized by the Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Victoria Shanghai Academy respectively. 29 students were involved in the MUN club and the gifted program at school.
  3. 8 students participated in HKFYG Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest 2015. They were awarded top 10 out of 40.
  4. 15 junior and senior form students took part in the 16th NESTA Debating Competition. In total, they won five rounds of the debate contest.

2013-14

  1. 57 students participated in the 65th Hong Kong Speech Festival. 13 of them were awarded positions including 4 champions, 4 first runners-up, 5 second runners-up. 56 of them obtained the merit, that is, their score is 80 or above.
  2. 8 F.4 students joined the Singapore Model United Nations Conference 2014 held by Singapore Chinese Girl’s School. They obtained the Best Overseas Delegation Award.
  3. 4 F.4 students and 8 F.5 students participated in Model United Nations Conference 2014 held by Hong Kong Model United Nations Club and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The F.4 team won the Diplomacy Award. Such experiences inspired 15 F.4 and F.5 students to organize a Model United Nations Conference in our own school (STMC iMUN). 43 F.2-4 students joined it while 10 F.1 students served as helpers.
  4. 18 F.2-3 students from the gifted program took part in a drama appreciation activity organized by a professional group, AFTEC.
  5. 5 F.3 students participated in Junior Inter-school Debating Tournament held by Wah Yan College.
  6. F.1-3 students took part in the Scrabble Competition by SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School. They won First-runner up and Best Valuable Player

2012-13

  1. 85 students participated in the 64th Hong Kong Speech Festival. 22 of them were awarded positions including 6 champions, 9 first runners-up and 7 second runners-up. 78 of them got the merit, that is, their score is 80 or above.
  2. 12 F.2 and F.3 students took part in the activity, My Favorite Book Character Parade, organised by Standing Committee on language Education and Research (SCOLAR) and obtained the 2nd Runner-up
  3. 8 F.4 students joined the Singapore Model United Nations Conference 2013 held by Singapore Chinese Girl’s School.
  4. 3 F.5 students participated in Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition and one of them was awarded the Best Speaker Award in the second round of the debate.
  5. 4 F.4 and F.5 students joined Model United Nations Conference 2013 held by the Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

2011-12

  1. 77 students participated in the 62nd Hong Kong Speech Festival. 8 of them were awarded positions, including 1 champion; 5 first runners-up and 2 second runners-up. In total, 70 students got the merit, that is, their score is 80 or above.
  2. 4 students took part in Inter-school Scrabble Competition in which around 40 secondary schools joined and they won the championship. They are Choi Ho Man, Raymond 4A(22), Yeung Wai Yan, Abbie 4E (27), Yeung Ching Long, Edwin 3A (37), Kwok Chun Ming 3C (27).
  3. 17 F.2-4 students joined the Drama Festival organized by the Association of English Medium Secondary Schools.
  4. Two teams of F.4 students participated in the Singapore Model United Nations Conference 2012 held by Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and one of the teams was awarded the Most Diplomatic Delegation Award
  5. 10 F.5 students and 6 F.4 students took part in Model United Nations Conference 2012 held by Hong Kong Model United Nations Club and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  6. 3 F.5 students joined the 27th Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition.

2010-2011

  1. 83 students and 1 choral group took part in the Hong Kong Speech Festival and 76 of them got merit certificates.  Among them, there were 2 champions, 7 first runners0up and 15 second runners-up.
  2. 12 students took part in ‘Think Again Service Video Competition 2010’ organized by The English Speaking Union Hong Kong and Thomason Reuters & Wiseman and won 3 awards:
    • YouYube Most Viewed Award 2nd runner up: Chan Suet Ying 3A(2), Chow Ka Wing 3A(5), Chung Ho Yi 3A(6), Ng Cheuk Sze 3A (18), Yip Hong Ying 3A (28), Tang Kim Fung 3B (36).
    • Best Script Award 1st runner up: Lo Yan Wai 3A (17), Yeung Hiu Yiu 3A (25), Tsang Pik Kwan 4A (13), Imfeld Chi Ching 4B (8), Yeung Ching Sum 4C (12), Mak Chun Ling 4C (32).
    • The Most Entertaining Video Award: Lo Yan Wai 3A (17), Yeung Hiu  Yiu 3A (25), Tsang Pik Kwan 4A (13), Imfeld Chi Ching 4B (8), Yeung Ching Sum 4C (12), Mak Chun Ling 4C (32).
  3. 6  F.5 students took part in Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition(2010-2011). Wong Lok Lam, Nichole (5B) won The Best Debater Award.

2009-2010

  1. 64 students and 1 choral group took part in the Hong Kong Speech Festival and 60 of them got merit certificates. Among them, there were 4 champions, 7 first runners-up and 8 second runners-up.
  2. 20 students took part in ‘Think Again Series Video Competition 2010’ organized by The English Speaking Union Hong Kong and Thomason Reuters & Wiseman and won 2 awards:
    • Youtube Most viewed Award 1st runner up:  Ng Cheuk Sze (2A), Yeung Hiu Yiu (2A), Tang Long Tin (2A), Wong Log Fung (2A), Tang Kim Fung (2C).
    • Best Script Award 2nd runner-up: Chan Suet Ying (2A), Tsui Wing Lam (2A), Wong Stephanie (2A), Yu Yan Ting (2A), Yeung Wai Ya (2B), Kwok Nga Ting (2E).
  3. 20 students took part in the Hong kong Budding Poets (English) Award 2009/10 organized by the Education Bureau. Ng Chek Sze, Joyce (2A) won the Poet of the School Award.
  4. 10 F.6 students took part in Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition (2009-2010). Tang Kin Yan, Caleb(6S) won The Best Interrogative Debater Award.

2008-2009

  1. 94 students and 1 choral group took part in the Hong Kong Speech Festival and 80 of them got merit certificates. Among them, there were 10 champions, 12 first runners-up and 13 second runners-up.
  2. Students took part in ‘Think Again Documentary Making Competition 2009’ organized by Wiseman Education, Education Bureau & National Geographic and won two 2 awards:
    • “Best Directing Award”  Edith Lau Chung Ying (2E), Imfeld Chantal Chi Ching (2E), Robyn Kam Hoi Hei (2A), Harriet Lai Kai Heng (2C) and Tsang Pik Kwan (2D).
    • “You Tube Most Viewed Award – Champion”  Kathy So Hiu Nam (3A), Serena Au Wing Man, Nicole Chan Ho Ching, Chan Hok Hin and Joyce Li Lok Sum (3E)
    • Their documentary can be viewed at the following website: http://www.wiseman.com.hk/site/thinkseries/winners/thinkagain
  3. DramaFest 20 students from F.2 to F.4 took part in the DramaFest organized by the  Association of English Medium Secondary Schools. Chantal Imfeld Chi Ching of 2E won the trophy for the Outstanding Performer.