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					Yaumati Catholic Primary School
      (Hoi Wang Road)


       Experience Sharing on
       Specialised Teaching in
English Language in Primary Schools

        19.12.2005 & 5.1.2006


                                      1
            Present Situations
 Most teachers teach only 2 to 3 subjects in
  04/05
 There are 18 English teachers altogether
 It is a school policy to ask teachers’
  preference for teaching duties for the
  coming year




                                                2
                  Our Policies
Management Team
 Review the overall allocation of teaching duties


 Bottom-up approach – ask English teachers’
  opinions about specialised teaching (ST) and
  willingness to be an ST teacher

 Strike a balance between willingness and
  possibilities

                                                     3
               Our Policies
Decision Making
 Confer with ALL English teachers to reach
  a consensus

 Resources biased towards ST ---
 Having 3 fully specialised and several
 partially specialised teachers in English for
 05/06

                                                 4
              Our Strategies
 3 teachers are willing to be fully specialized
  English subject teachers in 05/06
 Employ an additional teacher to take up
  about 30 periods per week for creating
  space
 Resources are biased towards the 3 fully
  specialised teachers, panel chair and level
  leaders

                                                   5
        Number of periods for
       fully specialised teachers
 Each fully specialised subject teacher takes
  up 3 classes of English and one class period

 Each teaches 25 periods per week (3 classes
  x 8 periods/class + 1 period)




                                                 6
        Number of periods for
       fully specialised teachers

 Most English periods are scheduled in the
  morning

 Have common free periods for meetings/
  visits / attending professional development
  programmes or courses among the 3 fully
  specialised teachers

                                                7
        Other support measures
 Coaching from English Panel Chair and
  Curriculum Leader [PSM(CD)]
 All level leaders share responsibilities
 Each ST teacher focuses on some learning
  and teaching (L&T) activities, e.g. verse
  speaking, singing English folk songs,
  writing, reading, speaking & listening, seed
  projects / gifted education programmes, etc.

                                                 8
               Implementation
Avoid over-specialisation:
 Implement specialised teaching at P1, P2 & P4
 Not implemented at P3, P5 and P6
  • To avoid possible adverse effects on student
    learning (implementation of TSA at P3 & P6;
    submission of marks for SSPA at P5 & P6)
    caused by teachers’ sick leave for extended
    periods / maternity leave


                                                   9
 Benefits from specialised teaching
 More time for curriculum development in
 areas like reading, writing, speaking &
 listening, etc. and collaborative lesson
 preparation




                                            10
               Difficulties
 Not enough resources


 Only one additional teacher can be
  employed in 2005/06 to release the
  workload of English subject teachers




                                         11
               Difficulties
 Difficulties in teacher deployment owing to
  heavy workload of teaching 3 classes of
  English
 Is ST a 3-year policy only?




                                                12
            Possible Solutions
 Rotation of duties among teachers
 More extra resources ---EMB provides
  more teachers / funds / CEG etc.
 Utilize other resources ---NET(s) / parents /
  community / activity sub-contractors /
  publishers
 Better coordination in using English subject
  resources

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The End


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