English Panel Annual Report (2001-2002) by Av5DDcA

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									                    Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)
                English Panel Annual Report (2002-2003)
                                                Panel Chairman: Mr. Leung Kin Tim
                                   Junior Forms Panel Chairman: Mr. Kung Ngan Ho
I. Mission
It is our conviction that every student can learn, progress and succeed. We are committed
to providing opportunities for all students to boost their language proficiency and develop
a sense of success in learning. We put sustained efforts to make learning more integrated,
more relevant and more enjoyable. We are working hard to ensure that our students not
only master the basics but also perform at higher levels.


II. Overview
1. It has been a rewarding year that has included consistent improvement in teaching and
   learning. Reform efforts remain intact and have been continuously strengthened. The
   task-based approach has been introduced in the curriculum of the junior level, with
   provision of meaningful tasks for purposeful use of the language. We have gone full
   steam ahead with the S1 Curriculum Tailoring Scheme. Language arts and fun
   elements have been incorporated into the curriculum, making it more pleasurable and
   stimulating. Rigorous coursework has been demanded in S4 and S5. The extended 8th
   periods allowed S5 students to have more time to practise language skills. Students of
   S6 and S7 have greatly benefited from the eClass Scheme and practice sessions. To
   cultivate good reading habits, both the Class-based Extensive Reading Scheme and
   School-based Extensive Reading Scheme have been implemented.

2. Students’ learning difficulties have been well attended. A variety of support and
   enrichment programmes have been in place to cater for students’ needs. Remedial
   teaching in S1-S3 and split-class teaching arrangements have been put into practice to
   take care of lower achievers. Lunch forums and after-school oral practice sessions
   have been held regularly to improve students' speaking skills. A variety of learning
   classes have been arranged after school and in the summer holiday. Home listening
   and writing programmes have been successfully carried out to improve students'
   listening and writing performance.

3. Additional support is given with the implementation of the Self-Enhancing English
   Scheme and the NET Scheme. The SEES helps students to set targets for learning
   English. Students of S3-S7 have been provided with abundant learning resources.
   Their learning progress has been duly recorded on a form. Awards have been given to
   outstanding participants. With the NET Scheme, students have enjoyed numerous
   opportunities to communicate with Mr. Donald Latter, who is eager to offer help. The
   activities organized by the English Corner can stimulate students’ interest in learning
   English.

             4. The quality of our teaching and learning was reviewed by the Quality
                 Assurance Inspection in October. We were thrilled to see its report, which
                 approved of our efforts to help students. A full report of the review is

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                available           on          the         department’s          website
                (http://www.jcckc.net/english/Quality Assurance Inspection Report.doc).
                Consistent improvement in academic standards has been endorsed by the
                School Estimates Report of the Education & Manpower Bureau, showing
                that for the past three years (2000-02) we gained positive value-added to
                both CE and AS Level English. Of the scores (ranging from –10 to +10),
                we attained an average of +4.4 in the CE level and +2.53 in the AS level,
                indicating our students’ high performance.

            5. Our department’s website has gained wide acceptance. More than
                twenty-eight thousand visits have been recorded since its inception in
                March 2001. It has been put on the Hong Kong Education City’s
                recommended list of English learning websites. Mr. Sam Lo’s HKCEE
                webpage has also got the honour.

6. Much of the success is due to the drive and commitment towards excellence in
   teaching by our panel teachers. It also attests that we have a team of high performing,
   knowledgeable and dedicated English teachers. Although we have made tremendous
   gains and improvements, we will continue to step up our reform efforts. We will build
   on our strengths and success by improving our students' overall performance.


III. Evaluation

A. Programme plans
The past school year was again a productive one. Significant advances were made in
relation to improving the quality of teaching and learning. The following highlights some
of the goals conveyed in the 2002-03 programme plans and the results gained.

S1 Curriculum Tailoring Scheme
Period: Whole year
Teacher-in-charge: Kung Ngan Ho
Attainments: Two sets of tailor-made course materials have been produced: one for
               academically low achievers and the other for normal classes. A survey
               conducted by the school has revealed that English comes in second among
               S1 students’ favourite subjects.
Suggestions: 1. Some tasks/exercises for normal classes should be more challenging
               while those for weak classes could be easier.
            2. Some outings should be organized for S1 students so that they can use
               English in an interesting way.
            3. The course materials should be revised by late July.

S1-2 MMLC Lessons
Period: Whole year
Teacher-in-charge: Kung Ngan Ho
Attainments: Teachers have made use of software and Internet resources to integrate IT
              into the S1 and S2 curriculums. They have also edited existing resources
              like MindGame to develop tailor-made materials for students. Students
              have had the chance to record their voices in order to improve

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               pronunciation. Most students have found the MMLC lessons enjoyable.
Suggestions: 1. More pronunciation teaching and recordings should be arranged in the
               MMLC lessons.
            2. Students should be awarded points for the Self-Enhancing English Scheme
               if they use the MMLC after school.

S5 Extended 8th Periods
Period: Whole year
Teachers-in-charge: Leung Kin Tim & Pun Ching To
Attainments: Students became more familiar with the exam formats and skills. They were
            motivated to get higher scores and there was an atmosphere of healthy
            competition among some students. Students showed steady improvement in
            reading and listening skills.
Suggestions: Weak students should be allowed to leave early. More time is needed to
            review the paper.

S5 Seminars on CE English Skills
Dates: September 6, 2002 & March 7, 2003
Teacher-in-charge: Leung Kin Tim
Attainments: S6 students shared their experience and feelings of their study life. Two past
            students were invited to convey the message that English is very important
            for work and study.

S5 Pre-Exam Oral Practice Classes
Period: June 2003
Teachers-in-charge: Leung Kin Tim & Pun Ching To
Attainments: 106 students attended the practice classes. They received advice from
            teachers and gained more confidence in speaking.

S6 English Morning Assembly
Period: March - May 2003
Teacher-in-charge: Leung Kin Tim
Attainments: Students were given opportunities to speak English in public. They made
            use of short plays, interviews and talks to share their ideas with their
            schoolmates.

S1-S3 School-based Extensive Reading Award Scheme
Period: Whole year
Teacher-in-charge: Kung Ngan Ho & Kok Lai Yuk
Attainments: 92 students went to Room 803 after school from September to March,
              completing about 400 work cards. One of them was awarded the gold
              prize, 2 the silver prize and 5 the bronze prize. But for the abrupt
              termination of the scheme through the outbreak of SARS, more students
              would have got the prizes.

S3-S7 Self-Enhancing English Scheme
Period: Whole year
Teacher-in-charge: Leung Kin Tim
Attainments: 1. News quizzes were held monthly from October to May;

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            2. Over 400 times of student participation in lunch forums were recorded
               over 14 cycles;
            3. 64 awards were given, which included 1 gold prize, 2 silver prizes, 17
               bronze prizes and 24 merit prizes.
Suggestions: The scheme should be extended to S1-S2 and all teachers should be
               involved. There should be more award learning activities arranged by the
               panel teachers of the form. The school should appropriate funds for this
               scheme.



B. Activities
The outbreak of SARS with subsequent suspension of classes and cutting short of school
hours compelled us to call off some of our plans, of which the long awaited English
Camp was regretfully cancelled. Despite some hiccups, English activities continued to
flourish this past year. The activities offered our students a wide range of language arts
experiences to meet their varied learning needs. They also enjoyed numerous
opportunities to extend their learning with visits off the school campus. We also place
great emphasis on projects that can develop the positive language learning attitudes of
co-operation, problem-solving and creativity. The experiences students gain can widen
their horizons, enhance their confidence and inspire them to greater efforts. Some of the
major activities held this past year are listed below:


S1 Choral-Speaking Competition
Date: March 12, 2003
Teacher-in-charge: Helen Wong
Attainments: It has motivated students to participate and enjoy verse speaking in English.
            It has also brought to their attention the importance of pronunciation, rhythm
            and clarity in speaking English. The participants' great enthusiasm, good
            cooperation and teachers' thorough training were good indications of success.

S2 Lunch at the Outback Steakhouse
Dates: March 6 & 13, 2003
Teachers-in-charge: Choi Wai Kam & Kung Ngan Ho
Attainments: Most students enjoyed ordering food and having interviews with the
            restaurant manager and the waitresses in English. They were also impressed
            by the tasty food, spotless kitchen and cozy atmosphere. After going through
            an interesting learning experience, students found it fairly easy to arrive at
            the end product, i.e. writing a restaurant review.

S2 English Quiz
Date: March 20, 2003
Teachers-in-charge: Choi Wai Kam
Attainments: S2 students' active participation and good responses were obvious. They
            had the chance to recall what they had learnt.
Suggestions: The quiz should be held in the first term because it could inspire students to
            put greater efforts in learning English.


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S3 Halloween Display Competition
Date: October 29, 2002
Teacher-in-charge: Leung Wai Yee
Attainments: There was a beautiful array of Halloween items in the S3 classrooms. It
              aroused students' interest in learning popular English festivals.

S3 Interviewing Foreign Tourists
Dates: December 13 & 17, 2002
Teacher-in-charge: Leung Wai Yee & Hung Yuen Kay
Attainments: The S3 students have gained more confidence to speak English and got a
            sense of achievement in communicating with foreigners in English.
Suggestions: 1. Students should be allowed to stay at the destination longer so that they
               could have more time to speak to visitors.
             2. The handouts prepared for students should be used as samples and
               students should feel free to ask any questions they like.

S4 Song Matching Competition
Date: May 22, 2003
Teacher-in-charge: Cheng Pik Man
Attainments: The competition received enthusiastic responses from S4 students. The
            scores were amazingly high.
Suggestions: The competition should be held in an English lesson so that the subject
            teacher could supervise the work more effectively.

S6 Mega Salesman Arena
Date: May 22, 2003
Teacher-in-charge: Choy Ka Wing
Attainments: There were many superb scripts with fertile imagination and remarkable
            gimmicks. The exaggerating expressions, subtle language and amusing
            performance captivated the audience.
Suggestions: The dialogues should be made brief and in conversational style.



IV. Web-based learning

A. English Department Website
The on-line learning development remains a key strategic initiative for the panel. The use
of our department's website has increased substantially. The number of hits per day has
doubled, and nearly quadrupled at some points with an average of 1,200 per month. This
trend is expected to continue, as more useful learning resources will be available via our
homepage. We have made a number of revisions to the webpages and there are plans for
strengthening the audio components.

B. eClass
We pioneered the use of eClass to stimulate learning. eClass provides language-rich
environments for students to brush up on their English beyond the confines of the
classroom setting. eClasses have been put to active use in all S6-S7 classes and some S5
classes. A special eClass has been set up for conducting quizzes for all classes. Students'

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learning progress is systematically recorded. There is also a growing trend for teachers to
assign tasks via eClass during holidays. Hundreds of questions have been created and
stored at the question bank for further use.


V. Public Examination Results

AS-level Use of English
Pass rate: 86.7%
Given that over half of our S7 graduates got grade E in HKCEE English Language, the
pass rate is more than encouraging. Use of English is again one of the best subjects in this
year's AL-Level exams in our school. The good results bore testimony to our UE teachers'
hard work and dedication. The failures came mostly from Syllabus A students. They were
not only weak in listening and speaking skills, but also devoid of confidence and stamina.

HKCEE
Pass rate: 53.3%
Despite the worst intakes in S1 with the lowest proficiency in English, our S5 students
fared steadily and performed reasonably well in this year's HKCEE English Language
papers. Indeed, English is one of the top five HKCEE subjects in our school this year.
Two students attained grade A and six students got grade B. Our S5 English teachers'
great effort is commendable. They worked wonders and helped some low-achievers get
passed.


VII. Areas for improvement
While citing progress made, we also want to acknowledge that there is room for
improvement.
  1. Our students' learning progress is hampered by their passive attitude as well as
     poor confidence. Weak foundation is often cited as the root cause. But actually,
     students fail to see there is a genuine need for language proficiency in work and
     study.
     Remedies: Self-Enhancing English Scheme, pleasurable learning
  2. Communication is often impeded by our students' narrow range of vocabulary and
     inaccurate pronunciation. Students' responses are invariably brief and unintelligible.
     Ideas are seldom fully expressed in accurate English. Keeping silent remains the
     common tactics to shun communication.
     Remedies: Recording voices, lunch forum, NET Scheme
  3. As the general medium of instruction in our school is Chinese, students can hardly
     use English in lessons and they get used to speaking Chinese in English lessons
     too.
     Remedy: strengthening students' classroom language
  4. Only under compulsion do our students read and write regularly. Language errors
     are abundant in their writing and so are silly ideas. They need to cultivate good
     reading and writing habits.
     Remedies: working in conjunction with the school's reading programme, daily
                  journals, CE writing in S5, UE writing in S7
  5. Professional sharing takes place rather informally and inconsistently in our panel.
     As improving teaching effectiveness remains a priority issue, we need to create

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     more opportunities for sharing ideas and learning new skills.
     Remedies: peer lesson observation, good practice sharing sessions




Appendix

I. English Activities (2002-03)

  September Seminar on CE English Skills                             S.5
            Seminar on learning English                              S.7
            News Quiz                                                S3-7
  October   Halloween Class Visits                                   English Club
            Halloween Displays Competition                           S.3
            News Quiz                                                S3-7
  November HK Schools Speech Festival: solo verse-speaking           Speech Club
            News Quiz                                                S3-7
  December Interviewing Foreign Tourists                             S3
            News Quiz                                                S3-7
            Spellathon                                               English Corner
            News Project                                             S6
  January   English Game Stalls                                      English Club
            Pictorial Book Report Competition                        S4
  February News Quiz                                                 S3-7
            S1-3 Extensive Reading Scheme Awards                     S1-3
  March      English Morning Assemblies (3, 11, 19)                  S6
             Lunch at Outback Steakhouse                             S2
             S5 Students’ Experience Sharing                         S5
             Project & Postcard Competition                          S3
             Choral-speaking Competition                             S1
             News Quiz                                               S3-6
             English Quiz                                            S2
  April      English Morning Assembly (23)                           S6

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                News Quiz                                          S3-6
  May           English Morning Assemblies (13, 21, 29)            S6
                Mega Salesman Arena                                S6
                News Quiz                                          S3-6
                Songs Matching Competition                         S4
  July          Self-Enhancing English Scheme Awards               S3-7




II. After-school Tests & Classes (2002-03)

    S7 after school listening tests (Day 5)                  September-January
    S5 after school tests (Day 4)                            September-February
    S1-3 extensive reading award scheme (Day 3,5)            September-March
    S3-7 lunch forums (Day 1,3,5)                            September-March
    S3-7 English Corner speaking time (Day 2,4,6)            September-March
    S7 mock tests (Sections A, B, C, E)                      January
    S5 mock tests (Papers I, II, III, IV)                    January-February
    S7 pre-exam oral practice                                March
    S5 study leave tests (Papers I, II, III)                 April (cancelled)
    S5 pre-exam oral practice                                June
    S4 to S5 English summer classes                          July-August
    S6 to S7 English summer classes                          July-August



III. English Department Scholarships (2002-03)

1st term first in subject (S1-4, 6)     @$100             $500
2nd term first in subject (S1-4, 6)     @$100             $600
Self-Enhancing English Scheme           Gold @ 200        $2,500
                                        Silver @ 100
                                        Bronze @ 80
                                        Merit @ 50




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