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					New Senior Secondary English
Language Curriculum
The Structure of the NSS Curriculum

                   Percentage of lesson time
                 (Approximate number of hours)

 Compulsory        75% (305 hours)
 Part
 Elective Part     25% (100 hours)
Changing Expectations
Most surveys on workplace requirements converge
on a list comprising:
     Ability to communicate
     Adaptability to change
     Ability to work in teams
     Flexible human relations
     Preparedness to solve problems
     Ability to analyse and conceptualise
     Ability to reflect on and manage oneself
     Ability to create, innovate and criticise, etc.
  (Professor Kai-ming Cheng, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 2004.)
With the New Curriculum…

There will be more time and opportunities for
 broadening and deepening learning
  experiences
 developing and applying language skills in
  a variety of contexts
             The Compulsory Part
Meaningful use of
                      Reading/ Writing
                     Listening/ Speaking


                         Vocabulary


                         Text Types

                      Grammar Forms &
                       Communicative
                         Functions


through exploration of themes in varied contexts by
adopting different approaches and strategies
Rationale for Introducing the Elective Part

   Cater for learners’ diverse abilities, needs
    and interests
   Extend and enrich learners’ learning
    experience
   Add variety to the language curriculum
Electives
   Language Arts         Non-Language Arts

    Learning English       Learning English
    through Drama          through Debating

                           Learning English
                           through Workplace
                           Communication
 Relationship between the Compulsory
 and Elective Parts
       Compulsory Part                          Elective Part (Drama module)

                                                             --Stress & intonation --Short scene
 Reading/ Writing     Speaking Skills                        --Expression of         writing
Listening/ Speaking   Pronunciation                            emotions and        --Production
                      • stress                                 feelings              of an
                      • rhythm &                                                     original
    Vocabulary                                                                       script
                        intonation
                                        Extension, application
                                         and consolidation of
                                        what has been learned
    Text Types        Text Types                                    Dramatised Reading
                      • Dialogues
                      • Stories
 Grammar Forms &
  Communicative                                              Role play / Drama performance
    Functions
   HKDSE English Language
Component                            Weighting    Duration

Public exam    Paper 1 Reading         20%       1 hr 30 min

               Paper 2 Writing         25%        2 hours

               Paper 3 Listening &     30%        2 hours
               Integrated Skills

               Paper 4 Speaking        10%       20 minutes
School-based
                                       15%
 assessment
SBA Component
Part A (10% of the total subject mark))
   A reading/viewing programme where students
   will need to:
   - read/view at least FOUR texts
   - write up some comments and personal
     reflections
   - take part in discussions
   - make individual presentations
SBA Component
Part B (5% of the total subject mark))
   Group interaction or individual presentation
    based on modules in the Elective Part
   Focuses on students’ ability to reflect on,
    make use of and speak about the knowledge,
    skills and experience gained in the Elective
    Module(s)
   Assessment based on students’ oral
    performance
Useful Websites
   http://cd.edb.gov.hk/eng

   http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk
Thank You!

				
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