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HKDSE Enhancement Programme

Secondary 4 – Secondary 6

12 (Suggested)

1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.

Course Name: HKDSE Enhancement Programme

Level: Secondary 4 – Secondary 6

No. of Lessons: 12 (Suggested)

Lesson Duration: 1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Instructors: Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.

Objectives

This programme aims to help prepare students for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examinations and enhance their English language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Features

  • A variety of topics and themes
  • Vocabulary building using graded vocabulary and high-frequency words
  • Multi-faceted learning objectives, all defined and relevant
  • Controlled tasks and freer practices to encourage recycling of new language
  • Progressive exercises towards the HKDSE level of difficulty
  • Peer review to inform students about their own performance
  • Plenty of exam practice which follows the HKDSE format

Outline

Unit 1: Note-taking 1


    • Skill: Listening
    • Activities: 
      – Listening and integrated skills
      – Listening for specific information
      – Note taking and abbreviations
      – Integrating material from different sources
      – Listening practice

Unit 2: Light Pollution


    • Skill: Reading
    • Activities: 
      – Thematic Questions
           * Matching sub-headings
           * Multiple-choice thematic questions
      – Contextual Clues
           * Use of context clues
           * Vocabulary questions
      – Attitude Questions
           * Positive and negative language
           * General knowledge

Unit 3: Society and Environment


    • Skill: Speaking
    • Activities: 
      – Video and comprehension: Forests are our future
      – Vocabulary and pronunciation: Air pollution in Hong Kong
      – Common suffixes
      – Practice I: Pollution in the world
      – Vocabulary building: Special uses of the verb ‘do’
      – Practice II: Mother earth

Unit 4: Proposal


    • Skill: Writing
    • Activities: 
      – Problems and solutions: Paragraph-by-paragraph analysis
      – Rewriting practice (based on exemplars of responses to past exam questions)
      – Other functions of letter writing
      – Writing: Ways the school can be environmentally friendly

Unit 5: Note-taking 2


    • Skill: Listening
    • Activities: 
      – Listening for instructions
      – Using the data file
      – Using graphs and charts from the data file
      – Listening practice
      – Using your notes

Unit 6: Social Issues


    • Skill: Reading
    • Activities: 
      – What are social issues?
      – Causes, effects and solutions
      – Focus on mental health issues
      – Reading practice: Depression amongst UK adolescence

Unit 7: Technology


    • Skill: Speaking
    • Activities: 
      – Video and comprehension: Growing up with technology
      – Vocabulary and pronunciation: Technology addiction
      – Common prefixes
      – Practice I: The Amish community
      – Vocabulary building: Phrases with ‘think’, e.g. ‘to think of’
      – Practice II: Living with technology
      – Extension: Favourite and least favourite piece of technology and reasons why people should or should not buy the product

Unit 8: Letter to the Editor


    • Skill: Writing
    • Activities: 
      – Formal vs informal letter writing
      – Letter to the editor: Paragraph-by-paragraph analysis
      – Rewriting practice (based on exemplars of responses to past exam questions)
      – Writing: Hong Kong heritage

Unit 9: Listening


    • Activities: 
      – Practice Paper Part A
      – Practice Paper Part B1 or B2

Unit 10: Reading


    • Activities: 
      – Practice Paper Part A
      – Practice Paper Part B1 or B2

Unit 11: Speaking


    • Activities: 
      – Practice Paper: Group interaction
      – Practice Paper: Individual response

Unit 12: Writing


    • Activities: 
      – Practice Paper Part A
      – Practice Paper Part B