OVERALL OBJECTIVE

The main aim of our English Programme is to foster and develop an environment, both inside the classroom and around the school, that encourages students to use and improve their English. Our methods aim to enhance the student’s abilities in the four major language skills:

  • reading skills
  • writing skills
  • listening skills
  • speaking skills

PROGRAMMES

Shared/Guided Reading

  • Class-wide shared reading activities with big books.
  • Small group independent/guided reading with leveled readers.
  • Story Time activities before school and during recess.
  • Whole School Reading Days.

General English

  • Local teacher taught lessons.
  • Vocabulary
  • Effective spelling and writing techniques.
  • General/situational usage.

Sight Words

  • List of High Frequency/Sight Words developed in-school.
  • Based on Frye’s list of most frequent words in children’s literature.
  • Class Based Sight Word Books for P1-P3
  • Online resources bank for students.

Phonics

  • In-school phonics course based on Dr. Tang’s Phonics.
  • Teach students basic decoding skills so that they can eventually read texts independently.

G.R.E.A.T.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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READING

E-LEARNING

ART

TELEVISION

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

ENGLISH DRAMA

 

Content & Purpose

Drama can help students practice:

  • Reading the script and using language emotively.
  • Speaking in groups and when performing.
  • Using language creatively in sometimes unusual contexts.

This year, our students will be performing an adaptation of The Happy Prince, based on the story by Oscar Wilde. The play is funny, but still has an important moral message for students.

 

When:

Fridays from 3:30-5:00pm in the Language Centre

ENGLISH AMBASSADORS

 

Content & Purpose

The English Ambassadors’ mission is to enhance and encoruage the use of English within the school, and to assist in English activities throughout the year. It is comprised of a group of high level English learners who wish to help other with their language abilities and explore more avenues in English.

 

Activities:

  • English radio
  • Story writing competitions
  • Debate teams

When:

Every wednesday at 3:30 in the Language centre with Mr. Polley, Mr. Veach, Ms. Chan and Ms. Kung (the English Panel chair).

ENGLISH CHORAL SPEAKING

 

Content & Purpose

The English Choral Speaking team is for students to build confidence, fluency and accuracy by practice speaking in groups, reading aloud,  and English prosodic features.

During term 1 the team was practicing I Can’t Find My Teddy Bear  by Ian Souter. During term 2 the team will be practicing Me Soup by Shel Silverstein.

 

Where:

Every Tuesday in the Language Centre at 3:30. Lesson conducted by Ms. Wong, Mr. Veach and Mr. Polley.

KIDS4KIDS BUDDY READING PROGRAMME

 

Content & Purpose

The Buddy Reading Programme is an opportunity for our students to get involved with out of school reading activities. Within each weekly, hour-long session, volunteer students from Harrow International School read age-appropriate stories to our students. Our students then participate in various story related activities, such as ice-breaking, shared reading, and making booklets, bookmarks and other crafts.

 

The aims of this reading programme are to develop students’ literacy through storytelling, promote reading for pleasure, improve social and communication skills and help students become familiar with using English in their daily lives.

 

Where:

There are three terms in each year and around six or seven sessions in each term. It is held on Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 at Harrow International School.