[lg policy] Hong Kong: SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School: School Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 7 16:26:02 UTC 2010


SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

School Language Policy


Our language policy is to enable students to learn effectively, to be
biliterate in

English and Chinese and trilingual in English, Cantonese & Putonghua, and to

become confident communicators in the languages of the school community, the

community and the global community.

Medium of Instruction (MOI) arrangements

1. Curriculum

􀁺 English is the teaching medium in most subjects. This applies to junior

senior classes.

􀁺 Subjects offered in S1-S7 using English as the medium of instruction
(EMI) are

English Language, Use of English, Mathematics, Science, Physics, Chemistry,

Biology, Combined Science, Computer Literacy, Information & Communication

Technology, Computer & Information Technology, History, Geography,

Economics, Business, Accounting & Financial Studies, Music, Home Economics,

and Design & Technology. Subject content, textbook, assignments and

assessment of these subjects are in English.

􀁺 Subjects offered in S1-7 using Chinese as the medium of instruction (CMI)

Chinese Language, Chinese Language and Culture, Chinese Literature, Chinese

History, Liberal Studies, Religious Studies (Christianity), Visual Arts, and

Physical Education. Subject content, textbook, assignments and assessment of

these subjects are in Chinese.

􀁺 Small group teachings in Chinese and English are arranged in S2 to enable

students to learn more effectively.

􀁺 Chinese and English Enhancement and Remedial programmes are run in junior

secondary levels to cater for students with different language abilities.

􀁺 Putonghua is introduced at junior secondary levels to ensure that our

achieve basic proficiency in Putonghua.

􀁺 Morning Reading Programme (Chinese and English) and Chinese and English

Extensive Reading Schemes are held to promote reading habits.

􀁺 Cross-curricular activities are an integral part of the school’s
curriculum; thus

various activities such as speech festivals, debate competitions, story

competitions, essay-writing competitions, and morning broadcast (including

spoken form of Putonghua and English) are held to develop and improve

students’ language skills.

2. Measures to enhance EMI learning and teaching

2.1 Supportive role of English Department and the Academic Committee

􀁺 The English Department is to provide language support to the EMI subjects

through the teaching of classroom language.

􀁺 The English Department is also mainly responsible for organizing the

bridging course for New Secondary One students to adapt to the new learning

environment. The main purpose is to help them switch from the Chinese medium

of instruction in primary school to the English one in secondary school.

􀁺 The Academic Committee is responsible for supporting EMI teachers inside


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