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English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers - Levels One and Two

Programme Features

The School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU SCE) is commissioned by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) with the grant from the Language Fund to launch the “English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers – Levels One and Two” in the 2021/22 school year.

 

Objectives

 

Level One 

The Level One programme aims at:

  • enhancing kindergarten (KG) teachers and principals’ English language proficiency and equipping them with essential English language skills for conducting English language activities for young children in class; and
  • enhancing KG teachers and principals’ understanding of early English language and literacy development/learning of young children.

 

Level Two

The Level Two programme aims at:

  • boosting the confidence and competencies of KG teachers and principals in pedagogies of exposing young children to English in integrated/thematic approach; and
  • creating a platform for KG teachers and principals to share practices and experiences as well as to exchange knowledge with respect to English language exposure of young children.

 

⇨ Level One (2021/22) leaflet

⇨ Level Two (2021/22) leaflet

 

Level One

Participants should be serving KG teachers and principals who possess the following:

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (C(ECE)) qualification or a recognisable Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) Level 4 qualification in ECE or its equivalent; AND
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 2 or above in English Language or Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Grade E or above in English Language.

(Remarks: Applicants are requested to provide the HKBU SCE with copies of the above academic qualification proof when making the online application.)

 

Level Two

Participants should be serving KG teachers and principals who possess the following:

  • Certificate of Attendance/Completion for the English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers - Level One; AND
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (C(ECE)) qualification or a recognisable Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) Level 4 qualification in ECE or its equivalent; AND
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 2 or above in English Language or Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Grade E or above in English Language.

(Remarks: Applicants will be requested to provide the HKBU SCE with copies of the above academic qualification proof when making the online application.  If applicants are applying for both Levels One & Two programmes, they may provide the documentary proof of their completion of the Level One programme at a later stage.)

Level One

The Programme consists of 5 modules with a total of 35 contact hours.

Module Key Topics No. of Sessions Hours/ Session No. of Contact Hours
  1. English language subject knowledge and skills of teachers: Phonics and pronunciation
  • The English phonics system
  • Different types of phonics instruction for young learners
  • How phonics can be taught in literacy-rich classroom
  • Challenges of teaching phonics in KGs
  • Manipulating phonics activities
2 3.5 hrs +
3.5 hrs
7 hrs
  1. English language subject knowledge and skills of teachers: Grammar

  • An overview of English grammar
  • Form and function
  • Phrase and clause patterns
  • Grammar and meaning
  • Expanding on children's language through various teaching strategies for interacting with others
  • Modelling complex language
  • Talking explicitly about words, phrases, and sentences
2 3.5 hrs +
3.5 hrs 
7 hrs
  1. English language subject knowledge and skills of teachers: Connected speech and classroom English for conducting English activities for young children in the classroom
  • Connected speech and English speaking fluency
  • Classroom English for a KG teacher
  • Practising classroom English for conducting English activities
2 3.5 hrs +
3.5 hrs 
7 hrs
  1. Introduction to second language acquisition of young English learners
  • Concepts of second language acquisition
  • Impact of early English language exposure
  • Factors that determine children’s English language learning success
  • Challenges of different modes of English learning
  • Major concerns of teachers who are in charge of English language activities
  • Common methods of enhancing English language exposure
  • A language-rich and interesting environment
  • Boosting children’s ability of using simple English in everyday life
2 3.5 hrs +
3.5 hrs 
7 hrs
  1. Early English language and literacy development of young children
  • Critical stages of second language development for young children
  • Support for the language and literacy development of children of different populations
  • Enhancing language and literacy development with a wide range of strategies
  • Using the Whole Language approach to plan English learning activities
  • Strategic allocation of manpower and resources for English language learning
2 3.5 hrs +
3.5 hrs 
7 hrs
Total: 10 lessons Total: 35 hrs

 

Level Two

The Programme consists of 3 modules with a total of 34 contact hours.

Module Key Topics No. of Sessions Hours/ Session No. of Contact Hours
  1. Effective English language teaching strategies for developing oracy and literacy of young children of English as a second/foreign language I: Storytelling
  • The genre of story in children's literature
  • The significance of using storytelling in developing oracy and literacy of young children
  • Devising storytelling activities for young children with integrated/thematic approaches
  • Planning a storytelling
  • Choosing a story
  • Vocabulary, syntactic and morphemic development
  • Oral storytelling skills
  • Props, costuming, or puppets
  • Creative dramas
  • Practising oral storytelling skills
5

3 hrs+
3 hrs+
3 hrs+
2.5 hrs 

+
2.5 hrs 

14 hrs
  1. Effective English language teaching strategies for developing oracy and literacy of young children of English as a second/foreign language II: Shared Reading

  • Definition, benefits, features, techniques and forms of shared reading
  • Book concepts and print awareness
  • Choosing developmentally appropriate books
  • Strategies to develop oracy and literacy of children of English through shared reading
  • Integrating shared reading into thematic approach
  • Designing and demonstrating a shared reading activity
5

3 hrs+
3 hrs+
3 hrs+
2.5 hrs 

+
2.5 hrs 

14 hrs
  1. Experience sharing
  • Reporting and sharing experience on the implementation of storytelling and shared reading in classroom
2 3 hrs +
3 hrs 
6 hrs
Total: 12 lessons

Total: 34 hrs

 

In view of the development of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Programme may be switched to online learning mode.

 

Level One

Class code Date #(5 days) Location  Target Participants

ENG-O2 (application closed)

16/2/2022 (Wed), 17/2/2022 (Thu), 18/2/2022 (Fri), 23/2/2022 (Wed) & 25/2/2022 (Fri) KLT KG teachers & Principals

ENG-O3

28/2/2022 (Mon), 1/3/2022 (Tue), 2/3/2022 (Wed), 3/3/2022 (Thu) & 10/3/2022 (Thu) KLT KG teachers only

ENG-O4

29/3/2022 (Tue), 30/3/2022 (Wed), 31/3/2022 (Thu), 1/4/2022 (Fri) & 8/4/2022 (Fri) WCH KG teachers only
ENG-O5 25/4/2022 (Mon), 26/4/2022 (Tue), 27/4/2022 (Wed), 3/5/2022 (Tue) & 4/5/2022 (Wed)

KLT

KG teachers only

ENG-O6 17/5/2022 (Tue), 18/5/2022 (Wed), 19/5/2022 (Thu), 20/5//2022 (Fri) & 28/5/2022 (Sat) 

TST

KG teachers only

KLT: HKBU Kowloon Tong Campus         TST: HKBU SCE Tsim Sha Tsui Learning Centre        WCH: HKBU SCE Wan Chai Learning Centre
(Locations of learning centres: www.sce.hkbu.edu.hk/en/campuses-learning-centres/)

# The above programme schedule is tentative and may change if necessary. Finalised class timetable will be given to successful applicants upon admission.

 

Level Two

Class code Date #(6 days)  Location Target Participants

ENG-T1 

Class sessions

20/4/2022 (Wed),

21/4/2022 (Thu),

22/4/2022 (Fri),

28/4/2022 (Thu) &

29/4/2022 (Fri)

KLT KG teachers & Principals
Experience sharing sessions Group 1: 10/5/2022 (Tue)
Group 2: 14/5/2022 (Sat)
Group 3: 16/5/2022 (Mon)
Group 4: 21/5/2022 (Sat)

ENG-T2

Class sessions

30/5/2022 (Mon),

31/5/2022 (Tue),

1/6/2022 (Wed),

2/6/2022 (Thu) &

7/6/2022 (Tue)

KLT KG teachers only
Experience sharing sessions Group 1: 20/6/2022 (Mon)
Group 2: 21/6/2022 (Tue)
Group 3: 22/6/2022 (Wed)
Group 4: 23/6/2022 (Thu)

ENG-T3 

Class sessions

5/7/2022 (Tue),

6/7/2022 (Wed),

7/7/2022 (Thu),

8/7/2022 (Fri) &

13/7/2022 (Wed)

TST KG teachers only
Experience sharing sessions Group 1: 26/7/2022 (Tue)
Group 2: 27/7/2022 (Wed)
Group 3: 28/7/2022 (Thu)
Group 4: 29/7/2022 (Fri)

KLT: HKBU Kowloon Tong Campus         TST: HKBU SCE Tsim Sha Tsui Learning Centre
(Locations of learning centres: www.sce.hkbu.edu.hk/en/campuses-learning-centres/)
# The above programme schedule is tentative and may change if necessary.  Finalised class timetable will be given to successful applicants upon admission.

Level One

AM Session 3.5-hour session: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
PM Session 3.5-hour session: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Level Two

AM Session

3-hour session: 9:00 am – 12:00 nn

2.5-hour session: 9:30 am – 12:00 nn

PM Session

3-hour session: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2.5-hour session: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

The Programmes will be conducted in English. Textbooks and recommended reading materials are in English.

Participants are required to attend at least 80% of the lessons of the Programme. On fulfilment of the attendance requirement, participants will be awarded the Certificate of Attendance.

Programme Enrollment and Release of Enrollment Results

Application for admission to the Programme can be made via the HKBU SCE Online Application System.

 

Class Code Enrolment Deadline Date of Release of Enrolment Results (via email)  Period of Acknowledgement of Enrolment Results by Applicants

ENG-O3 & ENG-O4

4:00 pm on 17/2/2022 (Thu) 22/2/2022 (Tue)

23/2/2022 (Wed) - 25/2/2022 (Fri)

ENG-O5 & ENG-O6;

ENG-T1, ENG-T2 & ENG-T3

4:00 pm on 17/3/2022 (Thu) 22/3/2022 (Tue)

23/3/2022 (Wed) - 25/3/2022 (Fri)

 

Online Application Procedure

  1. Please download and read “Application Guide” before submitting your application;
  2. Please download and complete the “Supplementary Form” and “Recommendation Letter (for teacher use only)” or "Self-recommendation Letter (for principal use only)" , scan and save the completed forms as two separate PDF files;
  3. Enter SCE Online Application System and fill in the required data;
  4. Upload the digital files of the completed “Supplementary Form” and  “Recommendation Letter (for teacher use only)”  or "Self-recommendation Letter (for principal use only)" , a recent photo and other required supporting documents (please refer to the “Application Guide”).

HKBU SCE
Telephone: 3411 4310
E-mail: sceeceed@hkbu.edu.hk

 

SCOLAR
Telephone: 3741 2429
Please click here to enter SCOLAR's website.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. All students and staff entering HKBU Campuses (including SCE Learning Centres) must follow the vaccination requirements of Vaccine Pass. For details, please refer to [the Vaccine Pass Requirements for Campus Access].
  2. All classes will be delivered face-to-face in 2022 Summer Term. However, the School reserves the right to switch to online or mixed mode teaching in accordance with the latest development of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.