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Short Courses

English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers

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” in the 2018/19 school year.


Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Programme, participants should be able to:

  • Improve their understanding of early English language and literacy development/learning of young children;
  • Enhance their English language proficiency and equip themselves with essential English language skills for conducting English language activities in class; and
  • Boost their confidence and competence in pedagogies of exposing young children to English in integrated/thematic approach.

Participants should be serving kindergarten teachers who possess the following:

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (C(ECE)) qualification or 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: Successful applicants will be requested to provide the HKBU SCE with photocopies of the above academic qualification proof upon admission.)

The Programme consists of 6 modules with a total of 40 contact hours.


Module Key Topics No. of Lessons Hours/ Lesson Total Contact Hours
  1. Introduction to second language acquisition (English language) of young children
  • Concepts of second language acquisition (English language)
  • Impact of early English language exposure on young children
  • Factors determining children’s English language learning success
2 3 hrs +
3 hrs
6 hrs
  1. Early English language and literacy development/

    learning of young children

  • Critical stages of second language development for young children
  • Support for the language and literacy development of children of different populations
  • Enhancement of language and literacy development in young children with a wide range of strategies
2 3 hrs +
3 hrs 
6 hrs
  1. English language subject knowledge and skills of teachers (including but not limited to, phonics and pronunciation, grammar, connected speech and classroom English)
  • Basic concepts of English language knowledge (i.e., mainly the 5 aspects of linguistics including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics)
  • Proficiency level of English language skills (i.e., mainly the 4 skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking)
2 3 hrs +
3.5 hrs 
6.5 hrs
  1. Effective English language teaching strategies for young children
  • Different teaching strategies for second language acquisition
  • 4 ELLs teaching and learning stages: Preproduction, Early production, Speech emergence, Intermediate fluency
2 3 hrs +
3.5 hrs
6.5 hrs
  1. Design, implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate English language activities for young children
  • Position statements on developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for children from birth through age 8
  • Developmentally appropriate English language pedagogies derived from the principles of child development and learning
3 3 hrs +
3 hrs +
3 hrs
9 hrs
  1. The interface between the kindergartens and primary schools in English language education in local context
  • English language learning challenges faced by children in different educational stages from kindergarten to primary school education
  • Curriculum, learning mode and ecological environment in primary schools with special reference to early English language learning and literacy development/learning
3 hrs +
3 hrs  
6 hrs 
Total: 13 lessons Total: 40 hrs
Class code Location Day Date (Tentative) *
OEG-W1 KLT Mon & Sat

03 DEC 2018 – 26 JAN 2019 (6.5 days)

Mon: 3/12, 10/12, 17/12; &
Sat: 5/1, 12/1, 19/1, 26/1

OEG-W2 TST Tue & Sat

15 JAN 2019 – 16 MAR 2019 (6.5 days)

Tue: 15/1, 22/1, 29/1; &
Sat: 23/2, 2/3, 9/3, 16/3

OEG-W3 TST Wed & Sat

27 FEB 2019 – 13 APR 2019 (6.5 days)

Wed: 27/2, 6/3, 13/3; &
Sat: 23/3, 30/3, 6/4, 13/4


04 MAY 2019 – 15 JUN 2019 (6.5 days)

Sat: 4/5, 11/5, 18/5, 25/5, 1/6, 8/6, 15/6

KLT: Kowloon Tong Campus Centre         TST: Tsim Sha Tsui Learning Centre
(Locations of learning centres:
* The above programme schedule is tentative and may change if necessary.  Finalized class timetable will be given to successful applicants upon admission.


AM Session 3-hour session: 9:00 am – 12:00 nn; 3.5-hour session: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
PM Session 3-hour session: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm; 3.5-hour session: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Participants are required to attend at least 80% of the lessons (i.e. at least 11 out of 13 lessons). On fulfilment of the attendance requirement, participants will be awarded the Certificate of Attendance.

Application for admission to the Programme (Phase 2) can be made via the SCOLAR on-line system between 10 Dec 2018 and 4 Jan 2019.  Relevant details can be accessed on the website of SCOLAR (

Telephone: 3411 4310


Telephone: 3156 1248

The above information is for reference only. The School reserves the right to make alterations or to cancel any class/programme without prior notice. Students are advised to follow the requirements listed in the course information distributed on admission.