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Every learner is entitled to English Language education. As a Key Learning Area, English Language Education seeks to develop learners’ English proficiency for study, work and leisure; provide them with opportunities for personal and intellectual development, and extend their knowledge and experience of other cultures through the English medium; and help them overcome the challenges of the rapidly changing and keenly competitive knowledge-based society of Hong Kong.

 

The English Language Education curriculum comprises two closely related subjects: English Language and Literature in English. English Language is a core subject for students at all levels (i.e. Primary 1 – Secondary 7, although it assumes the title of Use of English for Secondary 6 – 7). Literature in English is an optional subject for students at senior secondary level (i.e. Secondary 4 – 7). Starting from 2009, English Language and Literature in English are a core and an elective subject respectively for Secondary 4 – 6 under the New Academic Structure.

 

Direction

 

Schools are encouraged to continue with the good practices that they have developed which are in line with the recommended curriculum developments. More importantly, they are encouraged to enhance learners’experience by providing a language-rich environment through:

providing greater opportunities for learners to use English for purposeful communication both inside and outside the classroom;
making use of learner-centred instruction to encourage learner independence;
making greater use of literary or imaginative texts to develop critical thinking and encourage free expression and creativity; and
promoting language development strategies, values and attitudes that are conducive to effective, independent and lifelong learning.