Aims of the Functional English curriculum:

The overall aims of the Functional English curriculum are:

  1. to provide students with further opportunities for extending their knowledge and experience of the cultures of other people as well as opportunities for personal and intellectual development, further studies, pleasure and work in the English medium;and
  2. to enable students to prepare for the changing socio-economic demands resulting from advances in information technology; these demands include the interpretation, use and production of materials for pleasure, study and work in the English medium.

 

Learning targets:

To develop an ever-improving capability to use English

-to think and communicate

-to acquire, develop and apply knowledge

-to respond and give expression to experience

 

Learning Objectives:

Students need to

  1. master language forms and communicative functions;
  2. acquire language skills and language development strategies;
  3. develop attitudes specific to English Language Learning;
  4. develop nine types of generic skills;
  5. develop positive values and attitudes deemed essentials for students’ all-round development.

 

Language in use:

Creating an English language environment in the classroom is very important. Teachers are well-informed of the need to use English as a medium of instruction.  In the teaching of English as a second language, there must be opportunities for pupils to be exposed to and to explore the language in use.  Hence, English is expected to be insisted upon at all times in the classroom.

 

Synopsis of Functional English Curriculum:

The following aspects form the core of our curriculum:-

1.Classroom language

It is the language teachers and pupils used during lessons. Examples of classroom language include the following: instructions, requests, praises, command, taking leave, greeting, expressing thanks, apologizing, interrupting in speech, suggesting, persuading, valediction and answering yes/no question.

 

2.Alphabet and vocabulary

Acquiring alphabet and vocabulary lay the foundation for learning English in the subsequent years. Not only is the alphabet confined to upper and lower case letters, but also cursive writing.  Vocabulary teaching aims to equip pupils with a broad spectrum of domains.  It covers an extensive area of topics.  Examples of topic include the following: food, fruit, eating utensils, drink, body, clothing, colour, vehicle, animal, occupation, furniture, household appliance, community, hobby and nursery rhyme.

 

3.Functional Language

It ranges from English found in daily interpersonal communication to English found in signs, menu and name of MTR station.  The aim is to expose our pupils to the authentic and genuine English that is commonly found in our daily life.