|Certificate in PDP for Teachers of English|
|Mode of Study||Full-time Block Release|
|Venue||Tai Po Campus|
|Programme Co-ordinator||Ms Chan Ka Yin Clairine|
|Programme Enquiries||Ms Cheung 2948 7424
Mr Yau 2948 7250
This programme aims at upgrading teachers’ knowledge and skills in the teaching of English at both primary and secondary level. They will focus on areas of English language knowledge and skills relevant to the current needs of teachers in the local school sector with particular emphasis on the implementation of recent updates in the English language curriculum.
Upon completion of the programme, participants should be able to:
- demonstrate an enhanced understanding of aspects of the English language system;
- demonstrate an enhanced understanding of aspects of the English language learning and teaching;
- demonstrate an understanding of how this enhanced knowledge is applicable within the Hong Kong primary and secondary curriculum.
- demonstrate enhanced skills in teaching English to Hong Kong primary and secondary students.
For the 2022-2023 academic year, the course options offered will be as follows:
Course options (3 credit points)
i. Cohort 1
Literacy learning in the digital age
This course explores with participants how students can be helped to develop literacy skills to support their English language development in the 21st century classrooms. The course takes a process-genre approach and will explore with participants key genres in the primary and secondary curricula and the planning, implementation and evaluation of English language lessons as well as learning materials to support students’ development of multiliteracies in English.
ii. Cohort 2
Effective use of e-resources in the English classroom
This course introduces a wide range of e-resources and their applications in promoting effective English teaching and learning in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools. The effective evaluation of e-resources is also included. Focus will be given to using e-resources to facilitate arousing students’ interest in English, integrating language skills more effectively, increasing interaction and collaboration between teachers and learners, and assisting learners in beginning to take charge of their own learning. The course includes how e-resources can be integrated with a variety of teaching approaches to tailor a school-based English curriculum suited to the needs of learners. Aims of the English curriculum, including assisting students to be more flexible, independent, motivated and engaged in their learning activities will be addressed. IT resources covered in the course include a variety of websites, software, hardware tools, apps and e-books (including e-textbooks) appropriate to the learning level of both primary and secondary students.
iii. Cohort 3
Supporting English Language Learners with Reading Difficulties
Acquiring an additional language is of vital importance in today’s increasingly globalised world. Some language learners, however, are put in a disadvantaged position due to their reading difficulties. This course aims to help teacher participants to develop an understanding and current knowledge of how teachers can effectively support students with reading difficulties in the language classroom. To achieve this aim, teacher participants will first need to understand the nature and possible causes of reading difficulties, which is a prerequisite for developing a positive teacher attitude and establishing a supportive learning environment. Then teacher participants will be acquainted with current knowledge regarding essential components of effective language teaching and specific up-to-date teaching approaches, techniques and strategies that can effectively meet the needs of students with reading difficulties. Lastly, teacher participants will reflect on existing practice in Hong Kong schools and draw on what they have learned to design teaching and learning activities that suit the needs of all language learners, whether with or without reading difficulties. They will also evaluate activities designed by fellow teacher participants and give suitable recommendations with a view to increasing awareness of considerations necessary for creating supportive learning conditions for learners with reading difficulties in the regular language classroom.
iv. Cohort 4
Language Assessment Literacy for English Teachers
Language assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. An assessment that is thoughtfully set up provides the teacher with an accurate estimation of students’ English level and at the same time allows the teacher to understand students’ needs. This course aims to help teacher participants develop knowledge of the role of assessment in the English language curriculum, as well as the skills to design valid and reliable assessment tools. Teacher participants will first learn some key concepts on language assessment, and then based on these key concepts, they will examine how the four skills, vocabulary and grammar are assessed in the language classroom. They will also be given sufficient opportunities to evaluate various assessment tools and reflect on their own assessment practices. Finally, they will collaborate in groups in designing some effective school-based assessment tools and obtain feedback from the lecturer and peers. This course does not assume any pre-requisite knowledge about language assessment, and is suitable for all teachers who would like to improve their assessment practices and make professional judgements when designing assessment tasks.
More detailed course outlines can be found in https://www.eduhk.hk/ele/programmes/professional-development-programmes.
Medium of Instruction
All teaching and learning activities will be conducted through the medium of English.
|Cohort(s)||Period of Study|
|1||31 May to 6 June 2023|
|2||7 June to 13 June 2023|
|3||14 June to 20 June 2023|
|4||21 June to 28 June 2023|
Remarks: Registration closes 2 weeks before course commencement.
To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:
- in-service primary or secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong; and
- recommended by their respective school principals.
To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in course assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.
Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website. Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.