Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR)

Chinese and English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers
Background

In the January 2017 Policy Address, the government invited the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) to consider making use of the Language Fund to introduce Chinese and English language enhancement programmes for kindergarten teachers, including training on skills in teaching Chinese to non-Chinese speaking students. To facilitate the implementation of the Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide (KGECG) in the 2017/18 school year onwards, SCOLAR has invited the post-secondary or tertiary institutions which offer early childhood education programmes to develop and organise the Chinese and English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers, and will fully subsidise serving kindergarten teachers to undertake the programme. Each kindergarten under the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme will be allocated a total of eight free training places for their teachers, including four training places of the Chinese language programme and four places of the English language programme. Subject to availability of resources, the Programme may be offered to other local kindergartens which practise the local KG curriculum.

English Language Enhancement Programme
Objectives

This short course for kindergarten teachers aims to-

  • improve kindergarten teachers’ understanding of early English language and literacy development/learning of young children;
  • enhance kindergarten teachers’ English language proficiency and equip them with essential English language skills for conducting English language activities in class; and
  • boost the confidence and competence of kindergarten teachers in pedagogies of exposing young children to English in integrated/thematic approach.
Programme Content(40 hours)
  • Introduction to English language exposure of young children
  • Early English language and literacy development/learning of young children
  • English language subject knowledge and skills of teachers, including but not limited to, phonics and pronunciation, grammar, connected speech and classroom English
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of developmentally-appropriate English language activities for young children
  • The interface between the kindergarten and primary education

(The objectives and Programme Content of Chinese Language Enhancement Programme are only available in Chinese.)