Tuesday 01 August 2017

British Council offers English Courses this September 

Developing children’s interests in learning English and language skills 

Attend Open Days at English Language Centres and demonstration lessons to experience the British Council’s unique teaching methodology

The British Council’s English courses use interesting and creative themes to develop children’s interests in learning the language and their confidence. In addition to strengthening language abilities, the courses nurture children’s important life skills for the 21st century such as creativity, leadership and problem-solving. Children are able to improve their listening, speaking, reading, writing skills, develop confidence in using the language and be equipped with skills for life. In the September semester, the British Council will offer diverse English courses including playgroup, kindergarten, primary, secondary and DSE exam preparation classes. These courses will help children develop their language and life skills in a progressive way in the new academic year. 

In addition to its English courses, the British Council will organise free K1-K3 English demonstration lessons at Open Days at its English Language Centres in Admiralty, Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin in September. Parents and students who attend Open Days can participate in free Primary Plus, Secondary and DSE English demonstration lessons can learn about the English-only learning environment and its unique teaching methodology. Special discounts on course registration are available. 

Playground and Kindergarten Courses 

Courses

Details

Stay and Play

(Children aged 19-36 months)

The class size is small and each child is accompanied by an adult during the lesson. Based on the themes of the four seasons, the course immerses children in an exciting and English-only classroom environment. They will be involved in interactive activities and get to explore new concepts and ideas.

Pre-K1 Transition Playgroup (Children aged 24-36 months) [New]

Incorporating the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Early Years Programme, the playgroup is specially designed to prepare children for a smooth entrance and transition into the British Council International Pre-School with fun daily (5 days a week) activities.

Kindergarten Regular English Courses (K1-K3)

The courses follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Early Years, aiming to develop children to become confident learners in the classroom with good learning attitudes. A series of interesting topics with theme-related and interactive activities such as motor skills tasks, experiments, games, art and craft and role play are available.

Primary Plus

Designed by British Council experts with reference to the local school curriculum, Primary Plus is a six-level series of courses which is module-based with stimulating themes. Adopting task-based teaching methods, the course strengthens all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – and helps children learn grammar and vocabulary. 

  • Primary 1 and 2 students will work on presentations, build accurate sentences and learn to pronounce new vocabulary correctly.
  • Primary 3 and 4 students will learn how to write creatively, learn story-telling structures and practise language in written and spoken activities.
  • Primary 5 and 6 students will refine their presentation skills and pronunciation and learn how to form and discuss opinions and compare ideas.

Children who study in any module will work on a project, task or presentation by collaborating with classmates based around the topic of the course. They will not only learn English skills but also essential life skills for the 21st century: creativity and imagination, leadership and personal development, citizenship, critical thinking and problem solving, digital literacy, and collaboration and communication.

 

Secondary Regular Courses

 

Targeting students 

Course details

S1-S2

These courses complement and support the work students do at schools. Through up-to-date topics linked to current issues and real-life tasks, students develop communication skills in English, as well as in critical and creative thinking and collaborating. They can also develop the foundation essential for the DSE exam through interactive and stimulating activities.

S3-S4

These courses are specially designed to prepare students for the DSE curriculum. Students will develop exam skills and enrich their language to prepare for the tasks they will face in the DSE School-based Assessment (SBA) with clear real-life outcomes via stimulating, challenging tasks and projects.

DSE Exam Courses

Courses

Details

DSE Foundation Course (S5)

This is a pre-intermediate course tailored for students who need more support and time to develop their language skills. They will gain more confidence in English through engaging, guided activities, such as creating and giving a presentation on a famous person, participating in group discussions and writing collaboratively. They will get support to build up vocabulary, grammar and language skills by receiving feedback on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for the DSE exam.

DSE Exam Preparation Courses (S5)

These intermediate and upper intermediate level courses prepare students fully for the DSE exam, providing a variety of exam-related tasks with regular personal feedback on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to help students boost their scores and understand their performance.

DSE Foundation Course (S6)

This pre-intermediate course develops students’ ability to express themselves and understand texts on a range of exam topics through challenging activities. They will build up their vocabulary and grammar with DSE exam tasks, and teachers will offer personalised feedback on students’ individual performance to help them improve.

DSE Exam Preparation Courses (S6)

These intermediate and upper intermediate level courses are for candidates taking the DSE exam English Language paper this academic year. Students will develop exam skills and strategies for tackling all four papers – Reading, Writing, Listening and Integrated Skills and Speaking – through challenging activities. Individualised feedback will be given to maximise students’ scores in the exam.

DSE Intensive Course + Free Mock Exam (S6)

The course offers students a free mock exam, with paper marking and analysis. Students will receive tips and practice techniques of four exam papers - Reading, Writing, Listening and Integrated Skills and Speaking. Experienced teachers will guide students in analysing the key points of each exam paper and offer exam techniques. This course features free weekly drop-in sessions to provide advice and support to students.

Other English courses are also on offer, spanning from Phonics and Phonics for Parents to Cambridge Exam Preparation. For details, please visit: https://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/english or download the course brochures: https://www.britishcouncil.hk/sites/default/files/sep17_kp_en.pdf (Playgroup, Kindergarten and Primary); https://www.britishcouncil.hk/sites/default/files/sep17_s_en.pdf (Secondary and DSE).

Events

1.Free K1-K3 English Demonstration lessons 

Date:

12 September (Tuesday)

14 September (Thursday)

21 September (Thursday)

Venue:

British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Audience:

New K1­–K3 students and their parents

Time:

K1 9.00 - 10.30 / 10.00 - 11.30

K2 15.30 - 17.00

K3 14.30 - 16.00

K1 9.00 - 10.30 / 10.00 - 11.30

K2 10.00 - 11.30

K3 15.30 - 17.00

K1 9.00  - 10.30

K2 15.30 - 17.00

K3 10.00 - 11.30

Details and registration: https://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/events/trial-lesson 

2.Open Days at English Language Centres  

 

Admiralty English Language Centre

Tsuen Wan English Language Centre

Sha Tin English Language Centre

Date:

10 September (Sunday)

17 September (Sunday)

15 October (Sunday)

Venue:

British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Wong Siu Ching Secondary School, 2 Tai Pa Street Tsuen Wan

Lam Hon Kwong School, Ngan Shing Street, Sha Tin

Audience:

New P1 – S6 students and their parents

New P2 – S6 students and their parents

New P2 – S6 students and their parents

Time:

P1-P2 9.30 - 12.00

P3-P4 12.45 - 15.15

P5-P6 14.30 - 17.00

S1-S2 11.15 - 13.45

S3-S4 16.00 - 18.30

S5-S6 16.00 - 18.30

P2 9.30 - 12.00

P3-P4 12.00 - 14.30

P5-P6 13.45 - 16.15

S1-S2 10.45 - 13.15

S3-S4 15.00 - 17.30

S5-S6 15.00 - 17.30

P2 9.30 - 12.00

P3-P4 12.00 - 14.30

P5-P6 13.45 - 16.15

S1-S2 10.45 - 13.15

S3-S4 15.00 - 17.30

S5-S6 15.00 - 17.30

Details and registration: https://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/events/open-day

Photo links: 

English courses in September: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p6h3gmemnxihuhi/British_Council_September_cour...

Open Days at English Language Centres: https://www.dropbox.com/s/st3772cyt1j4ze8/British_Council_Open_Day_photo...

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Media Contacts:

Daphne Ho (Assistant Manager, Communications) 2913 5266 / daphne.ho@britishcouncil.org.hk

 

 

Notes to Editor

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We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we directly reach over 65 million people and more than 660 million people via broadcasts and publications.

 

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