Tuesday 05 August 2014


Get prepared for the new academic year
British Council to run FREE demo lessons for secondary school (F1-F6) students and workshops for parents of kindergarten (K1-K3) students

The British Council is committed to help students maximise their English learning potential, at the same time provide practical information and ways to parents to support their child’s learning. In August, the British Council will be offering two free events to serve these needs. The Secondary demonstration lessons and DSE mock exam practice will be held on 17 August 2014, while a series of workshops for parents of Kindergarten students will be delivered on 20-21 and 25-26 August 2014.

Secondary demonstration lessons and DSE mock exam practice

The recent announcement of the Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results has shown that the competition for entering a university degree of the students’ favourite subject remains keen. Students today need to aim higher, and approach English at an early stage if they wish to study their favourite subject or enter the university they prefer. In order to help to boost their English language skills in succeeding in the crucial exams in long run, the British Council will organise the Secondary demonstration lessons and DSE mock exam practice for students of Form 1 to 6 on 17 August 2014.

At the event, internationally experienced teachers will introduce  British Council’s unique teaching methodology and help students better understand the essential skills and strategies they need to stand out in the school exams and HKDSE. Speaking or writing skills demonstration lessons will be available for Form 1 to 4 students. Speaking skills demonstration lessons and speaking mock exams will be offered to Form 5 and 6 students, at which they will receive valuable feedback from experienced teachers at the British Council on how to improve their English skills and performance. Students can also attend a free placement test on the day while parents can attend a parents’ information session to explore how our curricula link to the Hong Kong curriculum.

All activities are free of charge and conducted in English. Registration is required on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities and schedule:

School level in September 2014

Form 1 to 2

Form 3 to 4

Form 5 to 6 (Full)


17 August 2014 (Sunday)


12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.

12.45 p.m. – 2.45 p.m.

2.00 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.


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


Speaking skills demonstration lesson

Gives students an experience of our classrooms, with an emphasis on developing speaking skills appropriate for the DSE exam.

Writing skills demonstration lesson

Gives students an experience of our classrooms, with an emphasis on developing writing skills appropriate for the DSE exam.

Speaking skills demonstration
lesson and mock exam

The ‘mock’ speaking exam experience will begin with an input session on the speaking exam, with strategies for coping under exam pressure. Following this, students will take part in a ‘mock’ speaking exam, incorporating the Group Discussion and Individual Response sections. Opportunities for teacher feedback will be provided at the end.

Parents’ information session

Parents will learn how the British Council curricula link to the Hong Kong curriculum and how the British Council’s courses help build the skills their child needs for their mainstream education.

Free English level test

The test is only available for students who have not taken the placement test in the last six months (17 February 2014 to 16 August 2014). If students have taken the placement test in the last six months, their result is valid for six months from the date of the test.

Workshops for parents of Kindergarten students

At the event, experienced and internationally qualified teaching team will provide practical tips and skills in writing and reading to help parents teach their children at home. 'Reading Together to Succeed Together' workshop will focus on techniques for improving children’s reading and language skills while 'The Write Way' workshop will focus on how to help children develop their writing skills. Parents can receive a British Council school bag and story book for their child after course consultation and enjoy a special offer if they register their child for a course on the event day. (Note :The offer is only valid for new students who have not studied with the British Council within the last 6 months. Terms and conditions apply.)

Activities & Schedule:


Parents of students in Kindergarten 1 to 3 in September 2014


20 & 21 August 2014

25 & 26 August 2014


6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. or  7.45 p.m. – 8.45 p.m.


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


Reading Together to Succeed Together: Techniques for improving reading and language skills

Learning to understand, speak and love English comes from enjoying story books together and practising the language patterns in them. Teachers will demonstrate how to get creative with story time and help parents lift the language out of the book and into their daily lives.

The Write Way: How to help your child develop their writing skills

From learning how to hold a pen to writing complete sentences, teachers will demonstrate how to support this important skill at home. Plus, parents will be given plenty of ideas for how to make this fun for all the family!

All activities are free of charge and conducted in English. Registration is required, and on a first-come, first-served basis. Each parent can register for only one session.  

Enquiries: 2913 5100 / enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.