LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Local Languages and cultural courses

2021-22 Autumn Programmes

Toastmasters 101: Becoming a Confident English Speaker

This is an activity-based and highly proactive programme in which students will have to interact with each other. The programme emphasizes on listening, understanding and speaking, which are the essential elements for daily life communication. Students are encouraged to participate and prepare for each session.

Course Outline

  • Develop good listening skills
  • Leave a good first impression
  • Formulate ideas off-the-cuff
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Practise group discussion
  • Ask questions to get results
  • Sell a product
  • Apply skills learned

English Pronunciation Clinic for Intermediate Students

This course will assist students who have problems with their pronunciation, intonation, and linkage. Students will have individual sessions where they will receive feedback on their pronunciation as well as designing individual strategies for self-learning.

  • 15mins of individual pronunciation sessions will be arranged for 3-4 students in each lesson; each student will get a total of 2 individual sessions in the course of the whole course
  • There will be short period of teaching time (45mins) and a focus on native speech patterns in classroom practice, using drills in stress, rhythm tone and intonation

Course Outline

The Fashion of Fashionable Language

 

What makes an expression fashionable? In this workshop, students will explore the features of fashionable expressions and the factors generating the language fashion. Building on their existing language proficiency, students will experience the process of creating new expressions through discussing various social and language issues.

 

Topics:

  • Hong Kong popular language
  • The Oxford Word of the Year
  • Summary of features of fashionable expressions
  • Pop word factory: making new expressions
  • Factors driving the language fashion

Course Outline

A Latin America to be Told and Spoken

 

This course is designed to teach beginner level’s Spanish with a series of experiential activities. Students will be able to get a taste of Latin America’s language and cultural richness through 6 sessions of different themes.

 

Topics:

  • Handicrafts: Pronunciation of letters, gender of nouns, numbers and colours
  • Dance: Basic verbs of movement, present tense, basic self-introduction and conversational 
  • Music: Present tense, adjectives, study the vocabularies and expression in the lyrics
  • Movies: Practice listening
  • Food & Drinks: How to order food and drink, talk with the waiters and ask for the bill
  • Travel : Weather, location, description, how to do small-talk in Spanish, emergency phrases.

Course Outline

廣東話生活應用

對象爲非本地華語學生,本課程為期六周,旨在讓學生透過課堂互動學習方式學習香港的廣東話及香港生活文化。課程內容包括介紹廣東話聲母、韻腹、韻尾、聲調、日常生活用詞及語法。課堂活動以互動為主,包括對話活動、同儕訪問活動、角色扮演活動等等。

課題:

  • 自我介紹
  • 睇醫生
  • 購物
  • 飲食 (*課堂於課室以外地點進行,上課時間為17:00 – 19:00。)
  • 交通
  • 香港話

課程大綱

Other Modules
(Not offered in Autumn 2021)

English & Etiquette for Professionals

Course Content

Business Etiquette: 

  1. Why Business Etiquette is Essential 
  2. Tips for Young Workers 
  3. Master the Art of Small Talk in an Event 
  4. Reply an Invitation 
  5. Social Etiquette and the Art of Communications 
  6. The meaning of body language 

 

Personal Image, Code of Dressing & Deportment: 

  1. How to Project a Positive First Impression 
  2. Personal Image 
  3. Formal & Informal Dress Code 

 

The Art of the Table: 

  1. History of Table Manner 
  2. Seating 
  3. Be a Gentleman 
  4. Use of Napkin 
  5. Reading a Menu 
  6. Order in English 
  7. Unacceptable Behaviour 
  8. Tableware Setting 
  9. Use of Cutlery 
  10. Use of Plates 
  11. Use of Glasses 
  12. Basic Non-Verbal Communications 

 

The Elegant Formal English Afternoon Tea 

  1. History of Afternoon Tea  
  2. Afternoon Tea or High Tea 
  3. Food Served in Afternoon Tea 
  4. Afternoon Tea Manner 

 

Be a Proud Chinese 

  1. Etiquette of Chinese Dinner 
  2. Share a Few Chinese Stories in English  

 

A Little Extra about our Foreign Friends 

  1. The Foreigners Palate 
  2. Exotic Food  

 

Practice English Sound in Speech, Drama, Poetry and Song

Course Outline

In this workshop, we will illustrate, practise and perform the prosodic features and functions of English, such as stress, rhythm and intonation. It seeks to scaffold participants to:

  • Experience, enjoy and analyse how these features function affectively and pragmatically in connected speech, drama, poetry and song to express and elicit feelings and thoughts, tones and attitudes, and views and values;
  • Use these features to effectively communicate with native speakers of English;
  • Understand the differences between spoken and written English;
  • Understand the differences between English and Chinese, in terms particularly of, the stress-timed rhythm and the syllable-timed rhythm;
  • Develop learning how to learn and use English for life creatively through authentic and fun activities.

The workshop will feature a variety of multi-modal materials, and participants are welcome to bring along materials they wish to share for presentation and performance.

 

Chinese Film Appreciation 華語電影賞析

Chinese Creative Writing Workshop 創意中文工作坊

創意中文工作坊——小說賞析及創作

導師簡介:

梁莉姿,香港作家。畢業於香港中文大學中國語言及文學系,曾獲文學獎多項,現擔任青年文學獎評判。作品散見文刊。現為香港電台節目《香港文學十三邀2之新生代小說作家》製作人暨主持。著有小說集有《住在安全島上的人》、《明媚如是》,詩集《雜音標本》。另獲第十四屆香港藝術發展獎藝術新秀獎(文學藝術),2020年獲邀為新加坡作家節嘉賓。

主講語言:廣東話

課程簡介:

本課程旨在透過與同學圍讀中外文學小說,以學習小說寫作的基本技巧,另培養同學構思小說內容與經營情節的能力。課堂形式以閱讀、討論及進行寫作活動為主,篇章包括香港、台灣及翻譯文學,同時兼具不同主義及風格,使同學在閱讀過程中,也可發掘出自己喜歡的寫作風格,從而進行彷作練習。

課節名稱及概要:

第一節   甚麼事都沒發生— —小說的可能性

學習重點:小說有甚麼基本元素?這些「元素」是否必需?本節透過與同學們閱讀不同風格的小說作為引入,同時談談「轉折」與「伏線」的鋪墊。

 

第二節    誰在敲門— —小說的人物與經營

學習重點:人物可以如何捕捉、如何放置?兩個作映襯、三個為對照,抑或群角書寫?如何寫出自然的對話?本節透過閱讀以不同人物數量或設計動機的小說,讓同學認識如何構建人物。

 

第三節    今天天氣晴— —小說的氣氛及細節

學習重點:在情節及人物以外,小說的氣氛及場景可以怎樣寫?同一個空間,如何賦予不同情感或導向的描述?本節與同學討論有關作品,同時希望讓同學試寫,看看如何渲染小說的氣氛。

 

第四節   打破第四面牆— —敘事的潛越

學習重點:最後一節,來讀一些「破格」又「好玩」的作品,當敘事者打破第四面牆,直接與讀者對話,背後動機又是甚麼?透過與同學閱讀一些後設小說,由作者與角色對話,讓同學嘗試跳出框框,重新思考作者與作品的虛實關係。

 

Chinese Practical Writing Workshop 實用中文文書工作

課程綱要︰

本課程旨在介紹常見事務類文書的寫作原則,著重實例分析及訓練,藉此提高學員之寫作能力及表達技巧。

課程目的︰

  • 使學員掌握常見事務文書的格式
  • 使學員掌握常見事務文書的寫作原則
  • 提升學員寫作能力
  • 提升學員表達技巧

課程內容︰

  1. 事務文書格式及用語
  2. 事務文書例釋及寫作

 

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