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Title: English Language

English Language
  • New Senior
  • Secondary Curriculum

Aims of the three-year NSS English Language
  • Increase language proficiency for study, work and
  • Develop subject knowledge, generic skills,
    learning strategies and positive attitudes for
    lifelong learning and
  • Enhance personal and intellectual development,
    cultural understanding and global competitiveness
    in a rapidly changing knowledge-based society.

Design of NSS curriculum
S6 Compulsory Part (75) About 305 hours Elective Part (25) About 100 hours
S5 Compulsory Part (75) About 305 hours Elective Part (25) About 100 hours
S4 Compulsory Part (75) About 305 hours
S4-6 Compulsory Part
  • To adopt task-based approach to language learning
  • To apply the organising structure of Modules,
    Units and Tasks to facilitate the learning of the
    four language skills, grammar, communicative
    functions, vocabulary and text-types.

S4-6 Compulsory Part
  • Modules to be covered
  • Teen Life and Beyond
  • The World Around Us
  • Animals and Nature
  • Leisure Entertainment

Elective Part
Students are required to take three of the
modules, with at least one from each group
  • Language Arts
  • Learning English through Short Stories
  • Learning English through Poems Songs
  • Non-language Arts
  • Learning English through Social Issues
  • Learning English through Debating

Elective Part
Electives When to be covered Justifications
Learning English Through Poems Songs (Compulsory) NSS 2 Reading Paper has element of poems and songs
Learning English Through Social Issues (Compulsory) NSS 2 Provide a basic understanding of current issues which is essential to preparation for all papers and Liberal Studies
Learning English Through Short Stories (Elective) NSS 3 ---
Learning English Through Debating (Elective) NSS 3 ---
Teaching Schedule
Year Content No. of lessons per 6-day cycle Approximate No. of hours
S4 Compulsory Part 8 145
S5 Compulsory Elective Part 8 145
S6 Compulsory Elective Part 8/9 115
Assessment HKDSE
Component Component Weighting Duration
Public Examination (External Assessment) Paper 1 Reading 20 1 ½ hrs
Public Examination (External Assessment) Paper 2 Writing Part A Short guided task on the Compulsory Part Part B Long open-ended task on the Elective Part 25 2 hrs
Public Examination (External Assessment) Paper 3 Listening Integrated Skills 30 2 hrs
Public Examination (External Assessment) Paper 4 Speaking Part A Group Interaction Part B Individual Response 10 20 mins.
Internal Assessment School Based Assessment - Group Interaction Individual Presentation covering both the Compulsory and Elective Parts 15 15
Levels of Performance
Minimum requirements of local universities
A typical candidate at Level 5
Develops ideas well in writing, and generally writes in a way suitable for the purpose in both style and content uses accurate spelling and punctuation, and mainly correct grammar uses a wide vocabulary, and appropriate paragraphing.
Reads a range of texts with understanding follows the development of arguments in texts has a wide vocabulary and is usually able to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words can follow detailed written instructions, and select appropriate information from texts to complete a task.
Can understand spoken English at near-normal speed, in both familiar and some less familiar accents interprets speakers stress and intonation to identify their attitudes and intentions takes relevant notes while listening to a speaker. Expresses a range of ideas, in clear and well-pronounced.
Expresses a range of ideas, in clear and well-pronounced English can hold an extended conversation in most situations participates actively and constructively in discussions.
Design of Papers 1 and 3
  • The graded approach is adopted.
  • Students must complete the compulsory section and
    answer either the easier or more difficult
  • Students attempting the compulsory section and
    the more difficult section will be able to attain
    up to the highest level of performance, i.e.
    Level 5
  • Level 4 will the highest level attainable by
    students attempting the compulsory section and
    the easier section.

School-based Assessment
  • Students will read/view a number of texts
    (including books, films and documentaries) over
    the course of study and study three elective
  • They will take part in group discussions and make
    individual presentations based on what they have
    read/viewed, and what they have learned in the
    elective modules.

SBA Requirements
Parts Weighting No. of Assessments Timeline Reporting Marks
Part A 10 At least 2 SS2 SS3 2 with at least one mark each based on group interaction individual presentation
Part B 5 At least 1 SS3 1 (either group interaction or individual presentation based on the Elective Part)
Further Information
  • For details of the English Language requirements
    for university entrance under the 334 academic
    structure, please visit the Education Bureaus
    334 Web Bulletin
  • http//www.edb.gov.hk/334

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