New Initiatives in Reading (Hong Kong)

The EDB directive to ‘read to learn’ fundamentally depends on ensuring that children are taught to read. To promote the culture of reading you have to provide quality English literature in a curriculum alongside phonics and normal classroom English.

Many children are reluctant readers. It is important that children discover that reading is not just a compulsory school subject, but rather an enjoyable and exciting lifelong leisure activity that will greatly influence their future academic success and employment opportunities.

I try to ensure that the books I promote have interesting plots, and are full of action and adventure. A teacher can help a student get a better overall understanding of what they are reading by explaining new vocabulary, exploring the characters in the stories and examining the plots.

Whilst I try to make reading in English fun and enjoyable using individual and group activities, such as role playing exercises and dramatic reinterpretations of traditional stories, learning to read is a serious business. Students must be taught phonics, and various reading skills such as learning how to scan for meaning and how to understand visual and semantic clues in the story line. This in turn creates children who learn English faster and who are more motivated and thus develop a lifelong love of reading and writing in English.


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