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  • EB is an interactive online English learning and knowledge-building programme for secondary students.
  • Fun and Friends is an interactive online English language programme that uses award-winning animations, stories and videos to engage and motivate children to learn English.
  • Fun and Friends Book Club provides a set of fun, interactive readers that develop and enhance your child's English-language skills from reading and listening, to speaking and storytelling!
  • ENG is a new series developed to help students learn and use English across the curriculum, using multimedia content from National Geographic.
  • SD2 is an English skills development programme designed to help students achieve success in the HKDSE exam.
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Continuing education in Medicine distinguishes itself by a learning practice known as "rounds". During rounds, young and experienced physicians come together to share knowledge and practice clinical diagnostic skills. Doctors move from patient to patient in a hospital ward to discuss each patient's case. Education has fewer opportunities for this kind of collaborative life-long professional learning. To stay abreast of current developments in our field while continuing to teach, we at Wiseman today begin an initiative to collect, review and share experiences with our learning community. Welcome to Rounds at Wiseman.
 

The Culture of Online Learning

 Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

From Words to Ideas

 St. Paul's Convent School (Secondary Section)

Blended mode for English Language Learning

 Hong Kong Tang King Po College

Building Confidence through Drama

 CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School

Writing Beyond Boundaries

 PLK Ngan Po Ling College

Writing for the Future

 Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School

Inspiring Both Students and Their Parents

 Buddhist Wong Fung Ling College

Executive Workshop on Business Presentation



The Culture of Online Learning

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School
Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School began to explore online English programmes for its students three years ago. Over those three years, the programme has expanded to encompass all students between S1 and S5, and has been fully integrated into the English curriculum at the school. The first level of the programme is used with incoming S1 students to prepare them for their studies in English at the school.

While reading for comprehension remains a central part of the classroom curriculum, most listening, speaking and writing exercises are now online. The school has reported many benefits to this – students are streamed much more efficiently and as a result are performing better because they are working on exercises appropriate to their level; the students work at their own pace, including during the long vacations, and can decide whether to advance to the next level or repeat a level in order to solidify their skills; high achieving students take part in an extension programme that integrates online with real life exercises, including development of writing and presentation skills.

The most significant achievement of this programme has been a change in the culture of English learning at Shun Lee. The programme has grown deep roots in the school, and student self-initiative has been outstanding, such that it has been possible to reduce faculty oversight to a bare minimum. Academic results continue to improve and students are extremely diligent about charting their own progress, requesting upgrades and level repeats on their own initiative.

Panel Team: Flora Tam
Amy Kwok
Elisa Wong
Learning Consultant: Sandra Lam


From Words to Ideas

St. Paul's Convent School (Secondary Section)
To cultivate the ability to use language competently and with creative flair, students need to read, read, and read – notably, the more diverse the genre/ subject matter/ authorial style, the richer and more productive the learning experience.

To help teachers bank up this wealth of materials as well as monitor students' progress, an interactive programme like English Builder comes in handy.

Thrice weekly, students read and listen to a wide variety of texts (structured as 'Intermediate', 'High Intermediate' and 'Advanced' pieces) that aim to engage their minds, expand their knowledge, and sensitize them to the language of contemporary media. We believe that promoting students' interest in, and knowledge of, disparate global issues will help prepare them for their place in our local and global community, and e-learning will inevitably play a major role in this technology-driven millennium.

On a different note, I wish to applaud Wiseman & National Geographic Channel whole-heartedly on their 'Think Again' Award Scheme, launched in 06-07 academic year. This initiative has most definitely inspired young people all over HKSAR to craft and showcase their film-making potentialities. I for one can't wait to see the gamut of high-calibre documentaries produced by local young talents in forthcoming years.

Project leader: Clare Cheung, Head of English
Technical advisor: Cutson Liu
Learning Consultant: Kinnie Lai


BLENDED MODE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING

Hong Kong Tang King Po College
This English enhancement project consists of two parts: the interactive online programme and face-to-face presentation workshops.

INTERACTIVE ONLINE PROGRAMME

Effectiveness & Challenges: 85% said that the interactive programme had improved their listening; and 75% said that the online project had improved their speaking; 50% said that the online project had improved their vocabulary and reading; and 90% said that their confidence in speaking English had improved.

On average most of the interviewed students spent one hour for each chapter and they felt the workload is a little bit heavy. Some of them completed many chapters on the same day. Some suggested that the exercises can be shortened.

In general, the interviewed students felt that the online project is helpful, especially in improving their English listening and speaking. Only one student mentioned that it is boring because there are no games in it.

PRESENTATION WORKSHOP

Effectiveness & Challenges: From the 15 interviewed S1 students, (6 going to the Monday workshops, 2 to the Thursday workshops and 7 to the Saturday workshops), almost all of them said that they liked their workshop teachers because the teachers could make the workshops interesting and engaging.

Over 90% said that the workshops had improved their English speaking skills because they were given chances to practice speaking in class. 80% said that they had learned new vocabulary in the workshops; nearly 80% said the workshops had helped them become more confident in speaking English. 2 students mentioned that they felt the workshops were difficult for them, but they were learning things from them.

Project leader: Timothy Ho, English Panel
Researcher: Dr. Qin Jiang, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Learning Consultant: Elaine Wong


Building Confidence through Drama

CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School
Drama classes are the latest trend in education, and for good reason. Traditional learning places excessive emphasis on rote learning and not enough on skills required to succeed in the real world, such as presentation skills and team building. Drama classes give students a break from textbooks to explore their expressive and creative potential. Drama allows the students to act as someone else, so they are not afraid to make mistakes.

CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School has implemented a half-year drama programme for all S1 students. The results have been incredibly positive, resulting in better academic performance in both written and spoken English, presentation skills, teamwork and creativity.

The school has done an internal survey showing more than 70% of students would positively like to continue the drama workshop again with this approach.

Project leader: Ms. Wong, English Panel
Learning Consultant: Bill Loo


Writing Beyond Boundaries

PLK Ngan Po Ling College
Ultimately we want our students to be creative, flexible and full participants in their world. Teaching students how to write well and to write creatively helps accomplish this goal. Creative writing challenges students to look differently at the world around them, to exercise their imaginations and to present it to an audience.

PLK Ngan Po Ling College organized a Creative Writing Workshop for students in the first term of 06-07. The quality of student writing – both creative and discursive writing – has improved markedly following this workshop.

Project leader: Ms. Luk, English Panel
Learning Consultant: Bill Loo


Writing for the Future

Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School
Learning to write well is intimately connected to an understanding of who your readers may be, and what they might be interested in learning about.

In a series of summer workshops conducted at Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School teachers encouraged students to share their ideas clearly and passionately, and to imagine an audience responding to their words.

Students drew from their own past experiences to create pieces that touched on topics that were meaningful to them. They were encouraged to dig deep and ask questions about themselves. The best pieces were submitted to English newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong for publication.

Project leader: Ms. Hilda Lee, English Panel
Learning Consultant: Bill Loo


Inspiring Both Students and Their Parents

Buddhist Wong Fung Ling College
Effective learning programmes for children always have one thing in common – a deep commitment by parents to help the programme succeed. Children in traditional learning environments often find the learning process tedious, and because the material does not inspire them, children fail to bring parents into that process. The challenge is to create a learning environment that utilizes technology to interest both students and parents alike. The process of learning must be engaging.

The online English programme at Buddhist Wong Fung Ling College has brought about a high level of parental interest. Currently in its first year, the programme for S1 students has had a very positive impact across the school. Teachers, students, parents and school management alike have responded enthusiastically. As a result, academic results have improved, and students are much more enthusiastic about new learning material.

Project leader: Ms. Sum, English Panel
Learning Consultant: Bill Loo


Executive Workshop on Business Presentation

The first term “Executive Workshop on Business Presentation” held in Siemens had a successfully closure, which was provided by HKU The Cyberport Institute of Hong Kong (HKU Cyber.i) and Wiseman Education.

The goals were to enhance students' speaking and listening competences in business environment, to strengthen presentation skills and to establish more accurate envisage of contemporary business development.

In order to improve students' language competence in different business situations, a great deal of practices and simulations were employed in the class.

The survey, pre and post - assessments showed that students have made significant improvements, particularly in speaking and listening. We are pleased that the project achieved a 95% satisfaction rate from our staff members. We hope to continue to roll out the program in the second term to other departments.

Project leader: Xie Ting, Human Resources Manager, Siemens Electronics Assembly System Ltd.
Learning Consultant: Mary Huang


Researcher: Perry So