Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Schemes Introduction
Native-speaking English teachers (NETs) have been introduced to all secondary schools under the Enhanced NET Scheme (also called the ENET Scheme) since 1998. Under the ENET Scheme, each public-sector secondary school is allocated one NET.
NETs and English Language Teaching Assistants (ELTAs) were first introduced to primary schools under the NET Scheme (also called the PNET Scheme) in 2002. Under the PNET Scheme, two primary schools shared one NET from 2002 to 2004. The policy has been to supply schools with a full-time NET since the 2004/05 school year. Under the PNET Scheme, each public-sector primary school is allocated one NET.
In the 2012/13 school year, there are about 405 NETs working in secondary schools and 457 NETs in primary schools under the NET Schemes.
Both NET Schemes aim to support and strengthen English language learning and teaching in local schools through:
- providing an authentic environment for students to learn English and develop their confidence in using English for communication;
- developing innovative learning and teaching strategies, materials and activities suited to the needs of local students;
- strengthening the professional development of local English teachers;
- encouraging effective networking amongst schools when appropriate; and
- disseminating good practices in language learning and teaching developed within the Schemes through regional teacher development programmes such as experience-sharing seminars/workshops and networking activities.
NETs are required to:
- undertake teaching duties and try out good teaching strategies/practices related to English language learning, teaching and assessment;
- organise and conduct extra-curricular activities related to English language learning and teaching such as school-based English day camps, story-telling competitions, drama, reading forums, etc; and if applicable, contribute to other extra-curricular activities such as variety show, excursions and trips;
- provide support for the English panel, including school-based curriculum development and professional development of teachers as well as preparing and developing learning/teaching resources; and
- act as an advisor and a language resource person on issues related to English language learning and teaching.
The Native-speaking English Teacher Section has been in operation since 2002. The Advisory Teaching Team (ATT) was formed at that time to support the implementation of the Primary NET Scheme (PNET). With the formation of a new team, the Regional NET Co-ordinating Team (RNCT), in August 2006 the NET Section extended its service to supporting the Enhanced NET Scheme (ENET).