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 Flipbook “SOW Campaign 2020/21 An Anthology of Winning Entries”

The anthology is a collection of students’ works selected from the winning entries of the SOW Creative Writing Competition and the SOW Picture Book Design Competition held in the 2020/21 school year. Both competitions provided opportunities for students to develop their creativity and multimodal literacy skills, share their personal reflection or creative work on English sayings of wisdom, and foster their positive values and attitudes. An activity booklet, with 20 suggested post-reading/viewing activities (i.e. 10 for the primary level and 10 for the secondary level), is developed to facilitate and complement the use of the anthology. 

Resource Kit on the Creative Use of English: A Collection of Six Posters and Activity Sheets

This resource kit aims to support schools in incorporating elements of the creative use of English into the English Language curriculum. It includes a collection of six posters to present six key topics on the creative use of English in a lucid and graphical manner for easy understanding. A total of six activity sheets are designed to facilitate and complement the use of the posters by providing opportunities for students to apply the writing skills and techniques featured in the posters. 

 

An e-Poster “Nothing is impossible to a willing heart”
An e-Poster “Nothing is Impossible to a Willing Heart”
An e-poster "Nothing is Impossible to a Willing Heart" has been produced to support the implementation of the cross-curricular campaign “Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (SOW)”. Schools can make effective use of the poster to create an engaging and language-rich environment, enhance English learning and nurture positive values and attitudes in students.  (SOW Posters Webpage)
Posters on
Posters on "Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom"
In support of the cross-curricular campaign “Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (SOW)”, a total of eight printed and animated posters (embedded with audio files of the inspirational quotes) have been produced for the 2021/22 school year.  Schools can make effective use of these posters to create an engaging and language-rich environment, enhance English learning and nurture positive values and attitudes in students. Students are also encouraged to view the animated posters as self-learning activities to appreciate the inspirational quotes. 
Resource Kit on the Academic Use of English
Resource Kit on the Academic Use of English
This resource kit, which includes a resource pack and a collection of six posters, aims to support schools in incorporating elements of the academic use of English into the English Language curriculum and facilitate students’ self-directed learning. The resource pack, which consists of a Student Book and the Answer Key, comprises six chapters on key language features and skills related to the academic use of English. The six posters are designed to present six key topics on the academic use of English in a lucid and graphical manner for easy understanding. The posters can be used together with the Resource Pack to illustrate important concepts in academic English. 
 Leaflet on “Bridging the Gap for a Smooth Transition – Strengthening Connections and Progressions in the Secondary English Language Education Curriculum”

This leaflet is designed to provide suggestions for English Language panel heads and teachers to strengthen connections and progressions in the secondary English Language Education curriculum. It introduces effective strategies to support students to develop the language knowledge and skills essential for further studies and lifelong learning, and provides examples on holistic curriculum planning and implementation to cater for students’ diverse learning needs.

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This resource kit is designed for students at Key Stage 2 to enhance their lanauge skills, develop heir multimodal literacy and facilitate self-directed learning through exposure to various resources on issues of animal care. It also helps students develop positive values and attitudes (e.g. empathy, respect and a sense of responsibility for animals). The resource kit consists of 10 activities based on a range of selected reading/multimodal texts with focuses on a variety of issues of animal care. 

SOW Posters

In support of the cross-curricular campaign “Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (SOW)”, four new posters have been developed based on the inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Mark Twain and Sam Levenson to create an inspiring learning environment for the learning and teaching of SOW. 

Resources in Support of Students' Self-directed Learning (II)

This list includes additional resources for teachers to arrange extended leaning or self-directed learning activities during the special vacation. Schools can, with due regard to their own contexts and students’ attributes, use these resources to enable students to make the most of the special vacation and engage in online self-directed learning at home so that they will be well prepared for the resumption of classes.  

Resources in Support of Students' Self-directed Learning

This list includes a variety of online learning and teaching resources and related reference materials which enable schools to promote students’ self-directed learning during the special vacation. Schools can, with due regard to their own contexts and students’ attributes, use these resource materials to enable students to make the most of the special vacation and engage in online self-directed learning at home so that they will be well prepared for the resumption of classes. 

SOW Picture Book Design Competition

The SOW Interactive Online Games are intended for use in both primary and secondary English Language classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to adapt the learning activities with reference to their students’ needs and abilities to cater for learner diversity, and to leverage the online games to support students’ self-directed learning, in particular during the suspension of face-to-face classes under the pandemic situation.

Famous Scientists

e-Book Famous Scientists
The e-book Famous Scientists is suitable for students of upper primary and junior secondary levels to enhance their reading skills, connect their reading and writing experiences and kindle their interest in science. It consists of six reading tasks and one writing task. Each reading task comprises an inspiring life story (biography) of a scientist and reading activities through which students can develop their reading skills, generic skills as well as positive values and attitudes. Appropriate interactive features are included to develop students’ multimodal literacy. In the writing part, students are guided to search for information about a famous scientist they admire most on the Internet and write a biography of the scientist. 
SOW Creative Singing Contest

The SOW Creative Singing Contest is a cross-curricular activity jointly organised by the English Language Education Section and Arts Education Section of the Curriculum Development Institute. It aims to encourage students’ creative expression through engaging them in English lyrics writing and singing performance, enrich students’ English and music learning experiences, promote Language across the Curriculum and cross-curricular collaboration in schools and nurture positive values and attitudes in students.

  • Online briefing session: 18 March 2022 (Friday) [Updated]
  • Submission deadline: 6 July 2022 (Wednesday) [Updated]
SOW Calendar 2022
Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom -  Calendar 2022 
Calendar 2022 showcases 12 winning entries from the four divisions (namely Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary) of the SOW Picture Book Design Competition organised under the SOW Campaign in the 2020/21 school year. Teachers and students could appreciate both the artistic design of the winning entries and the meaning of the SOW all year round. Students could also explore further on their own or with teachers’ guidance, and gain a deeper understanding of different SOW.
Poetry Remake Compeition
Learning and Teaching Materials on Appreciation of Hong Kong English Poetry
This set of materials features ten poems written by ten Hong Kong-based poets. The selected poems serve to support values education with themes such as “gratitude”, “empathy” and “perseverance” covered. Each poem comes with a variety of questions of different levels of difficulty. Suggested answers are provided to facilitate teachers’ discussion with students.
Resource Kit on Inspirational Speeches

Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom - Resource Kit on Inspirational Speeches

The e-resource kit is developed for use in secondary schools to enhance students’ understanding of public speaking skills and creative use of English through appreciating inspirational speeches. Five speeches are featured in the resource kit and a set of learning and teaching materials with discussion questions and suggested answers is provided for each to facilitate teachers’ use in the English Language classroom. Teachers are encouraged to make effective use of the resource kit to enrich students’ English learning and nurture their positive values, attitudes and behaviour.

Videos on Fantastic People
Videos on "Fantastic People"
Videos on “Fantastic People”
  are produced to supplement the themes “Special people” and “Successful people” in the English Language curriculum at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 respectively. Three celebrities, namely Professor Sung Jao Yiu Joseph, Dr Allan Zeman and Ms Yu Chui Yee Alison, are introduced to students through the interviews in the videos. The videos, each lasting 6-7 minutes, enable students to learn from the celebrities’ sharing and gain insights into their achievements and success stories. The “Fantastic People Videos Activity Booklet”, with pre-viewing, viewing and post-viewing activities, is developed to facilitate and complement the use of the videos.
A Treasury of Literary Classics

A Treasury of Literary Classics (Secondary Level) - Lyrics Series
The lyrics series features a collection of five English songs with lyrics of literary merits. Each song comes with a variety of questions of different levels of difficulty and extension questions for reflection and further discussion. Interactive features and answer-checking functions are embedded to provide students with prompts and instant feedback while attempting the questions. Teachers are encouraged to make use of the online resources to facilitate discussion of the creative use of English in lyrics in class or students’ self-directed learning.
A Resource Kit for Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom
A Resource Kit for Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (SOW)
“Week of Hope”
 (Extended to 25–29 Jul and 1-5 Aug) is a signature school-based activity for the SOW Campaign in the 2021/22 school year. 
In support of the implementation of “Week of Hope”, the resource material “A Resource Kit for Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom” has been developed for use in the primary and secondary English classrooms. It aims to provide inspirations and suggestions on activities to enrich the school-based English Language curriculum and create an inspiring learning environment for the learning and teaching of the theme “hope”.  
Let's Make a Difference: Unleashing Students' Potential in Learning English at Primary Level
Let's Make a Difference: Unleashing Students' Potential in Learning English at Primary Level

This leaflet is designed to support the English panels and English teachers in planning, implementing and evaluating the English Language curriculum with effective strategies to cater for learner diversity at school, curriculum and classroom levels. The interface across key stages of learning and some common concerns about English learning and teaching are addressed.

SOW Picture Book Design Competition

Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (2021/22)
Building on the success of the SOW Campaign 2020/21, the SOW Campaign 2021/22 aims to provide opportunities for schools to plan holistically their curricula by integrating essential curriculum initiatives, such as values education, Reading/Language across the Curriculum (LAC) and multimodal literacy, extending students’ learning experience outside the classroom, and promoting cross-curricular collaboration. The overarching theme of the campaign this year is “Hope” with those from “My Pledge to Act 2020/21” featured last year (i.e. “Be Grateful and Treasure What We Have, Stay Positive and Optimistic”) as sub-themes. 
SOWIT Videos Resource Kit (Part 2)

In support of the cross-curricular campaign "Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom", the second batch of SOWIT videos, which integrates live-action, animation and motion graphics to illustrate 10 selected English sayings of wisdom (SOW) in a vibrant and entertaining manner, has been launched in June 2021. The “SOWIT Videos Resource Kit (Part 2)” is developed to synergise the use of the SOWIT videos in enhancing students’viewing and multimodal literacy skills and promoting positive values and attitudes in the English lessons.

English Treasure Chest
English Treasure Chest
To support different modes of English Language learning and teaching and promote students’ self-directed learning, the “English Treasure Chest” is developed to provide a fine selection of English learning resources for use by both primary and secondary teachers and students. 
SOWIT Videos Resource Kit
SOWIT Videos Resource Kit (Part 1)

In support of the cross-curricular campaign "Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom", a series of videos (SOWIT videos) which integrates live-action, animation and motion graphics to illustrate 10 selected English sayings of wisdom (SOW) in a vibrant and entertaining manner has been launched in January 2021. The “SOWIT Videos Resource Kit (Part 1)” is developed to synergise the use of the SOWIT videos in enhancing students’viewing and multimodal literacy skills and promoting positive values and attitudes in the English lessons.