|| Promotion of English Reading through School Library Activities
|| P.4 English Language teachers, P.E. teachers and teacher-librarian
|| American Women Association (AWA)
|| P.4 students
|No. of classes
|| 2 classes
- To promote English Reading.
- To enhance collaboration between the teacher-librarian and other subject panels.
- To widen students’ reading horizon.
- To enhance students’ reading confidence in English.
- Collaborative teaching among the teacher-librarian, reading partners from American Women Association (AWA) and English teachers was practised.
- The teacher-librarian served as the coordinator for arranging meetings for the subject teachers and the volunteers of AWA to decide the reading themes and to design the reading activities.
- Volunteers from AWA co-taught with the teacher-librarian in the library lessons. They helped the teacher-librarian to design worksheets, which enhanced students’ reading ability.
- English Language teachers taught the subject contents and designed some tasks (a project and a drama) for the reading themes, which encouraged students to read more.
- The programme was promoted in Friday Reading Assembly.
- There were two stages in the programme:
- 1st stage (October 2012) :
- The reading theme was “Hobbies & Sports”.
- P.E. teachers recommended sports magazines to students in Friday Reading Assembly for promoting reading related to “Hobbies & Sports”, while the teacher-librarian purchased and shelved the recommended magazines in the school library.
- The English teachers recommended some e-stories in the E-book Platform in Friday Reading Assembly and English lessons. The interactive games and worksheets in the E-book Platform can arouse students’ interest in reading the stories.
- In line with the reading theme, a group project titled “My Favourite Hobbies” was assigned to students when they were studying the module “Let’s have fun” in their English lessons. Students needed to present their projects in class and wrote a RAP song of their favourite hobbies after the project.
- The teacher-librarian sourced books related to “Hobbies and Sports” from the school library collection and through the Block Loan Service of the Hong Kong Public Libraries. The books were then sent to the classrooms for students to read.
- In the library lessons, the simplified version of the 3 sports books about “triathlon”, “horse riding” and “bobsled” were read. Worksheets (refer to appendixes 1, 2, 3) were designed to guide students to comprehend the content of the books. Strategies such as games and repetition were used to arouse students’ interest in reading in the lessons. The teacher-librarian talked to the students to check their understanding in the latter part of the lessons. Students were encouraged to borrow books from the school library at the end of the lessons.
- 2nd stage (February 2013) :
- The reading theme was “Fairy Tales”.
- This reading theme was related to “Aladdin”, a chapter of the English textbook. Students needed to write the story ending and play a drama after studying the chapter.
- The teacher-librarian sourced different versions of “Aladdin” and other Fairy Tales to support students’ learning. The books were then sent to the classrooms for students to read.
- In the library lessons, some famous fairy tales such as “Yeh Shen” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” were read. Vocabulary was taught in advance to help students to understand the tales. Teaching strategies including games and questioning were used to arouse students’ interest in reading in the lessons. Students were encouraged to read other fairy tales at the end of the lessons.
|| Project planning
- Questionnaires were delivered to parents, teachers and students to collect data related to students’ reading.
- Issued letters to parents informing them of the details of the project.
- Meeting with the English teachers and volunteers of AWA.
- To draw up the Themed Reading Scheme for promotion of English reading.
|| Starting the themed reading on “Hobbies & Sports”
- Sourcing and acquiring reading materials for the Themed Reading Scheme.
- Started the Themed Reading Scheme in the library lessons.
- P.E. teachers and English teachers recommended books to students to promote the Themed Reading Scheme in Friday Reading Assembly.
|Nov. 2012 – Dec. 2012
- Teaching the Module “Let’s have Fun” in English lessons.
- Following up project learning.
- Reading books about “Hobbies & Sports” in the library lessons. Self-reading of books about “Hobbies & Sports”.
- Presentation of project learning. (includes powerpoint presentation & rap song).
|| Interim evaluation
- Student interviews
- Teachers’ & volunteers’ reflection
|| Starting the themed reading on “Fairy Tales”
- Meeting with the English teachers and volunteers of AWA to set the reading theme and design tasks for the programme.
- Sourcing and acquiring reading materials.
|Mar. 2013 – Apr. 2013
|| Teaching and reading
- Teaching “Aladdin” in the English lessons.
- Reading Fairy Tales in the library lessons. For example, Yeh Shen, Little Red Riding Hood, Lon Po Po, and Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Self-reading of books on “Fairy Tales”.
- Drama performance by students.
|May 2013 – Jun. 2013
|| Evaluation of the programme
- Interviewing student representatives, English teachers & volunteers.
- Conducting surveys by delivering questionnaires to students, teachers & parents.
- Students’ performance in project presentation & drama performance.
- Lesson observations.
|| Report writing