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[Archive] Suggested Ways to Create a Rich English Language Environment for Students

 

A rich English language learning environment can be created through making full use of the time and resources both inside and outside the school. Schools may consider the WHY, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHO, and HOW questions in relation to the following two key success factors contributing to the creation of a rich English language environment for students:

  1. Raising students' motivation and interest in English learning; and
  2. Widening students' learning space (physical and cognitive) through effective learning and teaching strategies, flexible curriculum planning and timetabling (to make allowance for life-wide learning and co-curricular activities), and effective deployment of resources.

1. Raising students' motivation and interest

All students should be helped to become aware that better English would allow them to communicate with a wider range of people. Their enhanced interest in learning English does not only open up opportunities for work and study, but more importantly, it provides them with greater opportunities for pleasure and enjoyment in their personal life.

Suggestions:

(Adapted from those in the Final Report of Language Education Review of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR, 2003)) :-

2. Widening students' learning space - providing additional opportunities for language learning

Language proficiency is best raised through active and frequent use. It is important to provide students with maximum English exposure as well as meaningful and purposeful activities through which they can learn and apply the language.

Suggestions:-