Life for students in Hong Kong can be really harsh – especially when they must live apart from their family to access a good education at a reasonable cost. How often do we really understand the problems faced by fellow students.
RTHK has some good episodes online that you can use to catch up on current issues. The latest one on housing is a must see! WATCH HERE.
Six Minute English – the latest episode is about treasured possessions. Things that are really important to us. There is a link to some interesting photos as well. Because the accents are British, it can help with getting ready for your speaking exam.
Make sure you take the time to watch this episode soon. Moral and National Education. The episodes are only online for 60 days. There is a Chinese sub text, but try to focus on listening to the English being spoken.
The latest Pearl Report episodes have included one on e-waste and another on food waste in Hong Kong. Watch these NOW. Next year will be too late.
We have talked about the importance of listening as well as using current events to develop vocabulary and ideas. The Pearl report last week focused on Elite athletes – the same topic as the guided practice for Form 4 in Chapter 5. You should try to watch and review relevant episodes of this show. These shows are only available on line for a limited time so make sure you watch them. Note relevant phrases and expressions that you may find useful.
As I mentioned in class today, RTHK has a number of great programs covering relevant issues. Watching these types of shows will help develop ideas for discussion. By talking along with the text you can also work on your pronunciation and grammar at the same time. Click HERE for a list of the latest episodes. As I mentioned in class, the issue of gifted children has appeared in a number of discussions. I will not be showing this in class but you will add to your own understanding by watching it. It is easier to watch on the small screen anyway. You can use MMLC or the English Centre to catch up on viewing!
Watching some of these shows can give you ideas for discussion on many topics as well as writing. It can also help your listening skills. This one on Hidden Youths from the Pearl Report links to one of the discussions in the set text (for Groups 1 &4) HIDDEN YOUTHS
If you go to the main page (CLICK HERE) you will find links to past episodes. It’s a great activity when you want to relax a bit and get a break from grammar!
Another source of current affair episodes is HONG KONG CONNECTION. Available reports include the use of public open space, waste management, e-shopping and public housing.
Form 6 and 7 students should listen to this recent broadcast on English in Hong Kong. Go to http://skhsslmc2talk.edublogs.org/ to find a link to the broadcast. Listen and leave some comments.