Key Emphases

To develop studentsí ability to respond sensitively to literary texts and analyze them critically through

-          the study of set texts

-          literary appreciation of seen and unseen texts

-          portfolio work


Course Progression

JS2  poetry (appreciation and composition)

JS3  short story (appreciation and essay writing)

SS1 novel, poetry, short story

SS2play, poetry, short story, literary appreciation

SS3film, poetry, literary appreciation, portfolio


Learning and Teaching Approaches

-          teacher instruction

-          text-based analytical exercises

-          peer teaching

-          discussions and presentations

-          dramatization of poems, stories, or scenes from plays etc.

-          portfolio work


* The following interlocking components of the curriculum are acquired and reinforced continuously in the 3-year NSS course.


Our Students

(Whole person Development)

Goals / Abilities

Subject Knowledge & Skills

Major Learning Outcomes

Relevant Co-curricular Activities

Critical Abilities (Intellectual, Moral)

-          helps learners to develop a humanistic outlook on life; through a close interaction with literary or creative works which portray a diverse range of human thought, emotion and experience, learners gain knowledge and understanding of the nature of human existence and of the world and the society in which they live

-          critical thinking

-          creativity

-          enhance their awareness of the relationship between literature and society


Aesthetic Sensitivity (Aesthetic, Creativity)

-          appreciating the human situation through a creative use of language, literary or creative texts

-          personal growth

-          empathy

-          values and attitudes


Cultural Awareness (cultural)

-          awareness of the culture of different places where English is used

-          enhances their appreciation and understanding of Hong Kong as a culturally diverse society

-          cultural understanding

-          appreciate and enjoy a wide range of literary or creative texts and other related cultural forms

-          promote a culture of reading


Language Proficiency (Linguistic)

-          self expression

-          greater sensitivity to the nuances of the English Language

-          the use of language arts materials



Knowledge of Literary Forms and Conventions

-          to recognize the major features of literary or creative forms such as prose, poetry, drama and film

-          to understand literary terms and concepts

-          to apply them appropriately in appreciating, discussing and evaluating literary or creative texts


Appreciation and Response

-          to develop oneís critical and interpretative abilities through understanding and appreciating literary or creative texts

-          to develop informed, personal response and judgement through interacting closely with literary or creative texts and relating them to oneís own experience

-          to enhance oneís cultural understanding through appreciating the interconnections within and between texts and developing an increased awareness of the relationship between literature and society

-          to develop creativity and powers of self-expression through producing works of different literary genres including prose, poetry and drama


Language Enhancement

-          to enhance oneís language skills as well as vocabulary through studying and viewing a wide range of literary or creative texts

-          to develop awareness of subtleties of language and of register and appropriateness through close interaction with a variety of literary or creative texts

-          to gain greater awareness of the phonological system of English through appreciation and use of literary sound devices


Literary Comprehension and Appreciation Skills

-          examining and discussing form and content, showing comprehension of the thoughts and feelings conveyed in the texts; analytical and critical appreciation of the language, technique and style through which these thoughts and feelings are expressed

-          comparing and contrasting literary or creative texts in terms of themes, characterization, language, technique and style

-          expressing feelings and ideas in response to literary and creative texts freely and imaginatively

-          making connections between literary or creative texts and other cultural media (such as paintings, sculpture and photography) and/or issues of importance in society

-          applying some techniques learned to oneís own creative work

-          developing an interest in following up references and allusions

-          understanding that text interpretation is influenced by the dynamic interplay between text, context and the readerís background knowledge


Values and Attitudes

-          gaining pleasure and enjoyment from reading and viewing literary or creative works

-          developing a keen interest in reading

-          appreciating the beauty, flexibility and play of language at its best

-          empathizing with others

-          gaining increased awareness of human relationships and the interaction between the individual and society

-          appreciating different cultures, attitudes and belief systems


Collaboration and Communication Skills

-          communicating ideas about literary or creative texts clearly and precisely

-          negotiating the possible meanings of literary or creative texts

-          discussing and debating literary or creative works, expressing oneís critical analyses, personal views or responses

-          planning and producing a group presentation/performance/creative work, agreeing on tasks, responsibilities and working arrangements

-          reviewing group or individual presentation/performance/creative work and reflecting on ways to enhance collaborative work and make improvements


Information Skills

-          planning and using different sources, including electronic sources, to search for and select required information

-          exploring, developing and exchanging information to derive new ideas

Knowledge of Literary Forms and Conventions

-          demonstrate understanding of literary terms, techniques and concepts by using them appropriately in critical discussions and analyses

-          demonstrate an awareness of the conventions of different genres in critical discussions and analyses


Appreciation and Response

-          demonstrate a greater knowledge of the rich variety of literature in English through discussing the works they have read or viewed

-          demonstrate understanding of the different aspects of literary and creative texts through critical analyses and projects done individually or in groups

-          demonstrate an understanding that text interpretation is influenced by the interplay between text, context and the reader

-          express personal responses to texts by articulating and elaborating feelings and emotions, or by other means such as producing imaginative expansions of texts

-          express with confidence ideas and feelings through the production of short creative texts and/or through performance


Language Enhancement

-          show a greater sensitivity to language by being able to comment on it in detail in critical discussions or analyses

-          show a greater command of the phonology of English by being able to discuss how sound patterns are used to enhance literary effect, and to apply this knowledge in their own creative work

-          gain an improved and deepened vocabulary and understanding of grammar by means of wide-ranging reading and viewing, and apply some of the literary language they have learned appropriately in critical and creative writing


-          encourage wide reading

-          arrange visits to libraries

-          take learners to the cinema

-          arrange visits to the theatre

-          subscribe to film magazines

-          participate in Speech Festivals

-          join workshops on poetry, drama, etc. conducted by relevant organizations

-          invite writers to give talks




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