English day games lift confidence

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 May, 1997, 12:00am

Pupils had a chance to speak English in real-life situations at Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School.

The school's English Society organised its fourth English Speaking Day aimed at boosting students' confidence with the language.

There was role-playing, language games, exhibitions, competitions and a poetry-writing workshop.

Students set up games stalls based on themes.

Form One's theme was fast- food, and pupils spent a great deal of time and effort preparing mock pizzas, ice-cream and cakes to sell at various outlets.

Form Two chose hobbies, creating two pet shops, a newsagents', a stamp shop and a record store, where students could listen to English songs and try to identify lyrics.

Form Three grouped together to devise language games about fashion and also put on a fashion show, discovering some budding models among their fellow students.

Form Four's theme was travel. Tourists could plan their holiday at a travel agents', book into a hotel, ask for advice at tourist information centres and visit the police station to report a crime.

A learning clinic was the project by sixth formers, where younger students could get advice on how to learn English more effectively and also have their individual learning styles analysed.

In the centre of the school hall, groups of students were engrossed in playing Scrabble. All the students took part with enthusiasm particularly when trying to win coupons. Teachers and special English ambassadors also gave coupons to anyone making an effort to speak English, both inside and outside lessons. An inter-class Scrabble competition was very popular. There was also a slogan-writing competition and an Extensive Reading Scheme display.