English activities draw enthusiasm

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 February, 1993, 12:00am

ACAMPAIGN to stimulate students' interest in the English Language was launched at YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College recently.

The ''English Speaking Week '93'' was organised by the English Society. It was aimed at providing opportunities for students to learn English. Throughout the week, students were required to speak in English on campus.

Various activities, including a book exhibition, an ambassador programme, a karaoke lounge and a speech contest, were organised for students to take part in.

The ambassador programme was introduced for the first time at the school. It was aimed at encouraging students to express themselves in English.

Student ''ambassadors'' were given interesting questionnaires. They were then asked to conduct interviews with the principal, teachers, clerical staff or even school prefects.

Once an interview was completed, a beautiful sticker would be awarded to the student. The more stickers a student collected, the more marks he would get. The winner is the student with the highest score.

During the week, the students did their best to conduct as many interviews as they could. Their enthusiasm in joining the programme was unprecedented.

There were over 1,000 ambassadors, with the best ambassador conducting more than 20 interviews in three days.

Besides the ambassador programme, the karaoke lounge was another highlight of the week. As karaoke is becoming more and more popular in Hongkong, such activity is worth organising since it can attract more students.

Most importantly, students can learn English from the lyrics as they sing. Popular songs included ''Unchained Melody'', ''The Greatest Love of All'' and ''Only You''.

The climax of the week was a variety show which started with a speech contest. Other programmes included choral speaking by Form 1 and 2 students and an English quiz for fifth-formers.

The show ended with a drama staged by Form 6 students, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs . It was a funny version of the original story in which two boys played the roles of Snow White and the witch. The play brought much joy to the audience.

While making preparations for the event, the students worked together happily and also learned a lot of English.