social trends

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 May, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 What did Wong Ming-lok mean when she said some of the things she has seen in schools and as a private teacher were like scenes in a movie?

a. The students she met looked like movie stars.

b. The scenes were dramatic like in a movie.

c. The students in her book were fictional.

d. The scenes resembled some of the movies she has actually seen.

e. The scenes were set in Hollywood.

2 Which of the following is not one of the five categories of 'Hong Kids' in Wong's book?

a. Princess

b. Snobbish

c. Daydreamer

d. Super Kid

e. Non-thinker

3 The mother of the Princess told her that she did not need to study hard because . . .

a. it would not guarantee good results.

b. it is not good for her health.

c. it will not pay off because of the poor education system.

d. it is a waste of time as she will take over the family business.

e. it is not necessary because she will not need to work.

4 According to Wong, why aren't students interested in liberal studies?

a. They do not want to discuss things in class.

b. They find the topics hard to understand.

c. They are too young to discuss social issues.

d. They are too busy studying for their examinations.

e. They are only interested in examination topics.

5 What does the author believe is the solution to the 'Hong Kids' phenomenon?

a. We should forget about examinations and focus on liberal studies.

b. Parents should not spoil their children so much.

c. Nothing can be done really because it is a long-time phenomenon.

d. Children should not be allowed to buy things without thinking.

e. We should let children do their own thinking.

Think about

1 Are you a 'Hong Kid'?

2 Do you know anyone who fits any of the five 'Hong Kids' categories? What do they do to earn that description?

3 Who influences you the most? Your teachers, parents, friends or another group of people?

4 What do you think are the causes of the 'Hong Kids' phenomenon? Discuss in groups and report back to the class.

Follow-up activities

1 Interview four adults of different ages and professions. Ask them what they think about your generation. Draw a mind-map to represent their views.

2 Some post-80s or post-90s youngsters have taken part in social or political activities locally and overseas. Search online and find out what they have done. Present your findings to the class.


May 13

Reading comprehension: 1. c, 2. c, 3. d, 4. d, 5. c