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     FrontPage Edition: Mon 11 February 2008

Enhanced Chinese Language programmes in SAP schools


Enhanced Programmes by Special Assistance Plan Schools to Enrich Students’ Learning of Chinese Language and Values

Students of the Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools can look forward to more opportunities to deepen their learning of the Chinese Language (CL) and culture as the SAP schools will be introducing enhancements to their programmes.
SAP schools were first established in 1979 to preserve the ethos of the Chinese medium schools and to promote the learning of Chinese Language and culture. They have done well and have remained relevant over the years.
However, given the shifts in the home-language background of students[1], the changing profile of educators and the rising importance of China, SAP schools need to evolve with the times to better fulfil their mission of nurturing bilingual and bicultural students who are steeped in Chinese Language and culture. The enhancements are timely and MOE will continue to support such initiatives.
The initiatives from the SAP schools involve a diverse range of models and approaches but they are centred on enhancing the learning of Chinese language, culture and values as well as strengthening the SAP school ethos.
(A) Enrich Chinese Language Learning in SAP Primary Schools
Some of the SAP primary schools will teach non-examination subjects such as Art, Music, Physical Education and Social Studies in Chinese, while others will integrate part of the Chinese Language (CL) curriculum with nonexamination subjects. Three schools are starting their enriched CL programme in 2008, and another two schools plan to start in 2009 (see details in Annex A).
(B) Offer New ‘O’ Level Subject and Enrichment Modules in Chinese in
Chung Cheng High (Main) and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ will be introducing a new ‘O’ level subject, Media Studies in Chinese, from 2010.
SAP secondary schools also plan to introduce more Enrichment Modules in Chinese, such as Translation, Chinese Drama and Introduction to Contemporary China, to expose students to different aspects of Chinese language and culture.

1 Among P1 Chinese students, the proportion that came from English-speaking homes doubled from 20% in 1988 to 40% in 1998. In 2007, 54% of P1 Chinese students came from English-speaking homes.

Source: Press Release 11 Feb 2008

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