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Academy for the Talented English Programme

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“Thank you ATEP for letting me learn about the world I live in, even though I just stayed at home.”                        Marissa Chan, St. Paul's Convent School

"I've learnt more than just English! In every lesson, we discussed issues relating to the UN goals ​with classmates, tutors and teacher; at the end we will pick a research topic ​to present!"                                                                       Thomas Chung, Shung Tak Catholic English College

"It was an utmost pleasure attending this course with Professor Bilbow! Throughout the span of 10 weeks I gained a deeper understanding of the urgent issues present in our world at the moment and have picked up more communication skills to improve my articulation and expression of ideas. A sincere thank you to everyone that participated in organising this impactful course, would love to sign up for another one in the future!"               Agatha Tsang, St. Paul's Convent School

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The Academy for the Talented English Programme (ATEP) is an online learning programme designed  by  Professor Grahame T Bilbow.  Professor Bilbow has extensive English teaching experience, and is the author of many English textbooks for primary, secondary and university study. The programme aims to enhance your English communication and language skills through the medium of topics that are globally and socially significant.  

Introduction 

The two modules  in the English for the Arts & Humanities programme support junior secondary (Secondary 2 to 4) and senior secondary (Secondary 5 to 6) students, respectively.  Both modules are designed for students  who wish to progressively enhance their English language and communication skills for academic study in a range of disciplines in the Arts & Humanities.

In addition to developing their academic study skills and content language for academic study, these two modules also help students to develop essential skills for interpersonal collaboration and independent research.  Both modules help students to improve their ability to express ideas and concepts through English effectively and with commitment, and to do so in clear and error-free English, both in speaking and writing.  Both modules also give students experience of collaborating with others in the investigation of topics of global and social significance.  Such knowledge, skills and attributes are essential prerequisites for undergraduate studies in today's universities.   

Both modules are equally challenging in terms of their content; however, the topics in Module 1 have been chosen to appeal most directly to younger students, whereas the topics in Module 2 will be of more interest to older, more mature students immediately prior to pursuing university study.  Naturally, there is no hard and fast line between the two. 

The topics in Module 1 are  ”Cities Now and in the Future”;  ”Taking Climate Seriously”;  and “Life on Earth”, and the topics in Module 2 are ”Achieving Quality Education for All”; “Art, Reporting and Propaganda”; and “Gender for Social Change”.  The six themes in Modules 1 and 2 draw upon the seventeen powerful and socially relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are currently driving social and economic development around the world. ​  

Teaching and learning are delivered online through synchronous virtual class meetings, and through asynchronous study, drawing upon a range of rich online resources.  Students are encouraged to work individually with the support of the tutor and to collaborate with their peers in small virtual groups. All students develop a topic of personal interest which they need to research and showcase to other students through the medium of an end-of-course project.  

 

Schedule           

Classes for Modules 1 and 2 take place once a week with a total 10 sessions. Students in both modules undertake independent personal research which results in personally-created objects and research-based assignments and presentations.  Please apply HERE by 5 February at 23:59 (HKT).

For Module 1 (Secondary 2 to 4), classes will take place every Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm (HKT) starting on 25 February and ends on 29 April.

For Module 2 (Secondary 5 to 6), classes will take place every Friday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (HKT) starting on 26 February and ends on 30 April.

Course fees: HK$3200

 

Learning Outcomes

1. To develop and demonstrate the ability to communicate complex, inter-related ideas effectively and with commitment, in clear and error-free spoken and written English. 

2. To develop and demonstrate a thorough understanding of topics of global and social importance, using a multi-perspective study approach based on readings in the Arts and Humanities. 

3. To collaborate collegially with others in the investigation of topics of global and social importance.

 

The Future

It is intended that the ATEP will eventually consist of three parallel programmes designed for students who aim to study at university in a range of disciplines.   In this first year (2020-2021), two modules forthe English for the Arts & Humanities programme have been designed; in the second year (2021-2022), two modules will be available for an English for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme; and in the third year (2022-2023), two modules for an English for Health and Social Sciences programme will be available. 

 

English for the Arts and Humanities:  Module 1 Outline

Week 

Theme 

Topic 

Content 

Introduction 

English for the Arts & Humanities 

Introduction to the Programme and Module 1 

THEME 1 

Sustainable Cities and Communities (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #11) 

Cities Now and In the Future 

“Cities of the Future”/ “Green Cities” 

“Social Issues in Cities: Personal Space” 

THEME 2 

Climate Action Goal # 13) 

Taking Climate Seriously 

“Global Warming” 

“Climate Action: Greta Thunberg” 

Written Assessment:  Practical Guidance for Students’ Preparation for their Written Assignments 

THEME 3 

Life on Land and Below the Sea (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 14/15) 

Life on Earth 

“Extinction” 

“Conservation in Hong Kong and China” 

“The Problem with Plastic” 

10 

Spoken Assessment:  Students’ Oral Presentations 

 

English for the Arts and Humanities:  Module 2 Outline

Week 

Theme 

Topic 

Content 

Introduction 

English for the Arts & Humanities 

Introduction to the Programme and Module 2 

THEME 1 

Quality Education (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 4) 

Achieving Quality Education for All 

“Education and Adversity: The Story of Malala Yousefzai” 

“The Crisis of Education in Developing Countries” 

THEME 2 

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 16) 

Art, Reporting and Propaganda 

“Photography in Times of War” 

“Influencing Hearts and Minds:the Role of Propaganda” 

Written Assessment:  Practical Guidance for Students’ Preparation for their Written Assignments 

THEME 3 

Gender Equality (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 5) 

Gender and Social Change 

“Women’s Rights in the Developed and Developing World” 

“Gender Stereotypes” 

“Gender Activism in the #MeToo Age” 

10 

Spoken Assessment:  Students’ Oral Presentations