Clubs and activities
ELC English Club Activity: Stable Visit
By Vicky Zhang, English Club Secretary
The English Club organized a visit to Tuen Mun Public Riding School on 11th March 2017. Over 30 PolyU students participated in this activity. They gained knowledge about horse care and had close contact with the horses.
Tuen Mun Public Riding School is the largest public riding school owned by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Riding lessons and training camps as well as group visits are provided there.
The instructor gave the students a very detailed introduction about horse habits and customs. The students also visited the horseshoeing room, where real horseshoes were presented. Under the professional instruction, they learned more about the daily life of the horses and the operation mode of the stable.
After the tour, the students had the opportunity to meet one of Tuen Muen Public Riding School’s mini horses. Look at the smiles on their faces!
To find out other interesting activities of the English Club, please visit our homepage.
The English Reading Club
by Cherie Chan, ELC Reading Club President (2016-2017 Academic year)
The English Reading Club is an affiliated club under the English Language Centre. We strive to promote a reading culture to students, and hope that through our activities, students can develop an interest in reading. Every year, we organise many different activities to achieve our aims. In the 2016-2017 academic year, we hosted various annual events and organised a range of new activities.
The annual events included our weekly discussion sessions. This guided reading experience provides a platform for a group of students and a facilitator (ELC teacher) to relax and chat about a book, short stories, or even poems. The reading materials are 100% decided by the group, so every minute of it is enjoyable. We organise the sessions every semester, and at the end of each semester, we offer a chance for participants to receive a $200 book coupon!
In semester 1, we had a film screening co-organised with the PolyU International Film Society. The movie we chose was The Danish Girl, which won many Oscar awards. Many students and staff from different disciplines gathered for the film screening, and we held a discussion of the book and film afterwards. The participants were all very enthusiastic, and we all took part in a very eye-opening conversation.
In semester 2, we hosted an ‘old book’ exchange, which allowed students to exchange English fiction and non-fiction books with other students. The idea was to broaden students’ reading scope, and not put any books to waste. Nearly 20 books were exchanged in total, and students were very pleased with the books they received in return.
The above activities were very successful, and we received many new ideas for future activities. We hope to see both old and new faces at our upcoming events!
For more information about The ELC Reading Club, please visit https://www.facebook.com/erc.polyu/.
The English Drama Club
Established in 2002, The English Drama Club (EDC) is an extra-curricular activity group of the English Language Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The club aims at promoting English through drama, and provides a platform through which students can enhance their English proficiency.
Our Annual Performance is the highlight of the EDC calendar. Adapted from masterpieces of famous playwrights, our past Annual Performances have included famous examples of drama, comedy, farce, and tragedy. In order to prepare for the Annual Performance, members of the EDC are involved in the following production processes: rounds of careful script selection, plot and script adaptation, backstage design and production, recruitment and training of cast members, promotion, and rehearsals. To guarantee the high quality of each Annual Performance, we always strive for excellence.
Between 1st and 3rd March 2017, we presented The Great Gatsby, adapted from the original novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the Chiang Chen Studio Theatre. The story centers upon a mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and his obsessive passion for a young socialite, Daisy Buchanan. It explores themes of misplaced idealism, social upheaval, and the loss of innocence against the backdrop of 1920s Jazz Age New York, painting a cautionary picture of the American Dream. Our performance was a resounding success!
As well as the Annual Performance, the EDC also launched a ‘black-box’ style Mini-theatre during the 2016-2017 academic year. This style of theatre puts more emphasis on interaction between the actors and the audience, and simplifies props and stage settings. In this more innovative dramatic form, the Mini-theatre production team can enjoy more space to show their talent and creativity.
We look forward to welcoming new students in the 2017-2018 academic year. Please visit our website for more details.
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