Subject Information

ELC2S02 Serving the Community through Teaching English

Student Information PPT


1. What is ELC2S02?

ELC2S02 is a cross-semester service-learning subject. In 2021-22, the subject is offered only in semester 2 and 3. Details can be found from the subject PPT above.

2. Is the teaching service component a must? Can I do the subject but not the service?

Students' attendance at the service is a must. As a matter of fact, students' teaching performance at the service point contributes to part of their overall subject grade. Failure to attend and have satisfactory attendance will fail the subject.

3. Is there a lot of work in this subject?

Former students feel that this subject belongs to a heavier 3-credit subject, but it is not unreasonably heavy. Former students reported that the heaviest part of the subject has been the preparation for teaching materials for the teaching service component.

4. What should I do before and during the teaching service component?

Before the teaching service, students have to work in teams and develop suitable and relevant teaching activities for the reading/speaking workshop. In other words, they co-create the workshop syllabus.

Students will have to facilitate reading/ speaking session in the visiting school/centre. They will discuss with the school teachers/ centre representatives to learn about their learners’ ability and needs.

5. Can I take this subject if my English is not good?

Since this subject is about English language teaching, we expect students to have a fairly good command of English proficiency, specially in terms of pronunciation. Certainly, one’s passion for serving the community is another very important selection criterion too.

6. Is it easy to get a good grade?

We will evaluate students mainly on their performance in the four assessed tasks (details can be found from the power point). This means that in order to get a good grade, your performance in presentations and writing is important.

However, doing a service-related subject requires one to have a heart to serve. If students’ primary concern is their grade, they might probably be not the right candidates for the subject.

7. If the service takes place offshore, will there be any sponsorship for the trip?

There will be sponsorship. But students are still expected to contribute partially to the expenses incurred. Details will be announced usually in the first meeting of the subject.

8. How can I register for this subject?

Please observe this schedule:

Students interested in taking ELC2S02 in sem 2 +3

Late Sept: Watch out for SLLO's promotional email/ information session

Oct: submit an application video

Nov: Receive application results from ELC; to be confirmed subject to time-table availability

Late Dec: Confirmation of successful restriction