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Catering for learner diversity in the New Senior Secondary Classroom – a wedding planning project to motivate students to learn English Yan Chai Hospital No. 2 Secondary School The Planning of the NSS elective module – Learning English through Workplace Communication

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Catering for learner diversity in the New Senior Secondary Classroom – a wedding planning project to motivate students to learn English

Yan Chai Hospital No. 2 Secondary School


The Planning ofthe NSS elective module – Learning English throughWorkplace Communication


English Language Curriculum and Assessment Guide (Secondary 4-6)

Elective Part

  • provides learners with opportunities to apply the subject knowledge and skills

    (i.e. the four skills, grammar, communicative functions, vocabulary and text-types)

  • enhances the further development of generic skills such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration

  • engages learners in a variety of activities

  • provides learners with opportunities to demonstrate their learning or achievement through producing some kind of products(performance/ display/ portfolio…)


Objectives

  • Students are motivated to learn English

learning English through tasks and activities

catering for learner diversity (interests, gender, ability, MI…)

  • Students get to know more about the working environment

Limited budget

High expectations

Use of English

Limited time

  • Students are motivated to equip themselves for their future career

English

Generic Skills


easy to cater for learners’

Rationale

Choosing an industry with different job types

interests

abilities


Wedding planning involves lots of jobs types in different industries:

How do these job types relate to learning English?


Vocabulary

Text types

Suggested necessary services


Suggested optional services


Wedding Company (Module outline)

  • TheWedding planning business

  • - Job descriptions

Part 1: Background/ Introduction

  • - Job advertisement

  • - CV

  • Application letter

  • - Job interview

Part 2: Job application

  • - Research

  • - Understand the organizational set up

  • Concept of organizational “image”

Part 3: Setting up wedding companies

  • Meetings

  • Business project

  • - Use English creatively for a business purpose

Part 4: Preparing for Wedding Expo

  • Sales presentation - Company leaflet

  • Exhibition - Wedding Outfit Catwalk

  • Samples - Portfolio

Part 5: Wedding Expo


  • October 2008 – February 2009

  • about 25 – 30 lessons (40 minutes/ lesson)

  • S4 (4 classes)

  • try out some of the services

  • simplified some of the tasks

The trial lessons


Part 1

Introduction to the

wedding planning industry


Tasks / Activities

  • Reading magazine articles

  • Reading newspaper articles

  • Browsing websites of wedding planners


Task


Catering for learner diversity

  • Simplified versions of newspapers/ magazine articles provided

  • Reading materials provided by teachers

    vs

    Reading materials searched by students


Part 2

Job Application


Reading Job Advertisements

CJC Wedding Planner Company

Decoration designers

Required by Wedding Planner Company. Male or female, Form 5 standard. Preferably having knowledge of decoration design. Please send application with photo, phone number and salary expected to Ms. Carine Jean Clark, no. 232, Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, H.K.

Junior Clerks

Required by Wedding Planner Company. Male or female, Form 3 standard, experience not essential. Please send application with photo, phone number and salary expected to G.P.O. Box 1234, Hong Kong.

  • . What is the title of the job?

  • . What are the job requirements?

  • . What the job applicant do if they want to apply the job?


Writing Job Advertisements

Driver

Required by Transporter Company. Male Only. Form 7 standard. Good manners. Preferably with kung-fu skills. Please call 1234 5678 or come to YCH2SS for interview. Bring driving license and kung-fu certificate.

Students’ work

Beautician

Required by Beauty Company. Female. Form 5 standard. 3 years experience essential. Preferably with experience of bridal make-up. Send application with photo, phone number and salary expected to Mary Chan, 345, King’s Road west, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.


Writing Resumes


Writing Application Letters


Job Interviews

Job Interview videos produced by teachers and students


Observers (students) use the following rubrics to assess the candidate’s performance


Movie clips about job interviews


Catering for learner diversity

  • Application form vs application letter + resume

  • Interview videos produced by teachers and students& movie clips of interview scenes helped to strengthen students’ memory

  • Higher ability students were given a chance to be bosses and wrote their own job advertisements


Part 3

Setting up wedding companies


Tasks / Activities

  • Students form groups and set up their wedding planning companies

CONTENTS


Themed weddings

  • Example:

  • Beach

  • Nature

  • Seasons

  • Special Occasions

  • Styles

  • Fairy Tale

  • Victorian

  • Religious


Choices

Catering for learner diversity

  • Company names and logos were designed by students

  • Students were allowed to select services and themes they were interested in

  • Job types which require higher intellectual ability

    vs

    Job types which focus more on technical skills

  • Each company could select the number of services they would provide

  • Different levels of tasks can be given to different companies for each kind of service


Part 4

Preparing for Wedding Expo


Task / Activities (Group work)

CONTENTS


Writing sales presentation scripts

Company: Fairy Tale Wedding Company

Good morning/afternoon, everyone.

Welcome to our Fairy Tale Wedding Company’s presentation.

A wedding is the most important thing in your life. You must have a gorgeous wedding with high quality service and yet, the cost of it need not be high. Not only are our services of high quality, but the price is also sensible. First, we will show you the gowns of the couple. Then, a video clip will be shown to you. It is a wedding party which our company helped the couple to plan. Last, there will be a Q & A session. We hope you can enjoy our presentation. Thank you.

Unique Wedding Company as its name implies, is a company that strives for perfection and emphasizes the importance of uniqueness. Unique Wedding Company is professional in offering the wedding through-train services that ease the hassles of the couples. Starting from the detail of costumes renting, make up artists and stylists booking to the design of wedding souvenirs and wedding cakes, we look into every detail and we show our customers we do care about every detail.


Designing the booths


Designing wedding outfitsWriting wedding outfit description

Company: Pretty Life

The theme is romance. The bride’s dress is of ball gown style. Wearing the ball gown, the bride looks noble and graceful. The material for the dress is curtain. For the lower part of the dress, we rolled magazine paper and stitched the rolls onto the dress. There is a big bowknot on the belt so that the beautiful body shape of the bride is fully addressed.

Company: Forever Love

Our theme is Chinese traditional. The top is made of black plastic. The trousers are made from black cloth. On the upper outfit, there is a red flower ball which is made of paper, representing the two important elements of the Chinese traditional wedding – completeness and luck.

Company: Your Choice

Our company has designed our signature wedding gown that highlights the love of nature. Our wedding gown carries lots of flowers that gives a refreshing feeling for the lovers. With the mystical design of nature’s spider-web pattern and snake-like hair set, our bride will have the most unforgettable wedding event of her own choice.


Part 5

Wedding Expo


Booth

Introducing the services/ products of the companies to the visitors

Making Sales Presentations

Wedding Outfit Catwalk


Guiding questions for visitors


Catering for learner diversity

  • Students selected the jobs they wanted to take up within the group

  • There were different types of jobs. Jobs were allocated to team members according to their interests and abilities

  • The companies were allowed to use different ways to introduce their companies to the visitors

  • Jobs were allocated to team members according to their strengths (verbal, visual, kinesthetic tasks…)


Use of resources

  • English teachers

  • Teachers of other subjects

  • Alumni

  • PTA & parents

  • Wedding planner


Impact


Students

Post-project questionnaire

  • Students were motivated to learn English

  • Students got a sense of achievement and were more confident in using English for communication and presentation

  • Students got to know more about the working environment (93%).


Post-project questionnaire

  • Students’ generic skills were improved


Post-project questionnaire

  • Students realized the importance of English in the working environment. They would like to improve their English and equip themselves for their future careers.


Teachers

  • Developed the teaching strategies to cope with the NSS Curriculum

  • Encouraged English teachers to use life-wide and experiential learning approach in the teaching process

  • Strengthened the culture of collaborative & reflective practices among the English panel


At School Level

The Project

  • Enhanced inter-departmental collaboration (cross curricular planning)

  • Used a whole school approach to enrich the English learning environment

  • Served as a platform to share successful English learning experiences among students, teachers, parents & alumni


Difficulties and solutions

Time Constraints

Level of difficulty


Conclusion


content

readiness

process

interest

differentiate

learning profile

product


Workplace

Life long learning


The End


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