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Reading - the key to success in English. Prof. P.C. Wong Hong Kong School Net Department of Information Engineering Email : Question 1. When students learn English, what do they mostly use?. Mouth. Eye. Hand. Brain. Ear. Question 2.

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Reading the key to success in english

Reading - the key to success in English

Prof. P.C. Wong

Hong Kong School Net

Department of Information Engineering

Question 1

Question 1

  • When students learn English, what do they mostly use?






Question 2

Question 2

  • How can we solve the following problems?

    • Listen:Students not familiar with listening in English. They cannot differentiate oral from written English.

    • Speaking:Students seldom speak in English, and they are not expressive in English.

    • Reading:Students see a word but read another word, and they cannot decode complex sentence structures.

    • Writing:Students always make mistakes with grammar, especially with Articles, Tenses, and Prepositions.



  • WHY?

  • WHAT?

  • HOW?

About myself

About myself

  • I grew up in Shek Kip Mei


    • Graduated from CUHK (Electronics Engineering)

  • From Kindergarten to PhD

    • I had over 25 years learning English.

    • I studied hard, but still I was not confident in using English.

Until 1990!

About my son

My English has improved also!

About my son

  • He studied in a local primary school.

    • I didn’t have a Filipino maid.

    • My wife and I didn’t talk to him in English.

    • He didn’t attend any oral classes.

    • In P5, he finished the whole Harry Potter series.

  • He didn’t have foreign accent.

    • After Form 2 , he wrote a story of over 10,000 words

    • His English was top in a very good EMI school.

And …

Reading the key to success in english


  • We read English stories with him for half-an-hour every night, for about 2 years.

    • I started with simple ones, then gradually moved up the levels.

    • My goal was that he would become a life-long reader in English.

    • I learnt with him some reading strategies - Words, Phrases, and Sentences.

    • Most importantly - We focused on developing his reading interest, reading strategies, and reading habit.



  • WHY?

  • WHAT?

  • HOW?

3 r reading scheme

3RReading Scheme

Read Aloud(大聲讀)

Read Apart(分開讀)

Read Again(重覆讀)

Read aloud

Read Aloud (大聲讀)

  • When you read, you listen. You develop your speaking and listening channels simultaneously.

  • You become your 24-hour English teacher

    • Speaking - Authentic English content

    • Listening – At your own pace

    • Writing – You can recall sounds of wordsand sentences from your mind, just like songs.

Read apart

Read Apart (分開讀)

  • We can understand better by identifying the components.

  • We can reuse the components.



John and Jenny will meet a good friend in Tai Po on Monday.

Read again

Read Again (重覆讀)

  • First time – to get a rough idea.

  • Second time – to get some understanding.

  • Third time or more – to get some feeling.

There is a Chinese saying,

“If you read again and again the 300 poems from Tang’s Dynasty, you can become a poet at least by stealing some of the phrases.”

Take an example

Take an example

  • 夜半時份,湍急的河水淙淙作響,兩隻獨木舟並排快速前進。黑暗中,樹林茂密的山丘滑過眼前。突然間,月亮穿破雲層,河水表面霎時被月光染成了銀色。

  • This is an extra letter in the middle of the month because I’m sort of lonely tonight. It’s awfully stormy; the snow is beating against my tower. All the lights are out on the campus, but I drank black coffee and I can’t go to sleep.

Daddy Long Legs, Jean Webster



  • WHY?

  • WHAT?

  • HOW?

Reading the key to success in english


The three BIG Questions

How do I

motivate them to read?

How do Idevelop their


How do I develop students into life-long readers?

Reading program

Reading Program

Excellent reading

Excellent Reading

Boxes of graded books for class reading

More graded books in the library for extending reading.

1 from picture book to full text

1. From Picture Book to Full Text




2 from level to level

2. From Level to Level

Level 6

Level 3





Level 5

Level 2





Level 1

Level 4





3 from reading to learning

3. From Reading To Learning



Reading Platform


A primary school in shatin

A primary school in Shatin

  • I taught two reading classes (P4/P6).

  • After eight months:

    • We finished 12 books.

    • They were no longerafraid of reading English.

    • They became proactivein English activities.

A cmi secondary school in tuen mun

A CMI Secondary School in Tuen Mun

  • They launched a program last September.

  • In Oct., F.1 students said:

    • English was theirfavorite subject.

    • They would readother English books.



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