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Report
NET Section, CDI
2 March, 2013
Grammar and e-learning for Communication (GEL.com)
This project:
 is to encourage schools to go in tandem with
one of the current trends in education - e-learning;
 aims to develop school-based grammar
learning at KS2; and
 promotes the use of e-learning for enhancing the
overall English language competence of students
for real-life communication.
Considerations for student involvement:
 How does e-learning strengthen students’ motivation
and capacity to use grammar for communication?
 How can e-learning be exploited to cater for learner
diversity through collaboration and communication with
students’ learning partners?
Considerations for teacher involvement :
 What pedagogical knowledge and skills are critical for the
effective design and use of e-learning tools and resources?
 What skills and knowledge are critical for the effective teaching
and assessment of grammar competence at the upper primary
level?
What is e-learning?
“We will call e-learning all forms of electronic supported
learning and teaching, which are procedural in character and
aim to effect the construction of knowledge with reference to
individual experience, practice and knowledge of the learner.”
The Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 2004
What is e-learning in the GEL project?
We envisage that:
 teachers will use existing software, hardware and/or develop
their own resources;
 the resources will be developed in conjunction with the school’s
English Language curriculum;
 students will interact with the designed programme; and
 students can learn at their own pace.
Information technology for interactive learning:
 enhances learners’ motivation and language skills
through a process that allows immediate feedback;
 allows learners to take charge of their learning at a pace
that suits their ability level;
 encourages learners to become critically active users of
English; and
 engages learners in interactive and/or collaborative
work.
Adapted from ELCG 2004 p. 105-6
Proposed GEL project approach
The e-learning activities could be embedded within text
types or themes which:
- allow for authentic communication;
- are readily available on the internet;
- focus students’ learning in line with their GE programme/
textbook themes; and
- encourage the use of the four language skills through
interactive activities.
Grammar in GEL.com:
 The grammar items selected for use in the project will be
based on the school’s General English programme/ textbook.
 The selected grammar items will be taught in context.
 The items will be taught and practised in a logical continuum:
- focusing on the structure, formation and meaning of an
item;
- practising with some attention to meaning rather than
communicating new messages;
- practising in a context where it communicates new
information; and
- communicating in situations which elicit the pre-learnt
item.
Implementing the project
Within the GEL project, the Seed school will work towards:
 developing meaningful e-learning tasks to support the learning
of grammar in context;
 using knowledge gained in these tasks for real-world
communication; and
 developing methods of assessment to gauge the effectiveness
of e-learning activities in enhancing communication.
The Seed school is expected to:
 nominate
an experienced and committed English
teacher to be seconded to the NET Section for a year;
 provide strong and stable internet and intranet access
including wi-fi;
 provide a computer room with an upgraded system and
sufficient hardware to cater for every class;
 identify a year level in KS2 for the GEL project;
 deploy the NET to that particular year level;
 allocate at least one hour per week for a collaborative
planning meeting for all project teachers;
 allocate 45 - 60 minutes of lesson time per week to the
project;
 support data collection, e.g. classroom observation,
video recordings of GEL
students/teachers; and
lessons/tasks,
interviewing
 share with other schools their experiences in conducting
the project.
Seconded Teacher (ST)
The ST is expected to:
 collaborate with ATs in the NET Section to develop,
evaluate and implement e-learning programmes;
 participate in professional development programmes
on relevant topics;
 coordinate
the planning, implementation
evaluation of the GEL project in the school;
 take
the leading role in collaborative
meetings for the GEL project in the school;
 develop, teach and evaluate GEL
and
planning
workshops with
project teachers within their own schools; and
 visit other schools to share good practices.
The Role of the NET
The NET is expected to play a role by :

teaching in the GEL grade level;

participating in the school’s collaborative
meetings related to the GEL project;

supporting the Seconded Teacher in developing and using
e-learning materials and activities; and

supporting data collection and assisting in the
dissemination of good practices from the GEL project.
planning
Project Proposal
Education Bureau Circular Memorandum
NO. 7/2013
Staff Interflow Schemes 2013
Project title: Grammar and e-learning for Communication
(GEL.com)
Project code: NT 0113
Section: Native-speaking English Teacher Section,
Curriculum Development Institute
Deadline for Application:
22 March 2013
Enquiries
Administrative matters:
Mr Ken Ho
Project Executive (NET)
Tel : 3549 8331 Fax : 2334 8707
E-mail : [email protected]
Professional matters:
Ms Teresa Chu
Assistant Project Manager (4)
Tel: 3549 8336 Fax: 3549 8378
E-mail: [email protected]
Mr Allan Wood
AT(PNET)15
Tel: 35498311 Fax: 3549 8379
E-mail: [email protected]
Send in Your Proposal by Post
EDB Human Resources Management Unit
Room 1636, 16/F, Wu Chung House,
213 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
(Application for Staff Interflow Schemes 2013)
Q and A
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