Certificate in Professional Development Programme for Primary Teachers of English

(Full-time Block Release)
Programme Code: BWP048

(Choose either one theme)
Theme 1: Towards a smooth transition from kindergarten to primary
Theme 2: Developing e-resources for reading across the curriculum

Programme Code
Mode of Study
Full-time Block Release
1 Week
Programme Co-ordinator
To be confirmed
Tai Po Campus
Programme Enquiries
Ms Lam Mr Yau
2948 7269 2948 7250

Programme Aims

The programme aims at upgrading teachers’ knowledge and skills in the teaching of English at primary level. It will focus on areas of English language knowledge and skills relevant to the current needs of teachers in the local school sector with particular emphasis on the implementation of recent updates in the English language curriculum.

The aim of the programme is to enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills in the teaching of English at primary level.

Upon completion of the programmes, participants should be able to:

Content Objectives

  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding of aspects of the English language system;
  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding of aspects of the English language learning and teaching;
  • demonstrate an understanding of how this enhanced knowledge is applicable within the Hong Kong primary curriculum.

Pedagogical Objective

  • demonstrate enhanced skills in teaching English to Hong Kong primary students.

Programme Structure

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the course options offered will be as follows:

Course options (3 credit points)

i.Cohort 1
Towards a smooth transition from kindergarten to primary

A smooth interface between kindergarten and primary is vital in facilitating very young learners’ emotional and habitual preparation for their promotion to primary school. This course aims at empowering in-service primary schools teachers in Key Stage 1 and middle managers in curriculum tailoring to help support children of KG age in adapting to their new learning environment. Teacher participants will conduct kindergarten visits, devise age-appropriate learning content, expectation, assessments as well as teaching strategies according to the very young learners’ cognitive and developmental readiness.

ii.Cohort 2
Developing e-resources for reading across the curriculum

This course introduces a wide range of principles and practical skills in promoting reading across the curriculum in Hong Kong primary schools. Focus will be on ways to (a) incorporate reading as a whole school approach, (b) create a diversified range of texts as reading materials, (c) create e-resources that can help students understand the interplay between words, images and sounds, (d) help students to locate, evaluate, extract, organise and present information from cross-curricular texts, and (e) promote reading engagement and motivation. Reports from External School Reviews have pointed out that there is room for improvement in school holistic planning for the promotion of reading and strategies and increasing students’ motivation in reading. The course will showcase effective reading approaches that have been implemented in local primary schools. A particular emphasis is on the development of self-designed eBooks to construct a school-based reading across the curriculum programme suited to the needs of diverse schools and learners. The effective evaluation of current school resources and situation will be included.

More detailed course outlines can be found in http://www.eduhk.hk/ele/programmes/professional/

Medium of Instruction

All teaching and learning activities will be conducted through the medium of English.

Programme Duration

Cohort 1: from 31 May to 7 June 2022
Cohort 2: from 8 June to 14 June 2022

Registration closes 2 weeks before course commencement

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

1.in-service primary school English language teachers; and
2.recommended by school principals.

Remarks: Both English teachers and English panel chairs are welcome.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.