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Saturday Seminar Series 2021/2022 (Sem I) - Cohort 2

  • 06 Nov, 2021 - 04 Dec, 2021 | 9:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • Online (via ZOOM)
  • Seminar
  • English
  • Department of English Language Education


Due to the overwhelming number of applications received for the Saturday Seminar Series, the delivery mode will be switched from face-to-face mode to online mode to reduce risk of infection. This change will affect all Saturday seminars in Cohort Two.


For English Teachers Only:

You may register for the whole series or a particular lecture that interests you. Teachers who are interested in all five seminars are welcome to reigster for the full 30-hour Certificate Programme for English Teachers (Saturday Mode).

Cohort 2: Enhancing learning in the English Language KLA with literary and creative genres (New)

6 Nov – 4 Dec 2021
9:45 am - 12:15 pm
Mode of Teaching:
Online (via ZOOM)
Target Audience:
Upper primary to secondary school teachers
E-Certificate of attendance will be issued to participants for each seminar attended.
Programme Schedule:
Other information:


Online Application
Saturday Seminar Series 2020/2021 (Sem II)


People create meaning not only through language, but also through bodily movement and imagination. Drama can take advantage of students’ natural tendency to use movement and imagination to build a context for the use of language. An experience of drama can make the use of language more meaningful and thus more memorable.

In its combination of words and images, the graphic novel offers depth of plot, character development and theme. As multimodal texts, graphic novels also present opportunities for visual literacy. Relevant, engaging and easy to read, they increase student motivation, promoting a positive association to reading, even amongst reluctant readers. While it may seem counterintuitive to use visual and sometimes even wordless texts in the English language classroom, graphic novels do in fact provide a wide range of opportunities for English language learning. Some of these strategies will be introduced in this session.

By using pedagogical materials designed by established writers across cultures for Writing-Plus (a project funded by Faculty Teaching Development Grant at EdUHK), this session will introduce ways to "read" poetry critically and invite participants to collectively think of ways to engage their own students with creative writing.

*Depending on the number of participants, the session may be run as a workshop.

Participants will be guided to explore the benefits of storytelling and different ways to tell stories to young learners in ESL/EFL classrooms. Quality picture books suitable for KS1 will be read aloud and introduced. Participants will also be able to experience two literature circles with selected chapter books for KS2 from pupils’ point of view.

Despite research evidence on the benefits of reading and writing for pleasure on students’ educational and personal development, nurturing interest and appreciation for reading and writing is a tall order in many English classrooms of Hong Kong. In this seminar, teacher participants will be introduced to key principles and recommended practices with respect to reading and writing for pleasure and be encouraged to consider different starting points from which reading and writing for pleasure could be promoted in their own classrooms.

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Professional Development Programme

Teachers who are interested in all five seminars are welcome to register for the full 30 hour Certificate Programme for English Teachers (Saturday Mode).

For more information, please click here.

Disclaimer:The Department reserves the right to make modifications and changes to the time, venue, speakers and other perspectives of the seminar. In the event of any discrepancy between the promotional materials and the webpage version, the webpage version shall prevail.
Enquiries:Please contact Ms Lee at 2948-7424 or
Special Arrangement during Tropical Cyclones/ Rainstorm

Please find the special arrangement during bad weather below for your reference:

When Tropical Cyclone Signal No.3 or Red Rainstorm Warning Signal is in force, the seminar will continue to be held as scheduled, unless otherwise announced by the Department.

When Tropical Cyclone Signal No.8 (or above) or the Black Rainstorm Signal is in force, the following arrangements shall apply:


For Seminar Not Yet Started:


  • If Tropical Cyclone (No.8 or above) or Black rainstorm warning is in force at or after 6:00am
  • If Tropical Cyclone (No.8 or above) or Black rainstorm warning is cancelled between 6:01am and 11:00am
  • If Tropical Cyclone (No.8 or above) or Black rainstorm warning is in force at or after 11:00am

Action to be taken

The seminar will be cancelled.


For Seminar Already Started:


  • When Tropical Cyclone (No.8 or above) is issued / When Black rainstorm warning is issued

Action to be taken

The seminar will be suspended immediately.