To cultivate junior form students’ interest in Chinese language and culture and develop their moral values through diverse and vivid learning experiences, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) launched a three-year project, “Jockey Club from Words to Culture Programme: an Animated Way to Learn Chinese”, in 2018 with the support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The project includes multimedia Chinese language teaching materials with animations featuring Hong Kong’s characteristics in line with the Education Bureau’s curriculum guide regarding pleasurable learning.
Training sessions and seminars will be organised on the effective use of the Chinese language animation, multimedia games and teaching kits. The EdUHK expert team is collaborating with famous local artist Chao Yat (Mr Leung Chung-kei) in the production of the animation, which will be available in both Cantonese and Putonghua.
Leading the project is President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung together with co-leaders Vice President (Academic) Professor John Lee Chi-kin; Dean of the Faculty of Humanities Professor Tong Ho-kin; Associate Head of the Department of Chinese Language Studies Dr Tse Ka-ho; and Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies Dr Fung Chi-wang.
The teaching materials can now be accessed at the project website (http://chin.eduhk.mers.hk). A total of 24 episodes will be completed in three years to benefit all primary schools in Hong Kong. A series of promotional activities will also be organised to encourage local primary schools to use the resources for teaching and learning purposes.