English Activities

Canadian Writing Competition 2022 (Arch Cup) Award

IMG_0521Canadian Writing Competition 2022 (Arch Cup) is a scholarly competition that includes all primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. After two rounds of elimination, 14 of our students secured their places in the Semi-finals with with the results of 1 gold award, 4 silver awards, and 9 bronze awards.

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IMG_0529 (1)3A Fung Wing Laam Coyee gaining the Gold Award in the contest

IMG_0527Students with Silver Awards

IMG_0522Students with Bronze Awards

 


S5 and S6 Inter-class Oral Practice

The S5 and S6 inter-class oral practice took place in the school hall on 22 Oct and 29 Oct respectively. Our students were divided into groups to discuss different topics about society, in hopes of enhancing their speaking and deep thinking skills.

 

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The S5 and S6 inter-class oral practices were held on 22 Oct and 29 Oct respectively.

 

This has been my first practice with other classes. I was glad to have this experience as it gave a great opportunity to practise more and interact before our DSE with other classmates that we are not familiar with. It gave a boost to my confidence to the next level, out of my comfort zone. Just like the strangers that we meet in the DSE speaking exam, some of them might have amazing speaking skills; some might have a different accent. I am grateful for having this formal practice.

5A Tina Cheung

 

The inter-class oral practice has offered me a golden opportunity to practise speaking with different classmates whom I am not familiar with like in the public exams. Most importantly, it allowed me to know my shortcomings and learn from mistakes. In our daily oral practice, as we are familiar with our classmates, we may not feel nervous. It is difficult to fully simulate the DSE situation. However, the inter-class oral practice allowed us to practise with different schoolmates and be examined by other teachers. It helps me practice in a more realistic exam setting.

6B Tiffany Lau

 

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Students exchanging ideas through discussions optimizes their deep thinking and speaking skills.

 

S3 Interclass Debating Competition

On 22 Oct, the S3 interclass debating competition was held in the True Light Hall. Representatives from each S3 class debated on the motion ‘This House would allow students to bring their own electronic devices to school’, with Nikita Yau (3D), Chole Lam (3C) and Karen Lo (3D) on the Affirmative Team; and Helia Yeung (3B), Mary Thewe (3A) and Cheryl Li (3B) on the Negative Team. After some intense debate with both teams presenting supportive arguments and evidence, the Negative Team was declared the winner, with Helia Yeung named the Best Speaker Award. 

 

Let’s see what her thoughts on this debating experience are:

 

The form 3 inter-class debating competition was an unforgettable and valuable experience for me because this was my first time joining a debate competition and I had to get well prepared with my negative teammates within 3 days. It was hard to get very well prepared but luckily my teammates helped me a lot and I also got a lot of good advice from my classmates and my English teacher. I enjoyed working with my teammates during the preparation period and making the rebuttals with them. We believed that our effort would get repayment so we worked really hard and tried our best to make it perfect. We all rejoiced when we won the competition and I was honoured to be the best speaker of this competition. I wish to thank everyone who pitched in to making it a great event.

- 3B Helia Yeung

 

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The S3 Interclass Debating Competition was held on 22 Oct 2021.

 

 

 

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The Negative Team, Cheryl Li (3B), Mary Thewe (3A), and Helia Yeung (3B) (from left to right), taking a photo with the adjudicator, our vice-principal Mr Chu.

 

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Debating optimizes students’ deep thinking skills through the research and argumentation.

 

HKSSDC – First win for Debating Team I

 

  

HKTLC Senior English Debating Team I on their first victory, 18 Oct 2021

 

The new academic year has just started for a month, but our English debating team has already had a fantastic start for this year – we won in the first round of the debate competition for term one!

  Like last year, the debating competition was held on Zoom due to Covid-19. On the 18th of October, led by Ms. Yeung and Ms. Cheung as our team coaches, our team comprising 4E Denise Fung, 5A Nicole Chan, and 5A Anna Chan defeated Po Leung Kuk Ho Yuk Ching (1984) College in the debate on the motion “Esports should be added to the Olympics”.

  That was a real toss-up. We had good evidence and organization, and so did our opponents. To our joy, we won in the competition, and Denise Fung was named the best debater.

 Despite the short preparation time, I am impressed that we could do this well in the competition. It was a wonderful experience to me, and I am thankful for having worked with two brilliant teammates who practised their speeches well and for the excellent teamwork and communication between us.

  We look forward to having a debate competition face to face and another chance to debate against different formidable opponents!

Nicole Chan Cheuk Yu, 5A

 

As a new member of the senior team, I helped as the researcher but not as a speaker in our first match, which gave me the best spot to spectate the entire competition, awed by our debaters who spoke very confidently throughout the whole competition. Their strong arguments and statistics have successfully convinced the adjudicator with our team case, who declared our debating team the winner by beating the affirmative team. This also brings our first victory in the year. My congratulations are to the speakers and to Denise Fung, who was named the best debater in the competition. It was such a memorable debate competition to kick off the year and I’m looking forward to another victory in the next debating competition. 

Kary Ching Ka Nam, 4B

 

4B Kary Ching, 5A Anna Chan, 5A Nicole Chan, 4E Denise Fung and their team coach, Ms Cheung (left to right)

 


Speed Counting Game, 20 Oct 2021

On the 20th of October, the English Society held the first English activity ”Speed Counting competition” in the English corner after school. The English Corner was filled with excitement and laughter from participants from different forms, who needed to challenge their reflexes and English speaking by pointing to and naming the number in the correct ascending order in a randomised grid simultaneously. It only took the winner 38 seconds to point out the numbers from 1 to 30 (while the slowest count might take more than a minute…)! All of the students who participated had fun in this activity, especially when chanting for Mr. Ho, our very special guest, who could not help joining our contest hearing our laughs. Only participants who were there could witness his game live and I shall leave this to your imagination for how the Mathematics teacher performed in the number-counting game…

Congratulations to 4B Maggie Yeung for winning this competition! I am looking forward to seeing more students (and teachers) joining the next English activity held by the English society.

Kary Ching, 4B

 

Students practising in groups to challenge each other

 

The real challenge on the screen was nerve-racking for both students and the teacher alike. 

 

An exhilarating and fun-filled afternoon for all participants

 

S1 Summer Theatre 2021

In early August, our S1 students attended a three-day intensive drama workshop. In order to help our newly enrolled S1 students adapt to the English learning environment before the start of the school year, we had the pleasure to have a group of highly experienced and enthusiastic instructors from a professional native-speaking theatre to enlighten our S1 students the way to interpret play scripts, embrace the art of dramas and give a professional drama performance.

In four groups, students explored both drama and our campus facilities that are specially-designed for stage performance and English-learning activities. Each group was assigned with a dedicated play script, including Arion and The Dolphin, Theseus and the Minotaur, Athene and Arachne, King Midas and His Golden Touch, Antony and Cleopatra, and Phaedra. With the guidance from the instructors, the drama workshop was successfully completed with laughter and joy.

           

All instructors and students enjoyed their time at the Performance Theatre in the three-day workshop.

Before reading and acting out the play scripts given, students from different groups participated in different warm-up games for ice-breaking and preparing themselves for better voice projection and body movements.

        

    Group 4 students participated in the drama activity named Frozen Pictures, in which they created the scene of an altar and a palace with their gestures and postures.

The instructors introducing the elements of a play script and going through the play scripts together with our S1 students

One of the venues was the Performance Theatre, where students enjoyed different lightning effects and a huge screen on the wall as the stage background.

 

 

After the workshop, students were asked to fill in a reflection sheet on what they had gained from the workshop and their opinions. Here are the reflections of some S1 students:

I liked the Summer Theatre because I was given chances to make new friends and try out new things such as making good use of the stage space, preparing our own props and following stage directions while acting. I hope I can perform a drama on stage like this again!

Seana Helynn 1A

My English speaking has improved a lot during these several days because the instructors were all foreigners. We had to speak in English all the time. I am happy that I had a chance to improve my English speaking and that I could make new friends even though we all had to chat only in English.

Zhu Tsz Kwan, Alice 1A

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Overall debating champions in HKSSDC Grand Finals

After a year long of fierce matches against different schools in Hong Kong, Hong Kong True Light College has reaped unprecedented success in 2020-21 Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition (HKSSDC) with both our Junior and Senior English debating teams becoming the Champions in the 2020-21 HKSSDC Grand Finals.

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In their Grand Finals taken place in July on the motion “elderly are better taken care of in nursing homes than living with their children”, led by their team coach Mr. Hedley, our Junior Team comprising all S3 students (3B Pang Kong Wa Chiara, 3A Fung Hiu Yu Denise and 3A Wong Yuet Ching Phoebe) defeated Pentecostal School as the negative house and became the Champion of 2020-21 Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition Junior (Div II) (HKI & KLN) Grand Finals. Our first speaker, Chiara Pang, was named as the Best Speaker in the contest. 

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Following their success, our Senior Team (5E Lam Ka Yin Tasha, 4E Chiu Wing Tung Toby and 4A Chan Jour Yain Anna) had their victory over Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School as the affirmative house and was the Champion of 2020-21 Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition Senior (Div II) (HKI & NT) Grand Finals. Our second speaker, Toby Chiu, was named as the Best Speaker in the contest. 

 

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This is a fantastic round-up of the year for our English debating teams. We look forward to another rewarding year ahead!

 

MI Young Writers Award 2021

MI Young Writers Award 2021 is an annual English writing competition that aims to foster and recognize excellence in English writing by providing students with the opportunity to develop their expressive talents and creativity. The topic of the senior section this year is a timely one that has affected all of us, “What is the impact of this global epidemic to you?” One of our S4 students, Coco Yuen Pui Pui, 4E, has her essay selected as Top 50 Merit Award in the competition (Senior) with her essay entitled “When one door shuts, another opens”. You can check out her winning essay in the link below: “When one door shuts, another opens” by Coco Yuen

When I received this topic and the relevant research articles from CNN magazine in the English lesson, I could immediately think of some bad impacts that the virus has brought to me, such as socially and academically. Then I reminded myself I should not only talk about the negative influences, as there is always a lesson to be taken in all experiences. So I tried to think about what the virus had taught me, like treasuring my time with family and friends. This competition is a chance for me to learn more because I have searched for some information about the virus on the Internet and articles. Finally, I feel grateful and surprised that I have won the Top 50 Merit Award. 

Coco Yuen Pui Pui, 4E