English Activities

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

 

 

Heading to the Grand Finals of HKSSDC

HKTLC Senior Debating Team I earned the ticket to HKSSDC Grand Finals after the victory in the Round 2 match. Team members include Nicole Chan, Anna Chan, Tina Cheung and Toby Chiu (from left to right) with their coaches Ms Tam (left) and Ms Yeung (right).

Despite the pandemic, our school Senior Debating Team I has had a busy year battling various schools in the territory over zoom debates. Our second round of debating competition in term 2 was on 13 May. Having participated in the debate as a speaker twice in term 1, this time, as the Chairperson, I earned the greatest spot to spectate the entire competition from an audience point of view. I can see our debaters making breakthroughs in their maturity and English proficiency, from being reticent in lessons to speaking confidently in the competition. Also, I was impressed by our well-trained debaters, who had done an exceptional job in anticipating opposition’s arguments and choosing rebuttals that were strongly supported by good research. Their solid research and evidence has impressed the adjudicator, who finally declared our team the winner against Pentecostal School on the motion about “Imposing carbon offset tax on the sales of airline tickets”. Their persuasion was just remarkable, and this victory has not only been rewarding to our team’s year-long effort, but also brought us to the first-ever HKSSDC Grand Finals, which we all look forward to. What’s more, our second speaker, Tina Cheung, was also named the best debater in the competition! This is surely a match to be remembered.

Nicole Chan Cheuk Yu, 4A

 

 

Anna Chan, Tina Cheung and Toby Chiu (from left to right) representing HKTLC Senior Debating Team I in HKSSDC Term 2 Round 2 Debating Competition

 
 

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Clashing the opposition with her successful rebuttals, Tina Cheung was named the best speaker of the competition

 

This was my second time joining the debating competition. As a more seasoned debater, I felt this certainly was a better experience compared to my first attempt. Being the second speaker, I had to rack my brains to select suitable rebuttals according to our team strategy in order to clash the opposition, which was the most challenging part in a debate, the part I had failed to do well before. Clenching my teeth, I listened intently with full attention. It was a fierce match but our team stood shoulder to shoulder. All of us put our heads together to come up with the best tactics at the spot. I am glad that our hard work didn’t go in vain and we won. To my greatest pride, I was also thrilled to be named the best speaker in the debating competition. It is a true honour to be a part of the debate team.

Tina Cheung Tin Nam, 4A

 

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Paris, London, or Spain? Our VR tours around the world

By Anna Chan Jour Yain, 4A

 

As technology is getting more advanced nowadays, more electronic applications are used for teaching and learning. One of the examples is Virtual Reality, VR. VR can be used in lots of different ways. For example, VR tours can help students understand a topic in greater detail and depth without affording the cost, such as a surgery. 

 

VR tours can also take students to explore places that might otherwise be impossible to reach in class, like an overseas trip amid COVID, so students can experience the local festival, cultures and spectacular scenery in the classroom.

 
   

Me, checking out the garden on the top deck of Eiffel Tower.

 

In our case, preparing our travelling journal writing, our class had a VR tour in English lessons to Paris and London to visit their landmarks. VR tours made me feel like I was really in Paris on the Eiffel Tower, more impressed by the Tower’s height and the panoramic view over the garden. 

 

In conclusion, I would strongly recommend using VR tours in lessons. The immersive experience is very unique and students can learn more independently in different ways. 

 

Students’ thoughts…

What did you experience?

I have experienced a Paris day tour by VR technology. Along the tour, there was a narrator serving as a tour guide to tell me about the landmarks. That was a new experience for me. In class, we often use iPads to play with Kahoot or to do other learning activities, but this was the first time for me to try a VR tour. I visited so many landmarks in Paris and enjoyed the view from the first-person perspective.

Nicole Chan, 4A

 

I had experienced Venice Carnival in the VR tours. The most forgettable scene is a character with her magnificent costume descending to the ground from the sky. It was really amazing. 

Ada Wong, 4A

 

I ‘joined’ La Tomatina in the lesson, which is a festival held in Valencia in Spain. Thousands of festival-goers throw tomatoes at each other for fun. I am eager to join this festival that I want to throw tomatoes at others too.

Tiffany Chung, 4E

 

Are VR tours great for learning?

The introduction of VR has made it possible for us to experience learning in more immersive and engaging ways. It can transport us from our desks to the Roman ruins. Due to the Covid-19, all of us cannot travel overseas. Still, we can experience a virtual tour in London through VR tours.

Cherry Luo, 4A
 

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Webinar on use of dictionary

Is it your habit to ‘google’ it when you find unfamiliar words in English? While it is convenient, have you considered why it is good to use a proper electronic dictionary to learn English? On 30thMarch, a group of five S4 students joined an online interactive lecture organized by Oxford University Press called “playing with the dictionary with Vivek”. The webinar hosted by Vivek Mahbubani, a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian, did not only sweep the participants off their feet with fun and laughter, but provided valuable advice on English learning by the use of a proper learners’ dictionary. We learned about the differences between a dictionary and google and different things you can learn from a dictionary, like distinguishing confusing word pairs or pronunciations of different accents. I had a pleasant hour and acquired plenty of words and slang for my vocabulary like “second banana” which means a supporting role in a stand-up comedy.

 

Yolanda Lam Yu Kwan, 4E

 
 
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I surely enjoyed the webinar. Vivek is a fantastic host who could use his humour to make the audience engrossed in his talk. I like how he introduced some unusual but interesting words. And I have also learned that a proper dictionary (both online or paper versions) should be used like our personal notebook in which we can save the vocabulary that we would like to remember. This is something google cannot do.

 

Nicole Chan Cheuk Yu, 4A

 

S4 Drama Workshop

Drama is an important part of language arts in English learning. In March, the school arranged a class-based drama workshop for all S4 students led by a professional native-speaking drama production crew. The workshop was based on the classic detective story students read in class, Sherlock Holmes’ The Speckled Band. Students acquired various drama techniques and learned about theatrical operation and vocabulary through immersing in a range of interactive activities in our newly renovated performing theatre. Through reviewing the plot and reliving the selected scenes, students learned more about the characterization, voice projection and use of non-verbal language in drama performance.

 

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A drama workshop led by professional native-speaking drama instructors

 

 
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SCOLAR Becoming a Detective workshop

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been the classical icon in detective stories. To learn about the literary elements in short stories, a group of ten selected S1 and S2 students participated in the SCOLAR “Becoming a Detective” workshop on 10 November 2020, in which they learned to appreciate this genre and engage in critical thinking by following the plot and deducing a theory.

 

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S2 Shakespeare drama workshop: All the world’s a Stage

On 12 March 2021, all of the S2 students had the opportunity to appreciate the works of the greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, by immersing themselves in the play All the world’s a Stage, a carefully staged adaptation that introduced a selection of iconic Shakespearean plays from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Macbeth. Following a class-based drama workshop conducted by native-speaking drama instructors, this staged production effectively concluded the learning of drama in S2 English lessons and impressed our students with awe and wonder of drama in language arts. 

 

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All the World’s a Stage taking students through selected iconic Shakespearean plays

 

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Native English-speaking instructors teaching S2 students drama techniques

 

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S2 students learning about drama in the pre-show workshop

 
 

S1 Poetry Planet

On 9 November 2020, all of the S1 students enjoyed a spectacular performance, Poetry Planet, staged by a professional drama crew. The drama taught the audience everything about poetry and poems around the world in an engaging and exciting journey. 

 
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After the drama performance, all S1 classes participated in an interactive poetry workshop led by the production crew in the following week. Students read aloud and performed selected poems like Spike Milligan’s Ning Nang Nong and Clive Sansom’s The Dustman in creative ways. Together, these interactive and interesting experiences have successfully connected our students with language arts.

 
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All S1 classes joining the post-show interactive poetry workshop in our school’s performance theatre


S4 Drama appreciation: Comedy of Mistakes

On 10 March 2021, all S4 students went to watch an extraordinary adaptation of Sherlock Holmes’ The Speckled Band entitled Comedy of Mistakes at Sai Wan Ho Civic Center. This has been the third year for our school to participate in the SCOLAR English Alliance “From Page to Stage” programme, which not only offered an opportunity for our students to appreciate the theatre, but also to engage in the textual analysis of the detective story. 

 

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Comedy of Mistakes, a comic adaptation from Sherlock Holmes’ The Speckled Band

 

 

 

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All S4 students appreciating the theatrical performance in “From Page to Stage” programme

 

 

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“The drama is exceptional and phenomenal. At first glance, it was just an adaptation from Sherlock Holmes’ The Speckled Band, but the play was actually teaching us theatrical elements by deliberately ‘making everything go wrong on stage’ with hilarious consequences, so I would recommend this play for S4 students next year.”  

 

Coco Wong 4E

 

 

 

Third Time’s the Charm

Whereas this title normally means that it takes three times to succeed, our Form 3 debate team has claimed victory for the third time in a row. On the 17th March, a heated debate took place on the topic of megacities. Our team were to support the rise of cities with a population of over 10 million people. 3A Kary Ching kicked the team off, followed by 3B Chiara Pang, who claimed the prize as best speaker. Finally, 3A Denise Fung closed our team’s case with finesse and poise. Having worked for several months, the culmination of their effort amounted in a resounding success and a third win to put under their belt. Three victories in a row means our team will be proceeding to the Grand Final for the first time in True Light history. Let’s see if they can claim the last trophy.

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Form 3 Debate Team and the Team Coach Mr. Hedney

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Our debaters: (from right to left) 1st Speaker 3A Kary Ching; 2nd Speaker 3B Chiara Pang and 3rd Speaker 3A Denise Fung

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Our students worked as the Chairperson and Timekeeper for the competition