Language Policy

 

This policy aims at creating a harmonious learning and teaching environment at Han Academy (hereinafter, the School) as a foundational condition for development and implementation of learning the curricula, meeting the students’ learning needs and strengthening their character and multi-cultural understanding.


1. Policy philosophy
1.1 Following the core principle that language is the key to all learning, all teachers of the School are language teachers.


1.2 Language learning at the School refers not only to learning of a specific language, but it also includes all activities around the language learning process, including those activities that promote the use of languages in academic programme of the School, including in extra-curriculum activities (ECAs). Through language, the School community acquires an ability to think and to learn, to develop social skills and values, and to acquire knowledge.


1.3 Language learning is an opportunity provided by the School to all its students, with consideration of special education needs, if any. The School works to further develop its learning environment and conditions in order to enable all its students with various cultural-linguistic background to respect and learn their mother tongue and other language(s).

 

2. Language learning
2.1 The School accommodates different learning styles with differentiated instruction according to individual needs of students, aimed to shape students’ complete learner profile.


2.2 All students at the School are to be provided with an opportunity to learn at least two languages.


2.3 Students vary in their ability to learn a language; some will achieve functional proficiency in the target language while others will become truly bilingual or multilingual. The acquisition of language must be seen as a continuum, along which each individual student progresses at his or her own speed.


2.4 The languages of instruction at the School are Chinese and English.


2.5 Taking into consideration the nature of the School and its role in the education sector of Hong Kong, Chinese language is offered at the School on a regularly taught basis to all students.

 

2.6 The School encourages and supports students to learn their mother tongue. In case it is not Chinese or English, various events can be organised to support learning and promotion of a particular language and culture at the School.


2.7 Chinese and English, as the main languages of the School, shall be used in the whole teaching process and communication with students, with exception of communication in the third language taught at the School.

 

2.8 English has been selected as the language of instruction of IB Diploma Programme at the School. The use of languages in the Programme is regulated by respective IB standards and documents.

 

3. Language learning support
3.1 All teachers of the School shall possess language skills (Chinese and/or English) suitable to teach respective academic subjects.

 

3.2 All administrators, librarians and other School staff shall possess English language skills at a level that can support students at the School in their learning process, and that no student can be in a disadvantageous position while communicating in English.

 

3.3 Official communication between the School and students, their parents and/or guardians is conducted in Chinese and English.

 

3.4 The School encourages teachers to develop their language skills, including further improvement of teachers’ English language skills. Teachers of English language, led by the Director of English Curriculum are to provide necessary support in the process. English language teachers are to provide required support in communication with students, their parents and/or guardians.

 

3.5 The School’s English language teachers, led by the Director of English Curriculum, are to provide the School, including in its assessment process, with technical support related to the language profile, including assistance in developing subject formative and summative assessment components.

 

4. Language admission standards and evaluation of language teaching
4.1 All applicants who have applied for admission to the School are required to take English language assessment test, examination and/or interview, as required by respective regulations of the School. The School can require an application to take a test in Chinese language as well, if found necessary.

 

4.2 The School conducts assessment of language courses, and performance of students in all the languages taught at the School is subject to formal assessment.


4.3 Language teaching and learning standards are to be reviewed on a regular manner, at least once an academic year. Heads of all academic subject curricula of the School are engaged in the process, which is led by the Director of English Curriculum.