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  • Chinese and English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers – Open for Online Enrolment

    The 1st Phase of the Chinese and English Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers for 2017/18 school year is open for enrolment. Schools assigned with login name and password may access the SCOLAR’s designated website (http://scolar.edb.hkedcity.net/lepkg) for course details and enrolment.

  • Chinese and English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers – Registration and Course Description

    Between 2017/18 and 2019/20 school years, Standing Committee on Language Education and Research will fully subsidise kindergarten teachers to participate in the “Chinese and English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers” (Programme) orgainsed by post-secondary and/or tertiary institution. Local non-profit making kindergartens joining the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme in the 2017/18 school year will be entitled to four quotas for the Chinese and English Programme respectively. Principals of the kindergartens may recommend their qualified teachers, excluding principals, to enroll for the Programme.

    Please click here for background and registration information for the Programme. (Only in Traditional Chinese)

    Course Description

    Chinese Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers
    English Language Enhancement Programme for Kindergarten Teachers
    Course Providers
    School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University
    Please click here for Course Description
    School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University
    Please click here for Course Description
    Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Sha Tin)
    Please click here for Course Description
    Department of Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong
    Please click here for Course Description
  • Promotion of Putonghua in 2017/18 School Year

    Promotion of Putonghua in 2017/18 and 2018/19 School Years aims to enrich the Putonghua language learning environment and to provide opportunities for students to use Putonghua so as to nurture their lifelong learning attitude and to improve their Putonghua competence.

    For details, please click here.
  • Promotion of Chinese in 2017/18 School Year

    Promotion of Chinese in 2017/18 and 2018/19 School Years, with "Learning Reading and Writing in a Fun and Leisure Way" as its theme, aims to arouse local primary and secondary students' interest in reading and writing in Chinese, enhance their proficiency in writing through extensive reading, and nurture a writing and reading culture in schools through innovative and educational activities.

    For details, please click here.
  • Sponsorship Projects 2017/18

    With funding support from the Language Fund, the Sponsorship Projects aims at engaging community partners in organising language-related event- or competition-based projects in the community, thereby enriching the language environment of Hong Kong. Applications were closed on 24 January 2017.

    For details, please click here.
  • Upward Adjustment of Maximum Subsidy under the Professional Development Incentive Grant Scheme for Language Teachers

    SCOLAR sets up the Professional Development Incentive Grant Scheme for Language Teachers to encourage serving teachers of the Chinese and English Language subjects who joined the teaching profession before the 2004/05 school year to pursue recognised programmes of studies for enhancing their subject knowledge and pedagogy in the language they teach. Each applicant may receive an upward adjustment of the maximum subsidy level from $50,000 to $62,500 upon his / her successful completion of the approved relevant programme of study starting from 1 September 2017. Retrospective arrangements are only applicable to those applicants completing the relevant programmes of studies from January to August 2017. There is NO arrangement to top up the subsidy for the programmes of studies completed on or before 31 December 2016.

    For details, please click here.
  • TV series on proper English pronunciation

    SCOLAR releases a series of eight three-minute TV episodes to raise the awareness of proper English pronunciation among the general public, in particular, our students and the workforce. The episodes illustrate, in fun and entertaining ways, various common mispronunciation among some people in Hong Kong in daily life situations.

    For details, please click here.

  • "Learning Chinese with the News" App – Free Download

    The Project aims at developing learning and teaching materials for non-Chinese speakers to enhance the effectiveness in teaching non-Chinese speakers Chinese and to provide them with self-learning tools in learning Chinese.

    For details, please click here.
  • English Alliance 2017/18

    The English Alliance 2017/18 and 2018/19 which themes on ‘English in Action’ will provide primary and secondary school students with pleasurable English language experiences for arousing their interest in English, developing an appreciation of English as well as boosting their confidence in using the language. A new series of educational, creative, meaningful, fun and interactive programmes will be launched in the coming 2017/18 school year.

    For details, please click here.

  • Professional Enhancement Grant Scheme for Chinese Teachers (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) - the pilot run will be extended up to the 2018/19 school year with upward adjustment of maximum basic subsidy

    Through the provision of a grant, serving Chinese Language teachers are encouraged to take courses that aim to enhance their practical pedagogical knowledge and skills in teaching Chinese to non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students. The pilot run of the Scheme will be extended up to the 2018/19 school year, alongside with upward adjustment of maximum basic subsidy from $30,000 to $34,000 for applicants who will commence the relevant programmes of studies in the 2017/18 school year and thereafter.

    For details, please click here.
  • Grant Scheme on Promoting Effective English Language Learning in Primary Schools

    The Education Bureau will launch the Grant Scheme on Promoting Effective English Language Learning in Primary Schools in the 2017/18 school year through the support of Language Fund with a view to further promoting effective English language learning in primary schools. Eligible primary schools may submit applications in the 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 or 2019/20 school year. Quota on 125 schools would be set for each round.

    For details, please click here.
  • Research and Development Projects 2018-19 – Open Call for Proposals

    The vision of SCOLAR is to enable the people of Hong Kong, in particular, students and the workforce, to be bi-literate and tri-lingual for better learning and better life.

    The “Research and Development Projects 2018-19” (the Projects hereafter) aims at generating new knowledge or filling gaps for pedagogical applications in local contexts to support the implementation of various initiatives on language learning and teaching in local schools.

    Tapping the wider pool of research expertise in the local and international arena on specific themes which are of strategic importance to the language learning/language education development of Hong Kong, SCOLAR is now calling for proposals for the Projects.

    Academics of local registered organisations, statutory bodies or recognised community organisations who are specialised in teaching and/or research of language/language education are cordially invited to submit proposals for the Projects.

    Priority Themes for the Call of Applications of Research and Development Projects 2018-19

    The priority themes identified for the call of applications are listed below. Examples of possible research and development focuses/areas are given as appropriate. All applications should be made under one of the following themes-

    (a) Chinese or English language pedagogy to cater for diversified needs of learners; for example,

    • Teaching and learning of Chinese or English language of learners with special educational needs, such as dyslexia.


    (b) Learning of Chinese language of non-Chinese speaking (NCS) learners; for example,

    • Chinese language and literacy development of NCS learners in early years;

    • Teaching and learning of Chinese language of NCS learners at different stages of schooling; and

    • Learning of Chinese language of NCS students in/outside classrooms.


    (c) Chinese language learning or English language exposure of learners in early years; for example,

    • Chinese and/or English language and literacy development of young children; and

    • Chinese language pedagogy or English language exposure of young children.

    (d) Assessment literacy of teachers in Chinese or English language education; for example,

    • Assessment of Chinese or English language to cater for learner diversity.

    (e) Chinese and/or English language use and proficiency of working adults; for example,

    • Chinese or English language proficiency of university graduates.

    The Themes are by no means mutually exclusive. Interrelated themes will also be considered.

    Application Deadline: 5:00 pm on 23 June 2017 (Friday)

    Applications should be sent to the Language Education and SCOLAR Section, Room 1702, 17/F, Skyline Tower, 39 Wang Kwong Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon on or before 5:00 pm on 23 June 2017.

    Documents for Download
    Guide to Applicants
    Application Form
    Presentation Slides of Briefing Session
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Enquiries: 3165 1183 (Ms To) / 3527 3049 (Mr Cheng)

  • 2017 World Book Day Fest – Towards a Reading City

    “Reading to Learn” has been in the forefront of the curriculum reform since 2000. Through various modes of support provided in schools, students have been encouraged to read across the curriculum to enhance their interests in reading and strengthen their biliterate and trilingual abilities. The 2017 World Book Day Fest is co-organised by The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) and the Education Bureau (EDB) with a view to continuing the good work in broadening students’ reading experiences to meet the expectations of lifelong learning in a knowledge society and enhancing the reading culture in the city. Building on the strengths in the promotion of reading across the curriculum, the theme, “Towards a Reading City”, aims to foster students’ habit of reading widely to enrich their lives through tapping into the synergy of schools, parents and community partners in utilising a wide range of media resources across the city.

    For details, please click here.
  • SCOLAR - The 20th Anniversary Series (in Cantonese only)

    To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of SCOLAR, a promotional video has been produced to showcase the concerted efforts of SCOLAR and its stakeholders in promoting biliteracy and trilingualism in Hong Kong.

    For details, please click here.