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English for Parents: Understanding Children’s Literature in English

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Start Date
To be advised
6 weeks
Course Fee
How to Apply

This course aims to help parents, teachers and those who are interested in children’s literature in English. Course participants learn how to interpret, select and make use of children’s literature (in different genres like picture books, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction) to achieve a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Fostering reading for pleasure – a vital part of language acquisition
  • Cultivating good reading habits for personal growth
  • Identifying their children’s language learning needs and addressing them
  • Designing practical follow-up activities leading to the target learners’ long-term language development

Session 1:
  • Introducing Children’s Literature and its Different Genres
  • Understanding Children’s Needs
Session 2:
  • Addressing Children’s Needs
  • Designing Follow-up Activities
Session 3:

Children’s Literature and Second Language Acquisition: The Hong Kong and UK Situations
Analysing Relevant Research Findings
Sharing from the Teachers, Parents and Children
Demonstrating Teaching Methods and Material Preparation

Session 4:
  • Children’s Literature and Second Language Acquisition: The US Situation
  • Analysing Relevant Research Findings
  • Sharing from the Teachers, Parents and Children
  • Demonstrating Teaching Methods and Material Preparation
Session 5:
  • Assignment* Presentation (video-recorded)
  • Instructor and Students Giving Feedback on Projects**
Session 6:
  • Target Learners Giving Feedback on Projects**
    (Target learners’ participation is encouraged)
**Course-end Assignment:

Each course participants selects an item of children’s literature.  Design an activity practising the teaching-learning or English language acquisition through children’s literature.

Students will decide their target learners, where applicable, class size, language proficiency/level, and design their teaching-learning material, duration, etc.  Do the follow-up activity between Sessions 5 and 6.  Bring along their target learners to Session 6 in which the target learners will give feedback on the activity.

* Subject to change, depending on the course participants' and their target learners' needs.   



Application Code 1745-3419NW -
Start Date 21 Sep 2019

Days / Time
  • Saturday, 10:30am - 1:30pm
  • 6 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting
  • Hong Kong side (To be confirmed)

Anyone attaining Grade D in English Language in HKCEE or Level 3 in English Language in HKDSE Examination.

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,800

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Enrolment Method
By Post / In Person

Applicants are required to complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26.  Either take or post the completed form, along with the appropriate course fee and supporting documents, to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

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3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

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