The need to help students to acquire competency in English language before they can learn effectively in English-medium secondary schools has been recognized in both Educational commission Report (ECR) No.4 (1990, pp. 114) and No.6 Consultation Document Part 1 (1995, pp.22). During this bridging process, students of all abilities need to master confidently basic competency in independent learning and language skills such as reading, writing, listening and dictionary skills (Curriculum Development Institute, 1995, Bridging English Across Primary and Secondary Education). Individualized learning materials, in the format of interactive multimedia CD-ROMS, are particularly suitable for students of different learning abilities to learn English, as students can work at their own pace. With built-in interactive exercise and learners' self assessment, they encourage independent learning. These materials will make use of the advantages of latest technology by creating a lively and stimulating multimedia learning environment, incorporating text, colourful computer graphic, animation and full motion video on screen. This capability helps to promote interest in language learning, the importance of which is mentioned in a number of occasions in ECR No.6 Consultation Document Part 1 (1995, pp. 35, 36, 39). In addition, high quality audio capability is particularly important for listening and correct pronunciation. Inclusion of video segment also increases the authenticity of lifelike situations and makes language learning materials more realistic and functional. This paper would discuss research project on the designing, developing and evaluating resource materials, in interactive multimedia in video CD-ROM format, to help students of different learning abilities to acquire basic competency in English language, so that they can learn effectively in classes using English as the medium of instruction.
|Published - 1996