Reading to learn through "Alternative Task"

Anne MA, Mee To May LEE

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In recent years, a number of curriculum initiatives have been introduced in Hong Kong. Particular emphases include exposing students to rich learning experiences through the development of a ‘reading to learn culture’ and the adaptation of a task-based approach. However, teachers are faced with the difficulty of the lack of effective resource materials that work towards the above directions. Many of the commercially produced materials do not provide interesting and enriching language input for students to enjoy and to expose them to good models of English, nor help students consolidate and further extend the language learnt for critical and creative thinking. Consequently, students’ language output is also limited. To address this problem, this project aims to develop a task-based curriculum with rich language input in the form of quality authentic input materials such as stories, video and informational texts. This session will introduce an initial set of alternative tasks developed for teaching English at lower secondary level. It is hoped that through these materials and the meaningful activities developed for them, students’ language abilities will be enhanced in an active, natural and enjoyable way, and their interest in reading will be enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


Ma, A., & Lee, M. T. M. (2004, December). Reading to learn through "Alternative Task". Paper presented at the International Language in Education Conference 2004: The Way Forward in Language Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.


  • Secondary Education
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning


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