SEE U
Student English Enhancement Unit

學生英語支援中心

Project Coordinators

Ms YB Chan
Mr Andrew Mui
Ms Amy Leung

Tel: 3442 9880
E-mail: see.u@cccu.edu.hk

Project SEE U is funded by the Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) set up under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund.

Student English Enhancement Unit
(Project SEE U)

The Student English Enhancement Unit (SEE U) Project in UOWCHK/CCCU seeks to provide sub-degree students with additional, after-lesson support to improve their English with a focus on addressing the difficulties commonly experienced by students of this category: Typically these students need to strengthen their English language at the foundation level. Yet, they need to achieve this improvement target within the short time span of their sub-degree programme, usually 2 years, in order to match their pursuit of university or employment goals. Very often, their devotion of efforts at English improvement has been undermined by the simultaneous need to maintain good performance in other curricular subjects. In view of these difficult circumstances of the sub-degree students, pedagogical activities in SEE U Project have been designed to cater to the students’ needs, aiming at improving their English linguistic competencies in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is intended that this Project will provide supplementary support to the College’s mainstream curricula, assisting the College in its delivery of students with good academic quality.

 

 

Foundation Improvement Courses

 

These courses are designed to help students with relatively weak English language abilities by providing exercises to re-strengthen their foundations in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

To Register:

 

2018-19 Semester A Foundation Improvement Courses

 

Date Title
7 September 2018 Oral Presentation Practice
14 September 2018 Writing in An Elegant Style
21 September 2018 Pronunciation Practice
28 September 2018 English Grammar Improvement
12 October 2018 University Admission Interview Skills

 

 

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Oral Presentation Practice
Date: 7 September 2018

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

 

Date: 7 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 30 August – 6 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Writing in An Elegant Style
Date: 14 September 2018

 

We often hear students complain to themselves that their poor writing styles have prevented them from producing good work in assignments or examinations. This course answers their needs by teaching practical ways of expressing ideas in an elegant style.

 

Date: 14 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 7 September – 13 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Pronunciation Practice
Date: 21 September 2018

 

Some students find it difficult to speak fluently in English. Very often, the reason is that their mother language “母語” is hampering their ability to recognize the proper sounds to make in English. Teachers of this course are prepared to help students solve this problem with practical oral exercises.

 

Date: 21 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 14 September – 20 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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English Grammar Improvement
Date: 28 September 2018

 

Some students may realize that their English grammar is still weak even though they are pursuing tertiary-level education in this College. It’s never too late to mend! This course provides help with a quick revision on major English grammar rules and exercises.

 

Date: 28 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 21 September – 27 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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University Admission Interview Skills
Date: 12 October 2018

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

 

Date: 12 October 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 28 September – 11 October 2018, 12:00 noon

 

 

Guidance Sessions

 

Some students prefer individual attention to solve their problems with English language usage. SEE U teachers will provide guidance sessions for students in a consultation room. Students can freely ask and discuss with the teacher in a relaxing atmosphere about any difficulty they have come across in use of English.

 

To Register:

 

2018-19 Semester A Guidance Sessions

 

Date Title
14 September 2018 Oral Presentation Practice
21 September 2018 Writing in An Elegant Style
28 September 2018 Pronunciation Practice
5 October 2018 English Grammar Improvement
19 October 2018 University Admission Interview Skills

 

 

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Oral Presentation Practice
Date: 14 September 2018

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

 

Date: 14 September 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 30 August – 6 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Writing in An Elegant Style
Date: 21 September 2018

 

We often hear students complain to themselves that their poor writing styles have prevented them from producing good work in assignments or examinations. This course answers their needs by teaching practical ways of expressing ideas in an elegant style.

 

Date: 21 September 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 12:00 noon – 1:50 pm
    Room 1301, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1410, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 7 September – 13 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Pronunciation Practice
Date: 28 September 2018

 

Some students find it difficult to speak fluently in English. Very often, the reason is that their mother language “母語” is hampering their ability to recognize the proper sounds to make in English. Teachers of this course are prepared to help students solve this problem with practical oral exercises.

 

Date: 28 September 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 14 September – 20 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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English Grammar Improvement
Date: 5 October 2018

 

Some students may realize that their English grammar is still weak even though they are pursuing tertiary-level education in this College. It’s never too late to mend! This course provides help with a quick revision on major English grammar rules and exercises.

 

Date: 5 October 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 4:00 – 5:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 21 September – 27 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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University Admission Interview Skills
Date: 19 October 2018

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

 

Date: 19 October 2018 (Friday)

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1110, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 4:00 – 5:50 pm
    Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 28 September – 11 October 2018, 12:00 noon

 

 

Enhancement Courses

 

The Enhancement Courses are intended to elevate students’ skills in use of English to a higher level when they have consolidated their English language foundations. Students will be taught the use of English for specialized purposes, e.g., English for work and university writing (highly relevant for IELTS preparation), oral assignment presentation skills, interview speaking skills, etc.

 

The Enhancement Courses will be organized in Semester B, 2018-19.

 

 

 

Daily English Practice

 

“Rome was not built in one day,” as the proverb says. Daily practice is important for students who want to make substantial improvement in their English. SEE U teachers will help students improve their English by posting easy-to-use materials for daily English language practice on the SEE U online platform. There is no pressure! Students can do these exercises at their own pace and at any time.

 

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#50 How to Enjoy a Successful Semester Teaching English in Chile
Date: 9 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

If you could study abroad, where would you go? For how long?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#49 Dear aspiring overseas volunteer
Date: 8 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

If you could volunteer abroad, where would you go and what would you do? What do you gain you will gain from volunteering abroad?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#48 Influences on intercultural communication
Date: 7 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening & Speaking

 

What is intercultural communication? Is intercultural communication important? Why? Why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#47 Global Citizen 3: The Story You Are Shaping
Date: 6 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

What is global citizen? What does it mean to you?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#46 Globalization
Date: 5 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

What is globalization? What are the advantages and drawbacks of globalization?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#45 Language and identity
Date: 2 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

What is your identity? What languages do you speak?

 

Were you misidentified? How did you feel?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#44 Hongkongers mix English and Cantonese into new language, Kongish
Date: 1 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening, & Writing

 

Have you heard of Kongish? Can you think of any examples?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#43 Singlish Is A Language For Our Future, Lah!
Date: 31 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening & Speaking

 

Do you know what Singlish is? Who speaks Singlish?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#42 Add oil! This popular Hong Kong English term is now in the Oxford English Dictionary
Date: 30 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

What is the meaning of “add oil”? Do you use this term? When? To whom? In what situations?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#41 Why ‘have you eaten?’ means ‘how are you?’ in Hong Kong
Date: 29 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

How would you respond if (1) your best friend, (2) your teacher, (3) your parents ask “How are you”? Would you respond differently? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#40 Emotional pain worse than physical: Sarah Lee
Date: 26 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

Do you know who Sarah Lee is? What have you heard about her?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#39 Meet Raymond Poon, Rex Tso's 'successor' and Hong Kong's next big boxing star
Date: 25 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you have a role model? Who is she/he? How does she or he inspire you?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#38 How playing sports benefits your body ... and your brain
Date: 24 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

Imagine if you needed to encourage a friend of yours to exercise, what would you say to him or her?

 

Could playing sports enhance our academic performance? If so, how?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#37 How Elite Thai Boxing and Fitness helps troubled youth turn their lives around
Date: 23 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you know what Thai Boxing is? What are the benefits of exercising?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#36 Why more of us are getting fitter together
Date: 22 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Do you exercise regularly? How often do you exercise? What kinds of exercise do you do?

 

Do you exercise by yourself or with someone? Who are they? Do you enjoy exercising alone or with your friends? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#35 Hong Kong Is Running Out Of Space To Bury Its Dead
Date: 19 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

What are some of the burial customs in Hong Kong?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#34 Longer leave for moms draws closer to reality
Date: 18 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

How long is maternity leave in Hong Kong now?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#33 Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes
Date: 17 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Do you know where are the cage homes in Hong Kong?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#32 Why is there a wealth gap in HK? Aid agency Oxfam's ideas to solve the city’s greatest disparity between rich and poor in 45 years
Date: 16 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

Why is there a wealth gap in Hong Kong?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#31 Healthy Hong Kong future rests on lunchbox choices
Date: 15 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

When you were in high school, where did you have you lunch? What did you have for lunch?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#30 Our brains process irony in emojis, words in the same way
Date: 12 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you add emojis in your text messages in WhatsApp, WeChat and other social networking sites? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#29 Study skills
Date: 11 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

How do you feel studying at UOWCHK/CCCU? How does it different from your experience in high school?

 

Have you adopted any study skills? What are they?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#28 Do you have the right mindset?
Date: 10 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

How do you react when you face a difficult learning situation?

 

Do you find learning English language challenging? Enjoyable? Fulfilling? In what way?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#27 From hangry to mansplain: spend a little ‘me time’ with the latest OED update
Date: 9 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Have you heard of the word ‘hangry’? What is the meaning of it? Where did you learn this word? Do you feel hangry? When?

 

Do you want to have some ‘me time’? In what situations? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#26 Do animals have language?
Date: 8 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

What are the functions of language? Is language unique to human beings?

 

Do animals have language?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#25 Why it might actually be a good thing that robots are taking over human jobs
Date: 5 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you think robots can replace humans? Why or why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#24 What are you?
Date: 4 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

What are you made of?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#23 Global warming
Date: 3 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

How global warming affects us?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#22 What is happening in the ocean?
Date: 2 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

What are the functions of the ocean?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#21 Can we survive the sun's death?
Date: 1 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

What are the functions of the sun? What would happen to us if there were no sun?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#20 Going green to give Hong Kong a better future is easy
Date: 28 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

We have been learning about different environmental issues this week. Have you thought about how we can save our environment by reducing plastic and food wastes?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#19 Food waste
Date: 27 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

Do you like food? Do you throw away food that is still good to eat? What do you usually do with leftovers?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#18 Why pay for bottled water?
Date: 26 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Would you buy bottled drinks? When? How often?

 

Would you bring your water bottle?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#17 Most Hongkongers support bringing your own box for takeaway food
Date: 25 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Would you bring your own box for takeaway food? Why or why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#16 KFC to ditch plastic straws and drink lids for dine-in customers across HK and Macau
Date: 24 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you visit fast food restaurants? How often?

 

How can we reduce our use of single-use plastics in those restaurants?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

 

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#15 Are there universal expressions of emotion?
Date: 21 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

How are you feeling today? How would you describe your feeling?

 

What does your facial expression look like when you are happy, sad and angry?

 

Do you think that people from all around the world share the same expressions of happiness, sadness, and anger?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (26 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#14 Adulting 101: paralysed by way too many choices? Here's how to streamline your decision-making process
Date: 20 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Are you good at making decisions? How do you make decisions?

 

What is your future plan? What do you plan to do when you graduate? In five years?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (26 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#13 Try something new for 30 days
Date: 19 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

Do you think you are open to new experiences? Have you tried anything new in the past three months? What were they? For what reason? How did you feel?

 

What would you like to try? What is on your ‘must-do’ list?

 

Do you have the habit of keeping a diary or blog?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (26 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#12 Should you trust your first impression?
Date: 18 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

Think of a good friend of you. Who is he/she? When did you meet him/ her? Where? In what situation? What was your first impression of him/ her? Was it positive or negative?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (26 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#11 A psychologist’s tips to remembering things quickly, accurately, and more easily
Date: 17 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you have a good memory? What is your earliest memory?

 

Spend five minutes to take this memory test: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests/iq/memory-test

 

How is the result? What do you learn about yourself in terms of your memory?

 

How often do you have to replace passwords (numerical or verbal) because you've forgotten the original one?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (26 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#10 Welcome to Hong Kong, where prisoners get more exercise time than students do
Date: 14 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you exercise? How often? What kinds of exercise do you do?

 

Do you enjoy exercising? Why or why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (19 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#9 Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
Date: 13 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Are you a “deadline fighter” or procrastinator in your study? Are you a person who delays doing assignments until very late? Do you wait until the last minute to get things done? Why?

 

What do you do when you have to work (e.g., writing an assignment) but you do not want to work on it?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (19 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#8 Hong Kong pupils who eat breakfast daily ‘18 months ahead of those who skip the meal’
Date: 12 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you eat breakfast every day? What do you have for breakfast?

 

Do you skip breakfast? If so, why?

 

What are the benefits of having breakfast?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (19 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#7 What would happen if you didn’t sleep?
Date: 11 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

How long do you sleep every day? Do you think you have enough sleep? Why? Why not? How much sleep does an adult need?

 

How do you feel if you do not have enough sleep? What would you do to keep yourself awake during the day?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (19 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#6 Becoming a Vegetarian
Date: 10 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

 

Have you ever thought of being a vegetarian? Would you consider becoming a vegetarian? Why? Why not? What are the benefits of being a vegetarian to yourself as well as to the world?

 

What are your concerns/worries of being a vegetarian?

 

How would you feel if you were asked to become a vegetarian for a month?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (19 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#5 Parents may worry about China's social media app Tik Tok, but it’s far from a waste of time
Date: 7 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Have you heard of the social media app Tik Tok (Douyin)? Have you watched any of the videos there? What are they about? Do you enjoy watching them? Why or why not?

 

Have you made any videos there? Why did you make them?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (12 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#4 No Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or slaying selfies: one teenage Hongkonger goes 24 hours without technology
Date: 6 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

How important is your smartphone to you? How often do you use your smartphone? Which app(s) do you use the most?

 

How would you feel if you forgot to bring your smartphone with you?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (12 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#3 Do Facebook "Likes" Affect Psychological Well-Being?
Date: 5 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you use social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Weibo, Instagram, Flickr)? Which ones do you use? How often do you use?

 

Do you click “like” when you read someone’s post? Why do you “like” his/ her post?

 

How do you feel when someone “likes” your posts? How do you feel when no one “likes” your post?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (12 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#2 Meet the man who 'invented' the #hashtag
Date: 4 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Which social networking sites do you use (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Weibo, WeChat, Snapchat)?

 

Do you post on those social working sites? Do you use hashtags when you post?

 

What are the hashtags about? Why do you use hashtags?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (12 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

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#1 Word of the Year 2015
Date: 3 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

What is your favorite emoji? Which one do you use most often? With whom? In which situations? Why?

 

, the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2015.

 

Do you use this emoji? What does it mean to you?

 

Click here to learn more!

Let’s discuss on SEE U Moodle!

Chat Online! (12 September 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

 

 

English Self-Learning Resources

 

Some students want to improve their English language foundation skills but find it difficult to locate the appropriate materials for the purpose. To help these students, SEE U maintains on its web-site a handy collection of essential self-learning materials and recommendations on useful online resources.

 

Library Resources

 

All the recommended books below are available at Main Campus Library (MCL) / Telford Annex Library (TAL).

 

 

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Dictionaries

 

漢英詞典 = A Chinese-English dictionary

Beijing wai guo yu da xue. Ying yu xi. Ci dian zu; 北京外國語大學. 英語系. 詞典組, 北京 : 外語敎學與硏究出版社, 1995

(MCL: lrf PL1455 .P4 1995 / TAL: ref PL1455 .P4 1995)

 

Cambridge advanced learner's dictionary

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003

(TAL: ref PE1628 .C23 2003)

 

Chambers synonyms and antonyms

Manser, Martin H, Edinburgh : Chambers, 2004

(MCL: ref PE1591 .C52 2004 / TAL: ref PE1591 .C52 2004)

 

Collins essential English dictionary : plus, Language in action supplement

Glasgow England : HarperCollins, 2003

(TAL: ref PE1625 .C6557 2003)

 

朗文進階英漢雙解詞典 = Longman Active study English-Chinese Dictionary

香港 : 培生教育出版亞洲有限公司, 2005

(TAL: ref PL1455 .L33 2005)

 

Macmillan English dictionary for advanced learners

Macmillan Education Ltd., Oxford : Macmillan Education, 2002

(MCL: ref PE1625 .M23 2002 / TAL: ref PE1625 .M23 2002)

 

Merriam-Webster's intermediate dictionary

Merriam-Webster, Inc., Springfield, Mass. : Merriam-Webster, c2004

(TAL: ref PE1628.5 .M44 2004)

 

新時代漢英大詞典 = New age Chinese-English dictionary

Wu, Jingrong, Cheng, Zhenqiu, 北京 : 商務印書館, 2000

(MCL: ref PL1455 .X675 2000 / TAL: ref PL1455 .X675 2000)

 

The new international Webster's pocket dictionary of the English language

Trident Press International, Naples, Fla. : Trident Press International, c2002

(TAL: ref PE1628 .N42743 2002)

 

Twentieth century words

Ayto, John, Oxford ; Hong Kong : Oxford University Press, 1999

(MCL: ref PE1630 .A98 1999 / TAL: ref PE1630 .A98 1999)

 

 

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Grammar

 

Advanced grammar : a manual for students

Disterheft, Dorothy, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2004

(MCL: PE1112 .D575 2004 / TAL: PE1112 .D575 2004)

 

Barron's pocket guide to correct grammar

Griffith, Benjamin W; Hopper, Vincent Foster, Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, 2004

(MCL: PE1112 .B368 2004 / TAL: PE1112 .B368 2004)

 

English grammar in use : a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate students of English : with answers

Murphy, Raymond. Craven, Miles; Viney, Brigit, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004

(MCL: PE1112.3 .M87 2004 / TAL: PE1112.3 .M87 2004)

 

Exploring grammar in context : upper intermediate and advanced

Carter, Ronald. Hughes, Rebecca; McCarthy, Michael, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000

(MCL: PE1128 .C3726 2000 / TAL: PE1128 .C3726 2000)

 

Grammar express with answers : for self study or the classroom

Fuchs, Marjorie, Bonner, Margaret; Bourke, Kenna, Harlow : Longman, 2003

(TAL: PE1128 .F83 2003)

 

Intermediate language practice with key : English grammar and vocabulary

Vince, Michael. Emmerson, Paul, Oxford : Macmillan Education, 2003

(TAL: PE1112 .V545 2003)

 

Longman advanced learners' grammar : a self-study reference & practice book with answers

Foley, Mark (Teacher) Hall, Diane (Teacher), Harlow : Pearson Education, c2003

(MCL: PE1112 .F59 2003 / TAL: PE1112 .F59 2003)

 

Practical English usage

Swan, Michael, International student's ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005

(MCL: PE1106 .S94 2005 / TAL: PE1106 .S94 2005b)

 

The Cambridge grammar of the English language

Huddleston, Rodney D. Pullum, Geoffrey K, Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press, 2002

(MCL: PE1106 .H74 2002 / TAL: PE1106 .H74 2002)

 

The complete idiot's guide to grammar and style

Rozakis, Laurie, New York : Alpha Books, c1997

(MCL: PE1106 .R69 1997 / TAL: PE1106 .R69 1997)

 

The grammar guide : developing language skills for academic success

Ackles, Nancy M., Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan Press, c2003

(MCL: PE1112 .A29 2003 / TAL: PE1112 .A29 2003)

 

 

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Reading

 

Effective reading : reading skills for advanced students

Greenall, Simon. Swan, Michael, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1986

(MCL: LB1050 .G73 / TAL: LB1050 .G73)

 

新聞英語選讀 = English newspaper reader

Wu, Bingzhong, 香港 : 志文出版社, 1973

(TAL: PN4731 .X578 1973)

 

Essential words for the TOEFL

Matthiesen, Steven J., Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, c1999

(MCL: PE1128 .M3544 1999 / TAL: PE1128 .M3544 1999)

 

It's not like that here : teaching academic writing and reading to novice writers

Dickson, Marcia, Portsmouth, NH : Boynton/Cook Publishers, c1995

(TAL: PE1404 .D48 1995)

 

Peterson's in-a-flash : reading for the TOEFL test

Broukal, Milada, Lawrenceville, N.J. : Peterson's, c2002

(MCL: PE1128 .B71475 2002 / TAL: PE1128 .B71475 2002)

 

Reading into writing : a guide to composing

Bishop, Wendy, New York : Longman, c2003

(TAL: PE1408 .B513 2003)

 

Strategies for critical reading : a text with thematic reader

McGrath, Jane L., Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(MCL: PE1122 .M269 2005 / TAL: PE1122 .M269 2005)

 

The newspaper reader : reading, writing, and thinking about today's events

Frechie, Seth, Halbert, Harold William; McCormick, Charlie, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(MCL: PE1417 .F38 2005 / TAL: PE1417 .F38 2005)

 

 

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Writing

 

1,001 letters for all occasions : the best models for every business and personal need

Sandler, Corey, Keefe, Janice, Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2004

(TAL: PE1483 .S25 2004)

 

College writing basics : a student-writing approach

Tyner, Thomas E., Boston, Mass. : Thomson/Heinle, c2003

(MCL: PE1408 .T95 2003 / TAL: PE1408 .T95 2003)

 

Sin boldly! : Dr. Dave's guide to writing the college paper

Williams, David R. (David Ross), New York : Basic Books, c2004

(TAL: PE1408 .W589 2004)

 

Strategies for successful writing : a rhetoric, research guide, reader, and handbook

Reinking, James A. Von der Osten, Robert, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(TAL: PE1408 .R426 2005)

 

The elements of style

Strunk, William. White, E. B (Elwyn Brooks), Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c2000

(MCL: PE1408 .S772 2000 / TAL: PE1408 .S772 2000)

 

The Penguin writer's manual

Manser, Martin H. Curtis, Stephen, London : Penguin, 2002

(MCL: PE1408 .M36 2002 / TAL: PE1408 .M36 2002)

 

When good people write bad sentences : 12 steps to better writing habits

Harris, Robert W., New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2004

(MCL: PE1460 .H3878 2004 / TAL: PE1460 .H3878 2004)

 

Write in style : a guide to good English

Palmer, Richard, London ; New York : RoutledgeFalmer, 2002

(MCL: PE1408 .P246 2002 / TAL: PE1408 .P246 2002)

 

Writing at university : a guide for students

Creme, Phyllis, Lea, Mary R (Mary Rosalind), Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1997

(MCL: PE1408 .C71445 1997 / TAL: PE1408 .C71445 1997)

 

Writing clearly : a self teaching guide

Sova, Dawn B., Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2004

(MCL: PE1408 .S656 2004 / TAL: PE1408 .S656 2004)

 

Writing power

White, Nancy, Kaplan, Inc., New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002

(TAL: PE1408 .W5776 2002)

 

 

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Speaking

 

30 minutes - to boost your communication skills

Tierney, Elizabeth P., London : Kogan Page, 1997

(TAL: HF5718 .T544 1997)

 

Communicate with confidence! : how to say it right the first time and every time

Booher, Dianna Daniels, New York : McGraw-Hill, c1994

(TAL: HF5718 .B654 1994)

 

Speak with courage : 50+ insider strategies for presenting with confidence

McDermott, Martin, Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014

(MCL: PN4129.15 .M364 2014)

 

Speaking and presenting

Gentzler, Yvonne S. Career Solutions Training Group, Cincinnati, Ohio : South-Western Educational Pub. ; Paoli, Pa. : Career Solutions Training Group, c2000

(TAL: PN4121 .G46 2000)

 

 

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Listening

 

20 training workshops for listening skills

Sproston, Clare. Sutcliffe, Glenna E, Aldershot, Hants : Gower, c1989

(MCL: HD30.3 .S67)

 

Listening in everyday life : a personal and professional approach

Purdy, Michael; Borisoff, Deborah, Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c1997

(MCL: P95.46 .L57 1997)

 

 

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General English Usage

 

Collins easy learning how to use English

Hands, Penny; Wild, Kate, Glasgow : Harpercollins Publishers, 2011

(TAL: PE1128.A2 C6375 2011)

 

Dos, don'ts & maybes of English usage

Bernstein, Theodore Menline; Meyersohn, Marylea; Lippman, Bertram, New York : Gramercy Books, 1999

(MCL: PE1460 .B4618 1999 / TAL: PE1460 .B4618 1999)

 

The Macmillan good English handbook

Howard, Godfrey, London : Macmillan, 1997

(MCL: ref PE1464 .H69 1997 / TAL: ref PE1464 .H69 1997) 

 

 

Recommended Learning Resources on Web-sites

 

 

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Dictionaries

 

Cambridge English Dictionary

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

 

Collins English Dictionary

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english

 

Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's most-trusted online dictionary

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

 

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary

 

Macmillan Dictionary: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus Online

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/

 

Oxford English Dictionary, Thesaurus & Grammar Help

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com

 

 

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Grammar

 

British Council – Learn English (Practice English Grammar)

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar

 

Oxford Online English – Free English Lessons

https://www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/must-have-to-should

 

 

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Reading

 

Free Reading Comprehension Practice Test by Enoch Morrison

https://www.testprepreview.com/modules/reading1.htm

 

Take IELTS with British Council – Free IELTS practice tests

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/practice-tests/reading-practice-test-1-academic/reading-passage-1

 

UsingEnglish.com – Reading Comprehension Exercises

https://www.usingenglish.com/comprehension/

 

 

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Writing

 

Purdue Writing Laboratory

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

 

 

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Speaking

 

BBC – Learning English (Pronunciation)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/pronunciation

 

Learn English with Gill (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzBGtBze1AIcDmRwD2ZjiAA

 

TED talks

https://www.ted.com/talks

 

 

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Listening

 

RTHK – English in News

http://rthk9.rthk.hk/elearning/englishinnews/

 

RTHK – English Made Easy (Podcasts)

http://podcasts.rthk.hk/podcast/item_all.php?pid=1222&lang=zh-CN

 

TED Ed Lessons (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation

 

 

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General English Usage

 

BBC – Learning English

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/home

 

British Council – Learn English

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en