CSS School Culture, Language Environment & proficiency expected
Q: With so many overseas teachers and being an IB World School, isn’t CSS’s school culture just like that of another international school?
A: No. CSS is a local school and its culture is not like an international school. CSS caters overwhelmingly for students whose families are rooted in Hong Kong. We encourage our students to be globally-minded in their outlook and at the same time respectful of their own culture.
問：啓思中學有這麼多海外老師，又是一所「國際文憑組織世界學校」 (IB World School)，那麼，學校的文化是否與其他國際學校一樣？
Q: What is CSS’s expectation on students’ standard of English and Chinese?
A: Our approach to learning & teaching requires students to participate actively in discussions. At the most basic level, a student should develop good listening and speaking skills. In addition, students at CSS often research and read for information, organise their thinking and present their findings clearly in writing and orally. Students will become more versatile and fluent as they practise using English in all their subjects.
Q: How can CSS help students to effectively and promptly improve students’ fluency and versatility in their languages?
The school’s staff team has over 40% who are native English speakers and another 25% overseas returners, teaching all subjects across the curriculum. Together they help students to reach a proficient level of English as early as S1 and S2.
Q: Are there any policies to cater for students with different standards of proficiency in English and Chinese when they join the school ?
A: The school offers 1st language courses based on literature study, in both English and Chinese, to students with native level of fluency in either or both languages. We also offer 2nd language courses to cater for students whose Chinese or English are not at native level. The school carefully assesses each student’s language background and skills and offer them the appropriate courses accordingly.