|Case studies: Sample teaching, learning and assessment sequences
HPCCSS is an aided co-educational EMI school located at Ho Man Tin. Miss Wan has taught in HPCCSS for more than 10 years and Mr Walker has been working at HPCCSS as a NET for over 2 years. Both of them worked together when they planned for an SBA assessment for a group of S4 students with above average abilities.
The task used for the assessment was adapted from a sample assessment task called New Neighbours in which students were asked to describe an imaginary day where they spend time with a character from a book they have read or film they have viewed. This particular task was chosen because both Miss Wan and Mr Walker felt that students could use their imagination to work on the task, and the task itself was fairly interesting and suitable for their students' level.
Before the assessment, a number of preparatory activities were undertaken. Students were first asked to imagine the Discipline Master had moved in next door to them. They had to describe an imaginary day they spent with him. This warm-up activity was considered by the teachers to be critical in arousing students' interest in the task and setting the scene for the actual assessment. Following this introductory activity, a number of oral presentation skills were taught, and the students given the opportunity to undertake practice presentations, so they could better prepare for the actual assessment. They were also given feedback on their practice assessment to help them improve their skills. They were then asked to choose a character from another book and transfer the skills they had learnt in the classroom to the actual assessment activity.
Both Miss Wan and Mr Walker felt that the pre-assessment activities were very important as they not only helped build students' confidence in speaking, but also gave teachers an opportunity to see how the students' performance fitted the marking scheme. Mr Walker also stressed that the experience of working in collaboration with other teachers during the first few years of SBA implementation was highly beneficial.