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Date:December 18, 2013

Experience Sharing on Facilitating Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Learners at VTC

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近年,非華語學生在VTC的人數不斷增加,為前線老師帶來新的挑戰。為了協助老師盡快適應教授非華語學生,非華語專責小組和教學中心 於2013年9月4日 ,聯合舉辦了一個名為 «如何教授非華語學生之經驗分享» 的研討會。會上,幾位資深的同事分享了他們的經驗和知識,包括不同族群學生的文化特徵、宗教背景及學習模式等。

The number of NCS students at VTC has risen tremendously which poses great pressure to the frontline teachers. In order to assist both the novice and experienced teachers to adapt to this change, a seminar on Facilitating Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Learners at VTC was organized by the NCS Task Force and the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) on 4 September 2013. During the seminar, experienced colleagues from various units of the Council shared their knowledge and experience in the cultural backgrounds, characteristics and learning styles of different ethnic groups. They also shared successful cases and strategies of facilitating NCS learners to learn.


教學中心主管鄭嘉慧指出,老師在教授非華語學生時面對四項挑戰:文化差異、種族差異、語言差異和學習差異。她認為要面對這些挑戰,並非單靠一人之力即可。有見及此,為了讓老師得到更有效的支援,她誠邀各位老師加入一個名為「非華語學生學習社群」(NCS Learning Community) 的學習平台。透過這個試驗性的學習平台,老師可以在互助交流下得到適切的支援。

“Let’s join the NCS Learning Community”

Joanna Cheng, Head of CLT, pointed out four challenges of teaching NCS learners: cultural difference, ethnical issues, language barriers and learning abilities. To further enhance the support to the teachers, she proposed building a pilot  NCS Learning Community which helps the development of a network among teachers of NCS learners. Through this pilot learning community, teachers can seek assistance from each other through peer collaboration and mutual support.



“Be free from prejudice”

Edmond Leung, Student Counsellor of Student Development Office at IVE(HW), stressed the importance of understanding NCS learners’ cultures, religions and backgrounds before teaching them. He also encouraged teachers to treat NCS learners without prejudice.


Evelyn Chan, Student Counsellor of Student Development Office at YC(YCM), summarised the key issues from Race Discrimination Ordinance (RDO). She pointed out that every teacher must be sensitive to NCS learners’ needs, cultures and backgrounds which may help building good relationship with them.



青年學院(天水圍)高級講師謝佩賢、青年學院(邱子文) 工商管理學系講師方俊穎和IVE(黃克競)酒店、服務及旅遊學系教學助理陳偉民,在研討會中分享他們的經驗,他們認為用積極的方式來與非華語學生建立關係是必須的。他們還引用多個例子來說明多種有效的教學方法,強調「要他們愛上學習和學習得更好,在課堂內,最重要的是讓他們感覺到被關顧和受歡迎」。他們更為老師提供以下貼士:

“Make each student from different cultural backgrounds feel at home”

Michelle Tse, Senior Lecturer of YC(TSW), Kenneth Fong, Lecturer from the BA Discipline of YC(YCM) and Barry Chan, Teaching Associate from the HoSTS Discipline of IVE(HW) shared their experiences of using positive ways to build close relationship with NCS learners. They identified different effective techniques for teaching.  In their sharing, they emphasised the importance of a sense of belonging and a feeling of comfort in the learning environment for NCS learners. They suggested some tips to help teachers achieve this:

  • 用心教授、加深了解
  • 耐心教導、彼此尊重
  • 豁達開放、開明接受
  • 降低要求、給予機會
  • 多點關心、給予幫助
  • 公平、堅定、友好 (3F) 易相處
  • 寬容大量、明天更好
  • 參加聚會、閒談家常
  • 微笑滿面、彼此關心
  • 適當獎勵、輕鬆教學


  • Teach with Heart
  • Teach with Patience
  • Be Open-minded
  • Change your Expectations
  • Give lots of Care and Help
  • Be Fair, Firm and Friendly (3F)
  • Be Forgiving
  • Participate in Informal Gatherings
  • Smile
  • Give out Candies




If you wish to join our NCS Learning Community, please feel free to contact Fanny Leung (Tel: 28361240, email: for further information.


The whole seminar was recorded. If you would like to revisit parts of them or download the PPT presentation, you can click below.

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