Primary Literacy Programme (PLP)

Children in their early years of school are developing literacy in their first language. They need explicit and systematic teaching to ensure that this development occurs. This also applies to children learning literacy in their second language. Learning to read only happens once. Therefore, children’s understanding of concepts of print, which they have developed in their first language, should contribute to their reading development in their second language. They do, however, still need to adapt to a new set of sound/symbol correspondences, and for Hong Kong children, a new script, punctuation and directionality when they read in English. The teaching of writing enhances oral development and reinforces the language structures and vocabulary that learners acquire in reading. Therefore, an English as a second language literacy programme, is essential to ensure that Hong Kong children do learn these new skills and strategies.