Category Archives: Language and Literature

ENG: Has Hong Kong Limited You or Expanded You?

In my opinion, Hong Kong has definitely expanded me because although it isn’t a very big city, it is still very international. Growing up in such an international city, I’ve been constantly exposed to many different languages and cultures and gotten to know not only Chinese culture but also western culture. For example, in Hong Kong I am able to celebrate both Christmas and Chinese New Year “with” the city. Cities that don’t have both Chinese and western influence aren’t able to celebrate two holidays specific to their culture. By growing up with both cultures, I have also expanded my knowledge on the characteristics of each culture. Although this can be learned without growing up with it, I feel like experiencing the actual tradition or holiday lets you have a much better understanding of the history, what you do and the actual spirit of it. Sometimes, just by reading or watching something happen won’t let you fully understand the situation.

Hong Kong has also expanded me because of how there are so many people from all sorts of countries living in Hong Kong. I am able to interact and meet people from not only Hong Kong but from other countries too, no matter how far away. By being able to interact with people with different ethical backgrounds, I am able to come closer with different cultural backgrounds and languages not usually spoken or heard in Hong Kong.

Overall, Hong Kong has certainly expanded me by allowing me to experience and come closer with more cultures (traditions, holidays, etc.) and languages other than Chinese and English.

ENG: Highlight of the Year

This year in English class, my favorite thing was creating our own companies in Our World because we were able to expand it in many ways, such as, the company launch, marketing campaign, making the world a better place, etc. Also, I think the presentations were a helpful way to improve my skills. Being a banker, it was also a good way to test my organization and time management skills because there was a time limit to finish each transaction.

Below is my company logo, created with Sarah & Ellie:

DIBS Logo

ENG: Short Story Writing Reflection

I enjoyed writing this short story because throughout the process, I learnt about what makes a good story, things that would improve it, etc. For example, before this assignment, I didn’t think about giving my characters idiosyncrasies. I also liked this because it was a fun way for me to come up with an idea, put it in a story and get peer feedback. I think the peer feedback activity was really helpful because it allowed me to get my audience (people my age) to read my story and give feedback on what they thought I did well and what I could improve on.

To improve, I think I could have made my plot more interesting because it was quite typical and wasn’t that original or imaginative. I tried seeing what would happen if I changed the setting, but I realized that my problem revolved around school life a lot, so by changing my setting, I would have to change my whole plot. Also, I couldn’t think of any other place that bullying would be that common. I also think I could have made it more interesting by making the climax more intense and obvious. The climax is supposed to be the most interesting part of my story, and I feel like it wasn’t that shocking to the audience.

中文:創作新詩

在學習新詩的單元時,我們縣學習了幾首新詩--《紙船--寄母親》、《綠》、《太陽的話》和《小小的海鷗》。學這四首詩時,我們把它的格式,修辭手法,表達手法等都找出來。《紙船--寄母親》主要說女孩在去外國的船上疊紙船,希望紙船能漂到家鄉母親的夢,表達對母親深切的思念。《綠》描寫了春天的到來,把所有事物都變成綠色,歌頌春天的美好,強調春天到處生機勃勃。《太陽的話》通過反覆的手法來表示太陽希望人們充滿溫暖和朝氣。《小小的海鷗》描寫一隻很勇敢的海鷗,雖然很危險但還繼續在海上飛。最後,海鷗被海浪淹沒了。我們學完這些詩才寫自己的新詩。

我對自己的作品有地方滿意而有地方不滿意。因為我每一節都跟之前的和主題有關,所以我覺得我有把我的主題說清楚。我的詩歌又說一個故事關於一朵花的生命過程,而不是只描寫它的一樣東西。還有,我的作品每一節都有一至兩個修辭手法。有時候,我覺得可能會有機節用很多修辭手法,後來就想不到應該怎樣用。我不滿意的地方就是我可以用多一點想像力把事物變得更生動。還有,如果我的作品有更多的修辭手法,讀者就會更瞭解它的意思。因為每一個修辭手法都有自己的作用,我覺得有些修辭手法可以用多幾次,例如,反覆、比喻或擬人。如果我可以把作品再做,我會改新詩的題目,因為我的詩不是只寫花朵,所以我的題目不應該是《花朵》。我也會用多一點好的詞彙。

DES: Judge a Book by its Cover: Autobiography Book Jacket

Autobiography Book Jacket

If I could do this day over again, I would manage my time better because for the airplane folding activity I could have added more drawings to relate to my book. For my book jacket, I could have made it less plain because there isn’t much on my cover, spine or back cover. Something else I would do again would be to use the skills I learnt more because I mainly just used plain colors and textboxes. However, I did use photoshop for my photo and to get the drawing of the balloon my drawing on a new layer on top of the original picture.

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DES: Judge a Book by its Cover

What questions and feelings do you have as you begin this English & Design project?

Some questions I have about this English & Design project as I begin this are “What is the purpose of this Design project?” I’m also wondering about what the specific stages are for this design project. I know there’s inquiring and analysing, developing ideas, creating the solution and evaluation, but I’m not sure about how we will be able to use this in our project.

I think I my technology skills will improve throughout this Design project because I will be using technology a lot throughout this project. For our first session today, we made a paper airplane and had to relate it to our book. I think we could have managed our time better to improve on the decorations. So far, we only have four simple drawings that are mentioned a lot in the book. We could have improved it by adding more drawings and more color. Through this Design project, I will have to be able to manage my time better, so I hope I can improve on that.