The English Ambassador Programme is to encourage students to interact in English, whether that be in the form of presentations to the school in assemblies, assisting younger students in English Café activities, providing services in English at school-wide events or speaking English around the school during lunchtime. Ambassadors this year have been invaluable assets to the English Department.
The year started with ambassadors introducing themselves in assembly and giving information about their English journeys, especially how and why they learn English. Younger students and students who are reluctant to interact in English benefitted from this presentation, as it was inspiring to see their peers confidently express themselves in English in front of the whole student body. Different ambassadors presented in all English assemblies throughout the year. Presentations included, poetry recitals, mini drama productions, relaying information and compering assemblies.
Ambassadors also utilised their skills in The English Café. The café is held at lunchtime for form one and two students. Ambassadors worked on a rotation basis and assisted once a week, acting as tutors and role models for the younger students. These kinds of interactions between the year groups enable younger students to see how effort and hard work pays off when learning a language. They are able to imagine themselves speaking English to the same level of the older students, in the future. It is also great for the ambassadors to practice their skills and to build their confidence in communicating in English.
English Ambassadors are needed during school wide events, such as Open Day. These events provide information to the public in the way of tours and activities. This year ambassadors showed parents around the English Corner explaining activities, events and programmes which the department conducts. They also recited poems and prose from the Hong Kong Speech Festival. Other duties performed by the ambassadors included explaining to and assisting primary school students and their parents with English games and entertainment. Once again this provides ambassadors the opportunity to build their skills and confidence to communicate with others in English.
As the NET in the school I am grateful and thankful to have the support of the English Ambassadors. Contrary to what some may believe, the most important asset for an English Ambassador is not English ability, instead it is the ability to try hard and to make an effort. To be an English Ambassador all you need is the desire to communicate in English and the persistence to keep trying. No matter what English level an English Ambassador starts at, by the end of their time with consistent effort their English level will improve as well as their confidence to communicate. Steady improvement in my opinion is the key to success.