English Learning Environment
English language is taught as a discrete subject at Good Hope School by a mixture of native and non-native speakers. Emphasis is placed on the need to develop an all-round English language capability. This capability is a prerequisite for all students if they are to communicate well in English and enter a Hong Kong, or a good overseas, university based upon examination success. To this end students are given a rich diet of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Large classes are made up of about 35 to 40 students, but there are smaller classes of 20 students, from S1 to S4, that are intended to encourage more interactive learning. Emphasis is put on teacher-led student-centered activities, rather than on didactic teaching styles, as this seems to be a more effective way to engage the modern student.
French and Spanish
Besides English, Good Hope School offers its students the option of an additional foreign language, either French or Spanish. Good Hope already has a long history of offering French as an additional language. Under the old HKCEE system students always were allowed to study French, instead of Chinese, and gain qualifications that would enable them to enter an overseas university. The school believes that learning additional foreign languages is still both rewarding and beneficial to students if they are to play a leading role in the world, and both French and Spanish as still among the top most widely used languages in the world today.
All S.2 students take either French or Spanish as an additional foreign language. The course allows students to come to understand another culture quite different from their own, and gives them an entirely new way in which to express themselves. Upon completion of the course, students can choose to further their studies in either French or Spanish as an extra credit course in S.3, and this in turn may lead them on to the taking of an international examination, such as the IGCSE, in their senior forms.
Cultural diversity within teacher and student populations
Good Hope has always prided itself on having a diverse range of teachers and students. Currently there are many Native English Teachers (NETs) in the school. As an English Medium of Instruction school (EMI), the whole staff body naturally has a good knowledge of English regardless of origin.
The student body is also culturally diverse. Besides local Cantonese students there are also a growing number of mainland Chinese students who have come from all parts of the motherland. There are also some students with European, Canadian or American backgrounds, and some who hail from Japan, Taiwan, Korea or Australia. Needless to say this variety of origin adds enormously to the rich cultural environment of Good Hope School.