Nurturing Caring Leaders is an enriched version of the successful Moei programme launched by the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2008. It is offered as a campus-wide programme to all undergraduate students.
NCL aims to nurture future leaders for Hong Kong and the world who are caring, responsible and capable; equipped with global vision, multicultural understanding, and problem-identification and problem-solving skills; and committed to contributing to Hong Kong and the world.
NCL 2017 will recruit 100 HKU undergraduates and 50 teenagers from secondary schools and youth organizations to achieve the utmost educational and social benefits. HKU participants will team-teach with non-HKU participants, and will also mentor them to enhance the development of their leadership and mentorship skills.
NCL is run annually in the summer. It has two components:
- 1 week of initial training to provide participants with essential orientation for teaching English as a second language
- 8-9 weeks of in-class teaching
In-class teaching generally takes place for 4-5 hours per day from Monday to Friday. Class sizes tend to range from 10 to 40, and pupils are often aged about 12-20. Instruction is usually at the elementary or intermediate level. However, there is no typical NCL class, and participants may find that their experience diverges considerably from this description.
Credit-bearing Mode (subject to Senate approval)
NCL can be taken to gain credits to fulfill degree curriculum requirements (to fulfill elective requirements, or for students in the Faculty of Social Sciences, to fulfill the Global Citizenship or the Social Innovation requirement). It will consist of 12 credits, and involve 320 hours of work:
|Activities (to be confirmed)||Hours|
|Internship Training||30 hours|
|Overall Performance at Community Partner Organization||240 hours|
|Written Project||40 hours|
|Social Service||10 hours|
Participants will also have to undertake 10 hours of social service within six months of their return from Southeast Asia.
NCL will be graded as follows:
The assessment will be 100% continuous, and consist of:
|Assessment Items (to be confirmed)||Grading|
|Overall Performance at Community Partner Organization||60%|
|Written Project (of 2,500-3,000 words)||40%|
Course Learning Outcomes (to be confirmed)
Upon completing NCL, students will be able to:
CLO1: Understand social issues through first-hand practical experience working with global community partners.
CLO2: Identify key issues and develop strategies to enhance social development and promote social innovation.
CLO3: Develop work ethics, self-initiative, adaptation to the organizational culture, and communication skills for successful workplace performance.
NCL provides basic teaching resources for all teachers and many pupils, often in the form of a core textbook. NCL also makes some funding available for handouts, though participants may need to cover some photocopying costs from their own resources. This is reflected in the costings given on this site.
What to Bring for Teaching
All participants will find it an excellent idea to bring a laptop to NCL for use in class. Some classrooms have Internet connections, and even in those that do not a laptop is an invaluable resource.
Non-native English speakers may have or know of grammar books and textbooks that are particularly useful for language learning. These can certainly be brought for use in class and for sharing with other NCL teachers.
It is also good to bring songs that can be played in class, preferably through a laptop and maybe a small pair of speakers. Singing songs is a standard classroom activity.
Many pupils will want to know about their teachers’ life back home. Photos of friends, family and the places where participants live and study can be a great teaching resource.
NCL tries to allocate participants to placements through consultation during the training week. However, it is not always possible to place all participants in schools that meet their top criteria. All participants are therefore asked ahead of the programme to be flexible in accepting and adapting to their placements. In the vast majority of cases, placements turn out to be ideally suited to participants’ preferences. But a small number of participants may find that they are not teaching in the school they most want to join. That is part of the deal for a programme of this kind.
Financial assistance (HK$10,000) will be provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to cover airfare, insurance, visa and in-country costs.
In most of the partner schools, the dress code for teaching is informal but conservative. Shorts may be OK, but should never be really short. T-shirts are fine, but the sleeves should be quite long and the neckline should be high. It is perhaps unfair, but nevertheless the case in many of the partner schools, that women are expected to dress more conservatively than men.
All participants will be advised on culturally-appropriate requirements, and must dress accordingly to avoid giving offence or generating embarrassment.