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About Me[edit]

This user teaches at a secondary school.
This user is English.
This user writes poetry.
Today is 27 February 2024

I am an English language and literature teacher based in Hong Kong. I was born in Torquay in 1972 and grew up in Paignton, Devon. I studied at Westlands Bilateral School in Torquay and then at Christ's College, Cambridge. My interests include languages and linguistics, history, literature, drama and education.

Last Year I co-wrote and directed a musical, Orpheus, written in collaboration with a colleague as a fund-raising project for the school where I work. I have also written a sequence of short comic plays in rhyming couplets based on four Shakespeare tragedies, with the title Shakespeare's Shorts. Most recently, I directed a production of Much Ado About Nothing

I am a NET scheme teacher and a member of the Native English-Speaking Teachers' Association (NESTA)

My Wikipedia Contributions[edit]

I have contributed to the following pages:

NET scheme

History of Hong Kong

Education in Hong Kong

Chinese Cinderella

Standing Committee on Language Education and Research

Christian life community

Marymount Secondary School

Medium of instruction

Charley's Aunt

Macau Fisherman's Wharf

Hong Kong Disneyland

Venetian Macao Tsang Tak-sing

Arthur Li

Michael Suen

Economic and public affairs

My Wikibook Contributions[edit]

Literary Criticism Wikibook

NET Teacher Survival Guide Wikibook

The Education System in Hong Kong Wikibook

Wikijunior Languages: English

Composition Writing

NSS Liberal Studies

Files and Groups[edit]

For students and colleagues at MSS to access files that I have created for language and literature teaching, such as worksheets, notes and exercises, or to access information about the annual production, please go to Marymount Yahoo E-Group. Remember that teachers and students will have access to these files - so please don't store confidential documents there or upload anything that you would not want to be in a public place.

Files, messages and links for literature teachers are at Hong Kong Literature Teachers

Recommended Websites and Wikipedia Pages for Language Students[edit]

British Council ELT Network

Brainpop Flash animations and online quizzes on a wide range of topics including English, science, history, technology and maths.

Word2Word Links to websites for online language learning in many languages.


Teachnology Language arts lesson plans

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Centre for Independent Language Learning

More links for English as a Second Language

Local Resources[edit]

Hong Kong Libraries

Hong Kong Museums

Junior Students[edit]

Grammar and Writing[edit]

Skillswise This site has a wide range of authentic situational exercises, quizzes and games to develop grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and writing skills. It should be particularly useful for junior forms.

Ambleside School, Cumbria An extraordinary site put together by students at a school in the Lake District - limerick and haiku generators, a silly story engine, exercises on easily confused words, homophones, comprehension and lots more. Fun stuff for junior students. The site also has many links for many other subjects across the curriculum.

World English Website This website includes grammar, vocabulary and comprehension practice, quizzes, games, writing guides, lists of the most common words in English, speaking and listening resources.

English Grammar Online An online resource with a lot of exercises similar in nature to Tensebusters.

A fun prepositions exercise

Flash animated grammar exercises

Charlie and Lola

Reading and Phonics[edit]

Young Post Registration required.

Time for Kids Children's edition of the American current affairs magazine]

American Stories - Comprehension Exercises

Giggle Poetry Fun poetry lesson plans, games and activities.

Nursery Rhymes

Starfall Online books for less confident readers, with animation and audio.

Created By Teachers Resources for early learners and remedial classes including basic vocabulary and sight-reading lists, flashcards, wordsearches and crosswords.

Usborne Quicklinks A directory of websites recommended by the educational publisher across the curriculum, including a number of sites for English language and literature.

Storyline-Online It's a great pleasure to have a story read out loud to you - especially by a talented actor! At this site, there is video-feed of actors and actresses reading from young people's storybooks, together with printable activities.

Short Stories


Living English The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's programme for elementary level English listening.

ESL Lab Try out the easy and medium exercises as well as the exercises for vocabulary building.

Listen and read along Charlie and Lola stories


Wordsmith A site where you can design anagrams.

Primary NET Resources This is a huge repository of links to teaching resources maintained by NET teachers in Hong Kong primary schools. Includes online story books, songs, games, phonics activities and much, much more!


Listening and Multimedia[edit]

BBC World Service Learning English

Student Standard A site where you can listen to and read articles with an emphasis on social/ interpersonal issues, and find questions for discussion.

English Bites The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's programme for language learners with documentary and general interest videos,transcripts, glossaries, explanation of grammar and usage, tips and practice for speaking and writing.

Nexus Online video documentaries and transcripts for intermediate language learners.

Listening Lab Online Over 700 audio clips with slide shows, quizzes, songs, listening games and transcripts; a wide variety of regional accents; can be searched by level of difficulty.

ESL Lab Try out the medium and difficult exercises.


Writing and Grammar[edit]

Sentence Sense This is a self-taught online guide to writing coherent sentences and organising ones ideas in writing.

English Biz A guide to language and literature designed for British GCSE and A Level students, with guidelines on how to write a wide variety of essays.

Web English Teacher A very extensive directory of online resources –everything from elementary English to Shakespeare

Fridge Magnet Poetry Online version of the poetry game - "magnetic" tiles with words or suffixes that can be moved around to create poetry.

Grammar Book More advanced grammar exercises.

Teaching English Activities and lesson plans.

Grammar at Pen and Page


Writing and Grammar[edit]

OWL Online Writing Guide

Guide to Composition Writing This is a very in depth but clear and straightforward guide to how to plan, draft, organise and review your writing. Lots of helpful tips and exercises. Especially helpful for argumentative writing and for students who nhave to write analytical compositions for other subjects.

University College London Internet Grammar This site offers a formal analysis of English grammar and a wide range of exercises on identifying parts of speech, subject and object, verb form, aspect and voice, clauses etc. Perhaps dry and technical, but should be useful for senior students seeking to polish their grammar, or even for teachers who could use it to look up clear explanations for grammar rules.

Linking Phrases

Linguarama Postscript Magazine Online resources with a focus on English for business and the world of work - particularly useful for senior students.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Centre for Independent Language Learning

Parts of Speech Directory

Listening, Reading and Multimedia[edit]

TED Inspiring talks by leading thinkers on a range of topics - science, technology, global issues.

Meaning of Life TV

Berkeley Webcast Audio and video podcasts of undergraduate lectures at the University of Berkeley.

World of Words A website with links for reading, writing, drama, public speaking and community resources maintained by the Canadian International School Parents' Association.

University Channel, Princeton Podcasts of undergraduate lectures at the University of Princeton.

Time Magazine

Essays and Journalism by George Orwell Orwell was one of the greatest essayists and political writers of the twentieth century, and his clear, precise style is an excellent model for students who want to write effectively.

Debate Resources

Reference Materials[edit]

Cambridge Learners' DictionaryThis has to be the best online dictionary available. It provides examples of usage from the corpus, all words derived from any root words that you enter, collocations and set phrases, pronunciation, differences between American, British and Australian usage and many other features.

Pronunciation - IPA Phonetic Symbol Chart for English

Online Dictionary

Online Thesaurus

Reverse Dictionary If a word is 'on the tip of your tongue', type in a definition and this programme will give you possible words to fit it. Visuwords Online graphical dictionary/ thesaurus. Enter a word and see it in the context of a neural network of associated words.

Dr Grammar Frequently asked grammar and usage questions.

Online Rhyming Dictionary

Idioms Dictionary of idioms with examples of usage in context from literary works.

Word Origins A site explaining the origins of idioms.

Wordname Origins of words and names.

Online Instant Translator

Common Errors

BBC News

The South China Morning Post

Crossword Dictionary Use it to search for words with the same sequence of letters

Puzzlemaker Build your own printable crossword puzzles.

Linguist List Includes "ask a linguist" discussion board.


BBC Learn French

Chez Mimi Interactive French Games.

French Steps Online beginner's course.

French Practice Activities

French Tutorial Online grammar course.

S-cool French Online revision guide.

French Wikibook Online language course.

Chloe, ou les Aventures d'une Jeune Fille Online radio drama and listening-based activities.

Bonjour de France Listening and reading comprehension from beginner to advanced.


Hanyu Learn Chinese Online. Free learning resources from beginner to advanced; requires subscription.

Hanban Office of the Chinese Language Council International

Teach Yourself Putonghua Wikibook

E-Language China

Chengo Chinese - Lessons 1-8 Beginners' Putonghua Course designed for American high-school students. Free but requires subscription.

Chengo Chinese - Lessons 9-17

Chinese Web Resources Links to more Putonghua Self-Access Learning Resources from Wikipedia

Old and Middle English[edit]

Faeder ure, thu the eart on heofonum... Audio recording of a very famous passage in Anglo-Saxon (c. 1000) - but can you tell what it is in modern English?

Anglo-Saxon Phrasebook

Old English Online Course Anglo-Saxon grammar primer and authentic passages with clickable glossaries.

Whan that Aprille with his swete brethe... A very famous passage in middle English (c. 1390) but can you tell what it is in modern English?

Chantecleer's dream

Luminarium Medieval Literature resources.

Recommended Pages for Senior Literature and Drama[edit]


Shakespeare Concordance Type in a word and find all uses of that word in Shakespeare's work.

Folger Library The US Shakespeare library has a large portfolio of lesson plans.

Globe Link The Globe Theatre's archives of directors', producers' and actors' blogs about their experiences while rehearsing and staging the plays - a good way to understand the plays from the other side of the curtain.

Playing Shakespeare A guide to Globe Education's production of Much Ado About Nothing from the perspective of the director, production team and actors.

Bardware Lots of useful links for Shakespeare students.

Shakespeare Online

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Clicknotes Shakespeare Navigable texts of several plays including Hamlet and Twelfth Night, with extensive notes and commentary.

Shakespeare's Life and Times

Sparknotes Shakespeare Study Guide

Shakespeare's Globe See how Shakespeare plays are still being performed in a replica of the original open-air Globe Theatre and read rehearsal notes from recent productions.

Royal Shakespeare Company Educational resources from one of the world's most prestigious theatre companies.

Hamlet Haven An extensive collection of extracts from academic texts on every aspect of Hamlet, from every conceivable critical perspective.

Shakespeare Insults 'Thou art a stinking pigeon-livered maggot-pie!'

Health and Diet in Elizabethan England

Education in Elizabethan England

Three versions of 'Now is the winter of our discontent'


Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Drama Links

Creative Drama Lessons

Readers' Theatre Online scripts based on folktales from around the world for performance by groups of ten to fifteen students. Usually between ten and twenty minutes long - just right for drama festival!

Drama Lesson and Curriculum Plans

Hong Kong Schools' Drama Festival Rules and regulations and an archive of winning scripts.

Community Theatre Discussion Board Articles, tips for actors and directors, scripts and discussion boards.

Drama Activities

Creative Drama Drama resources for primary and junior secondary students.

Sounddogs Useful sound effects.

Writing Guides[edit]

Online Writing Guide Includes guidelines on how to make notes and plan and draft literary analysis essays

Glossary of Literary Terms

Rhetoric and Composition Wikibook Guide to writing analytical humanities essays.


Aspirations English Literature A Level Resources for practical criticism, close reading of poetry and Shakespeare.

Poets Exhaustive resources on poetry and poets.

Poetry Please Poetry on the radio - an archive of webcasts of actors reading poems requested by the audience of this popular BBC Radio 4 programme.

Poetry Foundation The archives of poetry accompanied by refreshingly unpretentious discussion of poets' backgrounds and of the themes and style of their work are terrific. There's also featured essays about how to write, about the difference between poetry and doggerel verse, about why poetry is still relevant to everyday people's lives, about children's poetry... and lots, lots more.

Poetry Magic Resource centre for the theory and craft of writing poetry.

Wandering Minstrels A poem a day by e-mail service. Get a poem sent to your inbox every day accompanied by critical commentary - for free. The commentaries are insightful and entertaining, and the choices of poems range from canonical classics to contemporary song lyrics - from Keats to Cole Porter. There's a big archive, too.

American Poems Large archives of poems and discussion boards - some users' comments are helpful but some are rather trivial.

Chaucer4All Lots of stuff on Geoffrey Chaucer including video and audio recordings of the Tales retold as hip-hop raps.

Open Source Wikibook for Collaborative Practical Criticism Practice

S-Cool A-Level Literature Revision notes for unseen criticism.

Teaching Haiku

Limerick discussion page

Poetry4Kids: How to write a poem

Giggle Poetry

Short Stories[edit]

Fairy Tale Generator Learn about Propp's theory of narrative structure and generate random fairy-tales based on your choice of a combination of motifs.

Brit Lit Downloadable short stories, activities, worksheets and lesson plans.

Famous short stories

Classic Short Stories

Short Stories Web An archive of classic and contemporary short stories together with teachers' notes, study questions, online games and activities.

Story Bites Reviews of famous short stories and links to online texts and websites with information about the authors.

Merlyn's Pen Short stories by American teenagers, searchable by age and genre, plus archives of lesson plans and writing tips.


Internet Movie Data Base Resources on films.

Variety Film Reviews


Cinematic techniques

Speech and Drama[edit]


Hong Kong Speech Festival

American Rhetoric A database of famous speeches from politicians and Hollywood actors, audio and video files, transcripts and analysis of the use of rhetorical devices.

Figurospeech A fun guide to rhetoric based on examples from news and the media.

Audio Bible Speech festival participants taking part in bible reading can log on and listen to an actor reading their passage.

Free Online Books of Oral Activities - Games, Situational Task-Based Activities, Role Plays, Drama, Rubrics for Self Assessment. Lots of stuff!

Hong Kong Toastmasters A social club for people who are interested in public speaking, Toastmasters also organises public speaking workshops for schools.

The English Speaking Union A registered charity, this organisation promotes the wider use of English. Organises talks, language clinics, poetry readings and debates.

Theatre Garoupa Word Up - performance poetry recitals and workshops. For more details, contact

Debate resurces

Speech Festival Pieces for 2007[edit]

Secondary Solo Verse Non-Open. These are the links to online versions of the set pieces that I have found so far. If you can find any others, please install links to them here.

I'm Only Sleeping F. 1 N.O. Girls

F. 5 N.O. Boys

F. 2 N.O. Boys - Geography Lesson pages 12-13

What Teachers Wear in Bed! F.1 N.O. Girls You have to scroll down the page a bit for this one.

F. 3 N. O. Boys - scroll down the page a bit for this one.

Hummingbird F. 4 N.O. Girls

Black Berry Picking F. 5 N.O. Girls

Warming Her Pearls F. 6-7 N.O. Girls

F. 6-7 N.O. Boys page 7 - The Miller

Details for own choice dramatic duologue


Here are some great sites:

Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Drama Links

Creative Drama Lessons

Readers' Theatre Online scripts based on folktales from around the world for performance by groups of ten to fifteen students. Usually between ten and twenty minutes long - just right for drama festival!

Drama Lesson and Curriculum Plans

Hong Kong Schools' Drama Festival Rules and regulations and an archive of winning scripts.

Community Theatre Discussion Board Articles, tips for actors and directors, scripts and discussion boards.

Drama Activities

Creative Drama Drama resources for primary and junior secondary students.

Sounddogs Useful sound effects.



Macmillan’s online guide to using graded readers in the classroom. Lots of suggestions for pre-reading activities and project work.

Black Cat

Online guide to the ‘Black Cat’ series of graded readers.

Penguin Readers

Online guide to the ‘Penguin Readers’ series with a catalogue, samples of text, placement tests, teachers’ guides and supplementary exercises.

Oxford Bookworms


Maths and Science[edit]

Murderous Maths Puzzles, formulas and lots of useful links.

Maths is Fun!

Algebra Help It doesn't quite do your homework for you, but it comes pretty close. Enter a formula and it will give a step by step demonstration of how you can arrive at a solution.

Ology A fun science website.

Try Science

Eyes of Nye

American Museum of Natural History - Resources Links to resources and websites recommended by the museum.

Sense About Science

Tom Lehrer's The Elements A flash-animated singalong version of the periodic table!

Cells AliveFlash animations of cell biology.

DNA Interactive

Chemistry Mindmap and link to interactive periodic table

Links and Resources for Class Readers[edit]

EMB English Language Education references and resources

Junior Forms[edit]

Form 1: The Secret Garden, Frankenstein, Kidnapped, Matilda, Chinese Cinderella

Form 2: Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, Silas Marner

Form 3: The Canterbury Tales, The Joy Luck Club, The Remains of the Day, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Brave New World

Form 6/7: (Tentative):[edit]


Sparknotes 1984

Cliffnotes 1984 - summary, background information, essay questions, quizzes and projects

Gradesaver: summary, notes and quizzes

Clips and trailers from the film adaptation of the novel

To Kill A Mockingbird

Sparknotes - To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird Quiz - Chapters 1 to 6

/Cliffnotes - summary, character profiles, essays, quizzes, projects

Gradesaver - summary, quotes, essay questions, quizzes

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Youtube - extracts from the TV Series on which the book is based

Cosmic Perspective

NASA: Exploring the Universe

Windows to the Universe

INterview with Bill Bryson

Carl Sagan

The Consolations of Philosophy

Author's website

Thinking Big

Information about Socrates

Thinking Skills[edit]

The following articles may be of interest:lateral thinking, creativity, problem solving, brainstorming, mind mapping, IQ, fallacy.

Philosophy Games

Critical Thinking on the Web

World's Smallest Political Quiz Answer ten questions and the quiz will assess how liberal, conservative, left-wing or right-wing you are.

Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Assess Your Creativity

Mind Lab

Study Skills Guide

Nice Things for a Rainy Day[edit]

The female portrait in western art

Gallery of photos of Hong Kong

Maria Callas sings Oh Mio Babbino Caro

Independent Learning and Recommended Books[edit]

StumbleUpon Want to find something relevant to your interests online, but not exactly sure what to search for? Stumbleupon allows you to select topics that interest you and install a 'stumble' icon into your browser - once you click the icon, it will take you to a random page related to one of your interests. Depending on whether or not you give this page the thumbs up, it will build up a profile of what kinds of thing you like to read and will get better and better at finding what you want.

This is what I would like my students to do for independent learning

Creative or reflective responses to English books (counted towards PTA reading record) e.g. diary entries, letters, alternative endings, reviews, book cover designs, scripts, comic strip retelling of part of the story.

Creative or reflective responses to English language films/ TV programmes/ newspaper/ magazine articles.

Printouts of online exercises or reviews of language learning websites.

You will be assessed on the following:

Did you challenge yourself and do things that you can learn from?

Did you do a lot of work?

Did you do a wide variety of work, covering all the language skills?

Did you organize your portfolio well?

Did you present your portfolio attractively?

Some Great Books for Pre-Schoolers[edit]

Allan Ahlberg Each Peach Pear Plum

Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Lauren Child's Charlie and Lola books.

Dr. Seuss books such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat

Eric Carle's The Hungry Caterpillar

Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo and The Magic Paintbrush

Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo

The Oxford Reading Tree series of graded readers.

Ladybird Phonics

Winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal

WInners of the Nestle Smarties Book Prize

Junior Forms[edit]

Horrible_Science Horrible Science

Horrible_Histories Horrible Histories

Dead Famous Biography Series

Senior Forms[edit]

A good starting point for broadening your general knowledge through reading is Squashed - Major philosophical, literary and religious texts can all be read here in an abridged format. The site also tells you how long it will take to read each abridgement and provides background details and a single-paragraph synopsis at the start of each 'squashed' text.

Science students, or students who want to broaden their knowledge of science, should look for books that have won the Aventis Prize. The Aventis Prize is awarded to the best science books for the general reader. Recent winners whose work is particularly interesting and readable include Jared Diamond, Robert Winston and Richard Dawkins.

Students will probably enjoy anything by Bill Bryson, who writes humorously on travel, language, science and anything that interests him.

Other interesting and sometimes controversial non-fiction authors include Malcolm Gladwell, Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore.

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Different types of useful references.

Lot's of useful stuffs! Thanks!

Revolutionary Road (film)

The Last King of Scotland (film)

The Reader (film)

The Remains of the Day (film)

The Dark Knight (film)