Oxford HKDSE English Exam Analysis Sharing Session 2019—‘The BEST Way to Achieve Exam Excellence’

Following the 2019 HKDSE exams in April, the Oxford HKDSE English Exam Analysis Sharing Session 2019 was held on 4 May. This seminar offered teachers a comprehensive overview of Paper 1 and Paper 3 from the latest English Language exam, as well as an introduction to OUP’s new edition of Oxford Essential and Oxford Advanced Practice Papers.

Our guest speakers were Mr Theodore Tam, English Language and Literature teacher at St Stephen’s College, and Ms Christine Ng, Senior Form Coordinator at SKH Lui Ming Choi Secondary School. Mr Tam and Ms Ng provided their insights on Paper 1 (Reading) and Paper 3 (Listening and Integrated Skills) respectively.

Mr Tam, who was one of the top 12 scorers in the 2014 HKDSE exam, examined the reading topics, question types and question formats in Paper 1. After making detailed comparisons between the recent Paper 1 and those from previous years, he analysed challenging questions in the paper, and offered strategies on familiarizing students with specific question types.

Speaking on Paper 3, Ms Ng identified challenges such as lack of repetition and use of jargon in the audio recording, as well as unfamiliar Part B writing tasks. Along with explanations of different questions and writing tasks, she gave useful tips on listening, time management and writing in different genres.

Members of the ELT editorial team delivered a presentation on the upcoming 2019 edition of Oxford Essential and Oxford Advanced Practice Papers. With the aim of becoming ‘The BEST Way to Achieve Exam Excellence’, the new edition consists of four main components: Brand new content, a strong Expertise in the DSE exam, Substantial diagnostic resources and diverse Tools for blended assessment. The Practice Papers feature new text types, updated question formats and increased levels of difficulty. Supplementary resources include additional exercises for each set and digital tools for evaluating students’ progress.

The HKDSE exam is an important step in secondary education, and we at OUP aim to give teachers and students a better understanding of the challenges ahead. As always, OUP aspires to provide the optimal support for achieving academic excellence.

Check out some snapshots from the sharing session: