Teaching the key to English

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 January, 1996, 12:00am

I REFER to Johnny Cheung's letter headlined, 'Make English interesting for students' (South China Morning Post, January 8).

Mr Cheung said that the standard of English of Hong Kong students is poor. I agree with him. Hong Kong students only learn English to pass exams. They only learn the grammar that is necessary to develop some reading and writing skills.

But they are not willing to speak English in daily life and so they never develop a good command of the language.

Mr Cheung suggested inter-flow camps in Hong Kong to help improve the standard of English, but I do not think this is a good idea. Such a project would be expensive as schools would have to arrange to get students from foreign countries here.

I think teachers should improve their teaching methods.