Task group targets English language

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 December, 1997, 12:00am

A special task group will be set up to monitor English standards, the head of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) has announced.

Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai said SCOLAR would keep a close eye on English skills during the change of medium of instruction in SAR schools.

It also would concentrate on the Native-speaking English Teacher scheme (NET), he said.

'The task group will examine the effectiveness of existing English support measures for schools using Chinese as medium of instruction, and will make recommendations to the Government on what additional measures would be necessary to enhance the teaching and learning of English in these schools,' Dr Tse said.

SCOLAR members also agreed applications for money from the Language Fund would be judged in the light of the change in medium of instruction.

'We shall invite research projects to study the impact of the switch in medium of instruction, if any, on students' language proficiency, and to develop support materials for teachers,' Dr Tse said.

The fund will call for more applications next month.

SCOLAR has recommended approval for a further nine previous applications, bringing the total number of successful applications to 24.

'SCOLAR has completed initial vetting of 132 applications,' Dr Tse said.

'We hope these projects will soon bring forth plenty of practical and insightful ideas to enhance language learning and teaching by primary students.'