Ivy league shares some of its brightest

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 12:00am

More than 100 Hong Kong teenagers have snapped up the chance to brush up their English with help from some of America's brightest young sparks. The secondary school students aged 15 to 18 have joined a three-week English language summer school taught by Harvard University students and graduates.

It aims to develop their practical use of English through activities such as interviewing tourists, debating topics such as euthanasia and plastic surgery and producing live drama sketches. The Ivy League university has brought 11 students and graduates to Hong Kong to run the programme, which is co-sponsored by ABN Amro and the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.

Ken Lo, co-chair of Harvard Summer Exchange, said: 'We have filled the 100 spots available in a couple of weeks. For the local students it is an exciting way to learn more about the ways of life in a foreign country and in a world-renowned university.'