British Council extends online reach
The British Council has launched an interactive networking website for English learners in Hong Kong, complete with caption contests, communal story-writing exercises and download features.
Like the popular networking website Facebook, the British Council's English Online invites English language learners to sign up, create a profile and add friends. In addition, users can also download information and exercises, share their blogs on the website and take part in interactive games designed to improve English skills.
Yesterday, the British Council celebrated its 60th anniversary in Hong Kong, and director of English language services Simon Hunt introduced the new website to 60 guests who graduated from universities in Britain.
'We look forward to it being a flagship for English learning here in Hong Kong,' he said.
Further anniversary events this year include theatrical productions during the Hong Kong Arts Festival, a design competition that will feature the winner in the London Design Festival and scholarships to study for master's degrees in Britain.
Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council worldwide network, kicked off the celebration, praising Hong Kong - calling it 'China's most international city' - for its transparency and freedoms.
Guests included Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying, media personality Chip Tsao and Bank of East Asia chairman David Li Kwok-po, who presided over the cake-cutting ceremony.
Liberal Party vice-chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee held a memory-sharing session during which Sir Ti-liang Yang and others described their first memories of landing in Britain.