PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am


Disney parade proves a big hit

I joined the school's English Activities Committee in Form Four. We are responsible for promoting the language on our campus. This is very important because we are a CMI (Chinese medium of instruction) school.

We recently organised a Disney Week, which featured a parade of Disney cartoon characters. We all danced in the playground. It was a dream come true.

Such activities help students to improve their English. Many young students speak and listen to English more. This could be their first step to mastering the language.

Sharon Lo, Pooi To Middle School

Study rooms are great for revision

Ahead of my exams, I prefer to do my revision in the study room of a public library. It is such a nice place.

I love studying for exams there because of the lovely atmosphere.

Sometimes, after attending classes for a whole day, I can hardly concentrate on my books. At home, I would just fall asleep.

However, in a study room, everyone around you tries their best to brush up on their knowledge. Seeing other people study so hard, I am always inspired to carry on myself.

Besides, a study room is a great place for spending time with your friends. Recently, I met a classmate from primary school whom I had not seen for years.

He had come to study mathematics, and after our study sessions at the library, we left together and chatted on the way back home. It was so relaxing.

It is true that some people may find study rooms too stuffy. Spending a long time in such places may be too stressful for them.

If you are one of those people, then study rooms are certainly not for you.

Different places work best for us. We should all try to find the best place where we can study at ease.

Li Lok-yin, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

We need to learn to think on our own

I think more and more teens are paying attention to social issues. This can be seen from their growing participation in civic movements and activities.

What worries me, however, is that some of them show a lack of good judgment and critical thinking. They seem to be just following the lead of other people.

They do not think about the issues on their own. Instead, they just simply agree with popular opinions. The world is complicated. We need to have our own views of various issues based on our own reflections on them.

We should not let ourselves be manipulated by others.

Jan Wong, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Poverty is a major cause of child abuse

Despite activists' hard work to address the issue, child abuse remains a serious problem. Yet I think it is wrong just to blame parents.

Many people continue to live in poverty in Hong Kong. Parents often cannot afford to take care of their children well.

I believe an important step towards addressing the issue of child abuse involves job creation and social programmes for the poor.

Hannah Yeung, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Tuen Mun)

Learning a language can be great fun

Many foreigners find it very hard to learn Chinese, especially to read and write the language. This raises the question: is it hard to learn a foreign language?

Learning a language certainly requires dedication. You need to be interested and motivated. Learning is often a boring process. But if you are interested, you will persist.

Luckily, there are some tricks to making the learning process more interesting. The first is singing. By singing foreign songs and listening to them, you can learn a language in a fun way.

The second is chatting with foreigners in online forums. That helps you learn new words and practise your grammar.

The best thing to do is sign up for an online discussion forum about a topic of your choice. There you will have a chance to share your views with a variety of interesting people. That way you can make more friends while you also learn.

Learning a language does not have to be boring.

Kan Wai-sum, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College