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  1. Cantonese-medium local system is unsuitable for expatriate students

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... schools have used Cantonese as their medium of instruction. Therein itself lies a problem. It takes years to master a language. Even a crash course in Cantonese and written Chinese would not save ...

  2. 'I should have been taught in Cantonese'

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by David Phair

    ... education I wish there was one thing I could've changed. I believe in mother-tongue teaching and I should've been taught in Cantonese although my school was proud and famous because ... people are acting all kinds of different roles with teachers using a language they are not good at, resulting in students switching off and feeling alienated. Dr Simon Chau Sui-cheong was talking ...

  3. Website language lets down universities

    Posted Mar 14th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (I write this in all humility: God help me if I had to compose a website in perfect Putonghua or Cantonese!) These language gaffes would matter less if millions of people worldwide did ... and most visible face we show to others: our language face. After all, the great majority of potential students and faculty throughout the world learn about Hong Kong's eight major ...

  4. Japanese language skills give competitive edge

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Written by Cyndi Ma Globalisation has changed the way the world operates, including the demand for language skills. In major international cities such as Hong Kong, the ability to speak English, Cantonese and Putonghua is becoming almost a must. Those who are willing to equip themselves with yet another language can significantly enhance their marketability in the workplace. ...

  5. Minorities allege indirect racism in language row

    Posted Jan 26th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... half or a third of the employees are expatriates who don't speak a word of Cantonese.' Mr Chan said bureau representatives had apologised and said any negative inference ... their argument. 'There would be no difficulty translating it,' he said. 'Only one of the chapters actually deals with language-teaching in detail. The rest uses very general language ...

  6. Letters

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... It is not the first language of more than 90 per cent of Hong Kong's residents. This is a predominantly Cantonese-speaking city. I'm not saying foreigners who come to live here should be forced to learn Cantonese, and I don't think this was Edward Tsui's main argument ('Embrace HK by learning its language', July 13). However, would it hurt expats like Mr Anderson ...

  7. Recognition of Cantonese opera as living heritage is so important

    Posted Oct 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The attention given to the preservation and development of Cantonese opera in the chief executive's policy agenda, and recognition by Unesco of the art form as an Intangible Cultural ... and that's as much an internal challenge as it is an external or geopolitical one. That is why recognition of Cantonese opera as a living heritage is important. It reaffirms the need for the next ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Hong Kong art critics prize restrict to Chinese language entries

    Posted Aug 25th 2012, 12:00am by VIVIENNECHOW

    ... Vivienne Chow vivienne.chow@scmp.com Council's language policy attacked after English entries excluded from HK$50,000 award Art critics prize is restricted to Chinese entries Aspiring ... Development Council to promote arts criticism and discover new talent, has come under fire for its language policy, while the council has been accused of lacking a long-term plan to cultivate arts ...

  9. Language exam paper is not the right place for moral education

    Posted Jan 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... which dog is a good dog to own (not those evil pit bulls) to which summer job is more virtuous (clerking in a shop or singing to young children at a language centre). They are asked to design ... through mandatory testing. There are certainly any number of morally neutral methods for examining language proficiency without promoting a not-so-hidden agenda. A language exam paper is simply ...

  10. Talkback

    Posted Aug 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... subjects taken in English for schools using the language as a medium for teaching have been taken as evidence to substantiate the claim that communication in Cantonese is more effective than ... the language policy be improved? It is disappointing to learn about the government's intention to advocate mother-tongue teaching further. The Education and Manpower Bureau seems to have decided, ...




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