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  1. Call for Cantonese opera classes in schools

    Posted May 24th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem The new senior secondary curriculum offers an ideal opportunity to teach Cantonese opera to schoolchildren, a team of University of Hong Kong academics says. The call follows a two-year pilot study in which students from seven secondary schools took classes in the art and attended performances. 'We expect that our young generations would not only regard Cantonese ...

  2. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - MUSIC

    Album of the week: Green Language by Rustie

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 10:11pm by MADELINE GRESSEL

    ... Madeline Gressel Green Language Rustie Warp But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It's Rus tie, whose invigorating, brilliantly alive and sometime revelatory song Raptor ... that the sounds are born anew. The cover of his sophomore LP, Green Languag e (a medieval term for birdsong), features two entwined flamingos: a Janus-faced bird, both goofy and precise, fabulous ...

  3. Cantonese must be preserved: academic

    Posted Nov 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... to be educated in their own dialect,' Dr Leung said. 'Spoken Putonghua is similar to written Chinese and a closer medium for learning modern Chinese language, but it doesn't mean Cantonese ... region.' Although Dr Leung acknowledged the benefits of learning modern Chinese language in Putonghua, she said Cantonese made the study of ancient poetry more accurate because its pronunciation ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    'Living dictionary' keeps family history, culture and language alive

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:02am by ANNEMARIE EVANS

    ... Annemarie Evans 'Living dictionary' keeps family history, culture and language alive Robert Hau Kun-sun can trace back his family's ancestry an incredible 28 generations. He ... by the Conservancy Association as a living dictionary of local village culture and dialect. "Hakka and Wai Tau language are my first languages," says Hau, but with fewer and fewer people speaking ...

  5. ESF must justify discrimination against Cantonese speakers

    Posted Apr 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... students can speak Cantonese, bearing in mind that more than 97 per cent of Hong Kong's local residents are Cantonese speaking. Why have non-local students (who make up a large proportion of the ESF's intake) been offered the ESF's subsidised places at the expense of local Cantonese speakers? Ms Bishop's observation, that 'there is a higher ratio of Asian to western ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Plan to offer lessons in Chinese as a second language remains vague

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Ethnic-minority pupils are crying out for the chance to learn Cantonese, but details of new curriculum to help them remain sketchy Plans for Chinese lessons still vague Sehrish speaks Cantonese with an accent and often struggles to find the right words. Reading and writing is even worse, she says. The 16-year-old is of Pakistani descent, ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Individual care pays off for award-winning French-language teacher

    Posted May 05th 2014, 09:42am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung Linda.yeung@scmp.com Focusing on the needs of individual students pays off for award-winning French-language teacher Svetlana Grier, writes Linda Yeung In a class of her own ... European language, that it was one of her former students. The South Korean student, now studying at a US boarding school, had left Chinese International School a few years ago. "It ...

  8. Should secondary schools teach Chinese using Putonghua rather than Cantonese?

    Posted Oct 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kong's culture. Cantonese is the most commonly used language in Hong Kong, and because of this, it should be the language used to teach Chinese. Using Putonghua would not offer great benefits ... Pulcheria Chung, 18 St Mary's Canossian College As the official language of China, Putonghua not only reflects our national identity, but is also an international language. As China- ...

  9. Local schools cannot meet the needs of children who don't speak Cantonese

    Posted May 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is not 'practically indistinguishable from local schools'. It was designed to cater for non-Cantonese-speaking children who were not used to a rote learning system to allow them to continue ... schools instead. This has resulted in fewer places for non-Cantonese-speaking children. Contrary to Ms Sze's suggestion that expatriate parents are making 'groundless allegations ...

  10. The rhetoric of officialdom adds new tone to Cantonese usage

    Posted Jul 05th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... are inseparable. Language is a social mirror that reflects what is happening in society. 'Mr Tung shows us a new trend, and it reflects the line between Cantonese and Putonghua is blurring. He may ... an impact on Cantonese usage by using Putonghua expressions. Linguists said the strong Putonghua flavour in government leaders' public speeches reflected a new trend in Cantonese expressions, ...




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