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  1. News - China - EDUCATION

    People's Daily spars with New York Times over reported 'meddling' of Chinese language institute

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 04:30pm by Angela Meng

    ... language and culture institute after a New York Times report featured concerns it was “stifling” academic freedom in US universities. The New York Times on Wednesday reported that the American ... choosing the curriculum and restricting teaching material”. “Confucius Institutes function as an arm of the Chinese state and are allowed to ignore academic freedom,” the group said. However, ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    For new Chinese-language curriculum to work, teachers have to show us respect, say ethnic minority pupils

    Posted May 04th 2014, 05:41am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Ethnic minority pupils offer views on scheme to teach Chinese as a second language 'Teaching Chinese starts with respect' A Chinese-as-a-second-language curriculum will work only when teachers learn to respect the unique identities of non-Chinese-speaking children, a group of ethnic minority pupils and parents has said. At a meeting ...

  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Want your bilingual kids to get ahead? Teach them a third language: computer code

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 12:09am by CHRIS LAU

    ... or not they dazzle in final exams, students are expected to be numerate and literate, preferably at least in two languages (English and Chinese for most youngsters here). They may soon have to add a third language if they are to get ahead in the 21st century: code. Computer programming, or machine language, code defines much of modern society. It drives all those apps which many rely on everyday ...

  4. News - China - CULTURE

    Foreign lingo like Wi-fi, VIP threaten Chinese language's ‘purity’, state newspaper says

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 07:37pm by Angela Meng

    ... mixed with a large quantity of English words? How much have foreign languages damaged the purity and vitality of the Chinese language?” the People’s Daily report said. “Scarcity of talent is one of the reasons,” said Wu Bo, an English professor at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. “There are many foreign-language-to-Chinese translators, but few Chinese-to-foreign-language ...

  5. 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

    ... but grew up in Hong Kong, going through the segregated local school system. "I want to take the [Diploma of Secondary Education exam in Chinese language] too; I don't want to take ... the government's plan to introduce lessons in Chinese as a second language at Primary One level from September. But campaigners say little has been heard since the idea was announced in Chief Executive ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Is Hong Kong's English-language radio speaking to its audience?

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 02:44pm by JOHN PATKIN

    ... the licence requirements as audiences are miniscule in comparison to the main Chinese-language FM channels. While the private broadcasters keep their costs down with automation and a skeleton news ... into a tightly produced weekend show, as it eats into valuable air time that could be better used. English-language media is an important source of information for non-Chinese speakers. Research from ...

  7. News - World - CULTURE

    French comedian to stage show for Chinese in Putonghua... a language he's never spoken

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 03:41am by AFP

    ... Chinois (Patrick the Chinese Man), performed entirely in Putonghua, a language he has never spoken before. Based around the idea of a Frenchman who sets out to become a Chinese man because he ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Comedian stands up for Chinese in France Bad timing, jokes that fall flat or an audience that just doesn't get it; such occupational hazards can lead ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How integration can drive trade facilitation- in several languages


    ... facilitation- in different languages Imagine you are the chief executive of a California-Shandong start-up, and your team has arranged a Skype conference call with your Chinese partners in Shanghai. The location hardly matters any more. The language barrier is dissolving before everyone's ears, thanks to a new app integrated with Skype. You begin the meeting with a brief summary of your ...

  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education - PERSPECTIVES

    Perspectives: constant practice the key to learning languages

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 10:36am by Perry Bayer

    ... Perry Bayer life@scmp.com Practice makes perfect in anyone's language Coaches and sportsmen and women will tell you about the value of practice for honing important skills. Top performers spend hours working on areas of their game, and so it is with academic pursuits. Language skills need to be practised to develop fluency and confidence. While students bemoan homework, ...

  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Children's sign language programme under threat as funding dries up

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:01am by Hazel Parry

    ... Hazel Parry life@scmp.com Sign-language classes are a lifeline for parents with deaf children, but one programme is under threat unless funding can be secured, writes Hazel Parry Vital ... That was when 34-year-old Siu understood the value of sign language and realised the time she had invested in learning it alongside her son had all been worthwhile. It is the right of these children ...




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