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  1. Rising to the challenge of teaching English

    Posted May 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A remarkable fact that has often escaped attention in the debate on the standard of English in Hong Kong is that, until now, qualifications have not been needed to teach the language ... of raising the community's command of the leading international language. It is often claimed that English proficiency among Hong Kong Chinese used to be higher, but this is a myth. The idea ...

  2. Sound foundation for language study

    Posted May 13th 2006, 12:00am by Stephanie Lo

    ... to become more acute toward foreign sounds. Participants were native Japanese speakers who went through a training programme to help them distinguish between the English 'l' ... as both an English language learner and teacher. One of the keys for acquiring the vocabulary, syntax and accent of a language is contingent on being able to differentiate and process individual ...

  3. Brisk Net trade for English exam spots

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung in Seoul Reflecting the mania for English-language qualifications, South Korean students have been paying hundreds of dollars for an opportunity to take a proficiency test before it is changed. Last Friday, when registration started for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), about 15,000 pupils queued around several blocks in Seoul to sit for the test ...

  4. Language test for teachers a failure

    Posted Jun 24th 2006, 12:00am by Francis Wann

    ... is beyond anyone's guess. The Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers has not achieved anything educationally substantive. Professor Philip Hoare of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, ... to their language proficiency. Whether it was introduced in the right way was a political issue, he said. If we look at the wider education landscape in the same way it could be argued that you need to pass ...

  5. Fight the dragon with skills and vocabulary

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Andrea Pawlyna

    ... be qualified to teach English at the primary, secondary or tertiary level. The programme focuses on the integration of applied linguistic study combined with issues relating to second language ... pronunciation, pedagogical grammar, second language vocabulary, second language writing, computer applications in second language teaching, and English for specific purposes, among others. All ...

  6. Teach English at a century-old institution

    Posted Mar 11th 2006, 12:00am by Elizabeth Horscroft

    ... be post-graduates with at least a year's experience in teaching English, preferably at the secondary level or higher. Having taught English as a second language or a background in drama ... function as an English language resource for other teachers. There will also be many opportunities to plan and organise professional development activities for other English teachers. The school ...

  7. Time to turn tables on 'super-tutors'

    Posted Jul 08th 2006, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... are long on technique and short on substance. It is time to tutor-proof the design of the English paper and turn exams into tools for driving genuine language learning rather than filling-in-the ... 'super-tutors' and reclaim genuine, meaningful language learning from subversive pretenders. Philip Yeung is a writer and English teacher ...

  8. mail bag

    Posted Jun 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... enrol their own children in the system isn't it a little hypocritical? It would make for an interesting survey. G. DYKES Tung Chung English standards worth upholding David Nunan of HKU English Centre argues that English and admission standards are falling at his university. HKU is highly regarded and holds status internationally as an English medium university. In an article ...

  9. Nurturing discourse

    Posted May 06th 2006, 12:00am by Andrea Li

    ... to teach English as a second language anywhere in the world, with effective study materials that support the students. Organising such a course calls for significant manpower and considerable ... A rising need for global communication is driving demand for a wide variety of language courses, writes Andrea Li MASTERING A foreign language is often characterised by rote learning, ...

  10. Proficient teachers no guarantee of English learning

    Posted May 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The recent benchmark test for English-language teachers may mark the end of a debate. In the coming semester, only qualified teachers will be able to teach English in our schools. ... themselves dejected unless a holistic English-language environment is created. Everyone knows that learning a language requires exposure and practice. A child who spends only five to 10 hours a week ...




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