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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

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

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

    ... meet their licence requirements by providing English-language news and weather, and government announcements. Foreign-language programmes for ethnic minorities that are limited to 20 per cent ... John Patkin John Patkin calls for a major review of the main channel, RTHK Radio 3 Is our English-language radio speaking to its audience? As Commercial Radio and Metro Broadcast ...

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    Native English teacher scheme needs overhaul to improve effectiveness

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 03:13am by LETTERS

    ... NET scheme needs overhaul to improve its effectiveness I refer to Michael Shaw's letter (" Native English teacher scheme supports local language needs ", June 17), ... Anyone experienced in the art of foreign language learning knows the best way to master a foreign language is to immerse oneself in an environment where only that language is used, ...

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    Time to retire the native English teacher scheme

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 02:10pm by Vaughan Rapatahana

    ... Vaughan Rapatahana Vaughan Rapatahana says most don't need to master the language Time to retire the native English teacher scheme Let's get real about the native-speaking ... in 1998 as a sop to angry, dismayed parents and students when Chinese language was unilaterally introduced as a medium of instruction. The scheme divides so-called "native English ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Native English teacher scheme supports local language needs

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:57am by LETTERS

    ... Native English teacher scheme supports local language needs I refer to Vaughan Rapatahana's article (" Time to retire the native English teacher scheme ", June 11). His ... English". According to the bureau, it was to "enhance the teaching of English language and increase exposure of students to English". English language is compulsory on the curriculum, ...

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    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 ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, June 28, 2014

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 05:03am by LETTERS

    ... of Southern California. I used to be a follower of his when I trained to be an English as-a-second-language (ESL) teacher and studied his book on second language acquisition. However, 25 years ... immersion-learning environment. Of course, the scheme is not perfect. Given that their first language is English, NETs cannot teach it as a second language in the way local teachers can. I believe ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's native-speaking English teacher scheme needs an overhaul

    Posted May 09th 2014, 02:53am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Philip Yeung believes native-speaking English teachers will be at their most effective in raising students' language ability if they are given more support and training, ... education's true purpose. Native English teachers' greater challenge is to help students cross the cultural divide. Language education is never just about language alone, for language ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    English-language education system needs overhaul

    Posted May 09th 2014, 02:53am by LETTERS

    ... English-language education system needs overhaul I appreciate Melanie Oh's response ("Dictation is an essential tool for teachers", April 22) to my letter ("Our schools ... there are more efficient and effective ways of teaching the English language. Ms Oh is mistaken when she refers to my son as capable for being able to read novels like Nancy Drew in Primary Four. Any ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Our schools can teach English better

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 03:46am by LETTERS

    ... was assessed as able to skip the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes designed for new immigrants. How ironic. Many native English teachers have complained and showed their frustration about ... of each student's English". These standards, merely memorisation exercises, are irrelevant to the children's future application of the language. At Primary Six, my son was assessed ...

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    Education officials have got it wrong

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... faced a lot of difficulties. However, I have found that using Chinese (Cantonese) can facilitate and motivate my learning of English as my second language. As Ms Ip pointed out, when students ... to understand the meaning of the second language. From past experience I know that I can remember the English idioms better with the help of an explanation in Chinese. Learning in this way has actually ...




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