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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - EDUCATION

    Pop culture helps students learn English

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Anjali Hazari

    ... the socio-linguistic scenario of Hong Kong, whether English is a foreign language or second language depends upon one's social class or social position. If a student's parents and friends speak ... Anjali Hazari Teachers are using pop culture to help students from less privileged backgrounds learn English as a second language, writes Anjali Hazari Gift rapped We are learning A, B, Cs ...

  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between The Lines: Language Acquisition

    Posted Nov 25th 2012, 12:00am by Annie Ho

    ... of these people. Krashen, the author of more than 350 academic papers, developed the first comprehensive theory of second-language acquisition. He could have a spectacular career as a stand-up comic if he ... to be accurate with rules and grammar, while "acquiring" is subconscious. Second-language teachers who use methods that promote language acquisition will see better results. The best way ...

  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education - PERSPECTIVE

    Perspective: How can Hong Kong lift language barrier facing minorities?

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 12:00am by RONALD TENG

    ... person from Macau could come to study in our middle schools, take French as a second language (English being the first, of course) and sit for our Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination. ... Ronald Teng life@scmp.com No easy solution to language barrier facing minorities In the second half of the 19th century, the Hong Kong government began to bring in labour from other parts ...

  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Expats in Singapore arm children for Chinese century

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:04pm by AFP

    ... and  investors attracted by its rapid economic progress and expatriate-friendly  lifestyle. English is the main language of instruction in Singapore, a former British  colony, but students in public schools are required to study a second language.  Mandarin is mandatory for the ethnic Chinese majority and optional for the rest. A number of foreign parents who are not on expat packages ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books

    Hong Kong's literary festival offers a packed programme of foreign and local writers

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 11:32pm by Kate Whitehead

    ... Magazine. He tackles cultural issues and is best known for The Fat Years- his first novel translated into English and now available in 14 languages worldwide (but banned on the mainland). His second ... a number of books on Nepalese and Baluchi, and his most recent work Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing (2014) is the first English-language biography ...

  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    It's never too early for children to learn a second language, say experts

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 11:08am by Mabel Sieh

    ... Mabel Sieh life@scmp.com It's never too early for infants to begin learning a second language as it can greatly improve cognitive skills later in life, visiting experts tell Mabel ... learning a second language is beneficial for babies and toddlers. Bilingual brains show a higher level of cognitive and executive function Patricia Kuhl  Professors Meltzoff and Kuhl were in town ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

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

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

    ... styles," says Year Nine student Victoria Ngai. Individual attention and motivation are known to be important factors for language learning, whether English, a common second language in Hong Kong, ... it was relatively less common. She became drawn to languages at the age of 11 under the influence of her father, who was learning English and was a big fan of the Beatles. "Learning the language gave ...

  8. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - TELEVISION

    A Bite of China: patriotic, nostalgic food porn back for second season

    Posted May 06th 2014, 07:25am by Jeremy Blum

    ... early fans. Keen on introducing it to her British chef boyfriend, Leung subtitled A Bite of China ’s first season and uploaded it to YouTube, where it became the only English-language resource ... Jeremy Blum jeremy.blum@scmp.com Some viewers say that the award-winning, visually appealing documentary makes them proud to be Chinese A Bite of China, which has just entered its second ...

  9. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Second Saint Laurent biopic different by design

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 08:16pm by James Mottram

    ... for best foreign language film. Still, Gaspard Ulliel, who plays Saint Laurent in Bonello's film, admits it was "weird" knowing that another actor was approaching the same character ... the race," he says, sitting in UniFrance's breezy pavilion at Cannes. "And me, I wanted to spend time on my work, not to rush. Of course, it's more difficult to come second ...

  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Students studying abroad must strike a balance between study and social life

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:15pm by Karen Pittar

    ... study abroad, Yang jumped at the chance. Now the 20-year-old is in her second year at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. "I was lucky, because I started learning English at about age five, so the language wasn't a problem for me," Yang says. "I had a choice between studying in New York and Canberra. I chose Canberra because I wanted to embark ...




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