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  1. Mother-tongue learning- and better English

    Posted Feb 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for success in this era of globalisation. Learning through a second language (English for most students in Hong Kong) inevitably creates language barriers. For students who are not competent enough to learn through English, not only will their learning effectiveness be undermined, but their English proficiency may not be enhanced, despite their greater exposure to the language. I agree ...

  2. Confidence in speaking English in HK 'falling'

    Posted May 06th 2005, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Many believe the language is no longer critical for competitiveness, survey finds Hong Kong people's confidence in speaking English may be beginning to fall behind ... to Hong Kong's productivity and competitiveness. It shows Hong Kong ranks second overall among seven Asian economies in English proficiency, behind Singapore. Apart from the ability to speak ...

  3. Squabble over name of Taiwan's team

    Posted Jul 11th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... row, Taiwanese authorities said yesterday that it was 'unacceptable' that the mainland had tried to change the Chinese-language version of Taiwan's official Olympic title. Taiwan ... and 'Zhongguo Taibei' [China's Taipei] are valid translations for the island's official Olympic designation in English. He said it was not possible for the government to stop mainland ...

  4. Better English for soccer fans

    Posted Jun 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lorraine Ma, Young Post intern The British Council's 'World Cup English'- a new section of its Premier Skills website- is a useful tool that lets football fans keep up with the latest World Cup news while improving their English. Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council. The website promotes community sports development around ...

  5. Letters

    Posted Feb 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a foreign language on an equal footing with native languages and facilitates its popularisation. However, in Hong Kong, English has been cultivated as a pedigree language through the practice ... performance and local Chinese-medium schools for the rest. Here, the English language is characterised by its foreignness. While the average local graduate's English is readily accepted in work ...

  6. Anson Chan laments the decline of English

    Posted Jan 26th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... of the English language. 'We need to do all we can to retain and sharpen this competitive advantage, or run the risk of being overtaken by mainland cities.' The government needed to put more resources into training English teachers and upgrading teaching materials. The English Adventure bus is equipped with 21 computers and language learning software and materials aimed at Form One ...

  7. Oysters and wine at ESF staff lunch

    Posted Feb 17th 2004, 12:00am by Steve Cray

    ... officers to be seen in DotCod eating and drinking at ESF expense certainly brings judgment into question, but theirs not mine.' The second claim was for drinks at the Foreign ... Steve Cray Former CEO Jonathan Harris blocked an expense claim for the meal and another for FCC drinks Oysters and wine were the order of the day for an English Schools Foundation working ...

  8. The many ways to play a role in China's foreign relations

    Posted Sep 13th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The Chinese ambassador to Indonesia, Zhang Qiyue, visiting Hong Kong as a guest of the government until tomorrow, gave a talk recently, titled 'China's Foreign Policy ... or Foreign Ministry spokesman. Zhang was the spokeswoman from 1998 to 2004, when she appeared on television every week and answered questions from the foreign media. The ambassador replied ...

  9. Secret of good English? Keep it simple, stupid

    Posted Jun 28th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the unnecessarily complicated language used in official bulletins, brochures, forms and letters. Anyone who wants to find out how to write clear and simple English so that they can teach their students ... store. What is the matter with Hong Kong advertising companies? What is the matter with the education authorities? What is the matter with English teachers? Why do English newspapers accept ...

  10. Four cities spread the word on a changing language

    Posted Jan 12th 2005, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... cities, followed by IgG (immunoglobulin G) and IgM (immunoglobulin M), antibody groups which contain those against Sars, which appeared in English abbreviations. 'It is interesting to note ... University's Language Information Sciences Research Centre. 'But some issues also involved looking outwards such as the Mars rovers because the central government has great ambitions in space ...




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