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  1. 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 ...

  2. Chinese set to become dominant language

    Posted Jul 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Josie Liu

    ... and culture- not sit back and wait.' The number of students taking up Chinese studies still lags behind more traditional second-language options. About 24,000 American high school students learn ... five years. From September, China will for the first time recruit foreign volunteers to teach Putonghua overseas. Volunteers with university degrees and qualifications in Chinese language ...

  3. Carlyle Group buys language school chain

    Posted Mar 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Stuart Biggs

    ... Stuart Biggs Global private equity giant the Carlyle Group has bought the Wall Street Institute, an Asian English-language school chain, for an undisclosed fee. The group made ... services. Citigroup Private Equity will also be an investor in the company. 'With English as the common language of global business, demand for quality instruction is growing rapidly around ...

  4. Social networking sites take language learning out of classroom

    Posted Jul 08th 2008, 12:00am by Sherman So

    ... Sherman So Many would suggest the best way to learn a foreign language is to be surrounded with native speakers. If travelling abroad is not an option, a broadband-connected personal ... to be a large domestic market for such services. Every year millions of Chinese students take English-language proficiency examinations to study or work aboard. The country's largest private ...

  5. Language teachers spread word all around the globe

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Between 1996 and 2000, the number sitting the exam almost doubled from 210,000 to 400,000. Xinhua has reported that an estimated 30 million ... to all corners of the globe. Ms Hu and her colleagues from the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language are helping to meet a growing demand for Chinese studies among ...

  6. Business - Companies - DEBT

    CNOOC seeks cheap loans from foreign banks

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore The world's big banks vie to finance a Canada deal at rates lower than those offered in China CNOOC seeks cheap foreign loans CNOOC, working to complete ... Kong at Royal Bank of Scotland. CNOOC, which has a Aa3 rating from Moody's Investors Service, is seeking oil reserves to meet demand in the world's second-biggest crude-consuming ...

  7. Chainrai's second Portsmouth takeover signed

    Posted Aug 15th 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney It's official- Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai is Portsmouth owner for a second time. Chainrai (pictured) briefly owned the English club before they went ... money. Asian money has already made an impact this season in English soccer. A consortium headed by the owner of Thailand's King Power Group completed a takeover of another English ...

  8. Cantonese is falling out of favour with foreigners

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Caryn Yap

    ... University students and foreigners in Hong Kong are queuing to learn Putonghua - and for one of the top centres of Cantonese scholarship, that is bad news. While 457 foreigners graduated from Chinese University's Putonghua course last year, it taught only 242 foreigners Cantonese, against 334 in 2001. This month, five of the six full-time Cantonese teachers ...

  9. Read between the tax-friendly lines

    Posted May 13th 2009, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren Taxes, laws, languages and openness to foreign property buyers vary widely across the Caribbean. Among the most tax friendly and welcoming to overseas buyers is the British ... of planning and development. The only foreigners who cannot buy into these schemes are Americans because of their country's embargo. Little English or Chinese is spoken in Cuba, where ...

  10. Passages from India

    Posted Oct 30th 2004, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... on the English language, is based on the fact that about 350 million Indians speak English as a second language, exceeding the number in Britain and the US who speak it as their first language ... Indian, they usually can communicate only in English. India has more people who speak English as a second language than any other country. The next is Nigeria, but it's far behind with up ...




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