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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

    ... 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 Corporation prepare for licence renewals, the government should consider clarifying why both organisations must provide English-language services and why they are so heavily scrutinised. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Parents in Hong Kong struggling with rising cost of English-language education

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 10:58am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... by the government to families like hers, but many did not admit children who could not speak, read or write Chinese. "English-language education in Hong Kong is increasingly becoming a privilege ... of a good English-language education because they cannot afford it."   Squeeze on international-school locals International schools that reserve at least 80 per cent of places for non-local ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Hong Kong's English language skills branded 'pathetic' as Chinese has 'negative influence'

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 11:29pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com HK's English-language skills slipping, says survey The English-language skills of Hong Kong's adult population have slumped to the level ... languages- English and Chinese- and three standard spoken languages- Putonghua, Cantonese and English- had further lowered the importance of English. Business consultant Joseph Luc Ngai said ...

  5. News - China Insider - EDUCATION

    Debate rages as China seeks to reduce emphasis on English language education

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 09:38pm by Chris Luo

    ... the proposal also suggested the removal of English entirely from the curriculum before grade three. The measures are designed to “focus on English-language application and basic skills, while playing ... microblog user on Weibo who called the proposal a “setback of history” and “complacent and conservative”, urged the public to attach greater importance to English language education because ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Teacher training is key to improving Hong Kong's English language skills

    Posted Sep 16th 2013, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Philip Yeung says focus on exams stifles English language education Rethink on teacher training can instil passion for learning A new school year is here, and so is an old problem. To put it bluntly, Hong Kong sucks at English. Everyone laments this, but no one is doing anything about it. So, where should we begin? At the source: teacher training. All education ...

  7. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - AWARDS

    'Hecklers' reward English-language performers

    Posted Aug 06th 2013, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... 3, Hong Kong will get what organiser Meaghan McGurgan describes as our own "little Tony awards". The ceremony is being held by the website HKELD (Hong Kong English Language Drama, ... so it's a completely transparent process. You just sign up for a ballot," she explains. Who will walk away with a Heckler award for categories such as best English accessible ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    English-language tests fail to clarify teachers' proficiency

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by JIMMY

    ... SCMP Editorial Language test fails on clarity The latest outcome of a test for local teachers has again put the issue of English-language proficiency in the spotlight. While the pass rates ... on the ability to enhance its citizens' proficiency in the international language of English. It would be helpful to know if the standards can be maintained. Releasing more details for debate ...

  9. News - China

    English-language studies 'destructive' to China's education, says CPPCC deputy

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:05pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com The head of a national research institute in China said English-language studies were "destructive" to education, which is facing an "unprecedented crisis". Schools are placing too much emphasis on English, said Zhang Shuhua, head of the Intelligence Research Academy, adding that language studies should be treated as a means ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - MARTIAL ARTS

    Video: English-language kung fu manual aims to boost global popularity of Hung Kuen

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am by Johnny Tam

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com English-language book aims to preserve ancient style of Hung Kuen, and boost popularity abroad A kung fu manual for the masses International fans of the martial-arts style made famous by kung fu legend Wong Fei-hung will find it easier to learn with the publication of its first English-language manual. Publishers of the manual- to be launched next ...




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