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  1. News - World - LANGUAGE

    Don't go cray cray, language pedants: English dictionary's been updated

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 01:43am by SARAH KARACS

    ... in the English vernacular, adding around 1,000 new words every year. As of today you'll be able to find definitions for increasingly common words in 2014 that may have escaped those who are not glued to social media, as technology continues to play a huge role in the evolution of the language. Words such as "clickbait", the noun for internet content designed to draw readers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1573146/dont-go-cray-cray-language-pedants-english-dictionarys-been-updated
  2. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1539557/hong-kongs-english-language-radio-speaking-its-audience
  3. 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, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1534356/native-english-teacher-scheme-supports-local-language-needs
  4. News - China - EDUCATION

    Undercover investigation: Become a native English teacher in China, no questions asked

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 04:20am by Staff Reporters

    ... five years' teaching experience or equivalent qualifications will prove effective. The mainland is a huge market for English language teaching. According to the Ministry of Education, about 360 million students learned English in some capacity last year. There are some 50,000 schools or institutes, ranging from night schools to private schools teaching the language ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1594188/become-native-english-teacher-china-no-questions-asked
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1507831/english-language-education-system-needs-overhaul
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1493376/parents-hong-kong-struggle-rising-cost-english-language-education
  7. News - China Insider - EDUCATION

    Scandal-hit Li Yang announces plan to combine kung fu with ‘Crazy English’

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:56pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com “Crazy English” founder Li Yang has announced plans to combine kung fu with language classes as he aims to make a comeback from a series of well-publicised ... by himself and became an English-language talk show host on Chinese television in the 1990s. He started promoting Crazy English, which places heavy emphasis on practicing the language orally ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1576099/scandal-hit-li-yang-announces-plan-combine-kung-fu-crazy-english
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Relax civil service language policy to attract best talent

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:59pm by RICHARD SHEUNG

    ... by expatriate officers at the more senior levels. English was indisputably the working language of the civil service. But, back then, English was the only language requirement for officers, local ... an international city, it is not difficult to see, too, that English is now our greater postcolonial challenge. How viable is English as a working language among its non-native speakers who already have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1571376/relax-civil-service-language-policy-attract-best-talent
  9. News - World - GAMBIA

    Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh orders end of English as official language

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 09:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Dakar, Senegal President orders end of English as official language English will be dropped as the official language of Gambia, according to the latest diatribe ... several languages to choose from as a replacement for English. About 40 per cent of Gambians speak Mandinka, while Fula or Wolof are used by another 34 per cent. Jammeh himself is from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1447268/gambias-president-yahya-jammeh-orders-end-english-official-language
  10. News - Asia - INDIA

    Civil service test stirs up India's language anxieties

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 05:08am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... divisive for a country that inherited English from its British colonial rulers but has 22 official languages of its own. Many observers assumed that India had settled the divide decades ago when it allowed each state to have its own official language and made Hindi the official language of the national government. English may be used for official business. But in recent weeks, deep anxieties ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1566427/civil-service-test-stirs-indias-language-anxieties

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