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  1. English language education remains a vital investment for Hong Kong

    Posted Dec 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and written English, the government has no coherent policy for promoting and sustaining good quality, affordable English-language education. As you point out, in many ESF schools most students ... December 6), puts into better perspective the relative affordability of ESF schools. Instead of trying to tear down what is left of government subsidised English language education in Hong Kong, ...

  2. HKIEd tunes in to the fine-tuning of English language presentation

    Posted Jan 17th 2009, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... got any extra resources yet,' he said. Leonard Chan Kwok-kou, dean of the faculty of languages, said HKIEd would carry out more research in Chinese and English language education ... Elaine Yau The Hong Kong Institute of Education has announced a series of measures to boost English education in response to the increase in demand for teachers proficient in the language ...

  3. Mind your language

    Posted Sep 28th 2009, 12:00am by Katie Lau

    ... and educational at the same time,' he says. 'Remember how we learned to recognise simple words from flash cards when we were little? I want to apply this concept to adults too. Parents often ... culture and values,' So says. English tutor June Leung Ho-ki tries to put an educational spin on it by matching chiu yu with English expressions in her book, Slang 111. 'Most students ...

  4. Language of instruction, after a fashion

    Posted Feb 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Peter Gordon

    ... the idea that learning in English is somehow unpatriotic or a yearning for a colonial past. The primary consideration is, or should be, efficacy. The desire for English-language ability ... of such well-accepted quality that there would be no particular demand for English-medium schools outside of those specialised groups for whom English-language instruction is necessary. Is this impossible? ...

  5. Pass masters

    Posted May 10th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry In the corner of a coffee shop in Shenzhen, a mousy-looking English-language graduate leans across the table and speaks in a hushed voice as she explains how she supplements ... accreditation', an IELTS certificate combined with a local university degree is a passport to study overseas. With 1 million examinees globally a year, it has become the world standard in English-language ...

  6. Words fail

    Posted Aug 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... Regina Ip If your job involves the regular review of English-language government documentation, as mine does, you will agree that not a single day passes without encountering some basic ... that de-emphasises grammar works only if a student steps out of the classroom into an English-language environment. That is not the case in Hong Kong. The average student steps out of the classroom ...

  7. Language policy must work to pupils' benefit

    Posted May 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... That is why education officials are now embarking on a policy overhaul, even though they insist they are only 'fine-tuning' it. Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung yesterday ...

  8. English-language papers report on activist's trial

    Posted Aug 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok In a break from their usual silence on contentious human rights issues, two state-run English-language newspapers published detailed reports on a rights activist who is on trial for allegedly inciting subversion. Both China Daily and the Global Times reported on the hearing of Tan Zuoren, an activist whose essay on June 4, e-mail exchanges with exiled student ...

  9. New English-language newspaper starts with aim to help China's image overseas

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

    ... Vivian Wu The launch of the Global Times' English edition gave the mainland its second national English-language daily newspaper yesterday as the authorities push forward China's drive to overhaul its international image. Managed under the Communist Party's mouthpiece, the People's Daily, the English Global Times is expected to compete with the China Daily, ...

  10. IELTS recognised in UK immigration rules

    Posted Jan 17th 2009, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The International English Language Testing System has been recognised as a qualification in British immigration rules on the test's 20th anniversary. Highly-skilled professionals from non-European Union countries, such as doctors and scientists, are required to show proven English proficiency when they apply to emigrate to Britain. The British Government has ...




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