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  1. 1.5 million reasons why IELTS shines

    Posted Mar 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... high-stakes English language test. The figure also represent 16 consecutive years of global growth. North America, followed by the Philippines and Hong Kong, experienced the largest growth over ... English language skills are a key requirement, including universities, employers, professional bodies and immigration authorities.' IELTS measures a candidate's ability across the four ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741222/15-million-reasons-why-ielts-shines
  2. Fluency in English is a basic requirement

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Michael Taylor

    ... to speak English. The master of arts programme in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) was launched in response to the Hong Kong government's aim of providing professional training to practising English teachers. The uncomfortable fact is that many teachers had entered the profession without having had professional training in second-language teaching. Jointly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738736/fluency-english-basic-requirement
  3. TEFL 101

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan TEFL 101 by Luan Hanratty Cambridge Academic, HK$197 If there's one thing that turns a reader off a book, it's being told by the author what to make of it. 'There is no waste in this book,' writes Luan Hanratty. 'Th ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/736503/tefl-101
  4. Speaking up

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... adopted Chinese as the preferred language of instruction. Currently, about 300 high schools use Chinese as the teaching medium while only around 110 schools teach in English. That's a huge ... 4 in what has been described as 'fine-tuning'. We all know that language skills are acquired and accumulated day by day. Speaking English is not like eating instant noodles. Pupils speak ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/981860/speaking
  5. Trying times

    Posted Jun 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... the city's English. Hong Kong's standard of English is already low. This year, only 37 per cent of 1,369 aspiring new teachers passed the English writing component of the language proficiency ... Andy Kirkpatrick, of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and have English taught by non-native-speaking English teachers rather than native speakers? According to Kirkpatrick, non-natives can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/969354/trying-times
  6. HK stands to benefit from students' mobility

    Posted Mar 18th 2011, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung Hong Kong will become an increasingly attractive destination for overseas students, as it makes further strides towards being an education hub, according to Dr Janet Ilieva. The education market intelligence and research manager at the British Council Hong Kong moderated the session on 'New Approaches to Internationalisation' at the conference. 'There ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/741226/hk-stands-benefit-students-mobility
  7. Patrons of good education

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Andrea Zavadszky Editorial staff (English Language Teaching Team) Oxford University Press If you really care about education and wish to work in an environment where others do too, Oxford ... But OUP is not like that, he adds. 'We try to do what is best for the students and look for people who share that ideal and passion,' he says. The 28-member English language teaching ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/985910/patrons-good-education
  8. English lessons failing pupils in many schools

    Posted Sep 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... economic potential. It's pretty dangerous for your society if English education is not kept up. Look at how much resources Singapore is putting into that.' Pupils' language ability ... said interactions between teachers and pupils are the best way to learn in a second language. 'Learning a language from learning its grammar is not the best way to do it. I learnt English ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/979284/english-lessons-failing-pupils-many-schools
  9. Teacher-training pays dividends

    Posted Aug 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com An English-language teacher training programme started by a Hong Kong nun in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake has grown into an international ... for Sichuan teachers. Canadian teachers with expertise in teaching English as a second language (ESL) have also been brought in as instructors. So far, the programme has trained more than 430 Sichuan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/976001/teacher-training-pays-dividends
  10. Lessons in English not for everyone

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... This is not at all surprising. The assessment criteria were laid down by the government for good reasons. They were meant to guard against schools adopting English regardless of their students' language ... by academics from Oxford University and the Hong Kong Institute of Education showed some schools were not ready to teach in English. When the teaching medium switched to English in higher forms, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/980032/lessons-english-not-everyone

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