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  1. 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 ...

  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. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    English-only rule lacks flexibility

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... their mistakes and build up their English language system gradually. After taking my second degree of applied linguistics, which covered bilingual education, I have been practising bilingual language ... The arguments given by Dr Caldwell are echoed by my 24 years of English language teaching experiences in six different secondary schools in Hong Kong. They have been proved valid in teaching students ...

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    Letters to the Editor, June 13, 2013

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... to improve their language skills. It must offer young people guidance, perhaps publishing articles in educational magazines that encourage them to make use of popular English-language newspapers ... is making this difficult to achieve. The rote-learning system of education is proving an obstacle, as is the fact that few have an opportunity to speak English in their daily lives. Hong Kong ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Education officials have got it wrong

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... by teachers during English-language lessons. A bilingual teaching method helps students develop a genuine interest in English. Learning is successful if there is a fun element which can engage ... such a negative learning atmosphere in English-language classes. I can understand that without any appropriate studies having being done, it is difficult for the bureau to change the existing policy. ...

  7. 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 for reading and listening skills remain relatively high, at 89 and 78 per cent, performance in the written exam leaves a lot to be desired. Only 45.2 per cent of the 1,357 candidates passed the test, ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    ESF subsidy withdrawal shames SAR

    Posted Jun 15th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... for middle-class English-speaking and taxpaying parents who will no longer receive any government support for English education. I prefer to have my child educated in English. Of course, we are in Asia, ... clear that they are not satisfied with local schools, and also wish for an affordable English education. The fact is that my child, though a category one applicant, with two English-speaking ...

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    How Chinese words can aid in English learning

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by JOHN AW CALDWELL

    ... "understanding" in Hong Kong schools that using anything other than English in an English-teaching/learning classroom is forbidden. The time is ripe for the education authorities to dispel the "ban ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    English may be the language of peace

    Posted Sep 08th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... story.) In place of national education, the government should design and launch a multi-year programme with the express mission to create a world-class English-language education for local schools ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE English may be the language of peace As a question of fairness, the government should mandate the introduction of national education in English Schools ...




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