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  1. English test

    Posted Mar 04th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is gaining popularity. The Workplace English Campaign in Hong Kong has specified the test as an international business English examination, and employers and universities are entitled to set a minimum score for applicants to their positions or vacancies. It is with these reasons in mind that Open University is offering ...

  2. Improving job market puts the focus back on poor English

    Posted May 31st 2004, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Kelvin Chan Business groups and executives are concerned that Hong Kong workers are falling behind in their English language skills. As the job market heats up and competition for workers intensifies, recruiting firms and business associations say that if large companies cannot find locally educated workers with the adequate English-language skills, they will look to overseas workers. ...

  3. Local graduates losing job edge

    Posted Apr 30th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Only 20 per cent of Chinese enterprises are willing to employ local tertiary graduates as more and more of their mainland peers possess strong English-language skills and an international ... of mainland graduates that have received an overseas education also lessens the demand for Hong Kong graduates.' ...

  4. Language test urged for more workers

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the benchmarks as reference in setting their own English language requirements for recruitment and promotion,' said Michael Tien Puk-sun, Scolar chairman. This would encourage more people to pursue ... Dikky Sinn The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (Scolar) is pushing for more employees to pass English benchmark tests as part of its campaign to raise English ...

  5. Talkback

    Posted Aug 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the English-language curriculum has for too long focused on grammatical rules instead of practical communication skills. If this focus remains unchanged, it will be difficult for the new system to accurately ... What do you think of the new grading system for the Certificate of Education Examinations? Under the new grading system for Chinese and English public exams, candidates' performances ...

  6. Have your say

    Posted Apr 18th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Overseas study tours are popular these days, and I think they are a good idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are a good way to improve your English language skills and, secondly, they help ... stability. But I hope now that a minimum wage is on the policy agenda, there will actually be action on this issue. I think Mr Tsang should also focus on education. Education is very important ...

  7. Tang's dodgy logic undermines real debate on a GST

    Posted Aug 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... point. ANGELO PARATICO, Mid-Levels Speak of the devil I was interested to read John Shanahan's letter suggesting Air New Zealand pay attention to the English language ('Devil's ... the number of people who qualify to pay salaries tax. This should be done by investing in education and training so that people can produce more value, and earn higher salaries. The final option ...

  8. Australia to probe deaths of foreign workers

    Posted Jun 26th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... workers vulnerable to abuse. 'There are a whole range of things which are highly unsatisfactory about the visa class,' said Mr Sutton. 'Many of the foreign workers have poor English language skills. If an employer doesn't like the look of them he can terminate the sponsorship at a whim. They are then tossed out of the country unless they can find an alternative ...

  9. Migrants target supportive paper in row over back pay

    Posted Feb 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... came as the official English-language China Daily reported yesterday that Beijing was planning to set up a fund to ensure migrant workers received their wages. It said the government would make ...

  10. Alert at bias in construction industry

    Posted Apr 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani Workers lacking Chinese skills are being denied chance to advance, say activists The government has been accused of indirect discrimination for not providing English-language courses and information for ethnic minority construction workers seeking to advance their careers. Fony Chow Sau-fong, executive director of Unison, an NGO advocating ethnic minority ...




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