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  1. Attract professionals with good English skills to careers in teaching

    Posted Jan 10th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or watching English materials. In the highly commercial society of Hong Kong, graduates with good language skills are likely to opt for high-paying jobs in the business sector or professions ... None would dispute parents' perennial concern about the quality of English education in Hong Kong. As rightly pointed out in your editorial ('Lessons to be learned from a return ...

  2. Language policy must work to pupils' benefit

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

    ... are being denied an opportunity to learn English; some schools think their autonomy has been undermined. Whether all this is in fact the case is less important than that it is believed to be so. ... to winning support from parents and teachers. To an extent, that goal has already been achieved. Few schools would object to being given more freedom and resources to choose their teaching language ...

  3. View that native English-speaking teachers are better is very misguided

    Posted Jul 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... is a legitimate concern that should be dealt with seriously since the quality of education should never be undermined by any irresponsible individuals. Having said that though, I find it difficult ... furthering my education in Singapore. Over the years, I have had a plethora of English teachers from different backgrounds, including native and non-native English teachers. More recently, during ...

  4. What hope for benchmark tests?

    Posted Dec 20th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... test, with as many as 70 per cent flunking the written test. A crisis is building, with schools wondering where they will find enough English-language teachers once the 2006 deadline arrives ... needs encouraging both within and between schools to help teachers meet what for many are difficult challenges. If English-language skills really matter so much, this support could be extended ...

  5. Leniency urged for teachers in language test crisis

    Posted Feb 27th 2006, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... The call came as about 2,000 sat the final language-proficiency assessment test yesterday for those wanting to continue teaching English. The request will be made to education chief Arthur Li ... by either passing the test or by taking language courses and attend training programmes. All English and Putonghua teachers have to achieve the benchmark requirement before the end of this school ...

  6. Mailbag

    Posted Apr 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... atmosphere does not improve, I doubt whether the planned education reforms have the slimmest chance of success. SIMON KWONG, Siu Sai Wan Mind your language about JET It would be gratifying if your ... of basic training...enough to introduce primary-aged children to English culture' is shown to be false by the fact that most JETs worked in secondary schools with advanced English syllabi, ...

  7. Mailbag

    Posted Apr 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... they are untrained. The bureau has skirted its responsibilities by allowing candidates with only a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate to work in schools. It's obvious that the bureaucrats ... soar' (Education Post, March 15). While I appreciate that costs have certainly risen, I think the Native English Speaking Teachers' Association is asking for too much, and an inflationary ...

  8. Teachers fail to make the grade in language tests

    Posted Dec 19th 2003, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... education in Hong Kong. The English-language teachers also fared worse in the listening and speaking part of the latest test, held in September, than those who took the last test in March. The Education and Manpower Bureau said 8,662 of the 15,000 English-language teachers had fully or partially met the benchmark requirements, introduced two years ago. Teachers can opt to take ...

  9. Mail bag

    Posted Sep 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As the English Language Proficiency Assessment Tests are closed and there is still a shortage of English teachers in Hong Kong, I would advise the Education and Manpower Bureau to re-open the tests ... aid for local students to help them get a better grasp of the English language. Local English teachers have a better understanding of the difficulties facing local students in learning ...

  10. Mailbag

    Posted Jul 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of highly paid executives, whose functions and contributions to education remain unclear. Perhaps it's time the various ESF schools go independent. Yes, each school will face higher ... is a viable proposition, they should have no problem raising financing like any other business. The Education Bureau should investigate whether there has been a breach of duty on the part ...




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