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  1. 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 ...

  2. The new lingua

    Posted Jun 21st 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... and there is no one there to assess whether it is right or not.' Chris Davison, associate professor of English-language education at the University of Hong Kong's education faculty and an organiser ... there are native speakers,' said Jennifer Jenkins, professor of English language at the University of Southampton. 'When I go to international conferences, where English is the focus, I am very ...

  3. Polish your English online

    Posted Jun 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is free and offers tips on English usage, continuing education and self-development. One of its features- the English Learning Channel- is a joint venture with the education organisation, Wall ... education subsidies, specialist qualification exams, salary indices, university rankings and scholarships. The site is also linked to Yahoo!'s job-hunting resource which is useful ...

  4. Legislator seeks more expat English teachers

    Posted Sep 12th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a long-term plan or we'll just keep scaring overseas teachers away,' he said. Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower Chris Wardlaw said: 'We are confident that they [NETs] will enhance both the professionalism of local English-language teachers and the learning of English among our students.' ...

  5. Medium, message must strike balance

    Posted Feb 10th 2007, 12:00am by Nigel Bruce

    ... integration, and that teachers see themselves as educators first and disciplinary specialists second. Not only does Hong Kong need a fresh perspective on language and its curricular role, but that the universities need to place greater trust in the substantial body of experienced language educators they employ on their English for academic purposes (EAP) programmes. Although there is now a whole ...

  6. Education reform put to the test

    Posted Jul 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of exams, as well as an overhaul of the authority. The new test may be seen in a positive light by those concerned with a perceived slide in English-language standards- both teaching and learning- ... that the results may be one of many factors used for reference in determining secondary school placement. The present exam regime is not conducive to an education aimed at exploiting the full range ...

  7. 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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    Ways to catch up on learning English

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by SAMUEL PARTRIDGE

    ... even 10 minutes a day of shared reading can be beneficial. If the child is too old to be read to, use English-language newspapers or magazines to discuss political or sports events. Not only ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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