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  1. Mailbag

    Posted Jan 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... colleagues, and to commission the Institute of Education to design a Teaching English as a Foreign Language programme for untrained NETs is timely (Education Post, November 29). The scheme has drifted ... and use simple English idioms as used by native users, which is just logistics. Our difficulties with the language have a local context- mannerisms and habitual weaknesses peculiar to local users ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/666403/mailbag
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/438776/what-hope-benchmark-tests
  3. Shanghai to recruit English teachers

    Posted Apr 17th 2004, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan Shanghai is seeking native English speakers to step up teaching of the language in preparation for the World Exposition to be held in the city in 2010. Pu Dong Education College ... fluent English because unlike Hong Kong, Shanghai does not have a westernised environment to promote the language,' he said. The college was looking to recruit native English speakers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/452353/shanghai-recruit-english-teachers
  4. 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
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/538149/leniency-urged-teachers-language-test-crisis
  6. IELTS recognised in UK immigration rules

    Posted Jan 17th 2009, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The International English Language Testing System has been recognised as a qualification in British immigration rules on the test's 20th anniversary. Highly-skilled professionals from non-European Union countries, such as doctors and scientists, are required to show proven English proficiency when they apply to emigrate to Britain. The British Government has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/667285/ielts-recognised-uk-immigration-rules
  7. Talkback

    Posted Aug 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... tongue was used as the teaching medium, as their level of English is too low. However, there is no need for the government to be so strict in forbidding mixed-language teaching (using both English and Chinese in classes) in English-medium schools. For science, biology and mathematics classes, mixed-language teaching should actually be encouraged. The present rule that Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/467581/talkback
  8. IELTS students to get results on the internet

    Posted Dec 01st 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch Students who sit the British Council's International English Language Test System (IELTS) can now access their results online. Launched yesterday, the IELTS result website (http://ielts-results.britishcouncil.org) will enable all candidates taking IELTS in British Council centres to get their results 13 days after they take the test. Students will need to provide their candidate number, passport ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/617772/ielts-students-get-results-internet
  9. 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, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/497756/mailbag
  10. Teachers complain after 80pc fail PolyU course

    Posted Sep 11th 2004, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... them from the language benchmark test. The teachers lodged a complaint at the end of a two-week intensive course in writing English that they took at PolyU's Centre for Professional and Business English (CPBE) last month. The course prepares serving English teachers for the writing component of the language proficiency benchmark that they will all be required to reach by the end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/469900/teachers-complain-after-80pc-fail-polyu-course

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