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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Students with poor Chinese-language results can find study options abroad

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:44am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung Linda.yeung@scmp.com Those who can't make the grade in Chinese-language exams can still find many study options abroad, writes Linda Yeung Home truths Joining hordes ... failing to make the grade in Chinese language in this year's Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination, the results of which were released two weeks ago. If a youngster makes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1559150/students-poor-chinese-language-results-can-find-study
  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Hong Kong's ethnic minority students lag in Chinese language skills

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:22am by AAYUSH NIROULA

    ... Aayush Niroula life@scmp.com Mind your language: how minorities are being left in the margins The Chinese proficiency level of 60 per cent of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong aged ... March and July this year and asked them to evaluate their Chinese language level and their experience and perceptions of how Chinese language education affects their opportunities for further ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1556164/hong-kongs-ethnic-minority-students-lag-chinese-language
  3. News - World - SCIENCE

    US study focuses on how infants' brains respond to language

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:51am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... birth is beneficial for their language development, along with exaggerated speech and mouth movements. "Understand that they want to talk with you- serve and volley- so give them a chance to talk back," she said. The process of learning [one's native language] is really unlearning Richard Aslin, psychologist Kuhl and her colleagues also threw a non-native language ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556731/us-study-focuses-how-infants-brains-respond-language
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Want your bilingual kids to get ahead? Teach them a third language: computer code

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 12:09am by CHRIS LAU

    ... or not they dazzle in final exams, students are expected to be numerate and literate, preferably at least in two languages (English and Chinese for most youngsters here). They may soon have to add a third language if they are to get ahead in the 21st century: code. Computer programming, or machine language, code defines much of modern society. It drives all those apps which many rely on everyday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1551146/coding-skills-crucial-hong-kong-students-say-tech
  5. News - World - LANGUAGE

    The 12 words that show which sex you are: experts use language to define gender divide

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 11:21pm by GDN

    ... also revealed the 20 least-known words in English- those words which fewer than 3 per cent of test participants indicated were part of the language. "Fake words were endorsed by 8.3 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1544436/12-words-show-which-sex-you-are-experts-use-language-define-gender-divide
  6. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1539557/hong-kongs-english-language-radio-speaking-its-audience
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education - PERSPECTIVES

    Perspectives: constant practice the key to learning languages

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 10:36am by Perry Bayer

    ... Perry Bayer life@scmp.com Practice makes perfect in anyone's language Coaches and sportsmen and women will tell you about the value of practice for honing important skills. Top performers spend hours working on areas of their game, and so it is with academic pursuits. Language skills need to be practised to develop fluency and confidence. While students bemoan homework, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1537033/perspectives-constant-practice-key-learning-languages
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How integration can drive trade facilitation- in several languages

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:00am by JULIAN GRESSER, HOWARD LIEBERMAN, WILLIAM MOULTON

    ... facilitation- in different languages Imagine you are the chief executive of a California-Shandong start-up, and your team has arranged a Skype conference call with your Chinese partners in Shanghai. The location hardly matters any more. The language barrier is dissolving before everyone's ears, thanks to a new app integrated with Skype. You begin the meeting with a brief summary of your ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1537014/how-integration-can-drive-trade-facilitation-several
  9. News - China - EDUCATION

    People's Daily spars with New York Times over reported 'meddling' of Chinese language institute

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 04:30pm by Angela Meng

    ... Angela Meng angela.meng@scmp.com Communist party forced to defend Confucius Institute amid criticisms from US academics A Communist Party newspaper was prompted to defend China’s top language and culture institute after a New York Times report featured concerns it was “stifling” academic freedom in US universities. The New York Times on Wednesday reported that the American ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1536938/peoples-daily-spars-new-york-times-over-reported-meddling-chinese
  10. News - Asia - INDIA

    Nationalist plan to promote Hindi sparks language backlash in India

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 01:16am by AFP

    ... to promote Hindi as the government's official language on social media, demanding English be used instead. The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which swept to power last ... party is the third largest in parliament, wrote to Modi yesterday asking him to make English the official language. "(Pushing for Hindi) is a highly sensitive issue and causes disquiet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537328/nationalist-plan-promote-hindi-sparks-language-backlash-india

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