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  1. Bad teachers turn English into a test of endurance

    Posted Dec 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Psychologists say 'we fuse with the words we use'. But local English teachers are clueless. They seldom read a book for enjoyment, watch English programmes, ... bare scaffolding. Philip Yeung is a Hong Kong-based writer. philipkcyeung2@yahoo.com ...

  2. Environmental protection

    Posted Jan 31st 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Sometimes you will need to turn written information into graphic form, maybe a mind map, a flow chart or a bar-graph. Read the interview with a government officer and complete the flow chart as you do so. Can you tell me the procedure followed in the case of an environmental nuisance? When we find that we have a case of environmental ...

  3. The ancient sport of kabbadi

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Part A Read this description of an old sport and then decide whether the statements which follow contain information which is true (T), false (F) or is not given (NG). Imagine a fairly small field - about one half of a basketball court. It is divided into two halves. Two seven-men (or seven-women) teams come out. Each team has an additional five players ...

  4. Keeping bad company

    Posted Jan 08th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Well done Bank of China (HK), well done China Resources, well done China Mobile, well done all those big H-share companies which notably failed to put their names ... remember the phrase caveat emptor - let the buyer beware. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  5. Subprime learning

    Posted Jan 06th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Hong Kong may not have toxic mortgages, but we have toxic English textbooks. In this category, the one that takes the biscuit goes by the misleading title of Developing ... Mainlanders are known to buttonhole native speakers in Starbucks to try out their English. Hong Kong students run away from 'foreigners'. Philip Yeung is a freelance writer. ...

  6. More dubious decisions from Hong Kong Inc

    Posted Apr 29th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Does the hypocrisy of Hong Kong's establishment know no bounds? Where are the limits to self-serving, government-approved cartels? Can the bureaucracy ever distinguish ... to Guangzhou - lots of lucrative construction contracts there - without presenting any cost/benefit analysis. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  7. Iron congee bowl

    Posted Dec 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring There have been many highlights in Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's long career as a servant of his superiors, British and Chinese - but last week was outstanding. At this time ... separate economic and social system. As it is, the chief servant seems set - to use the biblical phrase - on 'selling its birthright for a mess of pottage', or bowl of congee. Philip ...

  8. Help the workers

    Posted Nov 18th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... The government must concentrate spending where it is most effective as we head into a lean 2009, writes Philip Bowring What should the government do? It is now almost certain that 2009 ... - but that will not be so for the small businesses supplying services to them. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  9. Thorns in the Bauhinia Foundation's flowery ideal

    Posted Nov 06th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Does Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen go out of his way to get meaningless 'advice' from friendly think-tanks and committees of assorted worthies which can ... and the Communist Party but should be recognised as the poison they are for Hong Kong. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  10. Context

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a What type of writing is this? Match the following texts with the items in the list of different types of writing. A I refer to your editorial of June 15 ('Save the old'), and wish to express my strong support for your proposal to increase social welfare payments to the growing number of poor old people in Hong Kong. B I intend to present you first ...




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