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Applied Linguistics

Teachers can easily dispense with textbooks in language classes

In recent weeks, a debate has been raging on the price of textbooks.

The government is urging publishers to lower prices, but publishers are unwilling to succumb.

Sunday, 20 May, 2012, 12:00am

A foolproof guide to raising intelligent little monsters

I have been searching for decades for a comprehensive guide that can provide parents with the tools to raise intelligent little beings.

I had pretty much given up any hope of finding one that was well-researched and reputable.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

To cut a long story short

US-based childhood literacy expert Julie Fowlkes has been helping Bring Me a Book Hong Kong in workshops that aim to make storytelling a more rewarding activity. She shares her experiences.

How did you become a child literacy worker?

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Language Central for Science

Over the years as a teacher, I've come across many bright foreign students who take classes below their learning ability because they fail to make the passing grade when tested in English and they struggle to make themselves understood. This is a shame because it is holding back students' real capabilities.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tag reading system

Do you find yourself constantly obsessing over your child's English skills? Are you worried that your child's vocabulary is smaller than that of their peers?

If your answer is yes, you are not alone. But one product that can ease some of that stress is LeapFrog's Tag Reading System.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Words to the wise

Alice Wong considered herself an avid reader, but it didn't occur to her that she might have to learn how to read to her two young children. She was even less aware that courses were available to teach this skill.

'I never used to understand the power of reading,' says Wong, who has a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 When is World Press Freedom Day?

a. tomorrow

b. May 3

c. December 5

d. every day

2 It is important for a journalist to keep their sources secret because ...

a. They should not give in to authority.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

Fluency in English is a basic requirement

There has long been anxiety about what many believe to be a decline in English standards in the city.

21 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Replace book reports with quiz

Many schools require students to write book reports to increase their interest in reading, but I don't think it works.

I enjoy reading, but I dislike writing book reports. What's the purpose? To make sure the students have read the book? Students can always copy book reports from their classmates.

28 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Everyone should pick up a novel

Students do not like to read books and novels, but they flock to the cinemas to watch movies.

I think there are some ways to motivate students to read.

14 May 2010 - 12:00am

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