English as a Foreign or Second Language

Parents should beware of fraudulent tutorial centres that do not help children

As someone who has taught in a kindergarten and tutorial centres here in Hong Kong, I believe it is about time that parents of children attending these places realised that there is a significant number that are committing fraud on a regular basis.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am

Cruel exams for primary school pupils have become a lottery

Readers might think that 15.5 per cent and 29.4 per cent on exam papers were marks for students of low ability, but in this case they would be wrong.

They are a selection of Hong Kong schools' percentage marks on 2011 Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) Primary Six exam papers.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tomorrow's tongues

In a globalised world where countries are interdependent, those looking to land themselves in a leadership role would be well advised to master their understanding of the dialects of the future, be they human languages or the increasingly ubiquitous forms of digital communication.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Patrons of good education

Editorial staff (English Language Teaching Team) Oxford University Press

If you really care about education and wish to work in an environment where others do too, Oxford University Press (OUP) may be the right choice for you.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Speaking up

Whoever wins the chief executive race next year needs to have the nerve and boldness to bring Hong Kong back to the pre-handover days as far as using English as the teaching medium in high schools is concerned. The standard of English of our students in high schools and universities has declined sharply in the past 14 years.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

English lessons failing pupils in many schools

Many secondary schools are unprepared for the switch from teaching in Chinese to English in senior classes, threatening the city's economic potential, scholars have warned.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Dozing off while others speak is rude

Many young people in Hong Kong behave disrespectfully. They carry on chatting while teachers or public speakers are talking. Some even doze off.

That's just rude. It is a sign of respect to pay attention to people, even if you may not find what they are saying very interesting.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Teacher-training pays dividends

An English-language teacher training programme started by a Hong Kong nun in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake has grown into an international effort that is gaining momentum and popularity among mainland teachers.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Some educators taking wrong approach to English teaching

Julian Ried's letter ('Undergraduates hampered by poor standard of English', May 1) discusses a problem that is not limited to undergraduates nor to Hong Kong - the dominance of English puts professionals who are non-native speakers at a disadvantage throughout the world.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

TEFL 101

TEFL 101 by Luan Hanratty Cambridge Academic, HK$197

23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Study trips a fun way of learning

Come the holidays, many parents send their children back to school to polish their language skills.

While local tutorial schools specialise in grammar and exam techniques, study trips abroad offer Hong Kong children the chance to speak like natives.

Apart from improving their linguistic skills, overseas trips provide children with a wide range of benefits.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Language degrees give students the edge

An increasing number of students are taking up language courses to spice up their resumes, as proficiency in languages has become a significant aspect of career development.

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Language switch causes a stir

The release of the language policy proposal in January has sparked a huge storm among parents and educators. Under the scheme more schools using Chinese as their medium of instruction will be allowed to teach in English.

13 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Student hails benefits of mother-tongue teaching

Having thrived on teaching in Chinese since the 1980s, Shun Tak Fraternal Association Tam Pak Yu College will be forced to offer three subjects in English from next year.

Principal Ho Ki-to said the school's teachers and students were frustrated by the government's change of policy on the language of instruction.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Take four

Englishtown (Booth 5J22, 5J24)

19 Feb 2009 - 12:00am