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English-Language Education

Ways to catch up on learning English

Reading to children is one of the best ways of teaching them English.

My son is trying to pick up English, but I've found that he is far behind the other students at his age. Is there anything we can do to help him catch up?

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:11am

English may be the language of peace

In place of national education, the government should design and launch a multi-year programme with the express mission to create a world-class English-language education for local schools on top of their Chinese-language curriculum. Photo: Dennis Fung

As a question of fairness, the government should mandate the introduction of national education in English Schools Foundation and international schools as well. Why should expatriate and westernised local children be deprived of the opportunity to learn about China, which is, after all, on everyone's lips?

Calm down, just kidding! Don't rip my heart out!

9 Sep 2012 - 7:34am

View that native English-speaking teachers are better is very misguided

In response to Dermot Cooper's letter ('Parents should beware of fraudulent tutorial centres that do not help children', July 24), I would like to point out that the issue he raised is in fact a two-fold matter - the issue of unqualified English teachers and the presence of non-native English teachers.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The talk of the global village is ... in English

The second president of the United States, John Adams, predicted in 1780 that English would be the 'most respectable language' in the world and the most read and spoken. It is destined 'to be, in the next and succeeding centuries, more generally the language of the world than Latin was in the last or French is in the present age'.

22 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

Lessons in English not for everyone

With local schools being given more freedom to choose whether to teach classes in English or Chinese, there are worries that few will be able to resist the temptation to abandon the mother tongue. Previously, just 114 of the 400-plus schools were allowed to teach in English.

25 Sep 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

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

Trying times

It's true that, when it comes to learning English, one big challenge local schoolchildren face is lack of confidence. But should we go down the route suggested by Professor Andy Kirkpatrick, of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and have English taught by non-native-speaking English teachers rather than native speakers?

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HK stands to benefit from students' mobility

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.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

1.5 million reasons why IELTS shines

A record 1.5 million tests were taken around the world last year under an organisation run by British and Australian educationalists.

18 Mar 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

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23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am