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Language Education

Ways to catch up on learning 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

Visa row over teachers at US Confucius Institutes

Beijing is caught up in a diplomatic row with Washington over alleged visa violations at Chinese government-sponsored Confucius Institutes in the United States.

It is feared the dispute will disrupt the operations of more than 80 institutes and could escalate if not handled properly.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Strong first-language skills are key to learning second tongue

I have just moved my nine-year-old son from a local Cantonese-speaking school to an English-speaking international school. His English skills are a little weak. I have been speaking to him in English at home, but my own English is not very good. The new teacher said I should speak Cantonese with him at home. I am confused about how to help him.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

No understanding of China can come without study

At one level, Australia's engagement with China in the past decade can be judged to be a roaring success. China is now its largest trading partner and, late last month, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the government would release a white paper on how Australia should build its level of engagement with China over the course of the next few decades.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The language of love

People worldwide are drawn to the richness of French culture. Whether it be lifestyle, fashion, arts or gastronomic delights, people are more able to explore French culture by learning its language.

Alliance Francaise de Hong Kong offers a range of language courses for beginners and experienced students.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Gateway to Germany

Germany has a proud history of artistic, scientific and academic achievements, a rich culture, beautiful scenery, and is the largest economy in the European Union, and a major trading partner of China. Learning the German language can open up opportunities for travel, study or professional development.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Are best English teachers born to it?

An education professor's call for a change in the way we teach English certainly grabbed headlines. Whether it would have the 'revolutionary' effect Andy Kirkpatrick has predicted is debatable.

The English chair at the Hong Kong Institute of Education wants bilingual or multilingual teachers, rather than native English speakers, to teach English to our students.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

India trails China in English standings

The British may have ruled India for 200 years, but people in China are now more proficient than Indians in their use of the English language, an online survey has found.

The survey ranked China 29th, pipping India in 30th. Data was collected from more than two million people in 44 countries in which English is not the native language.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

More than Meets the Eye

Photographs by Cameroonian Samuel Fosso (such as The Chief, above) and German Florian Merkel from the Deutsche Bank collection. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm, Sat, 2pm-6pm, Goethe-Gallery, Goethe-Institut HK, 14/F HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. Inquiries: 2802 0088. Ends Jun 12

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

The advantage of a third language

Recently, Grade Three pupils from Nanguo Affiliated Primary School of South China Normal University chose to pick up a third language and learn Spanish.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Words fail

If your job involves the regular review of English-language government documentation, as mine does, you will agree that not a single day passes without encountering some basic grammatical errors or glaring samples of 'Chinglish' (Chinese English).

3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Schools should welcome new medium-of-instruction policy

The fine-tuning policy regarding medium of instruction in schools, has proved to be controversial.

Starting from 2010, a school will be able 'to decide the medium of instruction for a class provided it can satisfy a set of requirements' ('Language policy under more fire', June 1).

6 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Mentors, not tutors

When a responsive government offers to modify its flawed teaching language policy, it is bitterly disappointing to see language scholars pour cold water on its initiative. Instead, they suggest that we stand pat on a failed approach.

20 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Medium-of-instruction policy backed by teachers, poll finds

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Mind their language

Measures announced yesterday give schools greater flexibility to choose their medium of instruction

The evolution of medium-of-instruction policy

SEP 1998

Government implements monther-tongue teaching; all but 112 secondary schools ordered to switch medium of instruction to Chinese in lower forms


9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am