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  • Aug 23, 2014
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Mentors teach pupils skills to love learning

Form Six pupil Fanny Cheung Wan-lam hated learning English from her kindergarten days.

Friday, 18 January, 2013, 5:00am

Secret to writing well lies in learning to think and feel

Why can't Hong Kong students write well in English? I've been asked this question so many times that I've long given up trying to come up with an answer and have learnt instead to look at the issue from a different perspective.

24 Dec 2012 - 8:33am

Between The Lines: Language Acquisition

Once in a while, I meet someone who turns my long-held beliefs on their head. Dr Stephen Krashen is one of these people.

25 Nov 2012 - 11:01am

The science of knowledge helps parents teach children

It has been a privilege to facilitate the learning of exceptional young people in my teaching career. I have taught students who have achieved perfect scores for AP (advance placement) and International Baccalaureate, as well as national rankings in their IGCSE biology exams. These students have done themselves, their families and their schools proud.

25 Nov 2012 - 11:59am

Passion for learning can sustain our children into old age

In reasonably affluent societies, life expectancy is now increasing at around half an hour per day. This is based on a reasonable extrapolation of trends around medical research linked to preventative as well as restorative health care. It means that anyone under the age of 20 has a 90 per cent chance of reaching and exceeding the age of 100.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

When his homework just doesn't add up

My son is in Year 6 and often gets confused with his maths homework. I don't know how to help him. I was never good at maths at school and my son is not confident either. The methods he is taught are different to how I learned and I don't want to confuse him even further.

11 Nov 2012 - 3:06pm

How to toughen children up

Six-year-old Markus Tsui knows the consequences when he throws a tantrum, or is rude to others: he will have to sit in a corner, opposite a wall pinned with a list of all his recent infractions.

14 Oct 2012 - 1:00pm 1 comment

Battle for ethnic minority children

When American author Robert Fulghum wrote, "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten", he was not far off the mark. The positive benefits of early education are well documented.

Yet many children in Hong Kong miss out on quality kindergarten education.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Stop boring our children at school

When the great Canadian short story writer Alice Munro was asked what makes her happy, she gave this simple reply: "It's being interested." By this definition, many of our students, bored silly in school, are an unhappy lot.

18 Aug 2012 - 2:37am

Logic gap

On a recent trip overseas, I was hiking up to a glacial lake with my wife when I asked her how to say the word 'tarn' in Cantonese. The resulting blank stare was expected, but this got me thinking about all the glacier-related terms stored away in my memory that I learned in my high school geography class.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm