Second Language

Education officials have got it wrong

Education officials have got it wrong

Your correspondent's opinions are borne out by my experience of learning English as a fourth former of a secondary school with English as the medium of instruction. I have found that using Chinese (Cantonese) can facilitate and motivate my learning of English as my second language. 

Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, 2:51am 1 comment

Between The Lines: Language Acquisition

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 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

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

Let's speak in English, s'il vous plait

Predictably, the French were furious. A national commission looking into the future of the French education system recommended last week that English, which it called 'the language of international communication', be made compulsory in French schools, and the usual suspects erupted in outrage.

28 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Spotlight on language switch

The switch to mother- tongue teaching will not compromise education standards in the SAR.

That is the opinion of the head of the Committee on Home-School Co-operation, Tik Chi-yuen.

To correct such misconceptions, the committee will hold a seminar on March 14 to explain the benefits of mother-tongue teaching to the public.

14 Jan 1998 - 12:00am