Standing Committee on Language Education and Research

Funding ends for English campaign

The government has stopped funding a programme that helped office staff learn English, a decade after it was launched because of concerns that Hong Kong's position as an international city was under threat.

Monday, 7 September, 2009, 12:00am

Head of education panel urges rethink

The head of a panel that advises the government on language education has urged shelving proposed changes to policies on mother-tongue education, claiming parents' support could be based on misunderstandings.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

media

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings below

1 subtitles

2 conducive

3 disclose

4 distracting

5 veteran

a. words that translate what is said in a film into a different language and appear on the screen at the bottom

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

City short of Putonghua teachers, says Michael Tien

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Putonghua scheme confirmed

The government's advisory body on language education formally launched a HK$200 million campaign yesterday to help schools use Putonghua as the medium of instruction for Chinese language.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Putonghua scheme confirmed

The government's advisory body on language education formally launched a HK$200 million campaign yesterday to help schools use Putonghua as the medium of instruction for Chinese language.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Care needed to make Putonghua plan work

Hong Kong's unique position as a global financial centre and a commercial conduit to the mainland places tremendous language demands on its citizens. As a predominantly Cantonese-speaking community, our students are also expected to master Putonghua and English.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the report 'Young discover joy of English in drama' on page C1 yesterday, the name of a member of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research was wrongly stated as Stephen Chan Chi-wan. The correct name should be Stephen Chan Shu-ki.

5 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Better teachers the key to better English

One of Hong Kong's biggest employers, Sun Hung Kai Properties, has taken the lead in demanding higher English standards by requiring its 19,000-strong staff to meet certain benchmarks in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

19 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Action call in motivating language studies

Concrete action should be taken to raise language standards in Hong Kong, according to a key education committee, with more focus on motivating students to learn.

The government's Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (Scolar), surveyed students, parents and teachers last year on their attitudes to language learning.

25 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

TVB airs its skills in use of English

A pilot project led by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (Scolar) to promote the use of television programmes as an English teaching and learning tool will go live on TVB Pearl and the Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity) Web site early next month.

18 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Exams authority set to change scoring system

The exams authority will give students sitting the HKCEE Chinese and English tests an absolute score rather than a relative grade from 2007, according to a report to be released today.

2 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Workplace English language campaign needs far wider scope

I read your report on the Workplace English Campaign (WEC) (Education Post, November 16) with interest. As the head of an education establishment dedicated to improving the English standards of Hong Kong adults (and also one of the territory's largest referrer of applicants for WEC funds), I'd like to make some observations.

30 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Language lessons

The goal of language education in Hong Kong is for every student to become biliterate in Chinese and English, and trilingual in Cantonese, Putonghua and English. For a largely monolingual society, that is very ambitious.

27 May 2002 - 12:00am

Pen pal plan to boost English

Local pupils are being encouraged to find pen friends at international schools or institutes on the mainland to improve their foreign language proficiency.

The aim is to upgrade their language skills so 60 per cent can be taught in English at university, according to the head of a language policy think-tank.

25 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

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