Teaching Method

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

English-only rule lacks flexibility

Wise use of Chinese can help process of teaching English

The arguments given by Dr Caldwell are echoed by my 24 years of English language teaching experiences in six different secondary schools in Hong Kong. They have been proved valid in teaching students of different streams, namely, Chinese medium of instruction and English medium of instruction.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

How Chinese words can aid in English learning

New studies show Chinese can be used to teach English

The state of English in Hong Kong has improved steadily over the past decade, thanks to deliberate strategies. There is in progress, however, a more dynamic paradigm shift in language learning. It involves the targeted use of the mother tongue (in this case, Chinese) to increase the rate and motivation in learning the other language (English).

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am 1 comment

Tin Hau school first to adopt official Montessori education

The International Montessori School. Photo: May Tse

Montessori kindergartens are common across Hong Kong but there is only one primary school using the internationally adopted teaching approach.

The International Montessori School in Tin Hau recently became only the second accredited primary school in Asia. The other one is in Japan.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:43am 2 comments

In a class of their own

Faced with a roomful of disgruntled underachievers and unruly teenagers, teachers might be daunted by the task of turning their young charges around. But Manda Ma Wai-man refuses to regard her problem students as lost causes.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tree of knowledge has ancient roots

In Hong Kong, all children have to go to school. That is the law. If you drop out of school, your parents can get into trouble. Hong Kong citizens are entitled to 12 years of free education.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

A few years away from embracing digital age

E-learning and game-based learning are still two to four years away from being commonly used in Hong Kong, say developers.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Let's make English fun

With the English standard of most Hong Kong students lower than ever, many will face problems finding jobs. Something needs to be done.

Firstly, we should improve the education system. I believe boring teaching methods, such as only focusing on grammatical rules in textbooks, do not help students learn English and also takes away their motivation to learn more and improve.

23 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

You've got to speculate to educate

There are hundreds of schools out there. Taking the time and trouble to research what each has to offer, and matching this information with the educational and emotional needs of their children, will be the best investment a parent can make in their offspring's future. The challenge of choosing may seem formidable, but the potential rewards of a great education are inestimable.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Researchers 'can help weak pupils in the class'

Learning-study found to boost teaching methods

Teachers who have problems helping weaker students should call in education researchers to find solutions, an academic at the Hong Kong Institute of Education told a major seminar.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

The secret to learning a language is the teaching

WHEN IT COMES to language learning, it is not what you teach that matters - it is how you teach it.

That is the message principals, teachers and students had to share at an Education Convergence forum on the teaching of English last Saturday.

24 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Reforms call for new culture

A change in culture will be needed if the reforms outlined by the Education Commission are to succeed, an official at the SAR's largest teacher-training institute said.

19 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

School aid

EXTRA money will be granted to schools that come up with effective teaching methods under a District Teacher Network. The $15 million scheme, sponsored by the Jockey Club Charity Trust Fund, will allow students to share teaching ideas and strengthen co-operation.

26 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Modern teaching method faces axe

A curriculum intended to enliven primary school education faces the axe after four years.

Lawmakers warned the new teaching method conflicted with the principle of 'survival of the fittest'.

A motion calling for the suspension of the Target-Oriented Curriculum was passed by councillors last night.

21 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Teaching problems

I refer to the letter headlined 'Mother-tongue teaching good for students' by Cathy Mak (South China Morning Post, February 4) in which she agreed mother-tongue teaching was good for students.

I don't think her assertion is completely correct.

10 Feb 1998 - 12:00am