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Teaching Method

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

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

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

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

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