A computer network designed for English language teachers has been jointly launched by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Hongkong Telecom IMS (Interactive Multi-media Services). Known as TeleNex (Teachers of English Language Education Nexus), it was established by the Teachers of English Language Education Centre (TELEC) which is part of the Department of Curriculum Studies at HKU. The project began in 1993 with a hard-disk format. Thirty-three schools and about 300 teachers have benefited, with about $23 million spent so far. TeleNex provides English teachers with teaching materials from two hyper-media databases on English grammar and teaching ideas. TELEC director Amy Tsui Bik-may said putting TeleNex on to the Internet made it easily accessible for all teachers. Ms Tsui, also a Curriculum Studies professor at HKU, is involved in researching teachers' Internet usage patterns. The Director of Education, Helen Yu Lai Ching-ping, said she supported the move which would allow more teachers to make use of the Internet. Despite this backing TeleNex - sponsored by the Government's Language Fund and the Hongkong Telecom Foundation - must still fight for annual financial support. 'For long-term educational effects, it is better for the university and the Government to work together in upkeeping and upgrading the network,' Professor Tsui said. The TeleNex network is aimed at developing a culture of mutual support by allowing teachers to seek advice, share ideas and teaching materials, and discuss English language teaching issues in Conference Corners. Parts of the databases have been put on the Net so all teachers can benefit. TeleNex also has helped schools get Internet facilities. This will help links between secondary schools and the tertiary sector. The TeleNex website can be accessed at Netvigator's Study Cell at http://www.netvigator.com or http://www.telenex.hku.hk .