The Director of Education and trustee of the Language Fund, Helen Yu Lai Ching-ping, has approved another $11.38 million for Language Fund. It covers the fourth batch of five projects from the fifth call for applications. Two applications from existing projects to expand and develop their projects for funding of $2.46 million were also approved. This brings the total number of approved Language Fund projects to 141, involving grants of over $169 million since it was established in 1994. All these projects meet the criteria set by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) for allocation of the Language Fund. SCOLAR will closely monitor the progress of projects and identify effective ways to disseminate the outcomes arising from these undertakings. The priority research project in this batch aims to study the impact of using Putonghua as the medium of instruction in Chinese language teaching on Chinese language proficiency in writing, reading abilities and cultural knowledge at the secondary level. Other Chinese projects approved include a research study on enhancement of vocabulary learning and writing skills of primary students; development of a support system on the Internet for use by primary and secondary Chinese language teachers; a research study on the effectiveness of a reading programme adopting the 'reading aloud' approach on pre-primary children. The only English project approved involves placement of native English-seaking teenagers to serve as English Language Teaching Assistants in secondary schools to arouse students' interest in learning English. The two projects awarded grants for continuation, include a cross-cultural research study on the use of vocabulary items among secondary and tertiary students in four Asian cities, and production of a series of English radio programmes which will be broadcast on Radio 4, RTHK to help promote students' interest in English language. SCOLAR's Chinese Language Sub-committee and English Language Sub-committee will meet shortly to discuss a fresh batch of applications received during the sixth call for applications.