Learning English can be more interesting with a little hi-tech help in the classroom. An audio-visual equipment supplier has joined forces with an academic publisher to offer multimedia teaching systems to Hong Kong schools and tertiary institutions. The systems, a collaboration between Vega Technology and Addison Wesley Longman, are based on two platforms: Ikon Technologies' HiClass II computer training system and Media International Inc's Delta multimedia language laboratory. Content is provided via Longman's range of CD-ROMs, especially those customised for the Hong Kong curriculum. The HiClass II computer training system provides a central PC-based teacher station which can address as many as 72 individual student workstations over a high band-width network. Students can view CD-ROM audio and visual teaching material over the network and can at any time contact the teacher through a Call Teacher Button, providing an audible beep on the teacher's control panel. Laurie Chow Yin-man, the managing director of Vega, said the system made teaching convenient. 'Multimedia systems will play an important role in future academic teaching, particularly for languages,' he said. The Longman's range of CD- ROM-based academic materials focus on English, mathematics and science. 'We bear the responsibility to publish IT materials designed to support the local curriculum, drawing on top quality globally published materials,' Goh Thian-cheok, vice-president of Addison Wesley Longman, said. The technology company offers a one-stop service to Hong Kong schools wishing to implement multimedia education systems.