Schools & Families How to teach your child English as a second language: British Council. Speaker Chris Defty, UK. 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty. First step: Thursday, 7pm-8.30pm and Saturday, 10am-11.30am; next step: Friday, 7pm-8.30pm and Saturday, 2pm-3.30pm. Tel 2913 5170. UK schools A-level studies information day: British Council. Conference Centre, 5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. Next Saturday, 2pm-7pm. Tel 2913 5100. Higher & Continuing Reclaiming plastic bottles: PolyU 'empowerment by design' seminar. Speaker: Michelle Brand. Room A122, School of Design, PolyU. Today, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Tel Marsha Lui, 2766 6832. FOCUS monthly meeting: Suite 2909, Pacific Plaza, 418 Des Voeux Road West. Tuesday, 10am-midday. Tel 2849 8218. Asymmetry in 'pro-drop' in Chinese: CityU Dept of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics research seminar. Speaker Prof Audrey Li Yen-hui, Southern CaliforniaU. P4701, 4/F Purple zone, Academic Building (Lift 1), CityU. Tuesday, 4.30pm-6pm.  Types of non-agreement 'pro-drop' languages: Same speaker, venue and time, May 19. Tel 2788 8720. International opportunities for technology-enhanced learning: HKU Faculty of Education seminar. Speaker Prof Marcia Linn. Room 101, Runme Shaw Building, HKU. Wednesday, 12.45pm-2pm. Tel 2859 2357/2515/2516. Mind Explosion: book launch with author/ESF teacher Verity Aylward. Bookazine, Shop 313A, Prince's Building, Central. Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tel 2525 0218. Nobel lecture series: HKUST Institute for Advanced Study: speaker Nobel laureate in chemistry Prof Aaron Ciechanover, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Wednesday. For more information, tel 2358 8424. Exploring matter inside planets - computational mineral physics: HKU Dept of Physics/Institute of Theoretical Physics seminar. Speaker Prof Artem Oganov, ETH Zurich. L2, Science Centre, HKUST. Thursday, 3.30pm-5pm. Tel 2609 6339. Going Green in Hong Kong: by authors Catherine Touzard and Fabienne Dupre. HKUST Library book signing and talk. Library classroom LG1, HKUST. Thursday, 6pm-7pm. Tel 2358 6786 or 2358 6761. The spirit of democracy: can the whole world become democratic? HKU Dept of Politics and Public Admin seminar. Speaker Prof Larry Diamond, StanfordU. Council Chamber, 8/F Meng Wah Complex, HKU, Pokfulam Road. Friday, 6pm-7.30pm (tea 5.30pm). E-mail email@example.com Impact of research-informed assessment materials on science teachers' practice: a better way to promote evidence-informed practice? HKU Faculty of Education seminar. Speaker Prof Robin Millar. Runme Shaw Building, HKU. Friday, 6.15pm-7.30pm. Tel 2859 2357/2515/2516. 9th Regional Osteoporosis Conference: HKU Dept of Medicine. Room 601, Level 6, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Next Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-5.45pm. E-mail Lenora Yung, firstname.lastname@example.org Professional development day and English learning fair: Native English-Speaking Teachers' Association seminar for secondary and primary English teachers, with 14 workshops and 11 service providers. St Stephen's Girls' College, 2 Lyttelwood Road, Mid-Levels. Next Saturday, 12.30pm-5pm. Tel Mark Thomas, 9774 1325. World trends in early childhood education: HKBU lecture. Speaker: Prof George Morrison, North TexasU. Room 1201, Chan SCE Tower, BaptistU. Next Saturday, 3pm-5pm.  Standards, assessment, and accountability in early childhood education: same speaker. Harilela LT 204, WLB Building, Shaw Campus, BaptistU. Monday, May 19, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tel 3411 2833. Information session: for students and parents. Oxford Brookes University Business School: Speakers Mr Clive Wildish and Tony Gibbs. Room 307-8, British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty. Next Saturday, 3pm-5pm. Tel Alice Wong, 8111 6689; e-mail email@example.com Exhibitions & Events Quality Education Fund projects exposition: Education and Manpower Bureau. Hong Kong Conference & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. Today and tomorrow. Tel 2123 6039; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The Studio and the Altar: exhibition of Taoist art in China. Gallery I, CUHK. Ends tomorrow. Tel 2609 7416. Creative music extravaganza: ISCM-ACL music creativity education campaign. HK Composers' Guild/HKIEd Dept of Creative Arts and PhysEd. C-LP-11, HKIEd. Monday, 5pm-7pm. Tel 2948 8171. What Next? Hong Kong Arts Centre symposium. Tuesday, 5pm-6pm. 5/F Pao Gallery, HKAC, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai.  Juxtaposition: BA (Fine Arts) graduation exhibition. 4/F & 5/F, Pao Galleries and 3/F, Experimental Gallery. Wednesday until May 31, 10am-8pm/10am-6pm respectively. Tel Tina Wong, 9177 1257 or Eva Puk, 6048 9870. Email: email@example.com Jazz concert: Miles Osland, sax; Vince DiMartino, trumpet; Raleigh Dailey, piano and HKIEd students. HKIEd Dept of Creative Arts and PhysEd. D2-LP-05, HKIEd. Wednesday.  Piano improvisation workshop. Same day; venue and times. Tel 2948 7092. Dei Strings concert: HKIEd Dept of Creative Arts and PhysEd. Tsuen Wan Town Hall Cultural Activities Hall. Friday, 8pm-10pm. Tel Dr Stefan Au, 2948 7974. The Parents' Journal 7th Education Expo and Family & Home Show: Hong Kong Conference & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. Next Saturday and Sunday. Tel 2505 7578. Gao Xingjian - literature and art: CUHK libraries special collection exhibition. Exhibition Hall, University Library. May 23-June 8. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, 1pm-7pm. Tel 2609 7307.