Children play on a viewing platform in Hong Kong. The debate over declining foreign language standards in Hong Kong is a tired one, but its verdict should be clear: if the city is to live up to its self-styled reputation as “Asia’s World City”, our students need to learn world languages. Photo: AFP

Let Hong Kong children learn English and Putonghua through play

Paul Smith lauds Hong Kong’s move to introduce more play in kindergartens, and sees a great opportunity in this play-based model to begin exposing our young to the international languages of English and, increasingly, Putonghua

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Children play on a viewing platform in Hong Kong. The debate over declining foreign language standards in Hong Kong is a tired one, but its verdict should be clear: if the city is to live up to its self-styled reputation as “Asia’s World City”, our students need to learn world languages. Photo: AFP
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