Vol.1 No.5
English: using it or losing it
Prof Amy Tsui, HKU. English is the lingua franca on the university's campus and with the new four-year curriculum to be implemented from 2012, there will be additional credits for English language courses within the major disciplines.
Prof Kingsley Bolton and staff, Department of English, CityU. A culture of confidence instead of complaint is advocated by four tertiary teachers at CityU bearing in mind the rise and spread of functional English in the local context.
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee of the Savantas Policy Institute finds the quality of English language teaching in Hong Kong below par given the level of English needed for upward mobility in a competitive environment.
Grant Butler, the British Council’s Acting Director of English Language Services, sends an upbeat message for language learners. Motivation through encouragement and overcoming inhibitions are key factors.
English 24/7: Hong Kong students abroad. Diana Martin interviews undergraduates and postgraduates from Hong Kong about how they turned dreams of studying in Oxford into a reality. They explain how this involved becoming comfortable with English.
Young "indie" musicians in Hong Kong use English for song-writing, as research from Dr Alice Chik and Prof Philip Benson shows.
English: using it or losing it, by Lakshmi Jacotă. Education, commerce, pragmatism and elitism: English in Hong Kong against the colonial backdrop.
Professional and business opinion on English for communication, backed by expert specialist views from around the world.
HKFYG surveys on English.
Thirty-three young people say how they feel about English.


Also in this issue

A special report on school drug testing with Prof Daniel Shek of the HKSAR government’s Action Committee Against Narcotics, Sally Wong Pik-yee, JP, Commissioner for Narcotics, David Wong of the Narcotics Division and Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, Legco.

Presence not presents: Rosanna Wong on parental responsibilities.

Drug abuse abroad: how other countries cope.
English activities at HKFYG: including the HKFYG Standard Chartered English Public Speaking Contest 2010.
Creativity with confidence: poetry and prose from young Hong Kongers.