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Tongue-tied (15 Jun 2000)


Examines the debate concerning the English benchmark test which is designed to test local English teachers' language competency. Also explores the importance of English in Hong Kong and problems facing Hong Kong students, many of who do not wish to speak or learn English. Benedict Ng (Principal, Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School) says that classes are too big and teachers have poor English standards. Cantonese culture is very strong in Hong Kong. Ma Ngok (City University of Hong Kong) and Bob Adamson (Department of Curriculum Studies, The University of Hong Kong) discuss teachers' claim that the test is an affront to their profession.

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, June 15, 2000
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