SEE U
Student English Enhancement Unit

學生英語支援中心

Project Coordinators

Ms YB Chan
Mr Andrew Mui

Tel: 3442 9880
E-mail: see.u@cccu.edu.hk

Project SEE U is funded by the Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) set up under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund.

Student English Enhancement Unit
(Project SEE U)

The Student English Enhancement Unit (SEE U) Project in UOWCHK/CCCU seeks to provide sub-degree students with additional, after-lesson support to improve their English with a focus on addressing the difficulties commonly experienced by students of this category: Typically these students need to strengthen their English language at the foundation level. Yet, they need to achieve this improvement target within the short time span of their sub-degree programme, usually 2 years, in order to match their pursuit of university or employment goals. Very often, their devotion of efforts at English improvement has been undermined by the simultaneous need to maintain good performance in other curricular subjects. In view of these difficult circumstances of the sub-degree students, pedagogical activities in SEE U Project have been designed to cater to the students’ needs, aiming at improving their English linguistic competencies in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is intended that this Project will provide supplementary support to the College’s mainstream curricula, assisting the College in its delivery of students with good academic quality.

 

 

Foundation Improvement Courses

 

These courses are designed to help students with relatively weak English language abilities by providing exercises to re-strengthen their foundations in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

To Register:

 

 

2019-20 Semester A Foundation Improvement Courses

 

Date Title
6 September 2019 Pronunciation Practice
12 September 2019 English Grammar Improvement
20 September 2019 Writing in An Elegant Style
27 September 2019 Oral Presentation Practice
4 October 2019 University Admission Interview Skills

 

 

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Pronunciation Practice
Date: 6 September 2019

 

Some students find it difficult to speak fluently in English. Very often, the reason is that their mother language “母語” is hampering their ability to recognize the proper sounds to make in English. Teachers of this course are prepared to help students solve this problem with practical oral exercises.

 

Date: 6 September 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 1507, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 60 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 20 August – 5 September 2019, 12:00 noon

 

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English Grammar Improvement
Date: 12 September 2019

 

Some students may realize that their English grammar is still weak even though they are pursuing tertiary-level education in this College. It’s never too late to mend! This course provides help with a quick revision on major English grammar rules and exercises

 

Date: 12 September 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room M3017, 3/F, RRS Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 60 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 6 September – 11 September 2019, 12:00 noon

 

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Writing in An Elegant Style
Date: 20 September 2019

 

We often hear students complain to themselves that their poor writing styles have prevented them from producing good work in assignments or examinations. This course answers their needs by teaching practical ways of expressing ideas in an elegant style

 

Date: 20 September 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room M3017, 3/F, RRS Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 12 September – 19 September 2019, 12:00 noon

 

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Oral Presentation Practice
Date: 27 September 2019

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

 

Date: 27 September 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: M3017, 3/F, RRS Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 60 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 20 September – 26 September 2019, 12:00 noon (Please add)

 

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University Admission Interview Skills
Date: 4 October 2019

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

 

Date: 4 October 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room M3017, 3/F, RRS Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 60 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 27 September – 3 October 2019, 12:00 noon

 

 

 

2018-19 Semester B Foundation Improvement Courses

 

Date Title
18 January 2019 Job Application Letter and Resume Writing
25 January 2019 Oral Presentation Skills
1 February 2019 Assignment Writing Skills
15 February 2019 Writing Personal Statement for University Application
22 February 2019 University Application Interview Skills

 

 

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Job Application Letter and Resume Writing
Date: 18 January 2019

 

Writing letters for job application is often one of the first challenges facing a graduate from the university or the community college. This course will help students relieve some of their worries by teaching how to present wisely in a job application letter and resume.

 

Date: 18 January 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: C Y Sun Lecture Theatre (LT-3), Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 80 (First-come, first served)

 

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Oral Presentation Skills
Date: 25 January 2019

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

 

Date: 25 January 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: C Y Sun Lecture Theatre (LT-3), Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 80 (First-come, first served)

 

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Assignment Writing Skills
Date: 1 February 2019

 

Have you ever heard your course lecturer comment that you need to write in an academic style in order to gain high grades in your assignments? In fact, this requirement for academic style writing will get more stringent when you enter the university and progress to higher levels of study. Our SEE U lecturers will share the essential skills with you.

 

Date: 1 February 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: C Y Sun Lecture Theatre (LT-3), Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 80 (First-come, first served)

 

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Writing Personal Statement for University Application
Date: 15 February 2019

 

Before you get the chance for an interview, you need to overcome the hurdle of writing a good personal statement to be submitted together with your university application. The SEE U lecturers in this course will discuss with you the way to make a smart presentation in your personal statement. Come and join us!

 

Date: 15 February 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: C Y Sun Lecture Theatre (LT-3), Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 80 (First-come, first served)

 

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University Application Interview Skills
Date: 22 February 2019

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

 

Date: 22 February 2019 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: C Y Sun Lecture Theatre (LT-3), Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 80 (First-come, first served)

 

 

2018-19 Semester A Foundation Improvement Courses

 

Date Title
7 September 2018 Oral Presentation Practice
14 September 2018 Writing in An Elegant Style
21 September 2018 Pronunciation Practice
28 September 2018 English Grammar Improvement
12 October 2018 University Admission Interview Skills

 

 

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Oral Presentation Practice
Date: 7 September 2018

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

 

Date: 7 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 30 August – 6 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Writing in An Elegant Style
Date: 14 September 2018

 

We often hear students complain to themselves that their poor writing styles have prevented them from producing good work in assignments or examinations. This course answers their needs by teaching practical ways of expressing ideas in an elegant style.

 

Date: 14 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 7 September – 13 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Pronunciation Practice
Date: 21 September 2018

 

Some students find it difficult to speak fluently in English. Very often, the reason is that their mother language “母語” is hampering their ability to recognize the proper sounds to make in English. Teachers of this course are prepared to help students solve this problem with practical oral exercises.

 

Date: 21 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 14 September – 20 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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English Grammar Improvement
Date: 28 September 2018

 

Some students may realize that their English grammar is still weak even though they are pursuing tertiary-level education in this College. It’s never too late to mend! This course provides help with a quick revision on major English grammar rules and exercises.

 

Date: 28 September 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 21 September – 27 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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University Admission Interview Skills
Date: 12 October 2018

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

 

Date: 12 October 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 – 5:50 pm

Venue: Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Quota: 40 (First-come, first served)

Registration Period: 28 September – 11 October 2018, 12:00 noon

 

 

Guidance Sessions

 

It is often found that intensive guidance and individual attention from the teacher can assist students with their understanding and improvements in learning. In view of this, SEE U teachers seek to provide counselling service for any students in need. Students are welcome to make appointments with a SEE U teacher for an individual counselling session and they may also come in groups. The counselling sessions are conducted in a relaxing atmosphere and students can freely ask and discuss with the teacher any difficulty they have come across in use of English. Students are welcome to consult the teacher at these counselling session on English language usage for the purpose of writing their assignments for different subjects as well.

 

To encourage College students to make full use of the SEE U counselling service, SEE U teachers would also organize counselling sessions on designated topics of learning from time to time. These topics are associated with students’ learning in their formal English lessons, in particular, in the lectures organized by SEE U. In Semester A, the following specially designed “guidance sessions” have been organized for the benefit of students who have attended the relevant courses in the SEE U Foundation Improvement Courses series:

 

To Register:

 

2019-20 Semester A Guidance Session

 

Date Title
6 September 2019 Pronunciation Practice
12 September 2019 English Grammar Improvement
20 September 2019 Writing in An Elegant Style
27 September 2019 Oral Presentation Practice
4 October 2019 University Admission Interview Skills

 

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Pronunciation Practice
Date: 12 September 2019

 

Some students find it difficult to speak fluently in English. Very often, the reason is that their mother language “母語” is hampering their ability to recognize the proper sounds to make in English. Teachers of this course are prepared to help students solve this problem with practical oral exercises.

Date: 12 September 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 12:00 noon – 1:50 pm

    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm

    Room 1312, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 20 August – 5 September 2019, 12:00 noon

 

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English Grammar Improvement
Date: 20 September 2019

 

Some students may realize that their English grammar is still weak even though they are pursuing tertiary-level education in this College. It’s never too late to mend! This course provides help with a quick revision on major English grammar rules and exercises.

Date: 20 September 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm

    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm

    Room 1106, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: : 6 September – 11 September 2019, 12:00 noon

 

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Writing in An Elegant Style
Date: 27 September 2019

 

We often hear students complain to themselves that their poor writing styles have prevented them from producing good work in assignments or examinations. This course answers their needs by teaching practical ways of expressing ideas in an elegant style.

Date: 27 September 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm

    Room 1310, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm

    Room 1100, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 12 September – 19 September 2019, 12:00 noon

 

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Oral Presentation Practice
Date: 4 October 2019

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

Date: 4 October 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm

    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm

    Room 1106, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 20 September – 26 September 2019, 12:00 noon (Please add)

 

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University Admission Interview Skills
Date: 11 October 2019

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

Date: 11 October 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm

    Room 1310, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm

    Room 1100, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 27 September – 3 October 2019, 12:00 noon

 

2018-19 Semester B Guidance Sessions

 

(A) Lecture Part II and Practice

 

Date Title
25 January 2019 Job Application Letter and Resume Writing
1 February 2019 Oral Presentation Skills
15 February 2019 Assignment Writing Skills
22 February 2019 Writing Personal Statement for University Application
1 March 2019 University Application Interview Skills

 

(B) Small Group Counselling for Mainland Students

 

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Job Application Letter and Resume Writing
Date: 25 January 2019

 

Writing letters for job application is often one of the first challenges facing a graduate from the university or the community college. This course will help students relieve some of their worries by teaching how to present wisely in a job application letter and resume.

 

Date: 25 January 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 12:00 noon – 1:50 pm
    Room 1110, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1402, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

 

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Oral Presentation Skills
Date: 1 February 2019

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

 

Date: 1 February 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
    Room 2310, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1402, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

 

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Assignment Writing Skills
Date: 15 February 2019

 

Have you ever heard your course lecturer comment that you need to write in an academic style in order to gain high grades in your assignments? In fact, this requirement for academic style writing will get more stringent when you enter the university and progress to higher levels of study. Our SEE U lecturers will share the essential skills with you.

 

Date: 15 February 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 12:00 noon – 1:50 pm
    Room 1110, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1402, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

 

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Writing Personal Statement for University Application
Date: 22 February 2019

 

Before you get the chance for an interview, you need to overcome the hurdle of writing a good personal statement to be submitted together with your university application. The SEE U lecturers in this course will discuss with you the way to make a smart presentation in your personal statement. Come and join us!

 

Date: 22 February 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
    Room 2310, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1402, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

 

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University Application Interview Skills
Date: 1 March 2019

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

 

Date: 1 March 2019 (Friday)

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 12:00 noon – 1:50 pm
    Room 1110, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1402, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

 

 

2018-19 Semester A Guidance Sessions

 

Date Title
14 September 2018 Oral Presentation Practice
21 September 2018 Writing in An Elegant Style
28 September 2018 Pronunciation Practice
5 October 2018 English Grammar Improvement
19 October 2018 University Admission Interview Skills

 

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Oral Presentation Practice
Date: 14 September 2018

 

Studying at the community college and university level, students often find that oral presentation skills is one significant factor affecting their assignment scores. This course is designed to strengthen students’ oral presentation skills for achieving higher marks in their assignment presentations.

 

Date: 14 September 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 30 August – 6 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Writing in An Elegant Style
Date: 21 September 2018

 

We often hear students complain to themselves that their poor writing styles have prevented them from producing good work in assignments or examinations. This course answers their needs by teaching practical ways of expressing ideas in an elegant style.

 

Date: 21 September 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 12:00 noon – 1:50 pm
    Room 1301, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1410, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 7 September – 13 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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Pronunciation Practice
Date: 28 September 2018

 

Some students find it difficult to speak fluently in English. Very often, the reason is that their mother language “母語” is hampering their ability to recognize the proper sounds to make in English. Teachers of this course are prepared to help students solve this problem with practical oral exercises.

 

Date: 28 September 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 14 September – 20 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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English Grammar Improvement
Date: 5 October 2018

 

Some students may realize that their English grammar is still weak even though they are pursuing tertiary-level education in this College. It’s never too late to mend! This course provides help with a quick revision on major English grammar rules and exercises.

 

Date: 5 October 2018

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 4:00 – 5:50 pm
    Room 3500, 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 21 September – 27 September 2018, 12:00 noon

 

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University Admission Interview Skills
Date: 19 October 2018

 

Students who feel nervous about attending university interviews should attend this course to learn some effective ways to present answers to the difficult questions commonly asked. The teacher will also discuss some wise ways of preparing for university admission interviews.

 

Date: 19 October 2018 (Friday)

 

Time & Venue:

  • Session A: 2:00 – 3:50 pm
    Room 1110, 1/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • Session B: 4:00 – 5:50 pm
    Room 2308, 2/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong

Registration Period: 28 September – 11 October 2018, 12:00 noon

 

 

Enhancement Courses

 

The Enhancement Courses are intended to elevate students’ skills in use of English to a higher level when they have consolidated their English language foundations. Students will be taught the use of English for specialized purposes, e.g., English for work and university writing (highly relevant for IELTS preparation), oral assignment presentation skills, interview speaking skills, etc.

 

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities will announce the enrolment details.

 

2018-19 Semester B Enhancement Courses

 

(A) “Better English, Better Grades!” Free Supplementary English Enhancement Workshops for CGE2000-3 Students

 

Date Title
23 January 2019 CV Writing Workshop
31 January 2019 10 Tips on Writing Personal Statements and Cover Letters
13 February 2019 Speaking/Pronunciation Skills
14 February 2019 Interview Skills for University Degree/Job Applications
21 March 2019 Meetings & Minutes-taking Workshop
27 March 2019 Writing Polite Messages/Emails

 

(B) Free Summer IELTS Preparatory Course for Year 1 UOWCHK/CCCU Students

 

Download Application Form

 

 

 

 

Daily English Practice

 

“Rome was not built in one day,” as the proverb says. Daily practice is important for students who want to make substantial improvement in their English. SEE U teachers will help students improve their English by posting easy-to-use materials for daily English language practice on the SEE U online platform. There is no pressure! Students can do these exercises at their own pace and at any time.

 

Please leave your message at our online forum or send email to see.u@cccu.edu.hk if you wish to raise any questions about these exercises. Our SEE U teachers are always ready to offer you help.

 

2019-20 Semester A

 

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#140 Greatest Frauds in History—Worldcom
Date: 25 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

What do you see as the safest investment there is?

 

Most of us may be too young to recall the dot.com investment bubble at the turn of the millennium. Do you know what the dot.com bubble was?

 

What is your outlook on the economy?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#139 Greatest Frauds in History—Enron
Date: 24 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skill

 

What was your worst experience in losing money?

 

Do you know of anyone who invests in the stock market?

 

What do you think explains the stock price of a listed company to plunge from US$90 to US$1?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#138 Greatest Frauds in History—Jordan Belfort
Date: 23 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Have you seen the movie The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) starring Leonardo DiCarpio?

 

"Greed is good." Where is this all-familiar line from? Which movie (other than The Wolf of Wall Street)?

 

Are you aware of the real man portrayed in The Wolf of Wall Street, one by the name of Jordan Belfort?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#137 Greatest Frauds in History—Elizabeth Holmes
Date: 22 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

It takes both good looks and plenty of smooth talking to pull off a deception: does Bernie Madoff impress you as such?

 

At the end of the day, what do you think really drives a successful deception?

 

How do smart people get deceived?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#136 Greatest Frauds in History—Bernie Madoff
Date: 21 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

What was your bitterest experience of being cheated, lied to, or treated like a fool?

 

What do you think makes a successful deceiver tick?

 

Can you warn us against scams that you know of?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#135 Prestigious Universities in the World— Seoul National University
Date: 18 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Private tutoring is an important business in South Korea. Do you know why?

 

Admission to a top university in South Korea is very competitive. To go to one of the top three is as hard as trying to reach for the sky. “SKY” actually refers to three of the most prestigious universities in South Korea. Do you know what they are?

 

 

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#134 Prestigious Universities in the World—Cambridge University
Date: 17 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skill

 

To you what is the average “Hong Kong Dream”?

 

Some ambitious parents in Hong Kong have groomed their children for going to a top university. If you were to choose, as some of the most outstanding DSE or IB graduates every year have been given to choose, between Hong Kong University and Cambridge University, which one would you take?

 

What factors will you consider when you are deciding to study overseas?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#133 Prestigious Universities in the World—Harvard University
Date: 16 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

What is the average American Dream?

 

While in Hong Kong most people are in awe at the mere mention of “Harvard University,” why do you think some Americans are not so keen?

 

What makes Harvard… well, Harvard?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#132 Prestigious Universities in the World—Tsinghua University
Date: 15 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

What does President Xi have in mind when he speaks of his “Chinese Dream”?

 

What are your own dreams and wishes?

 

How many Chinese universities you can name off the top of your head? And ask yourself: Which one pops up in your mind first?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#131 Prestigious Universities in the World—the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB)
Date: 14 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Have you seen the movie Three Idiots (2009)?

 

Like Shenzhen (of China), India has its own Silicon Valley. Do you know where it is?

 

Like Hong Kong, and perhaps many parts of the world, entry to a top university in India is competitive. One such university many Indians aspire to is the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). How much do you know about IIMB?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#130 Kings and Queens in the Present World— Margrethe II of Denmark
Date: 11 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Do you know where Lego, arguably the world’s favourite toy, is made?

 

How many Northern European countries can you name off the top of your head?

 

Did you know that Denmark has a royal family that has a history of a thousand years?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#129 Kings and Queens in the Present World—King Vajiralongkorn
Date: 10 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skill

 

What comes to mind when you think of Thailand?

 

Did you notice just how often you can see a photograph of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, exquisitely framed and revered in almost any Thai restaurant in Hong Kong?

 

How much do you know about King Bhumibol, and his successor and only son, King Vajiralongkorn?

 

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#128 Kings and Queens in the Present World—Emperor Naruhito
Date: 9 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

What comes to mind when you hear about emperors in your study of history?

 

While most emperors are felt to be aggressive and belligerent, some have proven themselves as peace lovers. Can you name anyone like this?

 

 

 

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#127 Kings and Queens in the Present World— King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Date: 8 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Have you heard of a modern-day king as good-looking as a Korean pop star?

 

What does it take for a king to become a “people’s king”?

 

Can you read aloud the name “Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck” when you see it? Or just “Khesar” (to be read with a silent “h”)?

 

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#126 Kings and Queens in the Present World—Queen Elizabeth II
Date: 7 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Can you tell the difference between Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth the Second?

 

How many names come to your mind when you think of the British royal family?

 

Some people see a queen or a king as an anachronism. What does “anachronism” mean?

 

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#125 Influential Presidents in the World—Aung San Suu Kyi
Date: 4 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

What is a glass ceiling?

 

In many parts of the world in the past, women's social status has been suppressed. In this day and age, however, do you still see resistance to the rise of women?

 

What do you think explains the ostensibly low participation rates of women in modern-day politics and government?

 

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#124 Influential Presidents in the World—Ninoy Aquino
Date: 3 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skill

 

How much do you know about the fascinating history, culture and people of the Philippines?

 

Can you name the President of the Philippines?

 

What do you know about the Philippines' modern-day politics and the U.S. involvement in it?

 

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#123 Most Influential Presidents in the World—Justin Trudeau
Date: 2 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

If you could handpick one political leader, and give him another term of office, who would you pick?

 

Similarly, imagine being able to pick the child of a bygone leader, and who would you want?

 

In the history of Canada, there was one such continuity. Do you know who it was?

 

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#122 Influential Presidents in the World—George W. Bush
Date: 1 October 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Like father, like son; or, more generally, like parent, like child. How much do you see in yourself that takes after your parents?

 

What do other people see in you that reminds them of your parents?

 

Do you have any influential, powerful parents? How much of their prestige do you think they can pass down to you?

 

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#121 Influential Presidents in the World—Jose Mujica
Date: 30 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

How many political figures can you name, like Nelson Mandela, who had been sent to prison before he got elected President?

 

How much do you know about Uruguay?

 

With political power comes great fortune. Do you know of any exception to the rule?

 

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#120 Five Successful Teenage Businessmen— Ma Huateng
Date: 27 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Are you sick and tired of hearing how people say if you can squeeze only one yuan from every Chinese you can become a billionaire?

 

Can you think of a business model that would allow you to do just that? What would you sell? How can you make just one yuan off every Chinese citizen? Or, perhaps a mere ten cents?

 

What is the single most popular stock that is currently being sold and bought everyday on the Hong Kong Exchange?

 

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#119 Five Successful Teenage Businessmen— Bill Gates
Date: 26 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skill

 

What do you not already know about Bill Gates?

 

Age discrimination, or, in a word, ageism—Have you ever been discriminated against because of your apparent youth and inexperience?

 

What do you think Bill Gates means when he says, “I was always worried because people who worked for me were older than me…”?

 

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#118 Five Successful Teenage Businessmen— Ingvar Kamprad
Date: 25 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

When was the last time you went to IKEA? Did you buy food or furniture?

 

Like UOWCHK, the name of the furniture manufacturer IKEA is an acronym. An acronym is an abbreviation consisting of the first letters of several words in the name of something, pronounced as a word. Did you know what each of the letters in IKEA spells?

 

IKEA is a company founded in Sweden. What else do most people know about Sweden?

 

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#117 Five Successful Teenage Businessmen— Richard Branson
Date: 24 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Have you ever boarded a direct flight from Hong Kong to London, with an airline called Virgin Atlantic?

 

A magazine, a record label, an airline… or even an island off the Pacific: if you could own one of these, which one would it be?

 

Did you know there is indeed a man who has all of these, plus much, much more?

 

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#116 Five Successful Teenage Businessmen—Warren Buffet
Date: 23 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

What are you most passionate about in life?

 

Can you name anybody whose passion about making money sprang at the tender age of 14?

 

Before the age of 16, Warren Buffet managed to make US$53,000—apparently a great fortune current in the 1940s. What advice will you give to a teenager who desires to amass just as much today?

 

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#115 The poor minority in Hong Kong
Date: 20 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Do you consider yourself rich or poor?

 

Do you think the poor people form a minority or the majority in Hong Kong?

 

What is the official definition of being poor in Hong Kong?

 

How many people in Hong Kong fall under the poverty line?

 

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#114 Muslim minority in Hong Kong
Date: 19 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skill

 

Are you aware of a Muslim minority in Hong Kong?

 

What can we do to help the Muslim minority group mingle well with the rest of society?

 

 

 

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#113 Praising someone for his/her good English may cause anger
Date: 18 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Will you feel pleased if somebody says your English is very good?

 

Can you imagine why someone would feel offended when you praise him/her for speaking good English?

 

Do you agree that we can’t judge people by the colour of their skin? Some people with Chinese-looking faces are also native English speakers!

 

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#112 Transsexuals in Hong Kong
Date: 17 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Are you aware that some people need to change their gender through medical operation because they are not born with the “right” gender?

 

Have you heard of Jin Xing? A very popular TV hostess and famous ballerina, she is the first person known to the public to have undergone a transgender operation in China.

 

Do you have any prejudice against transgender people? Can you treat them just like ordinary people?

 

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#111 The first registered ethnic minority social worker in Hong Kong
Date: 16 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Have you heard of a social worker in Hong Kong called Jeffrey Andrews?

 

Why did Jeffrey Andrews experience an identity crisis when he was young?

 

Why do you think Jeffrey Andrews received a commendation from the Department of Home Affairs?

 

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#110 How to handle stress
Date: 13 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Can touching a pet, such as a cat or dog, help you relax?

 

Laughing obviously helps you relax. Besides improving your mood better, do you know how laughing makes you relaxed physically?

 

 

 

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#109 How to learn grammar
Date: 12 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Skill

 

What is grammar? Can you find a simple definition from the text quoted below.

 

How does reading English books help us improve our grammar?

 

As mentioned by the writer, learning English by doing grammar exercises can be an unhelpful mechanical process. What is the way to make best use of doing grammar exercises?

 

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#108 How to cope with University life
Date: 11 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Have you set a target to pursue a university degree when you complete your studies in the Associate Degree programme?

 

Have you ever imagined how your life will be like when you study at the university?

 

 

 

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#107 How to improve memory power for study with physical exercises
Date: 10 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Did you know physical exercises can help you study more effectively? Try to find the answer from the text quoted below.

 

 

 

 

 

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#106 How to study effectively
Date: 9 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Do you know what kind of learner you are? In the text, Honey and Mumford identified four types of learners. Who are they?

 

There are tips for efficient learning and revision. What are those suggested by Kelly Louise Preece?

 

According to Aaron Hynds, are breaks important in studying?

 

How can you effectively benefit from learning in a group?

 

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#105 Jet Li (李連杰)
Date: 6 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Did you know that Jet Li is no longer a Chinese citizen? He is now a Singaporean.

 

What do you think are the characteristics of Jet Li’s Kungfu style?

 

 

 

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#104 Jackie Chan (成龍)
Date: 5 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skill

 

How does Jackie Chan compare with other Kungfu masters in his martial art style?

 

Which of Jackie Chan’s Kungfu movies do you like most?

 

Why do you think Jackie Chan has got rich so quickly?

 

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#103 Bruce Lee (李小龍)
Date: 4 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Besides Ip Man, have you heard of another great Wing Chun Kungfu master, Bruce Lee?

 

Bruce Lee was the idol of millions of people around the world. His popularity is still very strong even nowadays. Do you know of any friend who is one of his fans?

 

Despite his exceptionally strong physique, Bruce Lee died at a young age of 32. Do you know why?

 

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#102 Ip Man 葉問
Date: 3 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Did you know that the famous Wing Chun master Ip Man used to live in Hong Kong?

 

Are you aware that Bruce Lee was a student of Ip Man?

 

 

 

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#101 Wing Chun Kungfu 詠春
Date: 2 September 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening and Writing Skills

 

Can you name three big names of Wing Chun masters you have seen in movies?

 

Are you aware that a woman with Wing Chun skills can overcome a strong man with ease?

 

Did you know that the Wing Chun Kungfu was not first developed by Ms Yim Wing Chun?

 

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2018-19 Semester B

 

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#100 Can we live on the Moon?
Date: 29 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Do you want to travel to the Moon for sight-seeing or even to live there?

 

Are you aware of any evidence that the Moon was once suitable for living by human beings?

 

If the Moon was ever suitable for living, when was that?

 

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#99 Why is China eager to explore a remote part of the Moon?
Date: 28 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

What is the Fermi Paradox?

 

The moon has a lot of helium. Why doesn’t China or the US bring it back for use on Earth?

 

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#98 The toughest life form on Earth
Date: 27 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

How does the discovery of tardigrades on Earth help scientist make speculations about life in the universe?

 

Is there any living creature in this world which can survive heating up to 300 degrees and freezing down to -300 degrees Fahrenheit?

 

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#97 The US Government’s search for aliens in the universe
Date: 26 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

Are you aware that the US Government has started a programme to search for the existence of life on other planets in the universe?

 

Why does the US scientist conduct its search for life in the universe on the basis of environments on Earth instead of another planet like Mars?

 

Do scientists who believe in the Fermi paradox think that life exists in the universe?

 

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#96 Can we live on Mars?
Date: 25 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

Have you thought of leaving the Earth to live on Mars?

 

Why is NASA very certain that humans can live on Mars in the future?

 

Why are scientists interested in exploring putting human beings to live on Mars but not other planets?

 

Did you know that some forms of life on Earth can live for a very long time?

 

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#95 Population crisis in China
Date: 22 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

Do you think China has too many people and should adopt population control?

 

China has changed its one-child policy to a two-child policy in recent years. Do you think this has solved the population crisis of the country?

 

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#94 Chinese dating etiquettes
Date: 21 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

It might be reasonable to expect that high-income earning single men receive more attention from single women in China. Is this also true of high-income earning women in China?

 

Is economic independence of women a factor causing the high rate of divorce in China?

 

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#93 Dating customs around the world
Date: 20 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Have you ever thought of dating with people in a group?

 

Which places in the world do you think you will find young people commonly practising group-dating?

 

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#92 Falling in love
Date: 19 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

Do you think most people would bad-mouth their ex-lovers online after a break-up?

 

Which do you think is the most common age at which people in Hong Kong have their first love relationship: below 9 years’ old, 10-12 years’ old, 13-15 years’ old or 16-18 years’ old?

 

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#91 When will you have a son or daughter?
Date: 18 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

When do you expect to have children?

 

What age do you think is right for people to get married and have babies in Hong Kong?

 

Are there any factors discouraging people from having babies in Hong Kong?

 

Is it better or worse for a country to have more or fewer babies in its coming future?

 

Do you believe that your month of birth can affect your personality?

 

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90# The Qing Dynasty (1644AD – 1911AD)
Date: 15 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

What is a deng?

 

What are the two symbols of authority embroidered on the Qing Emperor Qian Long’s silk jifu?

 

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#89 The Ming Dynasty (1368AD – 1644AD)
Date: 14 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Do you know why the people of China were so supportive of Zhu Yuanzhang in establishing the Ming Dynasty to replace Yuan Dynasty? Try to find the answer from the main article named below.

 

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#88 The Yuan Dynasty (1271AD – 1368AD)
Date: 13 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Why did the Yuan Dynasty bring an increase in foreign trade to China?

 

According to the article, what could be one important reason for the short life of the Yuan Dynasty?

 

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#87 The Sung Dynasty (960AD – 1279AD)
Date: 12 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

Can you name the two dynasties immediately preceding and following the Sung?

 

Do you know why the North Sung Dynasty collapsed? You can find two reasons in reading the main article named below.

 

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#86 The Tang Dynasty (618AD – 960AD)
Date: 11 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing and Listening

 

How was the status of women during the Tang Dynasty different from the previous dynasties?

 

What is the literal meaning of Chang’an, the ancient capital of Tang China?

 

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#85 American Fascination with K-pop
Date: 8 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Do you like K-pop?

 

How much Korean language or culture do you have to have for you to enjoy K-pop? Or do you find it irrelevant?

 

If you do not like K-pop, what do you think makes other people like it so much?

 

What do you think about K-pop that Americans like so much?

 

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#84 The Very Funny Joe Wong
Date: 7 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

What makes you laugh?

 

Who is your favourite comedian?

 

Have you seen a Chinese immigrant to the US telling jokes in English?

 

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#83 HSBC
Date: 6 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Which bank are you using? What made you choose that one, given a whole host of banks doing business in Hong Kong?

 

Did you know that to many Hong Kong people of an older generation, HSBC is known as “the Hong Kong Bank,” the bank most representative of Hong Kong?

 

Can you say HSBC in its full name?

 

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#82 And the Oscar Goes to…
Date: 5 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Do you think the Oscars can always honour the right movies?

 

Who decides which movie to win an Oscar?

 

Besides the Oscars, what other movie awards are being given these days?

 

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#81 Little Big Shots
Date: 4 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Do you find small children lovely or a nuisance?

 

Have you seen small children with big talent?

 

Do you remember seeing any on TV shows like America’s Got Talent?

 

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#80 Does the Wealthiest Musician in the UK have Worries?
Date: 1 March 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Do you know at least one Beatles’ song? Or are you already a fan?

 

If you led a band like the Beatles, do you think you would have anything to worry about?

 

What do you think the legendary Paul McCartney, now aged 76, has to worry about?

 

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#79 Binary Opposition
Date: 28 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Do you tend to think of things in opposite pairs? Like, if you are not a man, you are a woman? Or, if you are not being rational, you are being emotional?

 

How can we overcome such simplistic ways of thinking, given our understanding that the world is actually more complex than binary pairs?

 

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#78 Google Translate
Date: 27 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

There is Google, and with that, Google Images, Google Maps and Google Scholar…. Have you used Google Translate?

 

Do you find Google Translate useful?

 

Did you know that Google Translate does more than translate one language to another?

 

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#77 Me Before You
Date: 26 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

What is your idea of fun learning?

 

Do you agree with people who say that useful learning requires so much hard work that it can never be fun?

 

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#76 Homo Deus
Date: 25 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

What is homo deus?

 

Do you know any words that begin with the prefix “homo”?

 

What does “deus ex machina” mean?

 

How many Latin expressions still in use today are you aware of?

 

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#75 The Big Mac Index
Date: 22 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

How much part-time work do you have to do for you to buy a burger at McDonald’s? What about an iPhone?

 

Do you see the value of money in numbers, or in the things or services it can buy you?

 

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#74 Hollister
Date: 21 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Look around you in the classroom you happen to be in, and how many people are wearing Hollister?

 

What explains the popularity of a certain fashion brand in any given time?

 

If a famous brand is just that good, why do some eventually fade out?

 

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#73 Stan Smith
Date: 20 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

Who is Stan Smith? Where did you last see this name printed?

 

Are you a fan of any luxury brands?

 

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#72 Peppa Pig… and Her Discontents
Date: 19 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

What is your idea of fun learning?

 

Do you agree with people who say that useful learning requires so much hard work that it can never be fun?

 

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#71 The Statue of Liberty
Date: 18 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

 

The Statue of Liberty: where in the world does it stand?

 

What difference does it make if the Statue is called “the Statue of freedom”?

 

Did you notice just how often people confuse the word “statue” with “status”?

 

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#70 Feng Shui
Date: 15 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Does feng shui matter to you?

 

Off the top of your head, can you describe some feng shui principles?

 

Do you think the English expression “getting out of bed on the wrong side” (meaning “being in a bad mood all day”) has a certain feng shui principle to it?

 

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#69 Something to Do Every Day
Date: 14 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Is there something you do every day?

 

Do you prefer doing something in one go to doing it bit by bit?

 

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#68 One Man and His Car
Date: 13 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Do you wish you owned a car? Or do you already have one?

 

Do you prefer traditional fuel-powered cars or electric cars?

 

What do you know about Tesla?

 

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#67 E-mail vs. I-mail
Date: 12 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

They call it e-mail (later de-hyphenated to “email), instead of “i-mail”; iPhone, instead of “ePhone.” Which name do you personally prefer?

 

What does “e” stand for? And “i”?

 

As a rule, we do not read junk mail, or spam. Did you know what “spam” means?

 

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#66 Professors
Date: 11 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

What were your impressions of university teachers before you came to CityU? What are your impressions now?

 

Not all professors are the same: did you know some of the university teachers are just part-timers and they do not even have their own office desks?

 

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#65 The Outback
Date: 1 February 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Have you ever been to Outback… Steakhouse Hong Kong?

 

Have you ever been to the Australian Outback?

 

Where exactly is the Outback?

 

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#64 Ronald Reagan: His Wit and Wisdom
Date: 31 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Many people learn American English by listening to and studying the speeches made by US presidents. Do you?

 

Off the top of your head, can you name three American presidents?

 

Did you say Ronald Reagan?

 

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#63 Genius, Madness, and the Unabomber
Date: 30 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Is there any way these three words can be strung together and make any sense: “university” and “airport” and “bomber”?

 

It is said that there are three places in any given city where things and people are most international, and they are 1. university campuses, 2. airports, and what do you think the third one is?

 

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#62 Best English in Asia
Date: 29 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Are you impressed with English spoken by your classmates?

 

Who among your peers speaks the best English? What kind of cultural background do they have?

 

What can you learn your peers?

 

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#61 One Man and His Dictionary
Date: 28 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Did you know the Chinglish expression “add oil” has just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary?

 

Is the expression “long time no see” standard English?

 

How are new words created, and how do they make it to our everyday lives?

 

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#60 Priscilla Chan, a.k.a. Mrs. Zuckerberg
Date: 25 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

How many people by the name of Priscilla Chan do you know?

 

In Hong Kong, guess how many girls or women go by the name Priscilla Chan.

 

If you were a Harvard-trained medical doctor AND the wife of a multi-billionaire tech giant, what would you want to do with your life?

 

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#59 What is Déjà Vu
Date: 24 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

What is this odd feeling that you have experienced something before, but, in reality, the experience is brand new?

 

Déjà vu, or deja vu, (written without the accent markers above the letters “e” and “a”) is, as Cambridge Dictionary defines it, “the strange feeling that in some way you have already experienced what is happening now.” When was the last time you had this feeling?

 

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#58 Go Get Your Daily Fix of Caffeine
Date: 23 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Are you addicted to a certain kind of drink?

 

What does the term “coffee culture” mean to you?

 

Is a HK$26 Coffee of the Day worth every dollar it costs?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#57 Maersk
Date: 22 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and speaking

 

Can you pronounce the word “Maersk”? Do you say “may...” or “mer...”?

 

Where do you usually see the word “Maersk”? And what does that tell you about the line of work they are in?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#56 The World's English Mania
Date: 21 January 2019

 

How many languages do you speak?

 

What do you call a person who can speak several languages?

 

Why do you think so many people are trying to learn English?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#55 Pop culture in the Arab world
Date: 18 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

What is pop culture? Are you interested in pop culture? What is it?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#54 'Kongish' speaks to hearts of Hong Kongers
Date: 17 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

How do you define “Kongish”?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#53 How to balance exercise and nutrition to improve your fitness, health, and lifestyle
Date: 16 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

How can we improve our fitness level?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#52 Who's helping McRefugees?
Date: 15 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

Have you heard of the term “McRefugees”? What are they?

 

What problems are homeless people facing in Hong Kong?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#51 How to be happy
Date: 14 January 2019

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

What makes you happy? What can we do to be happy?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

2018-19 Semester A

 

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#50 How to Enjoy a Successful Semester Teaching English in Chile
Date: 9 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

If you could study abroad, where would you go? For how long?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#49 Dear aspiring overseas volunteer
Date: 8 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

If you could volunteer abroad, where would you go and what would you do? What do you gain you will gain from volunteering abroad?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#48 Influences on intercultural communication
Date: 7 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening & Speaking

 

What is intercultural communication? Is intercultural communication important? Why? Why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#47 Global Citizen 3: The Story You Are Shaping
Date: 6 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

What is global citizen? What does it mean to you?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#46 Globalization
Date: 5 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

What is globalization? What are the advantages and drawbacks of globalization?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#45 Language and identity
Date: 2 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

What is your identity? What languages do you speak?

 

Were you misidentified? How did you feel?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#44 Hongkongers mix English and Cantonese into new language, Kongish
Date: 1 November 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening, & Writing

 

Have you heard of Kongish? Can you think of any examples?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#43 Singlish Is A Language For Our Future, Lah!
Date: 31 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening & Speaking

 

Do you know what Singlish is? Who speaks Singlish?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#42 Add oil! This popular Hong Kong English term is now in the Oxford English Dictionary
Date: 30 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

What is the meaning of “add oil”? Do you use this term? When? To whom? In what situations?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#41 Why ‘have you eaten?’ means ‘how are you?’ in Hong Kong
Date: 29 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

How would you respond if (1) your best friend, (2) your teacher, (3) your parents ask “How are you”? Would you respond differently? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#40 Emotional pain worse than physical: Sarah Lee
Date: 26 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

Do you know who Sarah Lee is? What have you heard about her?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#39 Meet Raymond Poon, Rex Tso's 'successor' and Hong Kong's next big boxing star
Date: 25 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you have a role model? Who is she/he? How does she or he inspire you?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#38 How playing sports benefits your body ... and your brain
Date: 24 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

Imagine if you needed to encourage a friend of yours to exercise, what would you say to him or her?

 

Could playing sports enhance our academic performance? If so, how?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#37 How Elite Thai Boxing and Fitness helps troubled youth turn their lives around
Date: 23 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you know what Thai Boxing is? What are the benefits of exercising?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#36 Why more of us are getting fitter together
Date: 22 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Do you exercise regularly? How often do you exercise? What kinds of exercise do you do?

 

Do you exercise by yourself or with someone? Who are they? Do you enjoy exercising alone or with your friends? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#35 Hong Kong Is Running Out Of Space To Bury Its Dead
Date: 19 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

What are some of the burial customs in Hong Kong?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#34 Longer leave for moms draws closer to reality
Date: 18 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

How long is maternity leave in Hong Kong now?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#33 Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes
Date: 17 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Do you know where are the cage homes in Hong Kong?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#32 Why is there a wealth gap in HK? Aid agency Oxfam's ideas to solve the city’s greatest disparity between rich and poor in 45 years
Date: 16 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

Why is there a wealth gap in Hong Kong?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#31 Healthy Hong Kong future rests on lunchbox choices
Date: 15 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

When you were in high school, where did you have you lunch? What did you have for lunch?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#30 Our brains process irony in emojis, words in the same way
Date: 12 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you add emojis in your text messages in WhatsApp, WeChat and other social networking sites? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#29 Study skills
Date: 11 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

How do you feel studying at UOWCHK/CCCU? How does it different from your experience in high school?

 

Have you adopted any study skills? What are they?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#28 Do you have the right mindset?
Date: 10 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

How do you react when you face a difficult learning situation?

 

Do you find learning English language challenging? Enjoyable? Fulfilling? In what way?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#27 From hangry to mansplain: spend a little ‘me time’ with the latest OED update
Date: 9 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Have you heard of the word ‘hangry’? What is the meaning of it? Where did you learn this word? Do you feel hangry? When?

 

Do you want to have some ‘me time’? In what situations? Why?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#26 Do animals have language?
Date: 8 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

What are the functions of language? Is language unique to human beings?

 

Do animals have language?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#25 Why it might actually be a good thing that robots are taking over human jobs
Date: 5 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you think robots can replace humans? Why or why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#24 What are you?
Date: 4 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

What are you made of?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#23 Global warming
Date: 3 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

How global warming affects us?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#22 What is happening in the ocean?
Date: 2 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

What are the functions of the ocean?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#21 Can we survive the sun's death?
Date: 1 October 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

What are the functions of the sun? What would happen to us if there were no sun?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#20 Going green to give Hong Kong a better future is easy
Date: 28 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading

 

We have been learning about different environmental issues this week. Have you thought about how we can save our environment by reducing plastic and food wastes?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#19 Food waste
Date: 27 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

Do you like food? Do you throw away food that is still good to eat? What do you usually do with leftovers?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#18 Why pay for bottled water?
Date: 26 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Would you buy bottled drinks? When? How often?

 

Would you bring your water bottle?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#17 Most Hongkongers support bringing your own box for takeaway food
Date: 25 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Would you bring your own box for takeaway food? Why or why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#16 KFC to ditch plastic straws and drink lids for dine-in customers across HK and Macau
Date: 24 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you visit fast food restaurants? How often?

 

How can we reduce our use of single-use plastics in those restaurants?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#15 Are there universal expressions of emotion?
Date: 21 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

How are you feeling today? How would you describe your feeling?

 

What does your facial expression look like when you are happy, sad and angry?

 

Do you think that people from all around the world share the same expressions of happiness, sadness, and anger?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#14 Adulting 101: paralysed by way too many choices? Here's how to streamline your decision-making process
Date: 20 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Are you good at making decisions? How do you make decisions?

 

What is your future plan? What do you plan to do when you graduate? In five years?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#13 Try something new for 30 days
Date: 19 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Writing

 

Do you think you are open to new experiences? Have you tried anything new in the past three months? What were they? For what reason? How did you feel?

 

What would you like to try? What is on your ‘must-do’ list?

 

Do you have the habit of keeping a diary or blog?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#12 Should you trust your first impression?
Date: 18 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

Think of a good friend of you. Who is he/she? When did you meet him/ her? Where? In what situation? What was your first impression of him/ her? Was it positive or negative?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#11 A psychologist’s tips to remembering things quickly, accurately, and more easily
Date: 17 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you have a good memory? What is your earliest memory?

 

Spend five minutes to take this memory test: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests/iq/memory-test

 

How is the result? What do you learn about yourself in terms of your memory?

 

How often do you have to replace passwords (numerical or verbal) because you've forgotten the original one?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#10 Welcome to Hong Kong, where prisoners get more exercise time than students do
Date: 14 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you exercise? How often? What kinds of exercise do you do?

 

Do you enjoy exercising? Why or why not?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#9 Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
Date: 13 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Are you a “deadline fighter” or procrastinator in your study? Are you a person who delays doing assignments until very late? Do you wait until the last minute to get things done? Why?

 

What do you do when you have to work (e.g., writing an assignment) but you do not want to work on it?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#8 Hong Kong pupils who eat breakfast daily ‘18 months ahead of those who skip the meal’
Date: 12 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Do you eat breakfast every day? What do you have for breakfast?

 

Do you skip breakfast? If so, why?

 

What are the benefits of having breakfast?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#7 What would happen if you didn’t sleep?
Date: 11 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Listening

 

How long do you sleep every day? Do you think you have enough sleep? Why? Why not? How much sleep does an adult need?

 

How do you feel if you do not have enough sleep? What would you do to keep yourself awake during the day?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#6 Becoming a Vegetarian
Date: 10 September 2018

 

Skills/ Objectives: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

 

Have you ever thought of being a vegetarian? Would you consider becoming a vegetarian? Why? Why not? What are the benefits of being a vegetarian to yourself as well as to the world?

 

What are your concerns/worries of being a vegetarian?

 

How would you feel if you were asked to become a vegetarian for a month?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#5 Parents may worry about China's social media app Tik Tok, but it’s far from a waste of time
Date: 7 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Speaking

 

Have you heard of the social media app Tik Tok (Douyin)? Have you watched any of the videos there? What are they about? Do you enjoy watching them? Why or why not?

 

Have you made any videos there? Why did you make them?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#4 No Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or slaying selfies: one teenage Hongkonger goes 24 hours without technology
Date: 6 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

How important is your smartphone to you? How often do you use your smartphone? Which app(s) do you use the most?

 

How would you feel if you forgot to bring your smartphone with you?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#3 Do Facebook "Likes" Affect Psychological Well-Being?
Date: 5 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

Do you use social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Weibo, Instagram, Flickr)? Which ones do you use? How often do you use?

 

Do you click “like” when you read someone’s post? Why do you “like” his/ her post?

 

How do you feel when someone “likes” your posts? How do you feel when no one “likes” your post?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#2 Meet the man who 'invented' the #hashtag
Date: 4 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Listening and Speaking

 

Which social networking sites do you use (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Weibo, WeChat, Snapchat)?

 

Do you post on those social working sites? Do you use hashtags when you post?

 

What are the hashtags about? Why do you use hashtags?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

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#1 Word of the Year 2015
Date: 3 September 2018

 

Skills/Objectives: Reading and Writing

 

What is your favorite emoji? Which one do you use most often? With whom? In which situations? Why?

 

, the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2015.

 

Do you use this emoji? What does it mean to you?

 

Click here to learn more!

 

 

English Self-Learning Resources

 

Some students want to improve their English language foundation skills but find it difficult to locate the appropriate materials for the purpose. To help these students, SEE U maintains on its web-site a handy collection of essential self-learning materials and recommendations on useful online resources.

 

Library Resources

 

All the recommended books below are available at Main Campus Library (MCL) / Telford Annex Library (TAL).

 

 

 

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Dictionaries

 

漢英詞典 = A Chinese-English dictionary

Beijing wai guo yu da xue. Ying yu xi. Ci dian zu; 北京外國語大學. 英語系. 詞典組, 北京 : 外語敎學與硏究出版社, 1995

(MCL: lrf PL1455 .P4 1995 / TAL: ref PL1455 .P4 1995)

 

Cambridge advanced learner's dictionary

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003

(TAL: ref PE1628 .C23 2003)

 

Chambers synonyms and antonyms

Manser, Martin H, Edinburgh : Chambers, 2004

(MCL: ref PE1591 .C52 2004 / TAL: ref PE1591 .C52 2004)

 

Collins essential English dictionary : plus, Language in action supplement

Glasgow England : HarperCollins, 2003

(TAL: ref PE1625 .C6557 2003)

 

朗文進階英漢雙解詞典 = Longman Active study English-Chinese Dictionary

香港 : 培生教育出版亞洲有限公司, 2005

(TAL: ref PL1455 .L33 2005)

 

Macmillan English dictionary for advanced learners

Macmillan Education Ltd., Oxford : Macmillan Education, 2002

(MCL: ref PE1625 .M23 2002 / TAL: ref PE1625 .M23 2002)

 

Merriam-Webster's intermediate dictionary

Merriam-Webster, Inc., Springfield, Mass. : Merriam-Webster, c2004

(TAL: ref PE1628.5 .M44 2004)

 

新時代漢英大詞典 = New age Chinese-English dictionary

Wu, Jingrong, Cheng, Zhenqiu, 北京 : 商務印書館, 2000

(MCL: ref PL1455 .X675 2000 / TAL: ref PL1455 .X675 2000)

 

The new international Webster's pocket dictionary of the English language

Trident Press International, Naples, Fla. : Trident Press International, c2002

(TAL: ref PE1628 .N42743 2002)

 

Twentieth century words

Ayto, John, Oxford ; Hong Kong : Oxford University Press, 1999

(MCL: ref PE1630 .A98 1999 / TAL: ref PE1630 .A98 1999)

 

 

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Grammar

 

Advanced grammar : a manual for students

Disterheft, Dorothy, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2004

(MCL: PE1112 .D575 2004 / TAL: PE1112 .D575 2004)

 

Barron's pocket guide to correct grammar

Griffith, Benjamin W; Hopper, Vincent Foster, Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, 2004

(MCL: PE1112 .B368 2004 / TAL: PE1112 .B368 2004)

 

English grammar in use : a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate students of English : with answers

Murphy, Raymond. Craven, Miles; Viney, Brigit, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004

(MCL: PE1112.3 .M87 2004 / TAL: PE1112.3 .M87 2004)

 

Exploring grammar in context : upper intermediate and advanced

Carter, Ronald. Hughes, Rebecca; McCarthy, Michael, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000

(MCL: PE1128 .C3726 2000 / TAL: PE1128 .C3726 2000)

 

Grammar express with answers : for self study or the classroom

Fuchs, Marjorie, Bonner, Margaret; Bourke, Kenna, Harlow : Longman, 2003

(TAL: PE1128 .F83 2003)

 

Intermediate language practice with key : English grammar and vocabulary

Vince, Michael. Emmerson, Paul, Oxford : Macmillan Education, 2003

(TAL: PE1112 .V545 2003)

 

Longman advanced learners' grammar : a self-study reference & practice book with answers

Foley, Mark (Teacher) Hall, Diane (Teacher), Harlow : Pearson Education, c2003

(MCL: PE1112 .F59 2003 / TAL: PE1112 .F59 2003)

 

Practical English usage

Swan, Michael, International student's ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005

(MCL: PE1106 .S94 2005 / TAL: PE1106 .S94 2005b)

 

The Cambridge grammar of the English language

Huddleston, Rodney D. Pullum, Geoffrey K, Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press, 2002

(MCL: PE1106 .H74 2002 / TAL: PE1106 .H74 2002)

 

The complete idiot's guide to grammar and style

Rozakis, Laurie, New York : Alpha Books, c1997

(MCL: PE1106 .R69 1997 / TAL: PE1106 .R69 1997)

 

The grammar guide : developing language skills for academic success

Ackles, Nancy M., Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan Press, c2003

(MCL: PE1112 .A29 2003 / TAL: PE1112 .A29 2003)

 

 

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Reading

 

Effective reading : reading skills for advanced students

Greenall, Simon. Swan, Michael, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1986

(MCL: LB1050 .G73 / TAL: LB1050 .G73)

 

新聞英語選讀 = English newspaper reader

Wu, Bingzhong, 香港 : 志文出版社, 1973

(TAL: PN4731 .X578 1973)

 

Essential words for the TOEFL

Matthiesen, Steven J., Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, c1999

(MCL: PE1128 .M3544 1999 / TAL: PE1128 .M3544 1999)

 

It's not like that here : teaching academic writing and reading to novice writers

Dickson, Marcia, Portsmouth, NH : Boynton/Cook Publishers, c1995

(TAL: PE1404 .D48 1995)

 

Peterson's in-a-flash : reading for the TOEFL test

Broukal, Milada, Lawrenceville, N.J. : Peterson's, c2002

(MCL: PE1128 .B71475 2002 / TAL: PE1128 .B71475 2002)

 

Reading into writing : a guide to composing

Bishop, Wendy, New York : Longman, c2003

(TAL: PE1408 .B513 2003)

 

Strategies for critical reading : a text with thematic reader

McGrath, Jane L., Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(MCL: PE1122 .M269 2005 / TAL: PE1122 .M269 2005)

 

The newspaper reader : reading, writing, and thinking about today's events

Frechie, Seth, Halbert, Harold William; McCormick, Charlie, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(MCL: PE1417 .F38 2005 / TAL: PE1417 .F38 2005)

 

 

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Writing

 

1,001 letters for all occasions : the best models for every business and personal need

Sandler, Corey, Keefe, Janice, Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2004

(TAL: PE1483 .S25 2004)

 

College writing basics : a student-writing approach

Tyner, Thomas E., Boston, Mass. : Thomson/Heinle, c2003

(MCL: PE1408 .T95 2003 / TAL: PE1408 .T95 2003)

 

Sin boldly! : Dr. Dave's guide to writing the college paper

Williams, David R. (David Ross), New York : Basic Books, c2004

(TAL: PE1408 .W589 2004)

 

Strategies for successful writing : a rhetoric, research guide, reader, and handbook

Reinking, James A. Von der Osten, Robert, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(TAL: PE1408 .R426 2005)

 

The elements of style

Strunk, William. White, E. B (Elwyn Brooks), Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c2000

(MCL: PE1408 .S772 2000 / TAL: PE1408 .S772 2000)

 

The Penguin writer's manual

Manser, Martin H. Curtis, Stephen, London : Penguin, 2002

(MCL: PE1408 .M36 2002 / TAL: PE1408 .M36 2002)

 

When good people write bad sentences : 12 steps to better writing habits

Harris, Robert W., New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2004

(MCL: PE1460 .H3878 2004 / TAL: PE1460 .H3878 2004)

 

Write in style : a guide to good English

Palmer, Richard, London ; New York : RoutledgeFalmer, 2002

(MCL: PE1408 .P246 2002 / TAL: PE1408 .P246 2002)

 

Writing at university : a guide for students

Creme, Phyllis, Lea, Mary R (Mary Rosalind), Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1997

(MCL: PE1408 .C71445 1997 / TAL: PE1408 .C71445 1997)

 

Writing clearly : a self teaching guide

Sova, Dawn B., Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2004

(MCL: PE1408 .S656 2004 / TAL: PE1408 .S656 2004)

 

Writing power

White, Nancy, Kaplan, Inc., New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002

(TAL: PE1408 .W5776 2002)

 

 

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Speaking

 

30 minutes - to boost your communication skills

Tierney, Elizabeth P., London : Kogan Page, 1997

(TAL: HF5718 .T544 1997)

 

Communicate with confidence! : how to say it right the first time and every time

Booher, Dianna Daniels, New York : McGraw-Hill, c1994

(TAL: HF5718 .B654 1994)

 

Speak with courage : 50+ insider strategies for presenting with confidence

McDermott, Martin, Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014

(MCL: PN4129.15 .M364 2014)

 

Speaking and presenting

Gentzler, Yvonne S. Career Solutions Training Group, Cincinnati, Ohio : South-Western Educational Pub. ; Paoli, Pa. : Career Solutions Training Group, c2000

(TAL: PN4121 .G46 2000)

 

 

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Listening

 

20 training workshops for listening skills

Sproston, Clare. Sutcliffe, Glenna E, Aldershot, Hants : Gower, c1989

(MCL: HD30.3 .S67)

 

Listening in everyday life : a personal and professional approach

Purdy, Michael; Borisoff, Deborah, Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c1997

(MCL: P95.46 .L57 1997)

 

 

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General English Usage

 

Collins easy learning how to use English

Hands, Penny; Wild, Kate, Glasgow : Harpercollins Publishers, 2011

(TAL: PE1128.A2 C6375 2011)

 

Dos, don'ts & maybes of English usage

Bernstein, Theodore Menline; Meyersohn, Marylea; Lippman, Bertram, New York : Gramercy Books, 1999

(MCL: PE1460 .B4618 1999 / TAL: PE1460 .B4618 1999)

 

The Macmillan good English handbook

Howard, Godfrey, London : Macmillan, 1997

(MCL: ref PE1464 .H69 1997 / TAL: ref PE1464 .H69 1997) 

 

 

Recommended Learning Resources on Web-sites

 

 

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Dictionaries

 

Cambridge English Dictionary

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

 

Collins English Dictionary

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english

 

Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's most-trusted online dictionary

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

 

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary

 

Macmillan Dictionary: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus Online

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/

 

Oxford English Dictionary, Thesaurus & Grammar Help

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com

 

 

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Grammar

 

British Council – Learn English (Practice English Grammar)

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar

 

Oxford Online English – Free English Lessons

https://www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/must-have-to-should

 

 

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Reading

 

Free Reading Comprehension Practice Test by Enoch Morrison

https://www.testprepreview.com/modules/reading1.htm

 

Take IELTS with British Council – Free IELTS practice tests

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/practice-tests/reading-practice-test-1-academic/reading-passage-1

 

UsingEnglish.com – Reading Comprehension Exercises

https://www.usingenglish.com/comprehension/

 

 

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Writing

 

Purdue Writing Laboratory

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

 

 

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Speaking

 

BBC – Learning English (Pronunciation)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/pronunciation

 

Learn English with Gill (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzBGtBze1AIcDmRwD2ZjiAA

 

TED talks

https://www.ted.com/talks

 

 

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Listening

 

RTHK – English in News

http://rthk9.rthk.hk/elearning/englishinnews/

 

RTHK – English Made Easy (Podcasts)

http://podcasts.rthk.hk/podcast/item_all.php?pid=1222&lang=zh-CN

 

TED Ed Lessons (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation

 

 

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General English Usage

 

BBC – Learning English

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/home

 

British Council – Learn English

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en

 

 

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SEE U Activities Snapshots

 

SPEAKING EVENTS

 

Speaking Event on 20190527 HK Monetary Authority

 

Speaking Event on 20190527 HK Monetary Authority

 

Speaking Event on 20190527 Talk on Cultural Diversity

 

Speaking Event on 20190527 Talk on Cultural Diversity

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190304 CUHK Art Museum

 

Speaking Event on 20190117 Bruce Lee Museum

 

FOUNDATION IMPROVEMENT COURSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDANCE SESSIONS

 

General Guidance Sessions (Group) August 2019

 

General Guidance Sessions (Group) July 2019

 

Academic English Writing Seminar Feb 2019

 

General Guidance Session (Group) April 2019

 

General Guidance Session (Group) Mar 2019

 

General Guidance Session (Group) May 2019

 

General Guidance Session Jan 2019

 

Job Application Letters Seminar Jan 2019

 

Job Application Letters Seminar Jan 2019

 

Themed Guidance Session (Group) Feb 2019

 

Themed Guidance Session (Group) Jan 2019

 

 

DAILY ENGLISH PRACTICE

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH SELF-LEARNING RESOURCES