Corporate Development

Visiting Scholar from the University of Hong Kong

By Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group

Prof Lee Kar Shui

Prof Lee Kar Shui from the University of Hong Kong
(top) sharing his views on language use in Hong Kong
with the audience

In April 2010, NIE welcomed Professor Lee Kar Shui from the University of Hong Kong as its visiting scholar. During his two-day visit from 19 – 20 April, NIE was privileged to have Prof Lee sharing his insights on language use in Hong Kong.

At Prof Lee's seminar titled A Review of Language Use in Hong Kong on 19 April, we were honoured to have Ms Ho Peng, Director-General of Education, Ministry of Education (MOE) and other MOE officers gracing the occasion. Prof Lee presented on the unique phenomenon of biliteracy and trilingualism in Hong Kong, discussed its development over the past few decades, and analysed the reasons for the observed overall decline in the Chinese and English language competencies of its users. The impact of the decline in language standards in Hong Kong and feasible remedies to the problem were also discussed.

On the second day of his second seminar on 20 April, Prof Lee shared his experience of teaching the judges of the judiciary of the HKSAR to write their judgements in Chinese. The close relationship between the cultivation of basic language ability and the writing of Chinese texts for special purposes was examined.

During the two-day seminar, Prof Lee engaged the audience with his witty sense of humour and in-depth analysis of language-related matters. Both seminars were chaired by Assoc Prof Goh Yeng Seng (Head, ALC).

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