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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies
Program Homepage: http://www2.caes.hku.hk/pdes/
Institution: University of Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
Program Size: Small (1-10 students)
Program Description: The Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies (PDipES) is a programme offered under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts by the Centre for Applied English Studies.

The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) recommends in its Action Plan to Raise Language Standards in Hong Kong that from the 2004/5 school year new language teachers holding a first degree in a subject not relevant to the language he/she teaches, in addition to acquiring a postgraduate diploma (or certificate) in education (inclusive of a supervised teaching practicum and pedagogy), should also complete a postgraduate programme in the knowledge of the language taught within 5 years of their entry into the teaching profession. Serving teachers without such qualifications are also encouraged to acquire them.

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