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Workplace English Campaign launches learning programme to support EAG
11 October 2009

 

In support of the Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games (EAG), the Workplace English Campaign (WEC) is launching a radio Announcement in the Public Interest (API) and a series of radio and video programmes titled “Hong Kong Welcomes You” to encourage Hong Kong people to improve their English proficiency in order to welcome athletes and tourists to the EAG.

The radio API, which features artistes Ivana Wong and Eric Suen, will be broadcast on Chinese radio channels starting from tomorrow (12 October).

The radio and video series, produced by RTHK with sponsorship from WEC, introduces some English phrases and vocabulary commonly used in receiving overseas visitors.

Hosted by RTHK DJs, Ms Gloria Lo and Melissa Cheung, Language Instructor of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ms Venny Lai, and native English speaker, Ms Laura Shepherd, the series will be rolled out in phases as follows:

  • Twenty episodes of two-minute radio segments will be broadcast on RTHK Radio 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., from Monday to Friday between 26 October and 20 November;
     
  • Four episodes of half-hourly radio programmes, edited from the above radio segments, will be broadcast on RTHK Radio 1 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Sunday between 22 November and 13 December;
     
  • Twenty episodes of one-minute videos will be broadcast on the Internet starting from 22 November with access through WEC online self-learning platform at www.english.gov.hk/platform.

For more details of the radio and video programmes, please visit the WEC website at www.english.gov.hk.

Launched by the Government in 2000, WEC aims at enhancing public awareness of the importance of having a good command of English in the workplace and improving language skills among the working population in Hong Kong.