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Restructure English tests for Hong Kong teachers to raise language standards

from South China Morning Post

China: The Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (English) is now entering its 13th year. But, despite a revision in 2007, little has changed. The exams were set up in answer to an outcry from the business and education communities over the fast-falling standards of English in this world city. They carry the weighty mission of raising the standards of English by tightening the entry into the teaching profession. Designed by specialists, the tests are not subject to scrutiny for their effectiveness by the usual government watchdogs. But, given the importance of the assessment's mission, an external evaluation is overdue. more

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