Book Culture Club explores English language learning

The Book Culture Club held its 5th event at the Library on the evening of 3 February. Speakers gave attendees a range of perspectives on the theme of "English language learning".

In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Lo Wai Luk, Associate Professor of the Academy of Film, reviewed the mission of the Club in wake of its first anniversary and extended his invitation to future events and activities.

Among the speakers, Mr. Victor K. Fung, Associate Programme Director of MA in International Journalism Studies and Principal Lecturer of the Department of Journalism, drew on his experience to provide participants with tips, tools and new ways of learning English. He believes that having an interest and passion for the English language is crucial to learning, as well as acquiring the techniques for mastering the language.

Dr. Richard K. S. Wong, Assistant Professor of the School of Continuing Education, spoke on the challenges of early English learning. He asserted that vocabulary and pronunciation are two key elements in early stages of language learning. In developing children's English learning skills, parents in Hong Kong should build on their Chinese language ability which is seen as the foundation for acquiring new knowledge.

As in previous events, publishers were also invited as guest speakers. Ms. Carmen Poon, editor-in-chief of Joyful Books Co, Ltd., talked about the rules of "Who, when and how" in book publishing. As a publisher in the areas of textbooks, readers and supplementary exercises, Ms. Chu Suk Ling, editorial director of Pearson Longman Hong Kong, presented an overview of the industry and encouraged students to join as writers.

Dr. Lo concluded the event with the song "Sound of music" to illustrate the use of English songs in learning the language. Following the book talk, participants continued to interact and discuss with each other over light refreshments.

Mr. Victor Fung (left) pictured with Dr. Lo Wai Luk at the Book Culture Club event
Dr. Richard Wong shares insights on the challenges of early English learning

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