‘English for Employment’ project fast-tracked

November 20, 2008

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA–Fifty thousand school leavers would be targeted by a special project launched by the state in collaboration with the BoI and sections of the local corporate community for empowering these young persons with requisite English full story
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Resolving a Clash of Development Objectives – Social Justice vs Need for English

October 29, 2008

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA–When I received the invitation from Father Placidus which I felt privileged and happy to accept, my mind went back to my early days in school and recalled the awe and adulation in which we held that great icon of the education system of those times – the Late Rev. Fr. Peter Pillai. I had my schooling at Royal at a time when the Rector of St. Joseph’s full story
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Why English matters

October 20, 2008

THE SUNDAY TIMES, SRI LANKA–I was in China recently when it occurred to me that life there would be impossible if I did not have English. I speak no Mandarin, but many younger Chinese do speak English, and they are keen to practice it at every opportunity. This enabled me to live and work in China and made me a lot of friends. full story