HKU weekly notice (from March 31 to April 5, 2012)
30 Mar 2012
Efficient Learning and Teaching of Chinese Characters for Children
Press briefing to release survey findings
Professor Tse Shek Kam, Director of Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research (CACLER), Faculty of Education, HKU, has been devoted to the study of learning Chinese characters for years. He has recently started the research project related to efficient learning and teaching of Chinese characters for children and the development of competence in reading and writing Chinese characters which aims at helping children to learn Chinese characters joyfully and efficiently, training them to read and write Chinese characters and thus facilitating the acquisition of good reading and writing skills.
The project is sponsored by Quality Education Fund. The teaching programme of Chinese characters has been implemented and the survey has been conducted to find out the current situation of learning and teaching Chinese characters in the kindergartens in Hong Kong. A press briefing will be held to release the findings.
Date: April 2, 2012 (Monday)
Venue: Room LG06, Hui Oi Chow Science Building, HKU
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HKU to release 2012 Second Quarter Hong Kong Macroeconomic Forecast
A press conference is scheduled on April 2 (Monday) to announce the "Hong Kong Macroeconomic Forecast", supplying headline macroeconomic indicators for Hong Kong's economy in the second quarter of 2012.
Date: April 2, 2012 (Monday)
Venue: the United Conference Centre, 10/F., United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty
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Seminar on "Beyond Treatment: The role of Mindfulness in dissolving suicidal reactivity" by Professor J Mark G Williams
There are large differences from one person to another in the extent to which they are able to deal with suicidal feelings. Why do such differences exist?
Our research suggests that differences in how people react to suicidal thoughts and plans are critically important. Mindfulness training teaches people to decenter: to recognize when their suicidal mode of mind is being activated, and to shift to 'being' mode of mind, a mode that is associated with self-acceptance and flexibility of response, rather than with running off old habits. Preliminary evidence from pilot trials suggests that people become able to ‘let go' of their negative thoughts rather than elaborate or suppress them, and to let go of inappropriate ideals for themselves. Importantly, after mindfulness training, they are able to recall previous suicidal crises without getting ‘enmeshed' in them.
The speaker Professor Mark Williams is the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, Welcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
Date: April 3, 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Venue: Library Extension 2, HKU
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