Don't believe all the hype about HK's falling English standards

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South China Morning Post

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Andrew Sewell says using average scores or anecdotal evidence to gauge language proficiency is misleading, and we may come up short if we search for real evidence of declining standards.

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This article is also published online as Are English standards really falling in Hong Kong? Don't believe all you read, with full text available at
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1865488/ are-english-standards-really-falling-hong-kong-dont-believe

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Sewell, A. (2015, October 10). Don't believe all the hype about HK's falling English standards. South China Morning Post, A13.