This is a companion book for boys and girls in secondary schools and a reference book for parents and teachers.
The book has come about because of the scarcity of the type of books I want to use to teach the essentials of English to secondary school students who are learning English as a second language in an environment in which contact with the English language is minimal.
This is a book with a difference: it is reader-friendly and uncluttered. It has illustrations in Chinese to flag ideas of special interest to help readers to avoid the types of errors commonly made by students. It aims to help them grasp the basics of English and the practical aspects of its usage. Poetry being the soul of any language, part of this book discusses poetic measures, the appreciation of poetry and what is new in poetry today.
This book, a labour of love, is also about caring and sharing.
To promote the practical use of good English is what I care about. I think Hong Kong will be a better place for it.
It shares with readers my knowledge of English, learned from and attributable to my English teachers in schools and universities all those years ago.
It shares with my readers my experiences gathered over many years in teaching English and using English in the work-place, both during the colonial years in Hong Kong and during my long periods of sojourn overseas in English-speaking countries.
No language is ever static: either in its influence or usage. Consider how the former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, delivered his speech at Beijing University in fluent Mandarin. Consider also how the 1st Vice Premier of China, Li Keqiang ended his speech at Hong Kong University in fluent English. All this tells me that no matter who we are or where we come from, we are linked by culture in one way or another.
Thus, in preparing the contents of this book, regard has been taken of the variations and changes to the language that have taken place through globalization and advances in modern technology and the various innovations currently on the market.
As shown in the contents, each of the easy-to-read chapters in the book focuses on specific areas of interest.
Enjoyment of any language is the beginning of a good thing.
有別於其他英語學習工具，黃錢其濂的新書「學好英文」“A Basic Course in English and Poetry” 讓讀者由最基本的英語開始，透過大量例子，指出香港學生特別容易出錯的地方，再進一步讓讀者領略英詩的特質及欣賞方法。「學好英文」“A Basic Course in English and Poetry”是黃錢其濂首本英語學習/參考教材，附有問題集及答案，尤其適合中學生閱讀，有助他們以務實眼光及活用態度「學好英文」。