Thursday, 10 February 2011

Workshops - Improving your Writing with the My Words programs

Want to improve your English WRITING?
Register in the SAC orientation area for one of this semester's My Words workshops (23 & 24 Feb, 6-7pm)!

Friday, 22 October 2010

My Words toolbar now supports Firefox 3.6!

Good news for Firefox 3.6 users!

If you have already upgraded to Firefox 3.6, you may have noticed that many of your extensions stopped working, including My Words toolbar. Well, no longer! We have now produced a stable Firefox 3.6 version of the My Words Toolbar. We would like to give special thanks to Mr. Anton Elloway (Development Coordinator of ICT in ELT at the University of Edinburgh) for sharing with us how he’s been using the My Words toolbar at the University of Edinburgh.

The My Words toolbar is now compatible with the following Web browsers:

  • MSIE 5
  • MSIE 5.5
  • MSIE 6.0
  • MSIE 7.0
  • MSIE 8.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.5
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6
  • Netscape Navigator 9

Install the My Words toolbar today to experience the resourceful add-on features of My Words on Firefox 3.6!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Software Engineer wanted!

Details of Job Vacancies


Research Assistant (Software Engineer)
(Duration: 1 year, renewable)


Language Center

Closing Date: 2 October 2010
Ref No.: 2010-0923

1. Duties

The appointee will be required to provide technical support for a web-based portal for English learning, including user support (e.g. answering queries about using web-based systems) and documentation. Training in the relevant projects will be provided.

2. Requirements

Applicants should have a recognized degree in computer science, information technology or equivalent; excellent computer skills; excellent knowledge of PHP, MySQL, DHTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, and preferably be familiar with WordPress, BuddyPress and other social media systems. He/She should be self-motivated, responsible, and able to work independently. Good communication skills with a good command of spoken and written English is required.


Conditions of Service

Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits including annual leave, medical and dental benefits will be provided where applicable.


More information on the Department/Office

Application Form for Executive, Clerical, Secretarial, Technical, Research and Teaching Support Positions (including demonstrator and instructional assistant)

We thank applicants for their interest, but advise that only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the result of the application.

Application Procedures

Application forms can be obtained:

  • from the Souvenir Center in Room G027 of the University;

  • from the Human Resources Office in Room 5333 of the Academic Building of the University;

  • by writing to the Human Resources Office, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope;

  • by fax (2358 0700) to the Human Resources Office;

  • by E-mail ( ; and

  • by downloading from HRO Website

Completed application forms should be returned to the Human Resources Office.

Friday, 10 September 2010

New “Arts” Trophy Released!

Do you have a taste for the arts? Learn 51 words associated with arts and complete five activities to prove you have the vocabulary to differentiate Picasso from Michelangelo.

Click here to start learning the arts today!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Self-test : Dictation test

With the addition of the new dictation test, there are now 7 different ways to test your vocabulary on the My Words web site!

The dictation test assesses your ability to recognize and spell words that are spoken. All you need to do is activate the speech (powered by the Say It Right engine) in each question and type the word that you hear in the space provided.

Your test results will be given to you instantaneously and they will show your answer next to the correct one. Click on both to have them read back to you and compare your incorrect answers to the correct ones to hear what you are mishearing!

Why not try out the new dictation test and practice your listening skills today!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Silent letter words

In My Words (Say It Right), we have just added a new section about silent letter words. Silent letters are letters that you cannot hear when you say the word, but are there when you write the word. For example, "sword" is pronounced as "sord" because the "w" is silent.

Review words with silent letters today and hear the correct pronunciation! Link:

Monday, 21 June 2010

Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing: Writing Processes and Authoring Aids

The workshop took place on June 6, 2001 at NAACL HLT 2010 in Los Angeles, USA.
The proceeding of the paper "A Toolkit to Assist L2 Learners Become Independent Writers" is available now.