Thursday 22 April 2010

Software Engineer wanted!

Position: Research Assistant (Software Engineer)
(Duration: 1 year, with a possibility of renewal)

1. Duties
The appointee will be required to design and develop elearning projects related to web-based language learning software; perform creative and technical analysis of user requirements and improve user interfaces and support users (e.g. explaining and facilitating the use of the web-based systems).

2. Requirements
Applicants should have a degree in computer science, information technology or equivalent, and excellent knowledge of PHP, MySQL, DHTML, Ajax, CSS, XML, JavaScript and server-side technologies.
Good knowledge of ASP, VB, VBA, Flash (ActionScript 3 and 2) and Object-oriented programming; preferably with mature attitude and capability of working under pressure are required.
He/She should be independent, self-motivated, responsible and innovative.
Strong organizational skills with ability to coach other team members and be able to plan and organize work independently; quality-oriented; analytical thinking with good problem solving skills; be capable of learning new technology quickly plus good command of both spoken and written English are required.

Conditions of Service

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

More information on the

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

Application procedure here:

Tuesday 20 April 2010

CELT eTools showcase for learning and teaching

Date: 27 April (Tue)
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Click here to register now.

Workshop: Improving English fluency and accuracy using My Words and Check My Words

Do you need to improve your English
- Vocabulary?
- Pronunciation?
- Accuracy?
- Fluency?
This workshop will show you how to become a better speaker and writer of English in your own time and at your own pace, using online tools developed at UST.
My Words is a vocabulary-learning website that allows you to add words from any website and learn these words systematically (meanings, pronunciations, collocations and more):
Check My Words is a toolbar for Microsoft Word that gives you access to a wide range of writing resources that explain common errors, help you never use the wrong word again, correct any English phrase, and much more.

For more information, please visit

What does the workshop cover?
This workshop will introduce two programs developed in the Language Center that target the English learning needs and difficulties of Chinese speakers. Hands-on practice will be provided to ensure that by the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
• Improve your vocabulary using My Words
• Access games and tests to evaluate your vocabulary learning progress
• Check your English accuracy and fluency using various resources in the Check My Words toolbar

Target audience
Faculty, instructors and students who have limited or no experience with the My Words suite of programs and who want to improve their English fluency and accuracy.

Wednesday 14 April 2010

Workshop on Online English Reference Tools for PG students

Date: 20 April (Tue) 2010
Time: 1030am – 12nn
Venue: LT-K
Title: Tools to help you improve your English Accuracy and Fluency

Abstract: This workshop for graduate students will introduce a set of tools you can use to improve your written and spoken English. These tools include:

1) A vocabulary-learning website (My Words), including a browser toolbar you can use to hear any text on the web read with accurate pronunciation and intonation. You can also capture words and phrases from any website and build your own vocabulary portfolio.

2) A word-processor toolbar (Check My Words) you can use to correct common written errors and improve the way you use words and phrases in context. You can download and install Check My Words from

This workshop will help you become an independent, confident and professional speaker and writer of English! The tools are free to all HKUST students, before and after graduation.

Monday 12 April 2010

Student helpers wanted! (closed)

Thank you for your interest. The application period for this position has been closed

Do you want to improve your English as well as earn some pocket money? Here's your chance!

We are looking for out-going student helpers who are happy to speak/write/practice English. You should know simple Microsoft Office operations & Web search techniques. The job mainly requires visiting users on campus to help them with these simple techniques. The hours are flexible (about 3-5 working hours per week).

We offer about $100/hr for this job.

We appreciate your interest in the student helper position. However, we would like to find out more about you so that suitable tasks can be assigned to you.

Please note that the questionnaire is NOT a test. It will NOT be used against you in any way. It is important that we determine where your strengths and interests lie, so that we may use them optimally. We would really appreciate honest and accurate answers from you.

Please answer the following questions in as much detail as possible when you 'contact us':

  1. How familiar are you with the following programs?
    a. My Words
    b. Nano
    c. My Words toolbar
    d. Say it Right
    e. Check My Words
    f. Mark My Words (this can be from the perspective of either giving or receiving comments)
  2. Which Microsoft Office programs are you familiar with? And what is your level of proficiency with each of them?
  3. How good is your ability to navigate the Web and find relevant information? What Google search commands can you use? Which web browsers are you familiar with?
  4. What areas of learning English interest you? (You may choose multiple areas of interest) Vocabulary / Writing / Oral Practice (including pronunciation) / Grammar
  5. At what times during the week (Mon-Fri: 9:30am to 5pm) will you be available on campus?
  6. How many hours can you work at home? (This may involve writing reports on your visits to instructors)

Wednesday 7 April 2010

MMW Online Edit Comments

You can now store and edit your personalized comments online in Mark My Words.

We have prepared a tutorial to help you get familiar with the UI.