29 Jun '11, 1am

Today we take to the streets to find out what S'poreans think of English testing for foreign workers. #SGEnglish

MANY employers in the service industry are hesitant about enrolling their work permit holders for English courses and the Service Literacy Test (SLT) ('Bosses baulk at sending staff for English test'; Monday). Each worker who passes the SLT costs his employer $100 less in monthly foreign worker levy. Yet, many employers are willing to forgo the significant savings, citing expensive training costs, uncertainty over whether workers can pass the test, and it being 'unnecessary'. This marks an incipient failure of the testing initiative to raise English standards in the service industry. Considering that English is the lingua franca in Singapore, that many tourists visit our country, and that our populace is made up of different races, there is a dire need for front-line staff to be able to listen, understand and respond aptly in English while on the job. Just as an employer w...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_685077...

Tweets

Bosses baulk at sending staff for English test (via ST iPhone App)

Bosses baulk at sending staff for English test ...

straitstimes.com 27 Jun '11, 2am

FOREIGN workers in the hotel, food and beverage, and retail industries must clear the Service Literacy Test (SLT) in order...

You should apply to work here! Need more convin...

godaddy.com 02 Jul '11, 9pm

BUILD YOUR OWN WebSite Tonight® ON SALE! Just point and click to use our website builder. Quick Shopping Cart® ON SALE! Ex...

If GM can reach 56.2 mpg what's stopping Ford, ...

switchboard.nrdc.org 28 Jun '11, 7am

On Saturday, I lamented that automakers wanted the "lowest fuel efficiency bar possible." I am pleasantly surprised to be ...