LONDON, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Following are the English Premier League standings after Sunday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Chelsea 19 16 1 2 42 13 49

Liverpool 19 13 4 2 46 21 43

Arsenal 19 12 4 3 41 19 40

Tottenham 19 11 6 2 37 14 39

Manchester City 19 12 3 4 39 21 39

Manchester United 19 10 6 3 29 19 36

Everton 19 7 6 6 25 23 27

West Brom 19 7 5 7 25 23 26

Southampton 19 6 6 7 19 22 24

Bournemouth 19 7 3 9 26 31 24

Burnley 19 7 2 10 21 29 23

West Ham 19 6 4 9 23 33 22

Watford 19 6 4 9 23 34 22

Stoke 19 5 6 8 22 32 21

Leicester 19 5 5 9 24 31 20

Middlesbrough 19 4 6 9 17 22 18

Crystal Palace 19 4 4 11 29 35 16

Sunderland 19 4 2 13 17 35 14

Hull 19 3 4 12 16 41 13

Swansea 19 3 3 13 21 44 12


LONDON, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Following are the results of the English Premier League on Saturday:

Bournemouth lost to Sunderland 1-2

Burnley bt Crystal Palace 3-2

Chelsea bt Everton 5-0

Manchester City tied Middlesbrough 1-1

West Ham tied Stoke 1-1

Playing on Sunday

Arsenal vs Tottenham

Hull vs Southampton

Leicester vs West Brom

Liverpool vs Watford

Swansea vs Manchester United

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More languages are being added regularly as the one-on-one interview system includes nearly 120 languages.

The system was brought to China by Chinese Testing International and the stated-owned human resources agency China International Intellectech (Shanghai) Corp.

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The 11 different evaluation levels range from “novice low” to “distinguished,” but the highest level is rarely achieved.

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“Only 30 percent of Samsung’s employees are Korean and we need multiple languages in internal communications,” Lim said. “That’s why we decided to introduce the system in 2006 and put it into use the next year.”

He added: “It’s now the only way we do foreign language assessment in our company and anyone who seeks promotion needs to provide the OPIc score.”

He also said that 1.5 million Korean employees of about 1,600 Korean companies have taken the tests over the past 10 years.

The tests were given on a trial basis last month in Suzhou and Wuxi in Jiangsu Province, and a formal test will be held on August 26 in Harbin in Heilongjiang Province.

The schedule for tests in Shanghai has not yet been announced.

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