ERIC Number: ED212129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Relationship between Language Attitudes and English Attainment of Secondary Students in Hong Kong. Occasional Paper No. 91.
Pierson, Herbert D.; And Others
This study analyzes the relationship between English language attainment and attitudes toward English among Cantonese-speaking secondary school students in Hong Kong. The subjects were 10th grade students from both English- and Chinese-medium schools. Attitudes toward English were measured directly by means of a series of statements concerning the study and use of English, to which subjects were asked to respond on five-point scales. Attitudes were measured indirectly with a scale of stereotypes modeled on the work of Spolsky. English attainment was assessed by a cloze procedure as suggested by Oller. Results of factor analysis of the direct attitude questions regarding English show that several of these factors are significantly related to English attainment. In some cases, however, the correlations were contrary to expected directions. In general, the statistical results of the study indicate that a direct measure of attitude was a better predictor of English attainment than an indirect measure. The indirect measures obtained by asking subjects to rate themselves, themselves as they would like to be, Chinese people, and westerners, produced some significant results, but were not as strong indicators of language attainment as the results obtained from the direct measures. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, Kowloon.
Identifiers: Chinese People; Hong Kong
Note: Prepared through the Social Research Centre.