ERIC Number: ED215577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Facing Reality in University English Teaching in Hong Kong.
Boyle, Joseph P.
This paper focuses on those aspects of which teachers must be aware when teaching university students in Hong Kong. These aspects include cultural factors, the influence of political, social, and educational developments in Hong Kong over the years, and the students' feelings of achievement in attending the university. In terms of language, teachers must be aware that pronunciation difficulties of a major nature--those, that is, which impede mutual comprehension--will be a part of the speech of most of the students. There will also likely be interference from the students' first language at the level of syntax. Chinese university students typically do not speak out in discussion in the way students from other cultures might. Discussion also centers on the possible conflict between their native cultural values and the lure of modern industrialized society. The fact that these students are caught between two cultures is reflected in the way they are caught between English and Chinese. (JK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hong Kong
Note: Paper presented at the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (16th, London, England, December 18-21, 1981).