ERIC Number: ED331283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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EL2-Medium Education in a Largely Monolingual Society: The Case of Hong Kong.
Bruce, Nigel J.
Hong Kong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v13 p9-23 1990
English is used as a second-language (EL2) medium of instruction in a wide range of developing countries, notably in East and South Asia, the Middle East, and many parts of Africa, often in the face of a vigorous resurgence of indigenous and regional cultures and languages. A discussion of this situation illustrates some of the social, political, and educational factors that make the implementation of EL2-medium educational policies problematic for developing countries. The discussion then looks into the case of Hong Kong, with its particular linguistic and socio-political situation, and the implications of an EL2-medium education system for an ostensibly egalitarian education policy. The discussion concludes by examining recent attempts by language planners and educators in Hong Kong, in both secondary and higher education, to make the education system more responsive to the sociolinguistic and educational requirements and realities in the territory while retaining a strong EL2-medium profile. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Identifiers: Hong Kong