ERIC Number: ED366217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Socio-Cultural Framework for a Critical Analysis of English as a Foreign Language in HongKong.
Lo, Terence; Lee, Cynthia
A sociocultural framework for examining the use of English as a Second Language (ESL) in Hong Kong is outlined and discussed. It incorporates or draws on concepts of the socio-historical nature of language, critical analysis of communication, and systemic-functional analysis of language use. Using this framework to analyze the current situation of English use in Hong Kong, it is concluded that many students in working-class schools feel they are being forced to learn English that is not needed for their studies or for their work in lower socioeconomic sectors of the local community. English, perceived as a language traditionally representing authority, is increasingly seen now as an authoritarian imposition, particularly when the ESL teacher is an expatriate. This situation is seen as detrimental to student motivation, and greater student choice is urged. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hong Kong
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Meeting of the Institute of Language in Education (Hong Kong, December 15-18, 1992).