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ERIC Number: ED354744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1015-2059
Language in Education: Hard Choices for Hong Kong.
Lewkowicz, Jo
Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v13 p1-8 1990
A discussion of Chinese- and English-medium instruction in Hong Kong schools, particularly at the levels of secondary and higher education, focuses on recent recommendations for improved instruction and articulation. The discussion is presented in two parts. The first presents the response of the University of Hong Kong's Language Centre to the Hong Kong education department's report on language improvement in education. This part outlines recommendations for action to improve equality of educational opportunity and academic standards through language policy. Issues concerning opportunity addressed here include the threat of exodus from Chinese-medium public secondary schools, perceived elitism in English-medium instruction, students' choice of language medium, and career and academic prospects related to language medium of education. Concerning academic standards, issues include improvement of secondary school language instruction, instruction in English for academic purposes, and maintenance and enhancement of language standards in the higher education sector. The second part reports on a staff roundtable discussion of those issues. Areas of concern include the use of an independent body to implement recommendations, potential for intensifying elitism in the schools, college preparatory programs, and the option of gradual rather than intensive exposure to English-medium instruction. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong