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ERIC Number: ED388064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 9
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Teachers' Views on Ways of Improving English Language Teaching in Hong Kong.
Lai, Fung-kuen Eva
A study investigated the attitudes of Hong Kong English-as-a-Second-Language teachers concerning English language teaching problems in that context. The study was prompted by perceptions of declining interest in use of English, less frequent requirement of English skills for employment, increased use of colloquial Cantonese in social contexts, and difficulties with English instruction in the schools, particularly at the secondary level. Based on a discussion with ten teachers, a 26-item questionnaire was developed and administered to 79 teachers. Results revealed attitudinal patterns in three areas: resources; curriculum; and teacher competence. In the area of instructional resources, a majority of respondents felt that class sizes needed to be reduced and that the Hong Kong education authorities should provide additional supplementary teaching aids, information exchange, and in-service teacher training. Most respondents wanted a more flexible curriculum, textbooks geared to student level, and more classroom recreational reading materials to increase exposure to English. Respondents also felt that English teacher instructional skills are seriously deficient and should be improved. A majority felt that English should be used all the time for classroom interaction, but also that class time devoted to English should not be increased. The questionnaire is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong