ERIC Number: ED435189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of Mother-Tongue Teaching in Hong Kong Secondary Schools: Some Recent Reports.
Lao, Christy Ying; Krashen, Stephen
Discover, n5 Oct 1999
While most primary school education in Hong Kong (China) is in the native language, Cantonese, and most university-level instruction is conducted in English, the language of secondary school instruction has begun to shift from English to Cantonese. The decision to increase Cantonese use is controversial. Four studies of this situation are reported. The first, a study of 56 secondary schools, found Chinese-medium classes less passive. The second, a survey of 189 Chinese-medium schools, found most principals and slightly fewer teachers believed native-language teaching facilitated higher-level learning. The third study, of grade 7 students in 12 secondary schools found the Chinese-medium students felt their English had improved more than did the English-medium students. The fourth study, consisting of in-depth interviews with students, found Chinese-medium students to be more comfortable in class. Further examination of the studies, not yet available in full, and further research on native language-medium instruction in this and other contexts are recommended. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Chinese, English, Foreign Countries, Language of Instruction, Language Role, Native Language Instruction, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong