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ERIC Number: EJ792404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
The Introduction of English-Language Education in Early Colonial Hong Kong
Evans, Stephen
History of Education, v37 n3 p383-408 May 2008
This article examines the attitudes of the colonial and metropolitan governments towards the promotion of English-language education on Hong Kong Island between 1842 and 1860. The study, which draws on a range of unpublished primary sources, was conducted in response to Whitehead's recent call for detailed case studies of colonial education policies. This article explores, within the context of Hong Kong, a centrally important aspect of education in the Empire, and one that has been the subject of surprisingly little archival research: British policies towards the teaching and learning of English as a second language. The article begins by analysing the political, economic and demographic forces that influenced the study and use of English in Hong Kong during the 1840s and 1850s, and then moves on to examine language policies and practices in the colony's mission schools, with a particular focus on the Morrison Education Society School, the first Western school to be established on the Island after the British occupation. The final section analyses the introduction of English teaching in the government vernacular schools in the early 1850s. (Contains 87 notes.)
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Publication Type: Historical Materials; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong