English Language Learning in Hong Kong
A review of a Hong Kong curriculum that presumes Cantonese fluency and the steady addition of English after primary school.
# 135670 | 1,500 words | 2 sources | APA | 2007 |
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Education (Curriculum) , Asian Studies (General) , Language (General)
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The paper describes how Hong Kong has adopted a KLA model whereby Chinese is used in primary schools towards bilingual secondary schools enabling often perfect Cantonese-English fluency. The paper relates that as much as possible, English is used in teaching and class discussion, with students learning to think and express themselves fully. The paper discusses how this method resembles what is imparted in Canada's French immersion schools for non-Francophone Canadians. The paper points out that the HK system is supported by academics, the business community and government.
From the Paper:"This paper refers to a Hong Kong curriculum that now presumes Cantonese fluency and the steady addition of English after primary school. (See Morris: 1995) A Key Learning Areas (KLA) model allows a curriculum geared to stimulating the development and application of generic skills, values and attitudes, understanding and the construction of new knowledge, and a platform for review. (Tung: 1998:29) The English Language Education KLA promotes learning in other KLAs, furthers language skills and world knowledge, and provides broad learning opportunities while promoting study..."
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