Language research backing
Nine research projects have been awarded Language Fund cash totalling $6.45 million.
Director of Education Helen Yu Lai Ching-ping said the latest grants bring the total number of approved projects to 134. The fund was established in 1994.
To receive money, projects have to meet the criteria set by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR).
SCOLAR observes progress and decides how to apply findings to the education system.
One of the projects in the latest batch involves ascertaining the factors contributing to the success - or failure - when learn English of primary-age new arrivals from the mainland.
A second project will produce a set of CD-ROMS to help children learn Chinese characters.
And another will investigate the English proficiency needed by university business students, and whether current courses are adequate.
Other projects aim to improve the education of English-language teachers and target-oriented curriculum for primary teachers.
Researchers are also looking for ways to improve Chinese teaching using software and the study of Putonghua in primary schools.
More than 80 per cent of the projects recommended for the latest grants fell into the primary sector, the fund's priority.