Many students learn English as a second language in Hong Kong. A model that combines textbook use (forming a basis for systematic language learning) with application (providing students with a meaningful context to use the language) could help to improve standards. Photo: Xinhua

Bad English in Hong Kong: the risks of jumping to conclusions

Topic |   Education

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Many students learn English as a second language in Hong Kong. A model that combines textbook use (forming a basis for systematic language learning) with application (providing students with a meaningful context to use the language) could help to improve standards. Photo: Xinhua
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Teacher intervention is essential for providing “scaffolding”, or assistance, to students not exposed to English at home. Photo: Handout

How Hong Kong’s English standards reflect the wealth gap and what can be done to bridge it

  • Critics of the English standards in Hong Kong schools should remember that it’s a system for non-native learners with less exposure to natural English
  • To narrow the rich-poor gap in language input, textbooks written for learners of English as a second language and teacher intervention are both critical
Topic |   Hong Kong schools

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Teacher intervention is essential for providing “scaffolding”, or assistance, to students not exposed to English at home. Photo: Handout
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