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Title: Historical and comparative perspectives on the medium of instruction in Hong Kong
Authors: Evans, S 
Keywords: Chinese
Colonial language policy
English
Hong Kong
Medium of instruction
Mother-tongue teaching
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Source: Language Policy, 2011, v. 10, no. 1, p. 19-36 How to cite?
Journal: Language Policy 
Abstract: The 2010-2011 academic year marked the beginning of a new chapter in the long and controversial history of medium-of-instruction (MOI) policy in Hong Kong. Under the government's "fine-tuning" policy, schools hitherto compelled to use Chinese as the MOI have been given more scope to teach in English at junior secondary level, thereby eliminating the unpopular, language-based bifurcation of schools that was introduced after the departure of the British in 1997. This article views the new policy from two perspectives that are often overlooked in the now voluminous literature on the MOI in Hong Kong. First, few studies have made connections between the issues and problems that have confronted policy makers, teachers and students in the modern era and those which faced their counterparts in earlier periods in Hong Kong's history. Second, few studies have viewed language-related developments in Hong Kong in relation to policies and practices in other colonial and post-colonial societies. This article ranges across two centuries and around the former British Empire and Commonwealth in an attempt to offer the temporal and spatial perspectives that are currently lacking in the literature. These perspectives offer pointers as to the likely consequences of the "fine-tuning" policy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14719
DOI: 10.1007/s10993-011-9193-8
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