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Title: The making of a colonial school : a study of language policies and practices in nineteenth-century Hong Kong
Authors: Evans, S 
Keywords: Bilingual education
Colonial education
Curriculum
Hong Kong
Language policy
Medium of instruction
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Source: Language and Education, 2008, v. 22, no. 6, p. 345-362 How to cite?
Journal: Language and Education 
Abstract: This article examines colonial language policies and practices at the government Central School, Hong Kong - the so-called Eton of the East - in the second half of the nineteenth century. The article, which draws on a range of unpublished primary sources, seeks to enhance our knowledge of an important episode in Hong Kong's educational history and, in so doing, illuminate our understanding of British attitudes towards the learning and use of English in the empire. The article is divided into three main sections. The first section analyses the nature and purposes of the scheme to 'centralise' government-sponsored English teaching in a flagship school in the early 1860s. The second section investigates the roles of the English and Chinese languages in the colonial curriculum and the approaches to the teaching of English adopted by the school's founding Headmaster, Frederick Stewart. The final section examines the reform of the Central School in the late nineteenth century.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17728
DOI: 10.2167/le744.0
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