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Title: Classroom language use in Hong Kong's English-medium secondary schools
Authors: Evans, S 
Keywords: Language policy
Language in education
Medium of instruction
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Hong Kong Educational Research Association
Source: Educational research journal (敎育硏究學報), 2000, v. 15, no. 1, p. 19-43 How to cite?
Journal: Educational research journal (敎育硏究學報) 
Abstract: In recent years the long-standing debate over the medium of instruction (MOI) in Hong Kongâs secondary schools has been reinvigorated by the introduction of a controversial language policy which requires the majority of the territory's schools to adopt Chinese as the teaching medium. Under the new policy, only 114 schools are permitted to continue teaching in English. The government's decision to force most English-medium schools to switch to Chinese while retaining an âeliteâ English-medium stream has been criticised for being discriminatory and divisive. Since the policy was announced, much attention has been given to the changes which the former English-medium schools will need to undergo in order to adapt to Chinese-medium instruction. However, much less attention has been paid to the implications of the policy for the schools which will retain English as the MOI. The study reported in this article, which investigates language use in the new English-medium stream, was designed to find out the extent to which these schools' MOI policy was in fact translated into classroom practice in the years immediately preceding the introduction of the new policy.
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