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Title: Towards ‘biliteracy and trilingualism’ in Hong Kong (SAR): problems, dilemmas, and stakeholders’ views
Authors: Li, DCS 
Keywords: Medium of instruction
Biliteracy and trilingualism
Mother tongue education
Dual MoI streaming policy
Fine-tuning policy
Linguistic capital
Second language
Foreign language
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer
Source: In DCS Li. Multilingual Hong Kong : languages, literacies and identities, p. 179-202. Cham: Springer, 2017 How to cite?
Series/Report no.: Multilingual education, v. 19
Abstract: In this chapter, we will first briefly discuss how the Hong Kong SAR government’s language policy of ‘biliteracy and trilingualism’ is shaped by socioeconomic realities. We will then examine two issues: (a) a language learning environment which is not conducive to the Cantonese-L1 Hongkongers’ acquisition of English and Putonghua, including a brief discussion of the status of English in Hong Kong as a second or foreign language; and (b) the social tension between Cantonese, English and Putonghua in the education domain, as epitomized in various concerns of different stakeholder groups regarding the controversial medium-of-instruction (MoI) debate: the Hong Kong government, employers, parents, school principals, teachers and educationists, and students. Our purpose is to elucidate the challenge faced by Hong Kong language policymakers and the key stakeholders involved.
ISBN: 978-3-319-44193-1 (print)
978-3-319-44195-5 (online)
ISSN: 2213-3208
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44195-5_6
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