Changes in secondary school English teaching methodologies and contents (1975-1999)

Elizabeth Anne WALKER, Siu Yin Annie TONG, Hing Man Angela MOK-CHEUNG

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Abstract

The chapter examines the extent to which methodology and content have changed in secondary school English language syllabi from 1975 to 1999. Through syllabus review, it was found that there has been a shift from Classical Humanist, transmissive, grammar-translation methodology, to Reconstructionist, oral-structural, pre-communicative methodology, to Progressivist, task-based, communicative methodology. Specifically, there has been a move away from translation activities, and there has been more emphasis given to developing communicative skills. Initially the communication was within prescribed domains, but recently the domains of interaction have widened to take account of individual needs. In terms of content, there was no change in the period under review. Textbook analysis was carried out to tentatively judge the extent of syllabus implementation. The analysis took into account textbooks' organizational focus, implied pedagogy, and content realism. The analysis reveals a considerable level of correspondence with the current syllabus at a general level, but that textbooks introduced innovative aspects of the syllabi to a very limited extent. Implications of these findings for teacher roles and teacher education are drawn; so are implications for the fundamental lack of change in syllabus and textbook content. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchool curriculum change and development in Hong Kong
EditorsYin Cheong CHENG, King Wai CHOW, Kwok Tung TSUI
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Hong Kong Institute of Education
Pages259-293
ISBN (Print)9629490285
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Citation

Walker, E., Tong, A. S. Y., & Mok-Cheung, A. H. M. (2000). Changes in secondary school English teaching methodologies and contents (1975-1999). In Y. C. Cheng, K. W. Chow, & K. T. Tsui (Eds.), School curriculum change and development in Hong Kong (pp. 259-293). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institution of Education.

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