Changes in the English medium of instruction policy in secondary schools in Hong Kong, Special Administration Region of China

Sean O'HALLORAN

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Abstract

This paper outlines the changes in English medium of instruction policy in Hong Kong secondary schools since it became a specially administered region of China on 1st July, 1997. It gives a brief description of the background to the present situation, outlining the special place of English in Hong Kong schools and the reasons for the failure of policy initiatives in the past. The rationale for the present policy changes is critically discussed as are reasons for the resistance to change in certain Hong Kong schools as expressed by the school principals, the staff, parents and pupils. The paper concludes by examining the success of the present policy initiatives and examines the future of English medium education in Hong Kong schools.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Hong Kong
secondary school
instruction
China
present
school
media education
pupil
principal
parents
staff

Citation

O'Halloran, S. (1998, August). Changes in the English medium of instruction policy in secondary schools in Hong Kong, Special Administration Region of China. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 1998, The Queen's University of Belfast, Ireland.