English in Hong Kong: Second or foreign language?

Henry Paterson Cameron HEPBURN

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Recently there has been much discussion on the status of English in Hong Kong. Traditionally, English has been viewed as a second language but there are those who consider it to be a foreign language. However, the evidence fro such a view appears not to be available. This paper describes a survey carried out with students in a Band 1 school. The survey was designed to produce data to indicate whether English functions as a second of foreign language. The pedagogical implications are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1995


Hepburn, H. (1995, November). English in Hong Kong: Second or foreign language? Paper presented at the Hong Kong Educational Research Association 12th Annual Conference: Rethinking Education: Reflective Practice, Professionalism and Postmodernization, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.


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