Language arts (LA) in ESL from the perspective of Hong Kong high school students

Sui Sing FENG

Research output: Other contributionHP

Abstract

Since 2009, four language arts (LA) elective modules, Popular Culture, Drama, Short Stories and Poems and Songs, were introduced in the English language curriculum as a part of the curriculum reform. After 10 years of the implementation, however, the modules were unpopular among students according to the candidate statistics of the HKDSE exam. There is also a lack of research about these modules, especially research focusing on students’ perspective. This study looked into how the LA modules affect students’ intrinsic motivation of learning English and their perceived performance in the subject. Questionnaires were collected from 100 participants who studied these modules, and 8 respondents took part in a semi-structured individual interview. The data collected was then analysed by SPSS (quantitative) and checked by the interviewees (qualitative). The findings revealed that the modules could raise students’ intrinsic motivation of learning English and their perceived performance in reading, writing, speaking and vocabulary. Recommendations to teachers and curriculum developers concerning how to maximise the benefits from the LA modules were also given in this paper, including how to improve the content, activities and assessments of the four LA modules.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Language arts (LA)
  • Intrinsic motivation of ESL/EFL students
  • Perceived performance of ESL/EFL students
  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B059
  • Course code: ENG4903

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