Promoting the teaching and learning of Putonghua in preschools: Issues and challenges

Yuen Fan Lornita WONG, Cheung Shing Sam LEUNG

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Abstract

In the past ten years, Hong Kong Government has promoted the concept of biliteracy (Chinese and English) and trilingualism (Cantonese, Putonghua and English) in education. Putonghua has become an important issue in the school curriculum. Educators debate how and when Putonghua should be taught. In the preschool context, whether Putonghua should be taught as a formal subject or informally through fun and games has been debated. Another critical issue is how parents could help children to learn better outside schools. This paper presents findings on the learning and teaching of Putonghua from interviews with parents and school teachers and principals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

Citation

Wong, Y. F. L., & Leung, C. S. S. (2009, June). Promoting the teaching and learning of Putonghua in preschools: Issues and challenges. In C. S. S. Leung (Chair), Second language teaching and learning in preschools in Hong Kong and Singapore. Symposium conducted at the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference: Designing New Learning Contexts for a Globalising World, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Keywords

  • Early childhood
  • Language and education

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