Teaching and learning in English medium classrooms

Jim CUMMINS, Philip HOARE, Wai Yu Stella KONG, Evelyn MAN, Elizabeth Anne WALKER

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This colloquium addresses the issue of the effectiveness of content teaching and learning through English in Hong Kong secondary schools in the context of the current moves to change the eligibility of schools to adopt English as their medium of instruction. It brings together some recent classroom-based research and development on teaching and learning through English in Hong Kong secondary schools in order to promote debate as to how this can be improved. Cummins will present an overview of the value of integrating second language and content learning. Kong and Hoare will focus on the use of English by teachers and students in the local English medium classrooms, based on data drawn from two studies on teacher explanations and student writing. Man will discuss some adaption issues of Secondary 1 English medium students switching from Chinese medium primary schools and will examine some support measures for their content learning. Walker will report on some of the difficulties students face using English for content learning in S4 and the role of an enrichment programme in supporting them. The colloquium will include an extended time for discussion on ways forward in English medium teaching and learning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2004


Cummins, J., Hoare, P., Kong, S., Man, E., & Walker, E. (2004, December). Teaching and learning in English medium classrooms. Paper presented at the International Language in Education Conference 2004: The Way Forward in Language Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.


  • Secondary Education
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning


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