The “biliterate and trilingual” policy in Hong Kong primary school education

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Abstract

With the handover in 1997, Hong Kong has adopted the ‘Biliterate and Trilingual’ language policy, which aims at developing citizens who are biliterate in both written Chinese and English as well as trilingual in Cantonese, Putonghua, and spoken English. In this chapter, a comprehensive historical review of the development of language education in Hong Kong schools will be given first, followed by a discussion on how the ‘biliterate’ and ‘trilingual’ language policy is currently implemented in Hong Kong primary schools based on findings of an empirical study. Finally, the chapter will conclude by giving some recommendations to policy makers and school administrators to consider when formulating language policies in Hong Kong primary school education. Copyright © 2019 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish literacy instruction for Chinese speakers
EditorsBarry Lee REYNOLDS, Mark Feng TENG
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages317-332
ISBN (Electronic)9789811366536
ISBN (Print)9789811366529
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Wang, L. (2019). The “biliterate and trilingual” policy in Hong Kong primary school education. In B. L. Reynolds & M. F. Teng (Eds.), English literacy instruction for Chinese speakers (pp. 317-332). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

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