The development of academic language proficiency: Challenges for middle school immersion in Hong Kong and Xi'an

Wai Yu Stella KONG, Philip HOARE

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Abstract

This paper investigates the development of academic language proficiency through immersion in middle school programmes in Hong Kong and Xi’an. The study reveals that in both contexts students have exposure to complex academic language through teacher talk and textbooks; however, there is not sufficient support for students’ academic language use in writing. The paper discusses the possible causes and suggests how students can be helped to develop better academic language proficiency in these immersion contexts. Copyright © 2013 by the University of Tennessee.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-109
JournalInternational Education
Volume41
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Kong, S., & Hoare, P. (2012). The development of academic language proficiency: Challenges for middle school immersion in Hong Kong and Xi'an. International Education, 41(2), 88-109.