The status of Cantonese in the education policy of Hong Kong

Kwai Sang LEE, Wai Mun LEUNG

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Abstract

After the handover of Hong Kong to China, a first-ever policy of “bi-literacy and tri-lingualism” was put forward by the Special Administrative Region Government. Under the trilingual policy, Cantonese, the most dominant local language, equally shares the official status with Putonghua and English only in name but not in spirit, as neither the promotion nor the funding approaches on Cantonese match its legal status. This paper reviews the status of Cantonese in Hong Kong under this policy with respect to the levels of government, education and curriculum, considers the consequences of neglecting Cantonese in the school curriculum, and discusses the importance of large-scale surveys for language policymaking. Copyright © 2012 Lee and Leung; licensee Springer.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalMultilingual Education
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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Hong Kong
curriculum
legal status
language
education
promotion
funding
literacy
China
school

Citation

Lee, K. S., & Leung. W. M. (2012). The status of Cantonese in the education policy of Hong Kong. Multilingual Education, 2. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2191-5059-2-2

Keywords

  • The status of Cantonese
  • “bi-literacy and tri-lingualism” policy
  • Language survey
  • Cantonese language education