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Hu, Jingjing; Gao, Xuesong – Language and Education, 2018
This study explored the processes of utilization of resources in secondary students' self-regulated strategic writing for academic studies in an English as medium of instruction context in Hong Kong. Drawing on multiple data sources collected through the observation of lessons, stimulated recall and semi-structured interviews, the study examined…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, Writing Strategies, Underachievement, Second Language Learning
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Lin, Angel M. Y.; Lo, Yuen Yi – Language and Education, 2017
There has been a rich literature on the role of language in learning and on its role in knowledge (co-)construction in the science classroom. This literature, rooted in social semiotics theories and sociocultural theories, discussed research conducted largely in contexts where students are learning content in their first language (L1). In this…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Second Language Learning, Native Language, Teaching Methods
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Hancock, Andy – Language and Education, 2016
This article draws on research carried out in a Chinese complementary school in Scotland. The research focused on children's experience of learning to read Chinese and on the strategies that they used to support their learning. Here, I provide an account of one particular aspect of this research, namely the creation of a dialogic space for…
Descriptors: Chinese, Community Schools, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Choi, Mui Lan; Ma, Qing – Language and Education, 2015
This paper proposes a personalised instructional strategy, "student-selected vocabulary," to facilitate secondary school students' vocabulary building. It then reports how this personalised instructional strategy was implemented and evaluated through a teacher-led intervention study of 57 low-achieving Hong Kong secondary school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Secondary School Students
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Lee, Cynthia – Language and Education, 2015
Adopting a case study approach with multiple data sources, this paper explores the ways in which rapport is built, and its impact on the learning process based on five successive writing support consultations between a native English-speaking (NES) tutor and her second language (L2) tutee in a Hong Kong university. With reference to the prepared…
Descriptors: Tutors, Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Lo, Yuen Yi – Language and Education, 2014
Content-based instruction (CBI) adopts a second language (L2) as the medium of instruction for some or all academic subjects to facilitate L2 learning. There seem however, no uniform policies concerning which academic subjects should be taught in L2, in case only some subjects are involved. Conventional wisdom tends to favour Humanities subjects…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Chan, Jim Y. H. – Language and Education, 2014
The present study evaluates the impact of the fine-tuning medium of instruction (MOI) policy in Hong Kong in the early stages of its implementation. It explores the key stakeholders' perspectives on a school-based policy via a case study, which gathered multiple sources of qualitative data (i.e. focus groups/interviews, open-ended questionnaires,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language of Instruction, Second Language Learning, Educational Policy
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Gu, Mingyue Michelle; Tong, Ho Kin – Language and Education, 2012
Drawing on the notions of scale and space, this paper investigates identity construction among a group of mainland Chinese cross-boundary students by analysing their language choices and linguistic practices in a multilingual university in Hong Kong. The research illustrates how movement across spaces by these students produces varying index…
Descriptors: Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation, Language Attitudes
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Walker, Elizabeth – Language and Education, 2011
Educators worldwide have been attracted by lesson study for its teaching and learning enhancement potential. However, some believe it takes for granted language, out of which all teaching and subject matter are made. Employing a functional linguistics lens in an analysis of two second language science lesson studies, called "learning"…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Discourse, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Evans, Stephen; Morrison, Bruce – Language and Education, 2011
Research conducted in the 1980s and 1990s pointed to a widening gap on Hong Kong university campuses between institutional language policy, which stipulated the use of English, and classroom practice, which often involved the use of Cantonese to explain and discuss English written materials. This article presents the findings of a multidimensional…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Language Planning, Foreign Countries, Student Experience
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Tam, Angela Choi Fung – Language and Education, 2011
The medium of instruction (MOI) and its impact on improving the language proficiency of students has become a debated issue worldwide. The policy-makers of post-colonial Hong Kong believed that the general Chinese competency, Chinese writing and Putonghua proficiency of students would be improved through the use of a…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Language Planning, Standardized Tests, Foreign Countries
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Li, Lan; MacGregor, Lucy J. – Language and Education, 2010
The Vocabulary Levels Test (VLT) is widely used to assess the vocabulary size of second-language learners of English. The test assesses learners' knowledge of words of different frequencies within general English and of high-frequency words within academic texts. We used the VLT to measure the English vocabulary size of Chinese university students…
Descriptors: Word Lists, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Word Frequency
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Lo, Yuen Yi; Murphy, Victoria A. – Language and Education, 2010
The aim of this study was to investigate vocabulary knowledge and growth across two different language-learning programmes in Hong Kong. The two programmes compared were English immersion programmes (IM) and regular English second-language programmes (RL2). While previous research has identified an overall advantage to IM with respect to language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immersion Programs, English (Second Language), Comparative Analysis
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Hoare, Philip; Kong, Stella; Bell, Jill – Language and Education, 2008
This paper provides a case study of the use of language objectives within a newly developed English language teacher education programme in Hong Kong. The programme development team decided to adopt a content-based language teaching approach to support students' second language development through content learning. The teacher education programme…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Teachers, Teacher Education, Language Usage
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Evans, Stephen – Language and Education, 2008
This article examines colonial language policies and practices at the government Central School, Hong Kong--the so-called Eton of the East--in the second half of the nineteenth century. The article, which draws on a range of unpublished primary sources, seeks to enhance our knowledge of an important episode in Hong Kong's educational history and,…
Descriptors: Educational History, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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