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Article: Moving between language frontiers: the challenges of the medium of instruction policy for Chinese as a second language

TitleMoving between language frontiers: the challenges of the medium of instruction policy for Chinese as a second language
Authors
KeywordsAdaptation
Chinese as a second language
Ethnic minority students
Language learning
Medium of instruction
Issue Date2019
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1568-4555
Citation
Language Policy, 2019, v. 18, p. 131-153 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article explores the extent to which the medium of instruction (MOI) policy in Hong Kong affect ethnic minority students’ Chinese language performance in school, and how the “flexible” MOI policy affects Chinese as a second language (CSL) frontline teaching in mainstream secondary schools. It reports on a large-scale longitudinal study on the implementation of the “flexible” MOI policy, which is targeted to address the challenges that ethnic minority students and Chinese language teachers are faced with in CSL learning and teaching. Twenty-six CSL teachers and twenty students were target-sampled from fourteen schools involved in the same study. Based on an analysis of interview data through triangulation and critical discourse analysis, the authors argue that (1) difficulties in adapting to the new MOI-CL would likely lead to low motivation levels and adversely affect CSL development among the students; (2) CSL teachers also experience difficulties in helping ethnic minority students to make successful transition for reasons including huge learning differences, limited time and resources, as well as marked linguistic differences between the two Chinese language variants. The authors conclude by recommending that policy reviews be carried out based on linguistic realities to enhance the quality of CSL teaching and learning in the amidst of the current attempt at language standardization.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/259006
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2020 Impact Factor: 2.491
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.746
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dc.contributor.authorLoh, EKY-
dc.contributor.authorTam, CWL-
dc.contributor.authorLau, KC-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-03T03:59:59Z-
dc.date.available2018-09-03T03:59:59Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage Policy, 2019, v. 18, p. 131-153-
dc.identifier.issn1568-4555-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/259006-
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the extent to which the medium of instruction (MOI) policy in Hong Kong affect ethnic minority students’ Chinese language performance in school, and how the “flexible” MOI policy affects Chinese as a second language (CSL) frontline teaching in mainstream secondary schools. It reports on a large-scale longitudinal study on the implementation of the “flexible” MOI policy, which is targeted to address the challenges that ethnic minority students and Chinese language teachers are faced with in CSL learning and teaching. Twenty-six CSL teachers and twenty students were target-sampled from fourteen schools involved in the same study. Based on an analysis of interview data through triangulation and critical discourse analysis, the authors argue that (1) difficulties in adapting to the new MOI-CL would likely lead to low motivation levels and adversely affect CSL development among the students; (2) CSL teachers also experience difficulties in helping ethnic minority students to make successful transition for reasons including huge learning differences, limited time and resources, as well as marked linguistic differences between the two Chinese language variants. The authors conclude by recommending that policy reviews be carried out based on linguistic realities to enhance the quality of CSL teaching and learning in the amidst of the current attempt at language standardization.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1568-4555-
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage Policy-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI]-
dc.subjectAdaptation-
dc.subjectChinese as a second language-
dc.subjectEthnic minority students-
dc.subjectLanguage learning-
dc.subjectMedium of instruction-
dc.titleMoving between language frontiers: the challenges of the medium of instruction policy for Chinese as a second language-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLoh, EKY: ekyloh@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailTam, CWL: lcwtam@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLau, KC: laukcd@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10993-018-9465-7-
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dc.identifier.hkuros287952-
dc.identifier.volume18-
dc.identifier.spage131-
dc.identifier.epage153-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000459808900007-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-
dc.identifier.issnl1568-4555-

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