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      Language policies for Hong Kong schools since 1997

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      London Review of Education
      IOE Press
      LANGUAGE, POLICY, TRILINGUALISM, CANTONESE, PUTONGHUA, ENGLISH
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            Francis of Education (print)/1474-8479 (online) Article 2010 Language in education debates in Hong Kong focus on the role and status of English (as the former colonial language and an important means for international communication); Cantonese, the mother tongue of the majority of the population; and Putonghua, the national language of China. This paper examines the language policy formulated in 1997–1998, and finds that it radically departed from previous policies by mandating the use of Cantonese as the medium of instruction in secondary schools. The paper then analyses two subsequent policy revisions and concludes that, while the tonal emphasis on mother-tongue education has remained, the policy revisions have reversed the language policy to previous practices that emphasised the importance of English.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 July 2010
            : 8
            : 2
            : 167-176
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            1474-8460(20100701)8:2L.167;1- s7.phd /ioep/clre/2010/00000008/00000002/art00007
            10.1080/14748460.2010.487336
            d45d4881-5b8b-47e7-b9dd-7688da7f6bbb
            Copyright @ 2010
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            POLICY,CANTONESE,ENGLISH,PUTONGHUA,TRILINGUALISM,LANGUAGE

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