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|Title: ||Pondering at the crossroads ── what kind of Putonghua do university students need?|
|Authors: ||Keung, Merry M. L. (姜美莉)|
|Issue Date: ||2000 |
|Citation: ||Changing languages : language education in the era of transition. Edited by Y. O. Mak and Merry M. L. Keung. Hong Kong : Language Centre, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, c2000.|
|Abstract: ||It has been more than thirteen years since the Hong Kong Education Department introduced Putonghua into local primary schools. The fact that Putonghua was introduced as a 'core curriculum' subject presented an optimistic picture to local Putonghua education. Schools seem to have contributed significantly to the spread of Putonghua, and there have even been calls for the replacement of Cantonese by Putonghua as the medium of instruction. However, there are doubts about the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of the language, and this has had significant influence on Putonghua curriculum planning at the tertiary level. Data for the present study were collected from 78 local primary- and secondary-school Putonghua teachers and 197 university students who had learned Putonghua at primary and/or secondary school but were retaking an elementary Putonghua course at university. It was found that although the students had received Putonghua training before entering university, learning results were far from satisfactory. To equip students better for their future careers, a task-based curriculum which emphasises the process of learning rather than structural features of language is needed in the tertiary Putonghua curriculum.
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