Language Policy

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 119–134 | Cite as

Competing Identities, Common Issues: Teaching (in) Putonghua

Article

Abstract

This article analyzes the development of programs using Putonghua (the official spoken language of the Peoples’ Republic of China) as the medium of instruction (MOI) in local and international Hong Kong schools. The article compares the complex and shifting reasons for the development of such programs, arguing that both global economic and social-ideological factors are implicated, as trans-nationals and nation-states reinvent Self and Other in pursuit of new and multiple identities (Rizvi, 2000).

Keywords

certification of learning Chinese language education curriculum planning identity discourses language policy and planning medium of instruction Putonghua and Cantonese 

Abbreviations

CDI

Curriculum Development Institute

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

CIS

Chinese International School

CSL

Cantonese as a Second Language

EMB

Education and Manpower Bureau

IB

International Baccalaureate

LPP

Language policy and planning

MOI

Medium of Instruction

PRC

People’s Republic of China

HKSAR

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

HKCE

Hong Kong Certificate of Education

SAR

Special Administrative Region

UK

United Kingdom

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Hong KongPokfulamHong Kong, SAR, China

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