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Why EMI is still a matter for Hong Kong students? perceptions of teachers and students in Hong Kong Secondary Science classrooms

Teaching science through English is a growing phenomenon around the world. In this presentation, I will discuss the latest research into English medium of instruction (EMI) around the globe and the challenges that teachers and students face when learning science through English in many cultural contexts.

In particular, i will report a study in Hong Kong which explores the teaching and learning process in EMI science classrooms (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) from 8 secondary schools. Drawing the multiple sources of data from semi-structured interviews, questionnaires and 34 hours video-recorded classroom observations of 19 teachers and 545 students, we explore the patterns of classroom interactions (turn-taking, ratio of talk, language choices, question types) in both traditional (or early-full) EMI vs MOI-switching (or late-partial) schools (switching from L1 Cantonese to L2 English), between Grades 10 and 11 in both schools. The teachers and students' perceptions on EMI teaching and learning process including their views on EMI, choices of classroom language, the language challenges, coping strategies will also be investigated. By providing an evidence-based, detailed analysis of authentic classroom interactions, this research hopefully shed light on ways for improving the quality of instructional practices in different EMI classrooms worldwide.

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Title16th Asia TEFL, 1st MAAL & 6th HAAL 2018 International Conference
LocationUniversity of Macau
Degree of recognitionInternational event