Exploring the language challenges and coping strategies of science students in English-medium instruction : A case study of teachers and students in Hong Kong secondary classrooms

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2021

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TitleHKCPD International Conference 2021 for English teaching professionals worldwide
LocationVirtual
PlaceHong Kong
Period8 - 10 January 2021

Abstract

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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  • English Medium Instruction, Science Education, Language across curriculum, Classroom Interaction, Perceptions, Language challenges

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Exploring the language challenges and coping strategies of science students in English-medium instruction : A case study of teachers and students in Hong Kong secondary classrooms. / Pun, Jack.

2021. Paper presented at HKCPD International Conference 2021 for English teaching professionals worldwide, Hong Kong.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review