Hong Kong language policy and its relationship to and effect on language use in Hong Kong

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInsights into Language Education Policies
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Pages153-182
ISBN (Print)9783631810149, 9783631716069
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020

Abstract

The major aim of the present chapter is to describe and analyse the current language policy and language use in Hong Kong. Thus, the chapter begins by setting forth background factors related to the Hong Kong language environment and summarises, adopting a critical perspective, the different assessments measuring the language competence of Hong Kong citizens so as to communicate in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Next, it describes the various language policies set by the government, the educational sector, and business enterprises and their effect on communication in Hong Kong. By drawing on the language-based communication zones model, it further analyses several business communication situations, underlining the need for developing different language competence levels in order to communicate effectively in these situations. To conclude, the chapter ties together Hong Kong language policy and its relationship with present and future language use in the area.

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  • Business communication, Communication zones, Language competence assessment, Language proficiency

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Hong Kong language policy and its relationship to and effect on language use in Hong Kong. / Du-Babcock, Bertha.

Insights into Language Education Policies. Peter Lang AG, 2020. p. 153-182.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review