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Title: Researching and teaching China and Hong Kong English
Author: David C. S. Li
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The English curriculum in China – including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) – has traditionally been dominated by native-speaker (NS) based pedagogical models. This is a source of many problems, ranging from learning outcome to teaching performance, and from cultural inappropriacy to speaker identity. Research in World Englishes (WE), in English as a lingua franca (ELF) and an international language (EIL), and to a lesser extent in second-language acquisition (SLA) has shown that a curriculum informed by a deficit model (by measuring learner performance using the yardstick of native-speaker-based standards) is by its very nature disempowering, and should be replaced with a model of difference, whereby learners' L1 identities and ownership of English are both respected.


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 23, Issue 3-4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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