Promoting Bi-literacy and Tri-lingualism
46. It is our policy to promote bi-literacy and tri-lingualism.
Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city, and it needs to promote the wider
use of basic English. As part of China, Hong Kong people should
also learn to speak fluent Putonghua. This will facilitate effective
communication and business exchanges with the Mainland. We are now
conducting a comprehensive review of the current curriculum, the
quality of teachers, teaching methods and the social environment
in our efforts to upgrade the language ability of our students.
We expect to develop concrete proposals by the middle of next year.
47. Since the 1998-1999 school year, the Native-speaking English
Teacher Scheme has been operating in secondary schools. Although
the scheme encountered some teething problems, it has gradually
brought about a new culture of English language teaching in our
schools that is widely supported.
48. For effective language learning, it should start as early as
possible. From the start of the next school year, we will strengthen
English language teaching in primary schools with various initiatives.
Our targets include providing native English-speaking teachers or
teaching assistants in every primary school and the organisation
of more extra-curricular activities using English.