Related Projects

1. New Education Privatisation (NEP) in English Education for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): A four-nation comparative study 

The study explores the shapers and impacts of privatisation in the area of English education for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and identifies ways to enhance the quality of education without compromising equity. Many governments, including Hong Kong, have recently adopted a new line of privatisation through educational reforms, allowing for third parties’ participation in curriculum delivery in public schools funded by public monies, i.e., New Education Privatisation (NEP) in Burch’s (2009) definition. In addition to general privatisation trends, within-country NEP and its cross-national development at the government/supranational level have rightly attracted scholarly attention. However, the conditions which enable its infiltration into individual schools in the complex nexus of global/local relations has not received due attention, particularly for ESOL. ESOL requires special attention as equity issues can be heightened in it, English being crucial, but not readily accessible, social capital to enhance life chances for marginal groups of students, and is an attractive area for NEP. Furthermore, previous research has aptly provided criticism of NEP-induced changes in teacher professionalism (e.g., fragmentation of the teaching force) and educational quality and equity; however, there is little discussion of how schools and teachers should be prepared for NEP.

This study will make an original contribution by identifying the shapers and impacts of NEP in ESOL through comparison of NEP in four countries, i.e., China, Japan, Australia and Greece, which have had divergent histories of, and relationships with, ESOL and NEP. Building on the research team’s previous work, this investigation seeks to answer the following research questions (RQs):

1. What ideas and material and structural conditions (global and local) have enabled/shaped the NEP in ESOL in schools in the four national case contexts?

2. In what ways, does NEP in ESOL change teachers’ practices, their professionalism and public schooling?

3. What quality is sought in privatised ESOL and how does it affect equity in education?

4. What lessons can be drawn from the cross-country analysis for the theorisation of NEP in ESOL and its appropriate use in public school systems?

The sequential mixed-method study consists of analysis of supra-national/national/sub-national policies concerning ESOL NEP; case studies in ten schools; a survey with 330 schools; and synthesis of findings through comparative analysis. It will extend the theorisation of NEP and debates about relevant policies, pedagogy and teacher education, in order to develop partnerships between public schools and third parties that will enhance quality education for all.

Commencement Date : 2020/1
Completion Date : 2022/12
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr. CHOI, Tae Hee 崔太僖 [EPL]
Co-Investigator(s) : Prof. CHIU, Chi Shing 趙志成 [EPL]
Dr. CHEN, Junjun 陳君君 [EPL]
Mr. POUDEL, Prem Prasad 

Prof. LINGARD, Bob 
Dr. CREAGH, Susan 
Dr. HOGAN, Anna 
Prof. DIMOPOULOS, Konstantinos 
Dr. SARAKINIOTI, Antigone 
Dr. SIFAKAKIS, Polychronis 
Ms. YAMATO, Yoko 
Mr. KIMURA, Haruo 
Dr. MORI, Izumi 
Dr. TAKAYAMA, Keita 
Research Assistant : -
Keywords(s) : ESOL   privatisation   comparative study

2. Utilizing Students' Mother Tongue to Enhance Learning in EMI Courses I, II, III

Commencement Date : 2015/10
Completion Date : 2017/3
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr. CHOI, Tae Hee 崔太僖 [EPL]
Research Assistant : Ms. KAM, Caroline; Mr. FUNG, Kai Chun; Ms. LI, Wanlu  
Keyword(s) : medium of instruction   enhancement of learning   mother tongue

3. Resources Support for Implementation of the New Language Policy

The project aims to empower staff at EdUHK to transit from CMI to EMI by suggesting and providing support such as manpower and resources (e.g. material resources, online reosurces, handbooks etc.) as well as teacher development opportunities through seminars.

Commencement Date : 2014/7
Completion Date : 2015/6
Chief Investigator(s) : Prof. ADAMSON, Robert Damian 鮑勃 [IELL]
Co-Investigator(s) : Dr. CHOI, Tae Hee 崔太僖 [EPL]
Research Assistant : Ms. CHENG, Sau Mei May;  Mr. CHEUNG, Kwan Lok; Ms. JAIN, Nikita  
Keyword(s) : policy enactment   medium of instruction   enhancement of learning

4. Enactment of Medium of Instruction Policy: Enhancement of Student Learning in Courses with English as a Medium of Instruction (教學語言政策的推行:提升學生以英文作為教學語言的學習) 

This project aims to understand the implementation of medium of instruction policy at the institute and identify the ways to support staff and students to enhance students’ learning in courses with English as the medium of instruction.

Commencement Date : 2014/2
Completion Date : 2014/12
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr. CHOI, Tae Hee 崔太僖 [EPL]
Co-Investigator(s) : Dr. YUEN, Wai Kwan Gail 袁慧筠 [EPL]
Dr. BRYANT, Darren Anthony [EPL]
Dr. KO, Yue On James 高裕安 [EPL]
Research Assistant : Mr. CHEUNG, Kwan Lok
Keywords(s) : policy enactment   medium of instruction   enhancement of learning

* University Grants Council of Hong Kong (The Education University of Hong Kong EPL-TEIF-01/02/03)