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Developing a School-Based Reading Program for Lower-Grade Primary Learners: The Case of a Primary School in Hong Kong

  • Benjamin L. MoorhouseEmail author
  • Kevin M. Wong
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Abstract

Reading instruction in English language lessons in Hong Kong primary schools was long dominated by the use of textbooks designed to prepare learners for high-stakes assessments. However, recent educational reforms have placed a new prominence on the teaching of reading with English language teachers advised to allocate 40% of lessons to reading and to use real books. Emphasis is now placed on developing learners’ reading skills and an enjoyment of reading. To achieve this, primary schools have joined government-developed literacy programs or developed their own school-based programs. However, these programs have yet to receive much attention from researchers. This chapter provides an introduction to lower-grade reading programs in Hong Kong, followed by the case of one school’s development and implementation of a school-based reading program.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Hong KongPok Fu LamHong Kong
  2. 2.New York UniversityNew York CityUSA

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