Evaluating the Contribution of the Native Speaker Teacher
In this chapter we look at a large-scale evaluation of an educational pilot program in Hong Kong. The program involved the deployment of native-speaking English teachers in state secondary schools as an initiative to raise achievement in English. The rationale for the program emphasised importance of use of English in the classroom, a feature of the curriculum guaranteed by English teachers who did not speak the language of the school community, namely Cantonese. The increased use of English for communication in the classroom would lead to increased learning. The evaluation examined in detail in this chapter sought to measure this learning achievement. It also explored related attitude and motivation factors, and an ethnographic component of the evaluation provided a perspective on the social and cultural factors which affected the integration and performance of expatriate teachers in schools. The evaluation thus used different data sets to inform on policy development, language learning and program management issues.
KeywordsCultural Resource Research Officer English Teacher Curriculum Innovation Local Teacher
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