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Article: The New Role of English Language Teachers: Developing Students’ Critical Thinking in Hong Kong Secondary School Classrooms

TitleThe New Role of English Language Teachers: Developing Students’ Critical Thinking in Hong Kong Secondary School Classrooms
Authors
KeywordsCritical thinking
English language teaching
Education innovation
Classroom observation
Issue Date2010
PublisherTime Taylor International. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/
Citation
Asian EFL Journal, 2010, v. 12 n. 2, p. 262-287 How to Cite?
AbstractIn 1999, the critical thinking syllabus (CDC, 1999) was issued by the Curriculum Development Council to all junior secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong. Different from the earlier curriculum guidelines, the recommendations highlight the importance of thinking in English language teaching and learning, and a new role of English language teachers, i.e. to develop students critical thinking through the subject. Through classroom observation, this study aimed to investigate whether the syllabus is translated into the classroom practices of five teacher participants. In these case studies covering more than 1600 minutes of classroom teaching, two brief critical encounters were identified. Only in these two encounters were students given the time and space to think critically and exchange ideas genuinely in a supportive learning atmosphere. The study shows that developing students critical thinking has never been an object of learning for the five teachers, who felt that the institutional constraints and external pressures they faced made the implementation of the syllabus impossible. That is, they were not playing the new role required. The study, though exploratory, has important implications in developing students critical thinking and implementation of education innovation.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125497
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dc.contributor.authorMok, Jen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T11:34:49Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T11:34:49Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsian EFL Journal, 2010, v. 12 n. 2, p. 262-287en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1738-1460en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125497-
dc.description.abstractIn 1999, the critical thinking syllabus (CDC, 1999) was issued by the Curriculum Development Council to all junior secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong. Different from the earlier curriculum guidelines, the recommendations highlight the importance of thinking in English language teaching and learning, and a new role of English language teachers, i.e. to develop students critical thinking through the subject. Through classroom observation, this study aimed to investigate whether the syllabus is translated into the classroom practices of five teacher participants. In these case studies covering more than 1600 minutes of classroom teaching, two brief critical encounters were identified. Only in these two encounters were students given the time and space to think critically and exchange ideas genuinely in a supportive learning atmosphere. The study shows that developing students critical thinking has never been an object of learning for the five teachers, who felt that the institutional constraints and external pressures they faced made the implementation of the syllabus impossible. That is, they were not playing the new role required. The study, though exploratory, has important implications in developing students critical thinking and implementation of education innovation.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherTime Taylor International. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAsian EFL Journalen_HK
dc.subjectCritical thinking-
dc.subjectEnglish language teaching-
dc.subjectEducation innovation-
dc.subjectClassroom observation-
dc.titleThe New Role of English Language Teachers: Developing Students’ Critical Thinking in Hong Kong Secondary School Classroomsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailMok, J: janem@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityMok, FY=rp00938en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume12en_HK
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dc.identifier.spage262en_HK
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