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Article: English in Hong Kong: A preliminary study of the ACER word knowledge test - Form F and the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices as indicators of verbal reasoning ability and abstract reasoning ability among Hong Kong University students

TitleEnglish in Hong Kong: A preliminary study of the ACER word knowledge test - Form F and the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices as indicators of verbal reasoning ability and abstract reasoning ability among Hong Kong University students
Authors
KeywordsAcer
Australian
Hong Kong, English Standards
Progressive Matrices
Word Knowledge
Issue Date2000
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/00131881.asp
Citation
Educational Research, 2000, v. 42 n. 3, p. 330-336 How to Cite?
AbstractThe standard of English of Hong Kong students is a matter of considerable debate. Academics, business people and others bemoan the deterioration of English-speaking skills and the declining quality of students. Explanations for this situation include the introduction of mass education, the lack of trained English teachers and an exam-centred curriculum. Yet, little research has been undertaken concerning student intellectual ability and English skills. This short report examines the English skills of 146 undergraduates using the ACER Word Knowledge Test - Form F, and their abstract reasoning ability using Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices. The results show that Hong Kong students, while low in English skills are superior in intelligence. Although exploratory and subject to qualification, the research has implications for the teaching and continued use of English in Hong Kong schools and universities.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/177880
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.589
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.490
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dc.contributor.authorSusanna, Len_US
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dc.description.abstractThe standard of English of Hong Kong students is a matter of considerable debate. Academics, business people and others bemoan the deterioration of English-speaking skills and the declining quality of students. Explanations for this situation include the introduction of mass education, the lack of trained English teachers and an exam-centred curriculum. Yet, little research has been undertaken concerning student intellectual ability and English skills. This short report examines the English skills of 146 undergraduates using the ACER Word Knowledge Test - Form F, and their abstract reasoning ability using Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices. The results show that Hong Kong students, while low in English skills are superior in intelligence. Although exploratory and subject to qualification, the research has implications for the teaching and continued use of English in Hong Kong schools and universities.en_US
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dc.subjectHong Kong, English Standardsen_US
dc.subjectProgressive Matricesen_US
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