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Angela M. Y. Lin and Evelyn Y. F. Man

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099586

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099586.001.0001

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Key Issues in Immersion Education: Implications for Hong Kong

Key Issues in Immersion Education: Implications for Hong Kong

(p.40) (p.41) 3 Key Issues in Immersion Education: Implications for Hong Kong
Bilingual Education

Angel M. Y. Lin

Evelyn Y. F. Man

Hong Kong University Press

In this chapter, key issues in immersion education are considered and their implications for Hong Kong discussed. These key issues regarding immersion education include the following frequently asked critical questions: (1) Is immersion suitable for all, or only for the elite? What should be the criteria for the selection of students into immersion programmes? Or, should there be selection at all? (2) How are bridging and immersion-servicing programmes designed? And how effective are they? Is there a bridging role for the use of some L1 in immersion classrooms? If so, are there any clear guidelines on how and when L1 should be used? (3) What factors have to be taken into account when selecting between early and late immersion, and between total and partial immersion (mixed mode)? (4) Is immersion the only way to achieve a high level of L2 proficiency? Can L2 be effectively taught as a subject? Is teaching L2 as a separate subject necessarily a less effective alternative to immersion?

Keywords:   Bridging programmes, Immersion-servicing programmes, Immersion education, Immersion

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