Journal of Basic Education


2009.第18卷第1期(Vol. 18 No. 1).pp. 109–134


Hong Kong Junior High Schools’ Putonghua Examination Content and Approach: Analysis and Recommendations

祝新華、黎秀薇(Xinhua ZHU & May Sau-Mei LAI)





The subject “Putonghua” had been included in the Hong Kong secondary school curriculum as a core subject for a decade. In order to understand the assessment of Putonghua in junior high schools, we selected five secondary schools, including schools that use Putonghua to teach the Chinese language and schools that use Cantonese to teach the Chinese language, and sampled 10 copies of Putonghua test papers from these schools. The study analysed the content and approach of the assessment, recognized areas for improvement and made recommendations for the improvement of assessment of Putonghua in junior high schools, in accordance with the Putonghua curriculum.