1995．第10卷第1期（Vol. 10 No. 1）．pp. 9498
Dubious Benefits of Exposure to a British Environment on Hong Kong Teachers’ English Ability: Comment on Dolan (1994)
Dolan (1994) compared the English ability of three groups of Hong Kong (HK) teachers [and a group of British (UK) students] who were attending university courses in UK. Among other things, he concluded that there was general improvement in language proficiency with British exposure. In this article, Dolan's analyses were re-examined. It was found that UK exposure might lead to an increase in HK teachers' specific UK knowledge. However, contrary to Dolan's conclusion, reanalyses showed that HK teachers' general English proficiency had not improved even after nine months of exposure. The benefits of UK exposure were unsubstantiated and dubious.