Journal of Basic Education


2009.第18卷第2期(Vol. 18 No. 2).pp. 123–136


Chinese Language Attainment of Ethnic Minority Primary School Students in Hong Kong

黃汝嘉、蕭寧波(Yu-Ka WONG & Ling-Po SHIU)





In Hong Kong, the difficult situation of ethnic minority children learning Chinese as a second language is increasingly becoming a matter of concern. The present study attempted to assess their attainment level in the Chinese language. Ninety-seven ethnic minority Primary Four children from four schools took two standardized tests in Chinese listening and reading comprehension with both tests normed with local Primary One students. The results show that the majority of these ethnic minority students failed to reach the Primary One standard. Their reading ability was particularly poor. The implications of these results for Chinese language education for ethnic minority children are discussed.