教育研究學報



Dubious Benefits of Exposure to a British Environment on Hong Kong Teachers' English Ability: Comment on Dolan (1994)

1995.第10卷第1期(Vol. 10 No. 1).pp. 94–98
 

Dubious Benefits of Exposure to a British Environment on Hong Kong Teachers’ English Ability: Comment on Dolan (1994)

Kit-Tai HAU(侯傑泰)

Abstract

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.

摘要

Dolan(1994)比較三組在英國大學就讀的香港教師(及一組英國學生)之英語能力,在結論中,他指出這些受試者的一般英語能力會隨他們在英國生活的體驗而有所改善。本文重新檢視Dolan的論據,發覺英國的生活可能增加香港教師對英國的認識,但與Dolan的結論不同,重新分析顯示即使長達九個月之英國生活,亦不能改善香港教師之英語能力。「英國生活體驗能改善英語能力」之說,在該研究內並無確實數據支持。