Project Details

Establishing a Research Cluster in the EdUHK for Promoting Research on Multilingual Acquisition and Multilingual Education

Hong Kong is a multilingual society with three principal languages: Cantonese, English and Putonghua. Since 1997, Hong Kong has adopted the “Biliterate and Trilingual” language policy, which aims at developing citizens who are biliterate in both written Chinese and English as well as trilingual in Cantonese, Putonghua, and spoken English. Thus, research related to multilingual acquisition and multilingual education is of great importance in Hong Kong. The area ‘multilingual acquisition and multilingual education’ is under "4123 language development, second language development, audiology" of H1 Psychology and Linguistics, according to the existing mechanism of RGC. In this project, a group of EdUHK colleagues who have expertise in the field of multilingual acquisition and multilingual education will form a research cluster. The project team members plan to have bi-monthly meetings, discussing issues related to multilingual acquisition and multilingual education in Hong Kong. In the second year of the project, the team will hold an international conference on Multilingual Acquisition and Multilingual Education, and invite leading scholars in the field from around the world to give keynote speeches, and our project team members and other scholars from around the world will also present their research at the conference. By the end of the project, the team plan to come up with a joint proposal to bid for the Hong Kong government Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Fund, and the proposed project will aim at gaining a better understanding of multilingual education policies in Hong Kong, and how multilingual education can be carried out more effectively in Hong Kong. Recommendations will be made. It is hoped that the research cluster will strengthen the research profile of EdUHK in this field, and when language policy related issues need to be addressed/discussed, the government / EDB will consider consulting us because of our expertise and reputation in this field.

Commencement Date : 2017/11
Completion Date : 2019/11
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr WANG, Lixun 王立勛 [FHM,LML]
Co-Investigator(s) : Prof CHEUNG, Hin Tat 張顯達 [CRLLS,LML]
Prof ADAMSON, Robert Damian 鮑勃 [IE]
Dr KATAOKA, Shin 片岡新 [LML]
Dr GAO, Fang 高放 [IE]
Dr LEUNG, Pui Wan Pamela 梁佩雲 [CHL,CLE]





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