Document Type: Conference Papers
Year published: 2009
Conference: Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference: Designing New Learning Contexts for a Globalising World, National Institute of Education (2009: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
In the past ten years, Hong Kong Government has promoted the concept of biliteracy (Chinese and English) and trilingualism (Cantonese, Putonghua and English) in education. Putonghua has become an important issue in the school curriculum. Educators debate how and when Putonghua should be taught. In the preschool context, whether Putonghua should be taught as a formal subject or informally through fun and games has been debated. Another critical issue is how parents could help children to learn better outside schools. This paper presents findings on the learning and teaching of Putonghua from interviews with parents and school teachers and principals.