English in Hong Kong: A preliminary study of the ACER word knowledge test - Form F and the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices as indicators of verbal reasoning ability and abstract reasoning ability among Hong Kong University students

Raymond Stone*, Gilbert Wong, Susanna Y F LO

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Abstract

The standard of English of Hong Kong students is a matter of considerable debate. Academics, business people and others bemoan the deterioration of English-speaking skills and the declining quality of students. Explanations for this situation include the introduction of mass education, the lack of trained English teachers and an exam-centred curriculum. Yet, little research has been undertaken concerning student intellectual ability and English skills. This short report examines the English skills of 146 undergraduates using the ACER Word Knowledge Test - Form F, and their abstract reasoning ability using Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices. The results show that Hong Kong students, while low in English skills are superior in intelligence. Although exploratory and subject to qualification, the research has implications for the teaching and continued use of English in Hong Kong schools and universities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-336
Number of pages7
JournalEducational Research
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • ACER
  • Australian
  • Hong Kong, english standards
  • Progressive matrices
  • Word knowledge

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