The English language and the internet : a case study of Hong Kong

by Li, Chun-nei

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract

In the last few decades, English has continued its spread as a 'global language' throughout many societies in the world, including Asian countries. Currently, around 80% of the information stored in the world's computers is in the medium of English, and the Internet is often regarded as a flagship of Global English. (Graddol, 1997). However, does Internet really help spread English as a global language? The present study looks at how English is taught with the use of Internet in the English Department of the Polytechnic University, with particular reference to the roles of the university's administrative sector, the teachers and the students. It then proceeds to look at what actually happens among teachers and students with the use of the Internet in teaching and learning of English language. In attempting to investigate the importance of the Internet for local university teachers and learners of English, it is hoped that the results of this research will provide insights into the effectiveness of the Internet as a learning tool in the context of one tertiary institution in the HKSAR.

Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:hong kong polytechnic university english dept language study and teaching higher china internet in education teachers attitudes college students


Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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