A survey of 300 households in Hong Kong showed that 65 percent of parents believe a foreign teacher of English can offer better education than a local teacher.
In response, early childhood education experts have issued statements reminding parents and institutions to check the qualifications of foreign educators during the hiring process.
Experts also warn against hiring “travelling” foreign teachers who have no certification or experience.
Educators have stated there is no evidence supporting claims that foreign domestic helpers improve English levels, although a child’s confidence in the language might be boosted if the helper interacts frequently with the child during the critical learning stage of 3-6 years old.
3 percent of Hong Kong’s population are foreign domestic helpers employed to help with child care and household chores.
On average, children in Hong Kong learn three or four different languages, with Cantonese being the main language spoken at home.
Although English is a subject taught in all schools, most parents hire a part-time tutor to supplement materials taught in class.
Sansan Ching Teh-chi, Director of the Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services, warns against enrolling children in too many language subjects, stating that doing so can weaken a child’s ability to communicate effectively in any of the languages.
Ching instead suggests that biliteracy or trilingualism is sufficient for elementary education.Meanwhile In China
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