Title Class size and language learning in Hong Kong: the students' perspective Class Size and Language Learning in Hong Kong: The Students' Perspective. Class Size and Language Learning in Hong Kong: The Students' Perspective

Gary Harfitt, Kong
unpublished
There is currently ongoing debate in Hong Kong between the teachers' union and the Government on the reduction of large class size (typically more than 40 students) in secondary schools and whether smaller class sizes might facilitate improvements in teaching and learning. In fact, many Hong Kong secondary schools have already started to experiment with class size reduction (CSR). This study seeks to investigate from the students' perspective how class size reduction might alleviate one key
more » ... hological aspect of learning in Hong Kong and Asia, namely language learning anxiety. Research has shown that language learning anxiety can have a debilitating effect on students' classroom behaviour, and this study seeks to examine whether exposure to learning in a smaller class informs such findings.
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