A Crriculum Development and Strategies of Integrating Cantonese Opera in Chinese Language Education in Hong Kong

By Fung Ping, Dorothy Ng, Ling-sung, Albert Chung and Wai-ip, Joseph Lam.

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Cantonese opera is a local cultural treasure of Hong Kong. With lots of language (Cantonese), literature and cultural elements, it is surely not pure entertainment. The “Integrated Cantonese Opera in Chinese Language Education in Hong Kong” project aims to integrate Cantonese opera into the Chinese subjects’ school-based curriculum, especially for the sake of the New Senior Secondary Curriculum, which will be implemented in year 2009. The project guides students to learn, praise and respect the traditional Chinese culture, which hopefully will help passing this valuable asset onto the next generation. The project includes workshops on Cantonese Opera acting, appreciation of scripts and also research projects on special topics related to Cantonese Opera.
The project is carried out by the Center for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research, in the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. The first stage of the project has successfully completed in May 2007. This paper concludes the teaching experience and learning outcome of the first stage of the project. It also gives some suggestions on the possible development of Cantonese Opera-in-Education.

Keywords: Cantonese Opera, Chinese Culture, Language Education, Curriculum Reform

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 12, pp.59-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.081MB).

Dr. Fung Ping, Dorothy Ng

Assistant Professor, Division of Language & Literature, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Ng joined The University of Hong Kong in 1995. She is currently an Assistant Professor within the Language and Literature division, Faculty of Education and was previously an Assistant Professor within the Department of Curriculum Studies. Dr Ng is also a member of the Hong Kong University Fundraising committee. Dr. Ng’s PhD titled “A study of the role of medium of instruction in mediating learning experience in CMI (Chinese as medium of instruction) and EMI (English as medium of instruction) classroom in Hong Kong” was nominated for the best thesis of Social Science in 2006. Of particular interest, Dr. Ng recently designed a new course to integrate Cantonese opera into the new senior Chinese language curriculum. To develop this course, Dr. Ng received a significant donation of 2.5 million. Cantonese opera is a significant cultural treasure and thus integrating it into the curriculum is a highly significant development in Hong Kong schools. Dr. Ng also has an interest in variation theory in teaching and learning and conducts workshops for teachers in developing reading skills training in Chinese.

Dr. Ling-sung, Albert Chung

Teaching Fellow, Division of Language & Literature, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Wai-ip, Joseph Lam

Teaching Consultant, Division of Language & Literature, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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