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IBDP Language A Literature Guide (2019) Implications to Literature Curriculum in HKDSE

CHAN, Chu Kwong Alex / December 2022 / Issue No.12 /


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The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) published the Language A: literature guide in 2019. The course outline has been revised significantly and the first assessment was conducted in 2021. All three courses of “Language A” emphasize the exploration of language, literature and performing arts. The learning outcomes, the course outlines and the assessment of the three courses were gradually unified. In recent years, more and more schools offered IB courses in Hong Kong which attracted a significant number of high-achieving students to enroll in. On the contrary, there was a decrease in the number of students taking Chinese Literature in HKDSE. It may be attributed to not only the design of the senior secondary curriculum but also the lack of students’ interest in local literature courses. IB courses focus on “international-mindedness” while the local courses focus on “cultural inheritance”. The teaching approaches seem to be entirely different. However, the IBDP, being an international-recognized programme, is worthwhile for Hong Kong to reference. By comparing and assessing the official documents of IBDP and HKDSE, this article will analyze their merits and demerits and discuss how the literature curriculum of the HKDSE should be reformed to cater to the needs of the new era.


Chinese literature Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Language A


International Journal of Chinese Language Education; Dec 2022; Issue No. 12; p.127 - 150


Department of Chinese Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
Chinese Language Program, Columbia University
Chung Hwa Book Co. (H.K.) Ltd.




2520-7733 (Print); 2521-4241 (Online)

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